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Friday Morning Roundup

by Stephen Becker 28 Jun 2013 7:44 AM

The Fairmont’s resident artist shows off his work, a bunch of trash wins another artist $1,000 and Fort Worth Opera is awarded a major grant.


THE RESIDENCE OF RILEY: This weekend, Arlington artist Riley Holloway wraps up his three-month residency at the Fairmont Hotel. And tonight, you’ll be able to see what he’s been up to during the opening for his first solo exhibition, “Shook,” which will be at the hotel. For a taste, check out the trailer for the show above and the excellent Artist Studio Tour made by our very own Dane Walters below:

sculptureCLEANING UP: Congratulations to Anita Katz Real, who won the Reverse Litter Art Contest with her sculpture, Cowtown GarbageBoy. Artists were asked to create art using 75 percent trash or recyclable materials for the contest. Her victory comes with a check for $1,000, and her sculpture will be on view around North Texas throughout the summer.

FW OPERA GRANT: Fort Worth Opera has been awarded a four year, $490,000 grant to create a new opera. The grant supports the opera’s Opera of the Americas program, which aims to develop work by composers of the Americas. (See Jerome’s story about the program here – it comes with awesome music.) The money is being given by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. “Their financial support to ensure our Opera of the America’s vision and programming succeeds, tells me they believe Fort Worth Opera is producing art that has resonance with our national community and around the globe,” Fort Worth Opera general director Darren K. Woods said in a news release announcing the grant. “This is an exciting time in the creation of new opera and the Mellon Foundation is the heart of many company’s ability to produce it.  This is a great honor and a badge of excellence that we will wear proudly. With this gift, we will be able to give so much more to our community and to our world.”