Events & Shows


CentralTrak tête-à-tête with Erica Stephens – Friday, May 6th at 7 p.m.

Join us on Friday May 6th at 7pm for the first in a series of discussions on the role of higher education and residency programs in the career path of an artist. This panel will be moderated by Dallas artist Erica Stephens and will feature artist and adjunct educator H Schenck and Thomas Riccio, performance artist and

“body poems in suspended space” – Liz Trosper MFA Exhibition

April 23 - May 21, 2016 Just because you happen to be standing in front of a painting, you can’t assume that the artist was only concerned with this traditional form of art-making and that she’s only worked with the paint and canvas at which you’re looking. Liz Trosper is a tireless researcher, a bold experimenter and

CentralTrak tête-à-tête with Erica Stephens – Thursday, May 19th at 7 pm

Join us on Thursday May 19th at 7 p.m. for the second in a series of discussions on the role of higher education and residency programs in the career path of an artist. This panel will be moderated by Dallas artist Erica Stephens and will feature Vicki Meek, artist, writer and recently retired manager of the

A talk by curator, collaborator and organizer Sofia Bastidas – Thursday, April 28, 7 p.m.

“I foresee artists going outside of the art world to contribute and reimagine the places we inhabit.” - Sofia Bastidas Sofia Bastidas will speaking about her recent co-curatorial endeavor, Port to Port and her collective work with TVGOV (Television Government). Bastidas is interested in engaging in a catalyzing debate about the role of contemporary art

Angelika J. Trojnarski Exhibition Opening March 5 at 8 p.m.

The first in a series of solo exhibitions presented at CentralTrak this Spring is the Polish-born/Dusseldorf-based artist Angelika J. Trojnarski.  The exhibition named "Mensura: Measuring the World" opens with a reception at CentralTrak on Saturday, March 5 from 8-10pm. The exhibition will continue through April 16. Trojnarski’s paintings refer to historical scientific discoveries of the 18th and

February 9 at 6:30 PM, “Gut Instinct”, a discussion about microbiota and art

Join us at Centraltrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency for a discussion between curator/writer Jens Hauser and Charissa Terranova. They will discuss and take questions about art and the microbiome. In parsing this head-stomach federation, Hauser and Terranova will show how rational thinking is connected to the intestines. They reveal that consciousness and mind are

February 4 at 7PM – Nat Brut

On Thursday, Feb 4, 7pm, artist and Nat Brut editor-in-chief Kayla E. will give a talk at CentralTrak as part of the gallery's current exhibition The Zine Society Library. Nat. Brut  (pr. nat broot) is a biannual journal of art and literature dedicated to advancing equality and inclusivity in all creative fields.  Each issue includes

January 21 at 7PM – The Story of Brain Food, Artist Talk with Ean and Erik Schuessler

As part of CentralTrak’s current exhibition, The Zine Society Library the Dallas-based brothers and business partners Ean Schuessler and Erik Schuessler will speak about how making zines as teenagers evolved into a legitimate and respected profession.  The designers currently operate Brainfood, a multimedia company with national accounts such as Ryder, Hughes Research Labs, Pepsico/Yum (KFC,

October 24 at 8PM – Zine Society Library

Frequent CentralTrak collaborator Taro-kun returns to Dallas to curate the “Zine Society Library” opening on Saturday, October 24 from 8-10pm.  The exhibition will function as a reading room containing over 100 artist-published DIY “zines” from around the world.  Notable contributors to the exhibition are Kelly K (Toronto, Canada), Julian Callos (Los Angeles, CA), Yumi Sakugawa

October 29 at 7PM – Doug Dunlop

  Scheduled to speak on Thursday, October 29 at 7pm. Doug Dunlop of Washington D.C.'s Smithsonian Libraries will speak on his curatorial work for Fantastic Worlds: Science and Fiction, 1780-1910, currently on view at National Museum of American History. Mr. Dunlop will discuss literary examples of scientific and cultural critique within the exhibition as a

November 5 at 7PM – Replay-Time Machine: Conference/Performance Loris Greaud & Frank Dufour

The Interplay of Irresolution, Self-fulfilling Prophecy and Anticipatory Resoluteness   On Thursday, Nov 5, 7pm CentralTrak presents the French artist Loris Gréaud in conversation with UTDallas professor Frank Dufour.  The presentation is called “Replay-Time Machine: The Interplay of Irresolution, Self-fulfilling Prophecy and Anticipatory Resoluteness”.  This interview-style event will delve into the themes in Gréaud’s recent installation at the

November 13 at 8PM – Sticks

NOV 13, 2015, 8:00pm CentralTrak presents another experimental music event for the CentralSounds series. Sticks is a concert of improvisations by two small ensembles, featuring composer Christian Wolff’s work entitled Sticks. The Denton-based Ex Muse Trio, consisting of Jolene Masone on amplified bassoon, Colton Lytle on percussion and Chaz Underriner on electric guitar and radio,

