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Talley Dunn Gallery Offers New Support For Artists Of Color


by Therese Powell 28 Jul 2020 6:00 AM

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Talley Dunn, owner of Talley Dunn Gallery.

The team at Talley Dunn Gallery has launched a new initiative to assist artists.

The Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship for emerging Black and Indigenous artists and other artists of color will provide three artists with mentorship and resources to further their practice and artistic endeavors.

Information about Talley Dunn Fellowship can be found on their website.

The fellowship was born when Dunn and her team came together to address this issue of equity in the arts, how how the gallery was  uniquely positioned to help.

“I have always felt strongly about artists of color needing more representation in the art world and for there to be more equity and for there to be more balance–not just with artists of color but also between gender, between male and female artists,” said Dunn.

“We were really motivated by what is going on with Black Lives, Matter and and various things in the United States that we care about. We wanted to do something immediately and we wanted to create something that would have impact.”

Dunn said that the gallery wanted to do more than just award money. The gallery team will give support through mentorship and provide practical guidance to the recipients about how the art world works.

The Fellowship will provide three artists with the following:

  • $1000 stipend
  • Information sessions covering topics such as “How to Write a CV” and “Navigating Gallery and Collector Relationships”
  • Quarterly check-ins
  • Features on Talley Dunn website, social media, and newsletter
  • Connections amongst their cohort and the greater North Texas arts community
  • Studio visits (TBD following the development of COVID-19)

The Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship for emerging Black and Indigenous artists and other artists of color is open to artists 18 or older living in the North Texas area.  Talley Dunn Gallery has extended the deadline for applying until Aug. 10.

Leonardo Drew, 2017, Installation view, Talley Dunn Gallery

The gallery is looking ahead for the fall with an exhibition by Brooklyn-based artist Leonardo Drew. Drew creates sculptures from natural materials and through processes of oxidation, burning, and decay.

“This will be our third exhibition for Leonardo,” said Dunn. “His work can be found in museums across the country. He just did a an outdoor installation that we supported at Madison Square Park in New York. He also has an installation up right now at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, and he’ll have a show opening at the North Carolina Museum of Art this fall.”

The exhibition will be available to view by appointment and virtually.

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