Apr 30

B E F O R E - Clint Bargers


New paintings made with construction materials and sand. All of which attempt to reimagine landscape and it's affect on memory and personal identity.


Mixed media




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Apr 30


Solo Exhibition Rachel Muldez

A manipulation of nature to express the feeling of home within a multiverse.



And then I met you, 2017

naturally dyed Mulberry inner bark, silk strand

3.5" x 3.5" 3.5"

Apr 30

The Shape of Domestic Funk to Come


Sculpted 2.5D paintings utilizing a safe but jarring element of a domestic space that was always in the background  growing up and never used in foreground of work.


Mixed media



Apr 30

Blue Library Vol 2: Conversations

Curated by Kalee Appleton

Tammy Mercure’s project, Blue Library Vol 2: Conversations, consists of collaborative, visual exchanges between coupled photographers in the form of photobooks.  Each book, a result of a photographer’s responses to the imagery of another photographer, is a compilation of visual narrative that creates connections between work and gives a new life to the original photographs.

Participating photographers:

Courtney Asztalos & Nydia Blas, Jessica Dean Camp & Cole Don Kelley, Angela Deane & Alisson Bittiker, Lee Deigaard & Elizabeth Stone, Hobbes Ginsberg & Andi Icaza, Michelle Groskopf & Alexander Coggin, Janna Ireland & Morgan Rachel Levy, Natalie Krick & Lissa Rivera, Ian Lewandowski & Caiti Borruso, Juan Madrid & Maggie Stockman, Ross Mantle & Chris Maggio, Noelle McCleaf & Michael McCraw, Zora Murff & Rana Young, Amy Lynn Powell & Maddie McGarvey, Tamara Reynolds & Matthew Genitempo, David Soffa & Liz Calvi, Sasha Tivetsky & Melissa Spitz, and Tara Wray & Carrie Elizabeth Thompson.

Apr 30


Kelsey Heimerman & Sammy Rat Rios

Two women, lots of color and two ways of seeing the world.

Kelsey Heimerman is an objective painter that mainly paints “figures (that) are her metaphorical haystacks and they reflect our contemporary world. Using distortion, engorged layers of firm, deliberate and bleeding paint become objectified as they describe flesh, spaces, animals and a codex of modern iconography. As a seeker of knowledge and a person people are drawn to, Heimerman strives to become a part of the American female narrative. Influenced by Frida Kahlo, Keith Haring, Henry Darger, Hemonous Boch, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Rosson Crow she continues diligently Project people projecting visions of a dreamlike futuristic world where all people are accepted.”

Sammy Rat Rios is a multifaceted Dallas artist, she is a musician, actress, and painter to name a few. Although her main focus is her music, her paintings are wonderful non-objective examples of her personal aesthetic. Everything she does, whether it be painting, singing, acting, or walking down the street, she does with a grace and style quite unique to herself. She is drawn to color, design, and clean simple aesthetics and she expresses these magnetisms boldly in her paintings.

7:00 pm19:00

Mind the Gap

500X is happy to invite our Fort Worth neighbor art collective, Art Tooth to our space to curate an exhibition of their members. Founded by Fort Worth art collectives Bobby on Drums and Exhibitionists, Art Tooth is a new art project dedicated to exhibiting regional contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists, while building new relationships between artists and art patrons. By partnering with established local art dealers, organizations and businesses, Art Tooth will continue its founders' "pop up" concept, making invigorating art accessible and solidifying Fort Worth's reputation as an art destination. 

Mind the Gap (MTG) explores the ways in which artists can navigate the pitfalls of the current socio-political climate, particularly through their roles as cultural brokers, provocateurs, and facilitators of a reflective practice, while paying consideration to the challenges presented by an era of persistent disengagement, isolation, alienation and Balkanization. 

MTG will pose the following questions:

What role, if any, can art effectively adopt in response to the dynamics outlined above?
Do the prevailing social (political, economic, educational) and cultural (internalized norms, taboos, values, attitudes, beliefs) conventions that frame the presentation and production of art influence this discourse? If so, how should they be addressed?

MTG does not espouse an explicit political agenda, nor does it advocate for a singular solution. However, it does contend that the current environment requires an urgent, critical, and imaginative response. To support this claim, MTG will introduce this discourse as a call for micro-grant proposals in anticipation of a survey conducted at 500X Gallery.

Participants in this group exhibition, who will also serve on a panel as the micro-grant award jurors, include a diverse group of noted and emerging artists including:

Christopher Blay
Michelada Think Tank (Carol Zou & Darryl Radcliff)
William Sarradet
Terri Thornton
Gio Giovanni Valderas

Microgrant Details

The microgrant call is open to proposals of 500 words or less that include up to 5 digital images or videos (of existing works or mockups) that respond to the questions outlined above by artists, collectives, curators, writers and other cultural producers over 18 years of age who reside in North Texas. These proposals can include (but are not limited to) the development, completion or presentation of new or existing work in any discipline for any amount up to the total micro-grant funds of $5,000.

7:00 pm19:00

Scratching the Surface: UNT Graduating MFA Group Exhibition

To scratch a surface is to investigate what exists beneath something initially found. In this case, each artist is exploring their ideas by manipulating, refining, scratching, adhering, smoothing, or impressing upon their chosen substrate. “Scratching the surface” juxtaposes work created by ten artists from diverse backgrounds working in a wide array of media, including ceramics, metals, fibers, printmaking, painting, and drawing. 

Participating artists include:

Jessie Barnes
Horacio Casillas
Joanne Cervantes
Jeremy Chavez
Keela Dooley
Mary Jarvis
Michelle Salazar
Kayla Seedig
David Villegas
Jim Wilson

The show runs from March 18-April 2, 2017.

7:00 pm19:00

A D D I T I V E : Kathy Lovas & Lynné Bowman Cravens

ADDITIVE is a site-specific collaborative installation by Kathy Lovas and 500X member, Lynné Bowman Cravens. ADDITIVE represents the natural evolution of the artists’ initial serendipitous photographic project #lovaslectures

Exhibition Dates:
March 18 - April 2, 2017

Saturday, March 18th, 7-10 pm

Artist Talk:
Saturday, March 25th, beginning at 2 pm

500X Gallery
500 Exposition Ave.
Dallas, TX 75226

Gallery Hours:
Satuday & Sunday, 12 - 5 pm
or by appointment


Mar 12

THE PITS: Joanne Isabella Alma Cervantes

A collection of drawings, video and sound traversing a private landscape of lament. 

Drawn from the intersections of personal history, narrative literature, music and cinema, The Pits seeks to create a new record of experience acknowledging trouble both in the mirror and on the horizon.



