Spring may not be officially here yet, but we can tell it’s on its way when art is popping up everywhere.
In Fort Worth, the Fort Worth Art Dealer’s Association (FWADA) welcomes the season with its annual Spring Gallery Night on March 25. The FWADA website has a list of member organizations you can check out for their planned events for the evening.
In Dallas, March can be called a warm-up month for Dallas Arts Month in April. Until then, here are eight must-see exhibitions to visit in March, in order of opening date.
“Artists of the Texas Spring Fling”
Keller City Hall, March 6-20. April
The work of 11 Texas artists will be on display at Keller City Hall this month. The works range from watercolor to modern abstract, and cover subjects from animals to the outdoors and more. An artist reception will be held at 7:00 p.m. March 16 at 1100 Bear Creek Parkway.
Rapheal Crump “BORN” solo exhibition
Atelier Gallery, 11 March
It’s only right that luxury apartments in the Dallas Arts District have their own galleries, right? At Atelier on Pearl Street, this month’s exhibit is from Raphael Crump, who moved to Dallas in 2014. He classifies his work as urban contemporary art, and indeed scenes from Dallas play a role in his “Beautiful Outside Right Now” show. Join the artist for a gallery tour and talk at 11.00 Saturday 11 March at Atelier.
“Modern Analog: Historical Processes in the Digital World”
Dallas Center for Photography, 11-25 March
The photographs in this juried exhibition use “a wide range of analog and alternative processes, including pure analog from start to finish, film capture to digital print, polaroid, alt processes, cyanotypes, digital negatives and photograms, and many more techniques that incorporate the the unique qualities and discipline of analog photography.” Jury leader Lisa Elmaleh and several exhibiting photographers will be present at the opening reception on Saturday 11 March at 6pm.
“Parables of Mayhem”
Kirk Hopper Fine Art, March 11-15. April
Artist Shaun Roberts, an associate professor of art at Stephen F. Austin State University, creates self-portraits and narrative works influenced by allegory and the universal human condition. This exhibition features twenty of his paintings from the past six years and illustrates pandemonium, desperation and the enduring human spirit’s undefeated capacity for redemption. The artist reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Saturday 11 March.
“Emancipation: The Unfinished Project of Liberation”
Amon Carter Museum of American Art, March 12 through July 9
This exhibition, which includes the work of seven contemporary black artists, explores the legacy of the Civil War. With installations that include sculpture, photography, and paper and textile fabrications, each work is an artist’s response to a sculpture in Carter’s collection, The Freedmanby John Quincy Adams Ward.
“Talk of the Town: A Dallas Museum of Art Pop-Up Exhibition”
NorthPark Center, March 19 – April 29
Featuring artwork from the Dallas Art Fair, and opening during Women’s History Month, this group exhibition celebrates women using non-traditional portraiture. All of the works on display were acquired by the DMA over the past six years through the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program. Visit the free exhibit on NorthPark Center’s Level Two, between Nordstrom and Macy’s.
Joshua Goode: “The Ruins of Burg Worth”
Fort Works Art, March 25-29. April
In his first solo show at Fort Works Art, North Texas artist and curator Joshua Goode brings together artifacts and remnants from the “ancient” past of performance art in an interactive installation. In the exhibit, Fort Worth’s history is recreated and set in a fortress at Eagle Mountain.
Goode weaves his research into local culture and background in archeology into his creations of sarcophagi and other objects reminiscent of the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. With works depicting extinct animals, artefacts, and objects, he aims to reveal “the malleability of our past, present, and future” and how easily history can be distorted. An opening reception will be held on Gallery Night on March 25 at 12- 21.
“We’re all homeless”
Art on Main, March 26-9. April
For more than 30 years, SMU Meadows School for the Arts professor Willie Baronet has been buying signs from people experiencing homelessness. The installations Baronet creates of them help viewers “explore the humanity of the signs, and questions regarding the nature of home, compassion and what it means to truly see each other.” Art on Main organizes an artist reception from 15-17 Sunday 26 March with an accompaniment from 14-16. to help assemble blessing bags to be distributed to people in Dallas experiencing homelessness.