February 24 - March 11, 2018
Reception - Saturday, Feb. 24th, 7pm-10 pm


College Expo 2018

Juried by: Katherine Brodbeck, Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art..

500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest, artist–run, cooperative galleries, hosts one of North Texas’ most anticipated annual student juried competitions. College Expo 2018 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas, who are currently enrolled as students.

Accepted Artists: Francisco Alvarado, Mike Lopez, Betsey Gravatt, Stephanie Gerhart, Angie Reisch, Gretchen Vickers, Maria Barrientos, Hannah Aaron, Michelle Hinojosa, Allison Baldwin, Jennifer Thompson, Kiran Sattar, Taylor Barnes, Julia Teel, Blake Weld, Kylie Hull, Christopher Evans, Emily Sides, Jennifer Bieniek

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Y O U C A N N O T B U R Y M Y S I L E N C E, James Talambas, Upstairs Gallery

A Multi-sensory Installation

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Visions for Venus, Upstairs Project Space

500X Gallery will exhibit the two-person exhibition, Visions for Venus by Ashley Whitt and Ashley Kauschinger from February 24 – March 11, 2018.

The exhibition presents works about women by women. Both artists seek to empower and seduce viewers while subverting patriarchal ideas of history and greatness.

Ashley Kauschinger’s series The Rise & Fall of Woman investigates women’s history through still lives, projections, and performative shadows. The series explores the history of events, female figures, violence against women, and the evolution of patriarchal systems. Ms. Kauschinger is an artist, founding editor of Light Leaked, and professor at the University of South Carolina.

Ashley Whitt's self-portrait series, After Her is inspired by the self-portraits of great women artists, including Claude Cahun, Ida Kar, and Francesca Woodman. Constructed as GIFs, large-scale wall vinyls, and handmade sculptural books, these works consider the past, present, and possibilities. Ms. Whitt is a Dallas-based artist, 500X member, and Lecturer at TCU.

Ashley Whitt / Ashley Kauschinger

Ashley Whitt / Ashley Kauschinger


Shellye Tow, Exposed, Back Gallery

The photographic series Exposed uses visual imagery to unveil the reality of mental illness in an effort to wrestle with the stigma faced in society by those who suffer from these disorders. By highlighting personalized narratives of the struggle with psychological illnesses the social stigmas and reactions are divulged through this body of work.

Each image in this series depicts an individual afflicted by such conditions as bi-polar disorder, PTSD, schizophrenia, addiction or depression illustrated through symbolism and metaphor. The work challenges viewers to look at the images and question their own reactions and opinions when it comes to mental illness.

Shellye Tow

Shellye Tow