Mar 12

College Expo 2017

500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, continues its annual juried show for college students. Like the annual Expo juried show, 2017 College Expo aims to bring together artists from around the state. The exhibition offers college students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with their Texas-based counterparts and to view work by their colleagues at other institutions. The exhibition offers visitors an overview of the variety of perspectives that exist throughout colleges and universities in Texas. This year's juror is Danielle Avram, gallery coordinator at Texas Woman's University.

The 2017 College Expo runs from Feb. 18 to March 12. The opening reception is on Feb. 18th from 7-10 p.m. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Also on view this month: Joanne Cervantes' solo exhibition, The Pits. This exhibition includes drawings, video, and sound traversing a private landscape of lament. Drawn from the intersections of personal history, narrative literature, music and cinema, The Pits seeks to create a new record of experience acknowledging trouble both in the mirror and on the horizon.

Feb 5

January Solo Members Show


This solo exhibition by Rachel Livedalen features new drawings that combine images of idealized femininity through canonical works of western art history with her love of 1990s Lisa Frank stickers and ephemera.



Lorenz' new exhibition is the second chapter in the body of his work “rabbit holes,”. He continues to use elements of the home and objects of memory to investigate the intricacies of the human psyche and its' emotional aptitude to cope, confront and heal from trauma and suffering.


House is a solo exhibition by 500x member Lynné Bowman Cravens. The exhibition is on view January 14 - February 5, 2017, with a reception on Saturday, January 14 from 7-10 pm. 

In this body of work Cravens is exploring the idea of memory and nostalgia by photographing her childhood home. She used appropriated family photographs to serve as the anchor for the series. After examining the precise locations in the house in which the original photographs were taken, she then re-photographed the same areas. The building has undergone cosmetic changes over the past several years, and has transitioned from being her family’s home to becoming a rental property. From images full of artifacts and mementos, to starkly empty spaces, the house becomes barely recognizable. This project not only focuses on Cravens' memories of the house, but also on how the recent physical changes done to the building affect perception of the space.



Escapes, a solo exhibition by Julie Libersat, explores the aesthetics of public space with works that blur the lines between virtual and real landscapes. Using 3D prints and images from the video game SIMS, Escapes presents a landscape that reflects the ubiquity and homogeneity of a placeless cityscape. The built environment directs our orientations and cultural values through the meaning we construct around the buildings and places occupied within memory, dreams and imagination. Our cities, neighborhoods and buildings reflect our personal, cultural and political histories and imaginaries. How does the design of the built environment colonize space and nature to manufacture desire in the landscape of capitalism?


Curated by Lindsey Larsen

Heffesse is a one-man enterprise. An inspector of the manufactured landscape. With a questionable production cycle that terminates at the prototype, the sculptural objects mimic a proof-of-principle, meaning, a demonstration in principle with the aim of verifying practical modes of production. The prototypes, in some degree, serve to verify key aspects of society. Creating enigmatic narratives of man-made environments. Past, present, and future. The prototype is the only truth in a world full of disguise.



Ross Faircloth and Ashley Whitt explore alternate planes of reality in their two-person show, Replicate.

Ross Faircloth: As our lives are becoming more and more influenced and connected to technology I have become interested in how and where this is taking place and more specifically at the possible outcomes of the lines between reality and simulated reality blurring to the point of non-existence. Video game consoles are increasingly becoming more than just for games and are hubs of entertainment in many homes. Contemplating the amount of control given to machines over our daily lives the images serve as a haunting reminder that a simulated world can be just as fragile and manipulated as our ‘real’ one, if not more so. We should be careful to place too much blind trust in these imperfect systems. The images in this series are created through a Playstation 4 and the game Call Of Duty: Black Ops III ®. The images are either multi-layered or cut-up to create another level of separation from reality.
Ashley Whitt: Inspired by the readings of scientists including Lawrence Krauss and Steven Hawking, the focus of Ashley Whitt’s work is a questioning of existence and reality. Responding to the theories that a multiverse could exist, Whitt creates visual parallel realities within her work. The dichotomy of the vast versus the miniscule is explored through a variety of imagery including landscapes and self-portraits. How would another universe look? Is it possible for two or more realities to exist at once? These questions are explored through analog and digital photographic imagery that is manipulated and layered in Photoshop.



Jan 8

Co | Action

Leigh Merrill, 2016, This Place

Leigh Merrill, 2016, This Place

Reception: December 10, 2016, 7-10pm

Co | Action 2016

At some point in an emerging artist’s early career, someone comes alongside him or her to give critique, counsel, support, more critique, advice, training, and even to write letters of recommendation for employment or grant opportunities. The mentor-mentee or educator-student relationship is integral to the growth of the artist and mentor, as well as the art community, and it’s this relationship that 500X Gallery will highlight in our December 2016 exhibition, Co | Action. Co | Action will run from December 10th - January 8th. The opening reception will be December 10th from 7-10pm.


Leigh Merrill’s process involves making thousands of individual photographs while exploring a city or neighborhood then digitally assembling these sources to create photographs of imaginary spaces. Certain composite images have some veracity, but more often they suggest visual hyperbole – an embellished scene circulating around a small detail. The subjects in Merrill’s photographs are often ubiquitous objects and architecture, contributing to spaces that feel familiar but not recognizable. They tap into some of the conscious and subconscious visual cues, barriers and borders we create in our environment. Merrill creates both architectural and still life photographs, which act as both conceptual and formal mirrors for one another, and reveal yearnings of desire and fabrication. 

Juan Cruz combines traditional analog photographic processes with modern digital image processing software. Cruz forces the viewer to contemplate both processes by intentionally exposing the brushstrokes of the different tools in Photoshop while at the same time leaving evidence of the analog process such as marks of film and dust on the final print. The subject of his photographs are predominantly mundane objects and shapes that are often overlooked.


Since having worked together when Austyn was an undergraduate at UNT, I have felt that we share a similar wit and wariness in our critique of culture. Though our material approach is different, I believe that our work has a sentiment that easily dovetails. Austyn chooses to evoke a kind of "critique of cool" that is at once nostalgic and searing. His use of material and image appears surface and simple, but those seemingly rote combinations belie the depth and relevance of his satire. 
My work similarly delves into satire, with my foil being overt sentimentality and direct references to homestead nostalgia. I choose familiar, even luscious materials, and subvert their saccharin comfort for my own ends. I am interested in critiquing not only culture at large, but my own involvement in social interactions, and the perversion of social mores that we all engage in. 
I believe that together we represent a well-rounded view of the world that we simultaneously love and loathe; that we relish in the critique of.


