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Dallas Art News Celebrates Five Years

Untitled (one day it all comes true) by Jim Hodges, 2013 at the Dallas Museum of Art (photo by Mr. Holga)

Untitled (one day it all comes true) by Jim Hodges, 2013 at the Dallas Museum of Art (photo by Mr. Holga)

Today, Dallas Art News turns five years old. The online news source for visual art in the Dallas / Fort Worth metroplex was created by managing editor M. C. Roman on April 29, 2009. The Dallas Art News website has posted over 2,100 news releases and reviews for art all over Texas and surrounding states.

“We focus mainly on Dallas and Fort Worth, but we also include news from Houston, Austin, San Antonio and El Paso whenever possible,” said M. C. Roman. “Texans don’t sit still. I’ve driven down to Houston for an exhibit and returned the same day.”

Snow Day by M. C. Roman, 2011

Snow Day by M. C. Roman, 2011

Highlights

Over the last five years we have been to countless press previews and events. We have met artists, curators, directors, authors and even a First Lady. There are too many great art exhibits to mention, so here are some of the highlights from the last five years.

Printmaking at Southern Methodist University

In the fall of 2009, managing editor and printmaker M. C. Roman started taking printmaking classes at Southern Methodist University. The classes are led by instructor Peter Ligon. What was meant to be a one time class for learning how to use a printing press has turned into a multi-year odyssey to learn all the facets of printmaking.

Read You Can’t Make Art without Getting Your Hands Dirty (November 11, 2009)

Read You Can’t Make Art without Getting Your Hands Dirty Part II (June 5, 2010)

Read Time Lapse Video of Printmaking at Southern Methodist University (October 16, 2011)

Museum Express Tour

In the spring of 2010, we arranged a tour of all eight major Dallas / Fort Worth museums to be seen in one day by way of public transportation. A dozen brave art enthusiasts used The T Services, Trinity Railway Express and Dallas Area Rapid Transit to visit the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Dallas Museum of Art, Kimbell Art Museum, Meadows Museum, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Nasher Sculpture Center and The Women’s Museum.

By the way, we would love to do this again if anyone is game.

Read Ten Brave Art Adventurers Complete the Museum Express Tour (April 6, 2010)

Read From Fort Worth to Dallas on the Museum Express Tour (April 2, 2010)

Bonnie Pitman

Bonnie Pitman, director of the Dallas Museum of Art, announced she would be stepping down in April 2011. We interviewed Ms. Pitman at that time. The interview was posted as a Q&A because we loved everything Pitman had to say about being a director and lover of art.

Read A Few Minutes with Outgoing Dallas Museum of Art Director Bonnie Pitman (May 20, 2012)

Big Tex

The saddest day for us was when Big Tex at The State Fair of Texas went up in flames. The 60 year old Dallas icon burst into flames on Friday, October 19, 2012, in front of a packed crowd. Our walkabout photographer Mr. Holga was on hand for the aftermath and the removal of the structure from Big Tex Circle.

Read I Can’t Believe Big Tex is Gone (October 20, 2012)

Read Mr. Holga’s Time Lapse Video of Big Tex (October 6, 2012)

Former President George W. Bush dedicates the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (photo by Mr. Holga)

Former President George W. Bush dedicates the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (photo by Mr. Holga)

Dedication of George W. Bush Presidential Center

We were there as the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum on the campus of Southern Methodist University was dedicated by Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H. W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and their lovely first ladies. The dedication was the biggest event Dallas Art News has ever had the privilege to attend as a news organization.

Read Five U.S. Presidents Dedicate the George W. Bush Presidential Center (April 26, 2013)

Read Preview of the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum (April 24, 2013)

Death by Holga: 11.22.63 by M. C. Roman (Dallas Art Press)

Death by Holga: 11.22.63 by M. C. Roman (Dallas Art Press)

Death by Holga: 11.22.63

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination, M. C. Roman published his book, Death by Holga 11.22.63. The book is a collection of the people, places and things associated with the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. All the photographs were taken with a Holga film camera. Photographs include the White House, Air Force One, presidents, lawmen, an eye witness, Kennedy babies and graves; lots and lots of graves.

First edition copies are still available through Amazon. Click here to purchase your copy.

Read Dallas Art Press Announces Publication of Death by Holga: 11.22.63 by Photographer M. C. Roman (November 12, 2013)

Contributors

Over the years we have had many wonderful volunteer contributors to Dallas Art News. We would like to thank Anna Routh, Autumn Whiltshire, Celecia Price, Claire Troy, Corry Kanzenberg, Kasten Searles, Kent Boyer, Lyndis Hardin, Melanie O’Holloran, Mr. Holga, Rose Lindsey, Rachel Parish, Suzanne Burdett, Tanya Miller, Thao Votang, James Roman, Victoria Roman and Will Lopez.

Thank You

Dallas Art News would like to thank all the museums and galleries who have welcomed us into their establishments and gave us credence. It’s not easy to take a handful of volunteers and create news posts.

Lastly, Dallas Art News would not be here if it weren’t for readers like you. We enjoy reporting on art news and we hope to bring you even more news over the next five years. We hope you will continue to read and enjoy Dallas Art News for many years to come. Cheers.

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