500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest, artist–run, cooperative galleries, hosts one of North Texas’ most anticipated annual student juried competitions. College Expo 2020 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas, who are currently enrolled as students.
Congratulations to the exhibiting artists who were selected by this year’s jurors Trey Burns and Tamara Johnson of Sweet Pass Sculpture Park! Opening reception with the artists and jurors will be held on Saturday, February 8 from 7:00-10:00 p.m.
Sweet Pass Sculpture Park is an outdoor sculpture space located on an acre lot in west Dallas, TX. Programming features contemporary projects from emerging and mid-career artists, local and international, working in an outdoor format on a rotating basis. Sweet Pass Sculpture Park is dedicated to experimentation and community engagement, and provides an art space highlighting thought-provoking, interactive art in a public and free setting.
Since opening in October 2018, Sweet Pass has presented 5 outdoor exhibitions, multiple pop-up projects, and has worked with over 80 local and international artists. As part of their education initiative, they have worked with students from DFW area universities such as Southern Methodist University (SMU), Texas Christian University (TCU) and the University of North Texas (UNT) and various local organizations such as the Dallas Boys & Girls Club and the West Dallas Chamber of Commerce, as well as forthcoming projects with the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center.
Trey Burns was born in Goldsboro, NC in 1984, and grew up in Georgia, where he attended the Savannah College of Art & Design and received an MFA in 2008. Primarily a lens-based artist, Burns also explores book-making, installation, video and sound. As a serial collaborator, his work ranges from a collective photography archive WESSELCASTLE (2012-2016) to the speculative meta-fiction project NGHBRS (2013-ongoing). His work has been shown at the Ecole Nationale d’Architecture Paris, Malaquais Gallery (Paris, France) Pavillion Vendôme (Clichy-la-Garenne, France), the St. Paul’s Cultural Center (Chicago, IL), Wassaic Projects (Wassaic, NY), Trestle Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), ex ovo (Dallas, TX) and solo exhibitions at The May Gallery (New Orleans, LA), The Hand (Queens, NY) and et al Projects (Brooklyn, NY).
Tamara Johnson (b. 1984, Waco, TX) is a sculpture, installation and performance artist currently living and working in Dallas, TX. Johnson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. Johnson has exhibited her work at The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (Salt Lake City, UT), The Blanton Museum of Art (Austin, TX), ex ovo gallery (Dallas, TX), Grand Union Gallery (Birmingham, UK), The Modern (Ft Worth, TX) and various spaces in New York such as Socrates Sculpture Park, The CUE Art Foundation, Wave Hill, Maria Hernandez Park, The Lot LIC, the SPRING BREAK Art Show, Air Mattress Gallery, Microscope Gallery, NURTUREart, Black Ball Projects, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and CR10 Arts. This past fall, Johnson received a Meadows Faculty Development Grant from Southern Methodist University (SMU) where she is currently a Visiting Lecturer in Sculpture.