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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.