Annette Lawrence works with text and information, often in response to physical space and time. Her practice is grounded in autobiography, counting, recording, charting, and layering quiet notations of everyday life. Lawrence's work has been widely exhibited and is held in museums, and private collections. Lawrence lives and works in Denton, Texas and is a Professor of Drawing and Painting at the University of North Texas, College of Arts and Design. For images and more information: annettelawrence.net

My body of work is strongly influenced by the diversity of my cultural heritage. My four grandparents are from four different, French colonies or/and territories: France, Guadeloupe, India (Pondicherry) and Vietnam (Tourane) and I was born and raised in Paris, France. I juxtapose visual elements from my cultural background to create a unified, imaginary, abstract world where I reveal my identity. I also use my own invented script by mixing the languages that my family spoke (French, Creole, Tamil and Vietnamese). This self-created world, steeped in the diversity of my cultural roots is a dynamic dichotomy: the combination of traditional and non-traditional medium as well as structure versus relinquishment of control. The use of non-traditional medium has given me the flexibility to experiment creative avenues that are unexpected. It is about chaos, breaking rules and exploring freedom. I never know what the outcome will be. Through the process I follow a rhythm that I have created unconsciously. When viewing my artwork, the observer is transported into an imaginative world where multiculturalism becomes one. 


Born and raised in Texas, Kim Cadmus Owens moved to Dallas in 2006 after having lived on both the East and West Coasts as well as Japan. She received her MFA in Art from Towson University near Baltimore, Maryland, and her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the San Francisco Art Institute in San Francisco, California.
Her studio practice includes paintings, drawings, prints and installations. 
Kim Cadmus Owens resides in Dallas and is Associate Professor of Art in Painting at the University of Dallas.

Kate Colin is an artist currently working in Denton, TX. Her drawings and paintings interpret expansive hypothetical spaces, inspired by mathematical theories, physical infrastructure, and nature. Her abstract work stems from an interest in unpredictable and systematic processes. Colin’s current work explores the complexity of the conception of hyperbolic structures depicted on two-dimensional planes.

12:00 am00:00

500XMas Holiday Sale

It's time for the annual 500X-mas Holiday Sale! This year's sale takes place during our Co-Action exhibition, from December 10, 2016- January 8, 2017. Buy work by your favorite 500X artist! Proceeds go to the artist and 500X. Your support helps us keep our doors open! Artwork can be picked up at the end of the show (January 9).

November Solo Members Sho
Dec 4

November Solo Members Sho


Valerie Powell: Pit Gallery
Choose Your Own Adventure, a solo exhibition highlighting a colorful collection of drawings & small sculptures by Valerie Powell, explore the idea of wandering. Inspired by the book series of the same name, Powell continues to investigate the human condition using shrinkable plastic as her primary medium. Powell creates playful narratives which invite the viewer to visually wander thru a series of imagined spaces while being encouraged to make their own conceptual connections. Travel inspired imagery inform the series of drawings, while mapping specific memories inform the series small hanging sculptures in the exhibition.

Kalee Appleton: Lower Gallery
Platinum Package, is comprised of new photographic work by Kalee Appleton. In a continued effort to reexamine the objecthood of photographic backdrops used in mainstream portrait studios, Appleton conceptualizes the photographic backdrop by making these large format backdrops the focal point within a real world landscape as well as using them as backdrops for additional backdrops. While with previous work a similar approach explored the parallel use of early digital landscape photography often appearing on computer monitors coupled with digital manipulation techniques, this new work explores a straight photography method as well as a nostalgic approach by referencing the final product of mainstream portrait photography and the customary act of cutting images from a gridded portrait sheet for distribution to family and friends.

James Talambas: Upper Gallery
"1.816" is an experiential installation.

Centennial Rojo: Downstairs Project Space
Photography from Colorado by Clint Bargers and Tory Doyle

Arbitrary Ambition: Upstairs Project Space

Group exhibition curated by Rachel Livedalen featuring work by:
Michelle Bonilla
Nicole Bosley
Carlee Cox
Sam Granado
Joelle Nagy
Olivia Nucci

Arbitrary Ambition uses traditional craft techniques in order to subvert stereotypical ideas of gender. Embroidery, crochet, and domestic objects are used as a means to discuss the problematic associations of craft and femininity. Stereotypically a site of feminine production and labor, craft is devalued within the art market and thus occupies a lower position within the cultural hierarchy. This show aims to elevate the position of craft through its interdisciplinary use, shift in scale, and aggressive attitude. The artists featured in the exhibition are all undergraduate students at TCU enrolled in the course, Feminist Concepts and Strategies in Studio Art. 

Bury Them Breathing: Members Space;

Work by Michael Farmer, curated by Steven Foutch
Michael's work is based on recent and historical social topics such as race, war, immigration, and politics. His goal is to show the viewer an entangled web of similarities through historical and present models of social dynamics. Thus embracing the viewers gaze, warming them up to the cold world that is existing around them.

Nov 6

500X EXPO 2016

500X Expo 2016 | Juror Rachel Rogerson
October 15 - November 6, 2016

Opening Reception: 
October 15, 7-10 PM

500X Gallery, Texas' oldest, artist-run, cooperative galleries, hosts one of North Texas' most anticipated annual juried competitions. Expo 2016 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas. 

Exhibiting Artists:
Dean Barrera
James Behan
Spencer Brown-Pearn
Daniela Cruz
Glenn Downing
Alicia Eggert
Art Garcia
Marcos Hernandez
Peter Hiatt
Kathleen Janvier
Bumin Kim
Emily Lofaro
Erin Mazzei
Jessica McClendon
Natalie Olmo
Gibson Regester
Nathan Rice
Evan Sheldon
Noura Shuqair
Michelle Thomas
Caleb Shafer
Christine Adame

About the juror:
Rachel Rogerson is Executive Director of The MAC in Dallas, Texas. In the summer of 2015 Rogerson ably coordinated The MAC’s move from its home of more than 20 years on McKinney Avenue to a century-old five-building complex in the Cedars neighborhood south of downtown Dallas. During her tenure she has continued to advance the institution’s mission as an advocate for creative freedom by providing innovative programming. Recent projects include New Urban Landscape, a series of site-specific installations presented in The MAC’s raw warehouse space.

Prior to The MAC, Rogerson was Curator of Exhibitions at Gregg County Historical Museum in Longview, Texas, where she elevated the institution's profile through the celebrated permanent exhibition of the Buddy Calvin Jones Caddo Collection, one of the region's largest collections of Prehistoric artifacts related to East Texas' first peoples.

Rogerson received her master's in Museum and Gallery Studies from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. In Scotland, Rogerson co-curated an exhibition for the St. Andrews Museum and held positions at the Museum of the University of St. Andrews and Dunollie House. From 2011 to 2012 she served as Registrar at Kirk Hopper Fine Art. In 2008 Rogerson received her BFA from the University of North Texas.

