500X Alumnus Interview: Tony Schraufnagel
500X: Tell us a little about yourself. What is your artistic background?
TS: Born in Dallas, raised in Farmers Branch. Studied art at Brookhaven College and received an BFA and MFA in Sculpture from UNT. Have exhibited locally, regionally and internationally. Been making and teaching art for 25 years.
500X: What years were you a member of 500X?
500X: Were you ever a 500X officer? If so, what position(s)?
TS: Yes I was president in 2000 and public relations officer in 2001.
500X: Who were some of the other members with you?
TS: Steven Price, Derrick Saunders, Robert Mcan, Mary Nicolette, Keitha Lowrance, Luke Sides, Brad Cushman, Dot Duvall, Charlotte Smith
500X: Tell us about your time at 500X. What was it like?
TS: The economy in the late 90’s in Dallas was very strong and the gallery enjoyed great sales. My first year as a member, there was a major heat wave that made the spring and early fall openings especially steamy. It was also a time of high crime rate. One night as I was closing up the gallery, I came out to find a group of people stealing tools out of the back of my truck. They took off when I arrived failing to finish loading my welder into their car because it was too heavy!
500X: Do you have a favorite moment from your membership?
TS: All the fantastic openings, crazy open show art and after parties!
500X: What do you think you gained from being a 500X member?
TS: It was the ideal environment to grow as an artist following graduate school. It allowed me to gain valuable experience with the business side of art making as well as the regional art scene.
500X: How has 500X impacted your career as an artist?
TS: It shaped my understanding of the business side of art making and gave me valuable experience with all aspects of mounting exhibitions.
500X: Is there anything you'd like to add about your experience of being a member?
TS: I’m deeply thankful to be a part of the history of the gallery.