March 20, 2017


Fabiola Valenzuela and Jesse Sierra Hernandez
March 31–April 9, 2017
Kimbell Art Museum, Piano Pavilion Lobby

FORT WORTH, TX—Join the discussion on Friday, April 7, as Art&Seek's "State of the Arts" explores local groups that provide opportunities and exposure for Fort Worth's emerging artists. Moderator Jerome Weeks, senior arts reporter and producer for Art&Seek, will be joined by panelists Christopher Blay, Lauren Childs, Dee Lara and Megan Henderson. This hour-long conversation begins at 6 p.m. in the Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion Auditorium. Admission is free. No reservations. 

Extraordinary works by Fort Worth artists Fabiola Valenzuela and Jesse Sierra Hernandez have been selected by the State of the Arts panelists for a complementary exhibition in the Kimbell Art Museum's Piano Pavilion lobby prior to the program, from March 31 through April 9. A reception celebrating the artists will take place immediately following the panel discussion on April 7. Admission is free.

Fabiola Valenzuela is a multimedia artist based in Fort Worth. She earned her B.F.A. in painting from the University of Texas at Arlington. Fabiola's work explores the concepts of identity and memory through painting, installation and sculpture. She is also the winner of the 2016 897 Square Annual Juried Art Competition.  

Jesse Sierra Hernandez was born and raised in Fort Worth. His work ranges from smaller pieces on paper to large-scale oil paintings and has been shown in over a dozen solo and group exhibitions, including Galeria de la Rosa's En una Manera Silenciosa (2009). He initially received his education in commercial art, studying under illustrator Don Punchatz from 1991 to 1995. He has also served as curator and art director for Fort Worth's Studio 4 gallery and 7th Street Gallery. In addition to his work as an artist, Hernandez is a preparator for the Kimbell Art Museum, a position he has held since 2001. 

State of the Arts Fort Worth, produced by KERA's Art&Seek in partnership with the Kimbell Art Museum and Texas Christian University 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. 

Texas Christian University College of Fine Arts
TCU's College of Fine Arts comprises the Schools of Art, Classical & Contemporary Dance and Music, and 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. 

The 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.