Oct 2

2016 Members Show

Opening Reception Saturday, September 10th 7-10pm
Showing September 10th - October 2nd
Sheryl Anaya
Kalee Appleton
Clint Bargers
Bernardo Cantu
Lynne Bowman Cravens
Steven Foutch
Julie Libersat
Lindsey Brown Larsen
Seth Lorenz
Rachel Livedalen
Rachel Muldez
Valerie Powell
James Talambas
Justin Strickland Hoff
Ashley Whitt
500X is ready to kick off the new season with the annual members show. Welcoming the addition of it's newest members, this group of emerging DFW artists will be showcasing a range of traditional and contemporary art. Works ranging from photography, printmaking, textile, installation, painting, video, performance, and conceptual works investigate a variety of content and formal concerns. 

These 15 active artists have ties to and have collaborated with other artist groups such as Art Conspiracy, aphophenia underground, Deep Ellum Windows, Gallery Project in Detroit, Hatch Show Print, Performance SW, Oil and Cotton, and Wild Pony Editions, to name a few. They work in the community as educators, coaches, professionals, and mentors across the DFW area. They work and are involved with institutions such as UNT, Brookhaven College, UTA, Collin College, TCU, Dallas Public Library, and the Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth. 

As the oldest artist run co-op in Texas, the idea of collaboration, finding fresh talent and building community is what this current group hopes to continue to foster. Come out and help us kick off the 2016 season!

Jun 5

May Solo Member Shows

May Member Solo Shows

May 7th - June 5th, 2016

Opening Reception - Saturday, May 7th, 7-10 pm


A show featuring the work of:

Syd Webb

M. Kate H. Shark

Rachel Livedalen

Lindsey Brown

Syd Webb

Present, Colors!

A respectful display of the flag of the United States of America.


M. Kate H. Shark

Am I Happy or Am I Manic

New works by M. Kate H. Shark.


Rachel Livedalen

Slow Jamz

A solo exhibition of new works on paper and sculptural objects.


Lindsey Brown

Two-Finger Salute

A multimedia installation that questions the validity of 'power gestures' by irreverent documentation of the Google Image search results for "steeple hands."



Project Spaces

Member's Space

Brett Hahn

Miss Conceptions in Clay


Downstairs Project Space

Bernardo Cantu & Angel Cabrales

It Came from Beyond the Border in 4D Vision

Menudotron and ChupaCabrales present It Came from Beyond the Border in 4D Vision.


Upstairs Project Space

substance and substrate - curated by H Schenck

Works by Hayley Fowler, Iva Kinnard, Sharon Turner.


Back Project Space

Wanna B Dali

Drawings and stuff by Mitchell Hendricks.

May 1

April Solo Member Shows

April Solo Member Shows

April 9th - May 1st, 2016

Opening Reception April 9th, 2016 | 7-10 pm


Justin Strickland

Kate Colin

Sheryl Anaya

Kalee Appleton


Justin Strickland

Content Drought

A meditation on our tendency to repackage old content as new experiences to feed our ever-growing need to consume media.


Kate Colin

Spontaneous Symmetry

Spontaneous Symmetry is a group of paintings that suggest a twisted theory of everything, where a fragmented space exists in various states of activity. Disparate layers of media expose paint washes, graphite drawing, and soft brushwork. Each painting integrates an underlying axis of symmetry while subsequent layers of contrasting shape and color negate the initial simplification. This process-driven work seeks unification of oppositional elements.


Sheryl Anaya


Double/Standard is an exhibition of photographs and site specific fiber installation.


Kalee Appleton


Surrounds: Viewers of photographs, particularly in today's digital era, approach photographs with an air of skepticism. One of the most prevalent photographic techniques in the aid of this deceptive practice is the photographic backdrop, popular among pedestrian photography studios for decades. The photographs of idealized landscapes and utopian worlds become objects of transportation, portraying the subject in a halfheartedly illusionary light. These objects, used overtime begin to gain history of their own, due to mass production and repetitive use. Surrounds examines this history and transforms the photographic backdrop into something that it was never meant to be, a subject. By incorporating hints of photographic studio equipment and digital aesthetic fads, like repetitive gridded imagery on computer desktops, digital editing tools, nostalgia aids in creating a new history for the backdrop.


Project Spaces


Member's Space

Breanne's Not So Great Idea (almost all of the Baby-Sitter's Club books I've ever read), 

Breanne's Not So Great Idea (almost all of the Baby-Sitter's Club books I've ever read), 

Rachel Livedalen


GRLPWR is a group exhibition focusing on contemporary feminism, girlhood, and the impact of the 1990s Girl Power movement.  The works consider empowerment, but also kitsch femininity, and the overlap of the two.  Curated by Rachel Livedalen, the show includes the work of Jenny Harp, Gabrielle Roth, Hayley Fowler, Ashley Heber, and Breanne Trammell.


Downstairs Project Space

Clint Bargers

That the moon is full and white as barred teeth, that the sage and yucca cast weird chthonic shadows

An installation involving video, sound and sculptural benches. Video by Clint Bargers, sound by Serpicos Son and title by Justin Cunningham.


Upstairs Project Space

Making Marks: The Rhetoric of Design and Design of Writing: a collection of artists and writers curated by Michael Schueth and Jennifer Seibert

Making Marks: the rhetoric of design and design of writing is an attempt to reframe the discussion about writing, design, and imagination as it relates to our impulse to narrate experiences and ideas. It is a collection of images, texts, and processes curated by Michael Schueth and Jennifer Seibert as a collection of different artists, designers, authors, and makers investigating how image and text collide.

Apr 3

That's So Hot - An Invitational

Opening Reception March 12th, 7-10pm

Main Gallery

That’s So Hot

Cassie Phan, Nick Bontrager, Gregory Scott Cook, Justin Ginsberg, and Ricardo Paniagua


Upstairs Gallery:


Justin Archer


Justin Archer's figurative sculptures express the complexities of the human experience through symbolism and narrative. His work provokes the audience to explore the fragility of human existence and to question our longing for true fulfillment.


Upstairs Project Space:


  Lauren Kussro

Sounding the Depths

The term “sounding the depths” refers to the act of consistently measuring the depth of a body of water in order to map it and get a sense for the topography of the ocean floor. For this show, it has a two-part meaning. One is to reference the oceanic theme of the work, and the other is to describe my creative process as I make art. The act of making is a way of measuring, and only through exploring and creating can I learn about my process and understand myself better as an artist.

