CentralTrak, The University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency, provides space for eight artists to live, work and exhibit, and serves as a community center for broad intellectual discourse around the arts. While the Residency promotes artistic experimentation through its support of production, the companion Gallery encourages critical engagement with the local urban context through its exhibitions and related programs. By building on the forward-thinking intellectual resources of the School of Arts & Humanities at The University of Texas at Dallas, CentralTrak unites artists from a broad range of creative disciplines to extend and challenge contemporary notions of artistic practice, creative expression, and the role technology can play in these processes.
CentralTrak supports four artists - one Texas artist and three national and international artists - for varying periods of time, from one month to one year. Artists live and work in the Residency, and many decide to exhibit their own work or curate exhibitions in the Gallery. Visiting artists also engage the greater public of DFW by giving public lectures in area arts institutions, such as the Dallas Museum of Art and The Nasher Sculpture Center, and by offering workshops or classes at UT Dallas or other local schools and universities.
The Residency and Gallery of CentralTrak are both located at 800 Exposition Avenue in the historic neighborhood of Deep Ellum, near downtown Dallas. CentralTrak is also a short distance from the Dallas Arts District. In addition to the Dallas Museum of Art, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Meyerson Symphony Hall, and the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Arts District is home to the Winspear Opera House, Wyly Dance Theater, and the recently constructed Booker T. Washington Arts Magnet High School. With invaluable collections of masterworks and Asian, modern, and contemporary art and an array of buildings by world-famous architects, such as Louis Kahn, Tadao Ando, I.M. Pei, Renzo Piano, Rem Koolhaas, and Sir Norman Foster, DFW is an international cultural and arts mecca.
The Southside-on-Lamar program eventually came under the management of the University of Texas at Dallas, and the UT Dallas-Southside Artist Residency was Dallas' first advanced urban laboratory for the arts. It united young artists from the graduate programs at UT Dallas, SMU, and UNT and brought them into contact with the best mid-career artists in North Texas. It also introduced artists from Mexico, Ethiopia, France, England, Argentina, Australia, China, and Korea to Dallas, thereby elevating the international profile of the residency.
When this highly experimental program came to an end in 2005, UT Dallas decided to create a permanent residency in the inner city and to seek institutional and financial partners to help create a premiere artists residency and art destination. CentralTrak, the second incarnation of The UT Dallas Artists Residency, opened to the public in April 2008.
CentralTrak is located the historic and recently renovated Fair Park Station Post Office Building in Deep Ellum, a revitalizing neighborhood at the heart of Dallas� creative and artistic happenings. The name CentralTrak comes from the rich history of Deep Ellum and derives from the "central tracks" of a tramline that once connected the south side of the city to Main Street and the Central Business District. In choosing this name, we pay homage to the cultural history of the area - the fact that Deep Ellum was an area settled as a "freedmens' town" by former slaves after the Civil War and that it was an entertainment, retail, and industrial hub.
Become a Friend of CentralTrak
Centraltrak, the University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency Program, is an academic arts program offered by the School of the Arts and Humanities, bringing cutting-edge artists from across the globe to the only university-backed artists' residency in Texas. The Residency serves as a community center for broad intellectual discourse around the arts. Artists' studios, exhibitions, and symposia are made possible in part through the support of our Friends. We encourage you to support our organization and participate in the rich cultural offerings we host at Centraltrak.
While openings and gallery events are free and open to the public, Friends can enjoy the following privileges:
Invitations to Artist Open Studios
Invitations to potluck dinners with artists in residence
Discounted tickets to symposia and other events
Levels of Friendship at CentralTrak:
Fan: $50 - $99
Friend: $100 - $249
Enthusiast: $250 - $499
Patron: $500 - $999
Dean's Circle: $1,000 - along with enjoying the benefits of all levels of friendship, Friends of Centraltrak receive invitations to special art tours in private homes and artist's studios, and tickets to VIP events at CentralTrak and the University of Texas at Dallas and other area cultural venues.
A gift at any level is appreciated and enables us to provide opportunities not just to the artist who come to live and work at CentralTrak, but also to our audiences in Dallas and beyond.
To donate to the Centraltrak Artists Residency,please visit: https://alumni.utdallas.edu/centraltrak