Heyd Fontenot is director of CentralTrak, UTDallas' international artists' residency program and exhibition space located in the Expo Park neighborhood. Previous to being in at CentralTrak, Fontenot lived in Austin and worked as a theater designer, art director, filmmaker and artist.
In Fontenot’s current studio practice, he concentrates primarily on figurative painting and drawing. The artist recruits his friends and artistic peers to model and has in this process created a comprehensive portrait of his community over the last two decades. He exhibits his work and is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas and by Inman Gallery in Houston.
Shawn Mayer completed his MFA in Arts and Technology at the University of Texas at Dallas in spring 2014 and holds a BA in Music and a BFA in Drawing from the University of Missouri (2008). He has worked in animation, production and post-production for television and commercial programming. His work aims to bridge the gap between physical, traditional and technological media, combining them with immersive and interactive elements to create new and unconventional art. His areas of focus include online media, emergent play and folk practices displayed in gallery spaces to create unexpected experiences. Shawn was accepted as a resident at CentralTrak: the UT Dallas artists’ residency in 2013. His work has been shown at the Lawndale Art Center, the Houston Art League, CentralTrak, RO2 Art, 5oox Gallery, and Deep Ellum Windows. His work is currently being represented by the Liliana Bloch Gallery in Dallas, Texas.
Zac Travis is a visual artist with a concentration in photography. His work contradicts traditional roles of image-making and focuses on examining the culture of today: a culture thoroughly influenced by digital technologies, virtual experiences, and the digital self. Zac earned his BFA in Studio Art from the University of North Texas in Denton, TX, and is currently living and working in North Dallas.
Paho Mann's work has been included in exhibitions at the Arizona State University Art Museum (Tempe, AZ), Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, AZ), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN) and the Carnegie Museum of Art (Pittsburgh, PA) among others. Mann’s work is included in the collections of the Tucson Museum of Art, the Museum at Texas Tech University, the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, and the City of Phoenix Public Art Program.
Mann was born in 1978 on his parents homestead near Snowflake, Arizona. In 1992 he moved with his family to Albuquerque, New Mexico where in 2001 he received a BFA from the University of New Mexico. He received his MFA from Arizona State University in 2007. Currently, Mann lives and works in Dallas, Texas where he is an Associate Professor of Photography at the University of North Texas.
Tanya Synar received her MFA from the University of Washington-Seattle and her BFA from Colorado State University and currently teaches Sculpture at Texas Woman’s University. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and won numerous awards including an Illinois Arts Council Grant, Puffin Foundation Grant and several TWU research and development awards and garnered support from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for The Deception Pass Project. She creates by casting metal, searching scientific data, experimenting with color shifting paint, machining plastic and capturing moving images and sound. Currently in progress, Mapping Galaxy’s in Iron involves 3D imaging photographic data taken from the Hubble Space Telescope.
Julie McKendrick received her MFA in New Media Art from the University of North Texas and her BFA in Sculpture at Texas Woman’s University. With the adoption of sound, performance, moving images and installation art, her work is realized through experimental processes and challenges the viewers to decontextualize identity and gender within social constructs. McKendrick’s work has received critical acclaim internationally via the award winning music group, Vulgar Fashion. In 2013 she was invited along with a small group of international artists to participate in a residency located in Iceland. Currently, Julie co-directs Voertman’s gallery in Denton Texas and teaches animation at Richland College in Dallas.
Christopher Blay is a North Texas artist with a B.F.A. in photography from Texas Christian University. He works primarily as an installation artist, with an eye towards institutional critique. His work incorporates video, sculpture and performance, notably as Frank Artsmarter. Blay’s current work, “Kara Walker,Texas Ranger”, is a response to historical violence against African Americans, by law enforcement officers. Other recent projects include Satellites, at Centraltrak, the UT Dallas residency gallery and two ongoing public art projects in Dallas and Fort Worth. In 2013, Blay received the SMU Meadows museum’s Moss/Chumley award, given to artists whose works intersect with both the arts and their community. Blay is currently curator of Tarrant County College’s Art Corridor Gallery.
James Talambas is a composer, producer, dj, and installation artist. He owns and operates New Media Recordings, a production company and creative venue on the south side of Fort Worth. Talambas does original scores and sound design for a number of films, and has recorded, produced, programmed, and arranged for a variety of local, national and international artists in a myriad of genres. Talambas consistently employs technology, improvisation and space into the pieces he composes, creating site specific, and musician specific electro-acoustic works. His most recent sound installations were featured in the exhibition Cultural Affairs, in Fort Worth.
He currently also plays piano and trumpet in the band, The Theater Fire.
Cameron Schoepp is an artist living and working in Fort Worth, Texas since 1985. Schoepp’s work reflects a keen sense of materials, form and proportions, giving shape to ideas that grow out of observations and experiences in and out of art. His work often straddles the boundaries between art, architecture, design and science. He regularly collaborates with Architects Mark and Peter Anderson of AndersonAnderson Architecture on ambitious installations and individual works. Schoepp’s work was recently acquired by the City of Fort Worth when two major outdoor sculptures were procured, Pollen in the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens and Hats at the Fort Worth Community Art Center in the Cultural District. Recent exhibitions include, Sons and Daughters of the Sun and Star in Hiroshima Japan with a second exhibition at Fort Worth Contemporary Arts and Showmen, a three person exhibition at Brand 10, an artists run space in Fort Worth. Schoepp received his BFA from Pacific Lutheran University and MFA from Texas Christian University. In 1990 Schoepp took a teaching position at the University of Dallas, running the Sculpture program and eventually serving as Department Chair. In 2003 he accepted a position at Texas Christian University as Studio Coordinator and to lead the undergraduate and graduate sculpture program. He currently serves as Graduate coordinator and runs the sculpture department at TCU.
Lucia Simek is an artist, writer, and curator living and working in Dallas, Texas. She received her MFA from Texas Christian University in 2014.