Currently with my art I am exploring the visual and tactile terrain of the underwater environment. This environment is something I have been investigating through my work for the past year, particularly coral reefs. I find reefs to be an endlessly surprising landscape, a kind of living collage where you always see something new. To me, the coral reef also is a metaphor for the ideal community – diverse elements living in relative harmony with each other. Many of those elements might be very odd, almost alien – and yet the whole reef functions as one entity, a wild and chaotic beauty.

Many of the forms in both the prints and the sculptural forms are reminiscent of coral, kelp, fossils or seaweed but are not exact representations.  I find it infinitely more enjoyable to employ my playful side and create my own species that might merge coral with floral, reef with leaf. More recent pieces feature very saturated colors that seek to echo the bizarre color combinations that can occur in nature.

Becoming more aware of my own process - how I best create and how I solve problems - has been a valuable experience. To me, sounding the depths is a constant and lifelong discipline as a person and as an artist. Mapping where I am but maintaining a willingness to explore and play…by doing this I get a better sense of myself, and a broader perspective and greater respect for creation.

Mar 6

2016 College Expo | Raw Talent

Raw Talent: 500X College Expo

Opening Saturday, February 13th 7-10pm

Juror: Ariel Saldivar


About Raw Talent: 500X College Expo

500X Gallery, Texas' oldest artist-run space, continues our annual juried show for college students!


Like the annual Expo juried show, Raw Talent: 500X College Expo aims to bring together artists from around the state. The exhibition offers college students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with their Texas-based counterparts and to see work by their colleagues at other institutions. The exhibition will offer visitors an overview of the variety of perspectives that exist throughout colleges and universities in Texas.


About the Juror


Ariel Saldivar is the Founder and Executive Director of ArtPrize Dallas, a radically open, independently organized international art competition coming to Dallas in 2017. Formally, Associate Director of The Goss-Michael Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to strengthening Dallas' thriving arts community through programming that supports public engagement with emerging and mid-career British artists. Under her leadership, a successful Artist-In-Residence program was established to bridge international and local artists. She created an art auction model that helped raise over 6 million dollars for the MTV Redefine Staying Alive Foundation. She has curated and advised high-profile contemporary art collections and lectured internationally on art and design. Ariel is an award-winning designer; entrepreneur and former indie rock musician who toured around the world and currently is establishing development strategies to support innovative art education initiatives in Dallas. She currently serves on the Boards of Oak Cliff Foundation, Resources for Creative Exchange, Dallas Museum of Art AOA Advisory Committee, and is an at large commissioner for the Office of Cultural Affairs for the City of Dallas.

Seth Lawrence, 2015

Seth Lawrence, 2015

Upstairs Gallery

Seth Lorenz

rabbit holes,

As an intermedia artist, this exhibition is an amalgam of sculpture, photography, and video. I have realized that when I make my work, I do not first think of the material but instead the idea. From here, it then becomes a set of decisions considering what materials or media most succinctly portray my concept.

The essential meaning of my work deals with issues associated with dysfunctional domestic environments. I have realized that who I am is an outcome of what I have experienced correlated with how my psyche processed those experiences. Congruently, how I behave in the present stems from both current and past experiences creating constant opportunities for my psyche to change and heal, or inversely to repeat the same patterns.

My process reflects on suffering and trauma and translates those personal experiences into a sort of shared visual history. Material plays a large role in this process. I am inspired by how material can carry meaning through familiarity, installation, manipulation, and intuition. Each material has a visual history that is uniquely interpreted by each person before it. Because of this, the derivatives of meaning are more like branches from a tree. The roots of the tree are my intentions, the trunk is the physical object and the branches are its many meanings. The truth, is somewhere deep within a rabbit hole. 

Upstairs Project Space

Constructed Horizons - Portfolio Exchange Exhibition

Historically, the idea of "American Landscape" summons imagery of sublime and seemingly endless skies, rivers, and mountains. However, today's typical experience of landscape is quite different. We move through a grid-like environment that is constructed around the natural landscape. Grass, trees, and streams are surrounded with concrete; horizons slowly become structural and geometric, while buildings and power lines tower overhead. 

Constructed Horizons aims to explore ideas and themes associated with contemporary expansion and the build environment. It seeks to strengthen the printmaking community by creating a dialogue about the evolving American landscape and the sprawling structures that are superimposed upon it. The non-traditional image size (10x30 inches) will engage the subject matter by challenging the artist to work in either panorama or in vertically stacked space.

Jan 31

January Solo Member Shows

500X January Solo Member Shows

January 9 - Jan 31, 2016

Opening Reception January 9, 2016 | 7-10 pm




Clint Bargers

Bernardo Cantu

Jose Rueben Melendez

Jennifer Seibert




New Works: a collaboration of string and shapes

Sheryl Anaya and Randy Guthmiller 



Kalee Appleton and Glenn Rust



A collaboration between Dru B Shinin and M. Kate H. Shark
Featuring Greg Shark

Dec 20

co | action 2016

500X Gallery presents


co | action

Opening Reception - Saturday, December 5th 7 PM

500X will host 10 artists in an exhibition showcasing work between mentor/artist pairs. At some point in an emerging artist’s early career, someone comes alongside him or her to give critique, counsel, support, more critique, advice, training, and even to write letters of recommendation for employment or grant opportunities. The mentor-mentee or educator-student relationship is integral to the growth of the artist and mentor, as well as the art community.

For this exhibition, 500X extended 5 invitations to artists/educators/mentors in the DFW area and asked them to choose a student or mentee with whom to exhibit. The educator-student pair will either collaborate on a new work or display individual pieces side-by-side to visually convey the working relationship or influence.

Heyd Fontenot & Shawn Mayer

Paho Mann & Zac Travis

Tanya Synar & Julie McKendrick

Christopher Blay & James Talambas

Cameron Schoepp & Lucia Simek

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.

Project Spaces

Yuni Lee

Yuni Jung Lee is an international student, born in Seoul, South Korea. She came to America with

high passion, and an eagerness to further her artistic expression. She has a diverse art-making practice, but she is committed to making art about color, shape, and pattern. She studies color and pattern to learn about different cultures and nature. She received a BA in Art and Performance from to the University of Texas at Dallas and is currently pursuing an MFA in Painting and Drawing at the University of North Texas, to be completed in May 2016. She has participated in group and collaborative exhibitions in Texas and is currently teaching foundation courses at the University of North Texas. She lives and works in Denton, Texas.


Join us upstairs for a silent auction of small works by current as well as previous members.

