February 14, 2017


FORT WORTH, TX—On Friday, April 7, Art&Seek's "State of the Arts" examines how various Fort Worth groups are creating exposure and opportunities for emerging artists with innovative partnerships and events. Moderator Jerome Weeks, senior arts reporter and producer for Art&Seek, will be joined by Christopher Blay, Lauren Childs, Megan Henderson and Dee Lara. This one-hour conversation begins at 6 p.m in the Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion Auditorium. Admission is free. No reservations.

Christopher Blay is an artist, writer and curator with a B.F.A. from Texas Christian University (TCU). He has worked as curator for the Art Corridor Gallery at Tarrant County College Southeast for the past 7 years and also reviews art for the Fort Worth Weekly. Blay received the Meadows Museum Moss/Chumley Award in 2013 for his "proven track record as an active community advocate for the visual arts" and an Artist Microgrant in 2015 from the Nasher Sculpture Center. Blay is the spring 2017 visiting artist at the Dallas Museum of Art's Center for Creative Connections.

Lauren Childs is an artist and founder of Fort Works Art. She studied at Northwestern University and received her B.A. in Art History from UT Arlington. After graduation, she was the personal assistant to artist and curator Benito Huerta. She co-founded the United Voice Collective, an artist collaborative, in 2002 and founded Sandscapes, a specialty painting company, in 2004. In 2014, she co-founded her third corporation, Fort Works Art. Beginning as a pop-up on the South Side, Fort Works Art has developed into a premier gallery in the heart of Fort Worth's Cultural District. Throughout the last decade, Childs has exhibited her paintings throughout Texas and New York. She has won numerous awards, and her work is held in many private collections. 

Megan Henderson is the Director of Events and Communications for Near Southside, Inc., a nonprofit community development organization tasked with the revitalization of Fort Worth's Near Southside district. She is the producer of ArtsGoggle, Open Streets, and Friday on the Green. In 2015, she established ArtSouth, a paid artist residency offering local artists experience through temporary public art exhibitions. This year she will introduce Southside by Seven, a digital residency for photographers utilizing the Near Southside's social channels. 

Dee Lara is a Fort Worth-based artist and curator who is a co-founder of Exhibitionists, an art collective that highlights the work of Fort Worth's art museum workers, and Art Tooth, an artist-run hybrid gallery project that seeks to make contemporary art accessible and provide professional development opportunities for local artists. Dee holds a B.A. in Liberal Arts with a concentration in Political Philosophy from the University of Dallas and is currently pursuing a B.S. in Nursing and a B.A. in Art History from Texas Woman's University. She is a contributing writer to arts publication Honest Opinion and works at The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.

To highlight the discussion, the panel will select a talented Fort Worth artist whose work will be displayed at the Kimbell from March 31 through April 9, prior to the program.

State of the Arts Fort Worth, produced by KERA's Art&Seek in partnership with the Kimbell Art Museum and TCU College of Fine Arts, identifies important trends and issues affecting North Texas artistic organizations and brings artists, experts and scholars together for thought-provoking discussions. 

KERA's Art&Seek
Art&Seek connects North Texans with the people and places that define the arts community. Through in-depth reports, artist profiles and immersive online content, Art&Seek's award-winning journalism covers all aspects of the visual and performing arts on KERA 90.1 and artandseek.org. Art&Seek also features more than 3,000 arts organizations on its comprehensive online events calendar. The Art&Seek Calendar allows users to search for activities in their neighborhood and across North Texas, with links to buy tickets, find directions and more.

TCU College of Fine Arts
TCU's College of Fine Arts comprises the Schools of Art, Classical & Contemporary Dance and Music, as well as the Departments of Graphic Design, Interior Design & Fashion Merchandising and Theatre. Each offers distinctive programs that enable students to work closely with stellar faculty. Graduates are well prepared to pursue their professional aspirations through innovative curricula, pre-professional training opportunities and mentorship. 

Kimbell Art Museum
The Kimbell Art Museum, owned and operated by the Kimbell Art Foundation, is internationally renowned for both its collections and for its architecture. The Kimbell's collections range in period from antiquity to the 20th century and include European masterpieces by artists such as Fra Angelico, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Velázquez, Monet, Picasso and Matisse; important collections of Egyptian and classical antiquities; and the art of Asia, Africa and the ancient Americas.

The Museum's 1972 building, designed by the American architect Louis I. Kahn, is widely regarded as one of the outstanding architectural achievements of the modern era. A second building, designed by world-renowned Italian architect Renzo Piano, opened in 2013 and now provides space for special exhibitions, dedicated classrooms and a 289-seat auditorium with excellent acoustics for music.

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More information available at kimbellart.org.

Contact: 817-332-8451
Jessica Brandrup, ext. 241, or jbrandrup@kimbellmuseum.org
Claire Lukeman, ext. 248, or clukeman@kimbellmuseum.org 

Kimbell Art Museum hours: Tuesday–Thursday and Saturday, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Friday, noon–8 p.m.; Sunday, noon–5 p.m.; closed Monday. For general information, call 817-332-8451. Website: www.kimbellart.org. Address: 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd., Fort Worth, TX 76107.

*Admission to view the Museum's permanent collection is always FREE.