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.
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.