Nov 29

November Member's Show

Opening reception - Saturday, November 7th 7-10 pm

Featuring work by: 


H. Schenck - H is for Human, M is for Mud

Bill Bridges - Graft:Topical

Rachel Muldez - Event Horizon

Laura Garcia-Penn - Symbiotic Assimilation

In the Project Spaces

Twin Terra

Kate Colin and Kasten Seamless will collaborate across states on a wall drawing and a series of small works based on representations of the recent flooding in North Texas and Arkansas. This exhibition will be installed in the upstairs project space at 500X Gallery. Hasten Seamless is an active painter with a professional background in design. Kasten teaches art and design, and is a graduate of the University of Dallas and the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. Kate Colin is a painter currently working in Denton, TX. her abstract work stems from an interest in unpredictable and systematic processes. Kate earned her MFA from University of Dallas and obtained her BFA from the University of North Texas. 


Give & Take: A Live Experiment in Visualizing Sound

Dinnertime Magazine (created by member Lindsey Brown) has curated a live, collaborative performance where multi-media artist Adam Palmer will perform live-drawing, the content of which will be directly influenced by the live improvisations of musicians Adam Sewell and his band. This performance aims to highlight the role of specific source materials in the process of making and examine the concept of the 'studio'. After the performance has been completed, we will then bring that conversation to the community in the form of an interactive online experience. 

By opening up the 'studio' to the viewer, we intend to demystify the process of what it means to make. We want the viewers to experience the process of development and execution from the outside and learn from it in a way that expands their understanding of what a working process can look like. 

Nov 1

500X Expo | Juried by Erin Cluley

October 3 - November 1, 2015

Opening Reception will be Saturday, October 3rd - 7-10pm

Erin Cluley is the owner and director of Erin Cluley Gallery, a contemporary art gallery presenting a provocative program of emerging and mid-career artists from Dallas and the United States. Cluley opened the 2000 square foot space in September 2014, joining a creative movement in the West Dallas/ Trinity Groves development at the foot of the Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge.  For five years prior to opening her gallery, Cluley served as the Director of Exhibitions for Dallas Contemporary where she worked on the production of exhibitions by widely known, and often envelope-pushing, artists including Rob Pruitt, Juergen Teller, K8 Hardy, Erwin Wurm, Jennifer Rubell, Shepard Fairey, Inez & Vinoodh, Julian Schnabel, Richard Phillips and others.  Cluley is a native of Wichita Falls, Texas where she received her BFA from Midwestern State University.  She went on to receive her MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, Maryland. 

The 500X EXPO is a juried exhibition open to any artist within Texas.

Artists may enter up to 3 images/videos (including details) for a total submission fee of $30.

Delivery of work is the responsibility of the artist and must be delivered on the designated dates, unless special arrangements are made. Work can be delivered on September 26th or 27th between 2 PM and 5 PM.

Artists will be notified via email Sunday, September 20th if the work has been accepted into the exhibition. If you do not receive an email, your work has not been accepted.

Please do not try to contact anyone if you do not receive notice. 

If you have any questions, please email gallery500x@yahoo.com

X Proof | Member's Show
Sep 20

X Proof | Member's Show

OPENING RECEPTION: September 5, 7-10 pm

500X is ready to kick off the new season with the annual members show. Welcoming the addition of it’s newest members, this group of emerging DFW artists will be showcasing a range of traditional and contemporary art. Works ranging from photography, printmaking, textile, installation, painting, video, performance, and conceptual works investigate a variety of content and formal concerns. These 16 active artists have ties to and have collaborated with other artist groups such as Art Conspiracy, aphophenia underground, Deep Ellum Windows, Gallery Project in Detroit, Hatch Show Print, Performance SW, Oil and Cotton, and Wild Pony Editions, to name a few. They work in the community as educators, coaches, professionals, and mentors across the DFW area. They work and are involved with institutions such as UNT, Brookhaven College, UTA, Collin College, Richland College, TCU, Dallas Public Library, Modern Art Museum of Forth Worth, and Urban Outfitters. 

As the oldest artist run co-op in Texas, the idea of collaboration, finding fresh talent and building community is what this current group hopes to continue to foster. Come out to the first show of the 2015 season, X Proof. 

Current members: Sheryl Anaya, Kalee Appleton, Clint Bargers, Bill Bridges, Lindsey Brown, Kate Colin, Bernardo Cantu, Laura Garcia, M. Kate Helmes, Rachel Livedalen, Jose Rueben Melendez, Rachel Muldez, Justin Strickland Hoff, H. Schenck, Jennifer Seibert, and Syd Webb.

Rasquache Wave | Exploded View | Face to Face | May Day
May 31

Rasquache Wave | Exploded View | Face to Face | May Day

Main Gallery will Feature 4 Solo Exhibitions by: Bernardo Cantu | Justin Strickland | John Alexander Taylor | Syd Webb

Upstairs Project Space: Jennifer Seibert & Ryan Molloy Downstairs Project Space: Sheryl Anaya

Rasquache Wave | Bernardo Cantu

You know that strange altered-state experience that comes from combining campy 80’s dayglows , Tex-Mex border culture infused with the elements and stylizations of AbEx and Neo Povera? Yeah, that one!

Exploded View | Jusitin Strickland
New Works!

Face to Face | John Alexander Taylor
This work focuses on the replication of a single image, The Oracle. The Oracle is a story derived from my childhood that has been secretly hiding in my work for years. I have incorporated roof shingles, grass seeds, wood flooring, paint, liquid tar, vinyl, and concrete, within the work. 

May Day | Syd Webb
A collection of drawings, give aways, and studio notes. 
An artist’s studio practice often goes beyond the walls of the studio. May Day is pop-up printshop, gleaning from my ever-evolving title: artist, printer, homesteader.

Plan X | Family Ties
May 3

Plan X | Family Ties

Downstairs: Plan X
Curated by Erin and Elissa Stafford

Plan X: 500X Members

Erin and Elissa Stafford are local Dallas artists and curators. The two sisters have been curating the art space, Red Arrow Contemporary for three years. They are currently in the process of transforming their gallery into a curatorial artist residency space that is geared towards visual artists. It is their belief that curating is an extension of the artist's practice that only enhances the artist's experience. Curated by the sisters, Plan X is an exhibition of work by the current members of 500x.

Upstairs: Family Ties
Curated by Bonny Leibowitz and Julie Torres

Family Ties

Brooklyn | Dallas
Brooklyn-based painter Julie Torres and artist Bonny Leibowitz of Dallas, TX have partnered to co-curate a unique exhibition of 80+ artists from Brooklyn, 40+ local Dallas artists and several like-minded artists from around the country, in "Family Ties."

Torres' recent "Family Style" exhibitions in NYC are the inspiration for this community-expanding project. Leibowitz and Torres share an affinity for the participating artists' exciting work and for collaboratively organized exhibits.

"Family Ties" celebrates the limitless potential of artists supporting artists.

Family Ties artists: Albert Weaver, Alex Paik, Alexis Granwell, Ann Glazer, Anne Russinof, Ashley Garrett, Austin Thomas, Bailey K Chapman, Barbara Laube, Becky Yazdan, Ben Pritchard, Ben Terry, Bonny Leibowitz, Brett Dyer, Brian Edmonds, Caetlynn Booth, Cande Aguilar, Cecilia Salama, Chance Dunlap, Christina Tenaglia, Christopher Moss, Christopher Rose, Claudia Tienan, Daniel John Gadd, David Michael Connolly, David T Miller, Deanna Wood, Douglas Florian, Elizabeth Gourlay, Elizabeth Riley, Ellen Letcher, Emily Berger, Enrico Gomez, Eric Mavko, Erica Stephens, Fran Holstrom, Fran O’Neill, Fred Gutzeit, Georgia Elrod, Ginny Casey, Giovanni Valderas, Gwendolyn Plunkett, Helen O'Leary, James Prez, Jamie Powell, Jason Rohlf, Jay Henderson, Jeanne Neal, Jeff Parrott, Jennifer Shepard, Jenny Leigh Jones, Jill Vasileff, Joan Mellon, John Kesling, Jonathan Cowan, Julia L Trinh, Julia Schwartz, Julie Alexander, Julie S. Graham, Julon Pinkston, Justine Frischmann, Karen Schifano, Karl Bielik, Karla Areli, Katherine Mojzsis, Kevin Andrew Curran, Kristen Biles, Ky Anderson, Kyle Gallup, Lael Marshall, Lauren Collings, Leeza Meksin, Leslie Kerby, Levi Haske Liz Ainslie, Liz Atzberger, MaDora Frey, Maria Britton, Marian Brunn Smith, Mary Judge, Matthew Neil Gehring, Maxwell Stevens, Mayra Barraza, Meg Atkinson, Melissa Capasso, Melissa Staiger, Michael Frank Blair, Nancy Ferro, Paul Behnke, Peggy Epner, Phillip J. Mellen, Polly Shindler, Rachael Gorchov, RE Cox, Rebecca Litt, Rebecca Murtaugh, Roberto Munguia, Ryan Goolsby, Ryan Michael Ford, Sally Warren, Sean Montgomery, Stephen B. MacInnis, Suhee Wooh, Susan Carr, Susan Cheal, Teresa Ekasala, Todd Camplin, Vicki Owen, Vicki Sher, Wendy Klemperer, Will Hutnick, William Crump, William Eckhardt Kohler, William Lawler, Zak Vreeland 

Easter Egg Hunt!
2:00 pm14:00

Easter Egg Hunt!

We are having an Easter Egg Hunt!

Top Prizes
15 artworks by 500X members

Secondary Prizes
limited edition exhibition posters

$1 grilled cheese sandwiches

Come search for easter eggs and hang out with us! This will also be your last chance to check out the current exhibitions:

Diane Durant - The silent air of ruin is fragile.
Tim Harding - Things
Kate Colin - Plane Intersection
H. Schenck - Clubhouse

Project Space Collaborations
Michael Furrh & Sebastian Stoddart
M. Kate Helmes & Katherine Baker
Jessica Fuentes & Jean-Luc Vila

Apr 4

Kate Colin | Diane Durant | Timothy Harding | H. Schenck

Diane Durant | The silent air of ruin is fragile. 
Timothy Harding | Things

Kate Colin | Plane Intersection
H. Schenck | Clubhouse.

Downstairs Project Space:
Michael Furrh | Sebastian Stoddart
M. Kate Helmes | Katherine Baker

Upstairs Project Space:
Jessica Fuentes | Jean-Luc Vila


The silent air of ruin is fragile. A creative documentary response to John Graves' "Goodbye to A River", the ecology of drought, and coming of age along the sandbars of Brazos, then and now. -Durant

Things An installation about the object hood of painting and drawing. -Harding

Plane Intersection: Hypothetical environments emerged from amorphous washes alongside geometric shapes on canvas and gallery walls. Within the works, oblique angles penetrate picture planes while flat color fields interrupt the illusion of depth, which creates ambiguous space. -Colin

Clubhouse. I built forts out of foam bed liners, cardboard boxes, and chairs. Sometimes my cat would sleep in them with me. -Schenck

Fugue A series of works exploring mass consumed building materials and capricious construction methods. -Furrh and Stoddart

Recursive A collaborative installation exploring the process by which memory disintegrates and reconstructs itself. -Fuentes and Vila

Facebook Divorce A collaborative installation by Dallas perforamance artist M. Kate Helmes and Ohio based artist Katherine Baker.

Mar 13

Love Us for Good

A multi-media exhibition of works from members
of 500X Gallery in Dallas. Recently celebrating
its 35th anniversary, 500X is the oldest artist-run
space in Texas. The show is curated by Diane
Durant, outgoing President of 500X and Senior
Lecturer in Photography at UT Dallas.

Performace by M. Kate Helmes. 

February 27 - March 13, 2015 

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m., Closed Sunday


Mar 8

Student EXPO | Rachel Fischer | RVR:Allegories

Rachel Fischer

Rachel Fischer

Downstairs: Student Expo

Upstairs: Rachel Fischer

Upstairs Project Space: RVR:Allegories

Student Expo: The 500X Student Expo is a juried exhibition showcasing up-and-coming Texas artists. This years jurors are Jordan and Susan Roth.

Mother-and-son partners Susan Roth Romans and Jordan Roth operate Ro2 Art, a contemporary art gallery in Downtown Dallas. Ro2 Art represents a diverse group of emerging, mid-career, and established contemporary artists, many with ties to the North Texas Region.  At present, Ro2 Art focuses on the exhibition and sale of work in all visual media at the gallery in the historic Kirby Building, as well as through exhibition programs in partnership with Downtown Dallas, Inc.,The Magnolia Theatre, The McKinney Avenue Contemporary, and The Town of Addison. Ro2 Art has been named Dallas Observer’s Best Art Gallery and was presented with the 2012 Obelisk Award by the North Texas Business Council for the Arts.**

Sherry Abbasi | Carrie Adamson-Riefler | Jasmine Anwer | Jessie Barnes | Robert Bayer | Allison Belliveau-Proulx | Ty Bishop | Preston Bradley | Susan Brents-Sheldon | Samuel Brown | Joshua Bryant | Matthew Burch | Mick Burson | Michael Centeno | Bailey Chapman | Denver Christiansen | Kathleen Coming | Stephen Duke | Cuyler Etheredge | Kim Etherington-Reid | Aaron Flynn | Danielle Georgiou | Betsey Gravatt | David Harman | Peter Hiatt | Theodore Houston | Kelly Ingleright-Telgenhoff | Scott Jenkins | Robert Jennings | Bumin Kim | Yun Jung Lee | Julie Libersat | Layla Luna | Kai Martin | Ann Mcintyre | JoElla Mendez | Tiffany Milow | Sarah Morris | David Namaksy | Trinh Nguyen | Amber O'Dell | Michelle Pennington | Madeline Potter | Sally Rabun | Matthew T Radar | Katie Reese | Heather Ross | Trae Rowland | Cynthia Saathoff | Elizabeth Sage | Caroline Sharpless | Abby Sherrill | Brandie Smith | Kyle Thompson | Laura Tietjen | Jon Vogt | Lesley Anne Walker | Megan Wood 

**Information taken from CADD website.

Rachel Fischer
Plastic Nirvana

n Rachel Fischer’s MFA thesis exhibition Plastic Nirvana, she examines the stigma of consumer culture and its relationship to the categorization of art as object. Boundaries between mass production and high art are blurred in her use of repurposed commercial materials in her sculpture, while her paintings reproduce their likenesses at larger than life scale. The paintings and sculptures presented are characterized by saturated color and a heightened focus on materiality. Often these forms recall the iconography of religious devotional paintings and ritual objects. Their symmetry and centralized imagery combined with aura like, glowing color fields create Fischer’s vision of what she terms a “new world religion” of consumerism.

RVR : Allegories
A curatorial collaboration between Laura Garcia and Alison Starr

Artists: Hector Ramirez, Brenda Randall, and Fabiola Valenzuela
“We do not just risk repeating history if we sweep it under the carpet, we also risk being myopic about our present.   - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The fundamental need to tell stories comes from our human nature to learn, enrich, and inspire. Many cultures continue a rich and vibrant practice of storytelling, yet when there is constant change, traditions are reformed. This causes a shift in thought and a new journey is created. These artists take a unique look at how they place themselves into new and ever changing narratives. 

Tales Neither True Nor False
Feb 1

Tales Neither True Nor False

Main Gallery | Tales Neither True Nor False

Downstairs Project Space | Telephone 

Upstairs Project Space | I followed Eleanor Antin. I only got halfway. 

January 10 - February 1, 2015

Opening reception - January 10th, 7-10 pm

Tales Neither True Nor False presents narrative inquiries into the ambiguous nature of identity, transformation, intuition, memories and intimacy. This exhibition features work by Sheryl Anaya, Jessica Fuentes, Laura Garcia and M. Kate Helmes through a collection of autobiographical accounts, performance and fabricated realities. Each artist draws on their personal experience as mentor, educator, and nurturer to inform their work.

Telephone | Collaborative works by Ryan Goolsby and Timothy Harding.

I tried to follow Eleanor Antin. I only got halfway. | A collaborative installation between Diane Durant and Devyn Gaudet



Jan 4

co | action | M. Thomas | K. Colin | L. Kirchner

Downstairs: co | action

Upstairs: Michelle Thomas

Upstairs Project Room: Kate Colin | Lauren Kirchner

Show runs December 6th - January 4th

Opening Reception: December 6th, 7-10pm


co | action

Mentors | Artists
Adam Fung | Alyssa Hawkins
Darryl Lauster | Jeff Gibbons
Margaret Meehan | Devon Nowlin
Colby Parsons | Anastasia Gabriel 
Linda Ridgway | Teresa Rafidi

500X will host 10 artists in an exhibition showcasing work between mentor/artist pairs. At some point in an emerging artist’s early career, someone comes alongside him or her to give critique, counsel, support, more critique, advice, training, and even to write letters of recommendation for employment or grant opportunities. The mentor-mentee or educator-student relationship is integral to the growth of the artist and mentor, as well as the art community.

For this exhibition, 500X extended 5 invitations to artists/educators/mentors in the DFW area and asked them to choose a student or mentee with whom to exhibit. The educator-student pair will either collaborate on a new work or display individual pieces side-by-side to visually convey the working relationship or influence.


Michelle Thomas


I aim to create transformative experiences that challenge perceptions and bring attention to the distinctive subtle elements of particular spaces. My work considers architectural space by creating drawings on linen that respond to a site specific area, making the work conceptually and physically environmental. Layers in space beyond the fabric border generate an immersive atmosphere that pushes the boundary between the two-dimensional and three-dimensional realms. Each element in this installation is intended to reflect ideas of space, light, sound, and motion, both self referential and universally applicable. Overall I hope to heighten a viewer’s awareness of space and its characteristics not only in the work but also outside of a gallery setting.

Kate Colin | Lauren Kirchner

Kate Colin and Lauren Kirchner collaborate in the upstairs project space to create a site specific installation. Lauren Kirchner is an installation artist with a passion for our internal microbiological universes, and Kate Colin’s work interprets external hypothetical spaces. This installation of drawings integrate elements of the micro and macro universes of their own personal work in order to engage the viewer’s space.



Nov 23

Light, Lite, Lte (!?!) / dark dark dork / Piece Peace

Main Gallery / Light, Lite, Lte (!?!)

Downstairs Project Space / dark dark dork

Upstairs Project Space / Piece Peace

Back Hallway / Justin Strickland and Travis Sykes

Show runs November 1st - November 23rd

Opening Reception: November 1st, 7-10pm


Light, Lite, Lte (!?!)-The November member show will present artworks by 500x artists Clint Bargers, Tommy Fedele, Michael Furrh and Jennifer Seibert that address memory, movement, growth, gesture and unattainable utopias. View contemporary works of painting, sculpture, and installation in one of DFWs oldest galleries.

dark dark dork- A collaborative installation between H. Schenck and Pierre Krause.

Piece Peace- An interactive exhibition by Syd Webb and Emily Nicastro.


Oct 26


Submissions Due 9/15/14

The 500X EXPO is a juried exhibition open to any artist within Texas.

This year’s juror is Alison Hearst, the Assistant Curator of the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. She was the assistant curator of the exhibition México Inside Out: Themes in Art Since 1990 and conducted an interview with Melanie Smith for the catalogue. Hearst also contributed an essay about abstraction in the 1980s to the catalogue for the upcoming exhibition at the Modern, Urban Theater: New York Art in the 1980s. She recently organized a solo project at the Modern with artist Fred Tomaselli and is working on upcoming projects with Jules de Balincourt and Mario García Torres. Hearst has a bachelor of fine arts degree in art history from the University of North Texas and a master’s degree in art history from Texas Christian University.

 All work must be ready to hang. Work must be dropped off on Saturday, September 27th or Sunday, September 28th  between 2 PM and 5 PM. Special arrangements can be made. 

The show will run from October 4 - October 26. 

The opening reception will be on October 4, 7 - 10 PM.

To submit to 500X EXPO 2014 please visit 500x.slideroom.com