September 12 at 2PM – CalArts SPRAWL

SPRAWL Words, sounds, and ideas from the intersection of CalArts and Texas September 12 - 2PM to 5PM Centraltrak is pleased to host an afternoon of literary programming from CalArts writing alumni currently living and working in the state of Texas. This slate of short readings, performances, investigations and provocations is modeled on the notorious

September 19 at 4PM CentralSounds Presents “The Janus Switch”

"The Janus Switch" Composed and Performed by David Stout Software created by Cory Metcalf & David Stout September 19 - 4PM   The closing event of It Came From CalArts features The Janus Switch (2015), a performance work by CalArts alum David Stout that merges real-time generative animation and electronic music into a poetic form

August 22 at 8:00 pm “It Came From CalArts”

It Came From CalArts Date: August 22,2015 – September 19 2015 Opening Reception Saturday August 22, 2015 at 8:00 pm CentralTrak is pleased to host Guest Curator Robin Myrick’s extraordinary vision of the blended world of CalArts in Texas. It Came From CalArts is an exhibition comprised of nine Texas artists who are also CalArts

June 20 at 8:00 pm CentralSounds presents Jeremiah Cymerman

CentralTrak presents their ongoing CentralSounds series with a program of experimental music curated by the Denton group Ex Mus featuring Jeremiah Cymerman with guests Joshua Westerman, Ryan Fellhauer, and Mike Morris. Composer, clarinetist and genre-breaker Jeremiah Cymerman will perform June 20th at 8:00 pm at Centraltrak as part of his national tour.  His work has been

June 13 – June 27 MFA show “Hyperfocus” by Jesse J. Griffith

June 13 – June 27, 2015 Opening Night Reception Saturday June 13, 2015 at 8:00 pm CentralTrak is pleased to present “Hyperfocus” an MFA exhibition for CentralTrak resident, Jesse J. Griffith. A variety of video installation works will be presented that feature moments of observational meditation, captured with video cameras and framed by digital displays.

May 23 – June 6 Chance an MFA show by Bradley Cruse

Date: May 23 – June 6 Opening Reception: Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 pm CentralTrak is pleased to host CHANCE an MFA exhibit by Bradley Cruse on Saturday May 23 from 8-10 pm. This new media exhibition uses advanced technology to detail the impact of chance on the human psyche. Using the latest technology in


CentralTrak is pleased to host Mary Walling Blackburn for a performance in it’s Next Topic series, April 29, 2015 at 7:00 pm.  “Goodly Object; Sleazy Performance is the initial hallucination of a future performance (or perhaps an incantation for future objects studded with language). Here pseudo-spiritualism and war crime therapies merge. How? A lecture of M.C.

May 7 at 7:00 Next Topic featuring Nathaniel Donnett

Event: Next Topic featuring Nathaniel Donnett Date and Time: Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 7:00 pm   CentralTrak is pleased to host, Houston-based artist Nathaniel Donnett who will speak as part of its Next Topic lecture series with a question and answer session moderated by Vicki Meek. Positioning his multidisciplinary work, which includes elements of

April 26: Screening of / with Evan Meaney

  CentralTrak is please to host the screening of Evan Meaney's recent work /, on Sunday April 26 at 7:30 pm Evan Meaney, an artist working at the cross section of new media and avant-garde film, will be visiting the DFW to screen videos made over the last several years, collectively comprising the larger work

April 18 – May 16: I Should Have Been a Pop Star: Evaluating Value

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THIS PRESS RELEASE. Date: April 18 – May 16 Gallery Hours: Saturday’s for updated information see below Description CentralTrak is proud to introduce Leslie Moody Castro’s I Should Have Been a Pop Star: Evaluating Value. Moody Castro, curator-in-residence at CentralTrak, will not be curating actual objects, art or artifacts,

March 7 – “SUDARIUM” by Reinhold Engberding: extended to April 11

Date: March 7 - Extended through April 11, 2015 due to popular demand Opening Reception: Saturday, March 7, 8 - 10 pm  Description CentralTrak is pleased to present “SUDARIUM” by Reinhold Engberding.  A past CentralTrak resident, Engberding's installation is the continuation of a series of image "interviews" with the same title, which he started in 2006.

March 26: Tête-à-Tête: A Conversation between Reinhold Engberding and K. Yoland

CLICK HERE FOR A PDF OF THIS PRESS RELEASE. Date: Thursday, March 26, 7:00 pm Description CentralTrak is excited to announce the latest installment of its Tête-à-Tête series, Thursday, March 26th at 7pm.  This week will focus on CentralTrak artist-in-residence Reinhold Engberding (Germany) whose current solo exhibition SUDARIUM is on view in the gallery.   Engberding will

Feb. 21 – Artist Talk with Postcommodity

Date: February 21, 2015 at 3:00 pm   Location: CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave Dallas, Texas 75226   Description CentralTrak is pleased to present an artist talk featuring artists’ collective Postcommodity.  Members Kade Twist and Nathan Young will give insight to their current CentralTrak exhibition Gallup Motel Butchering.  Postcommodity is presenting a particular kind of collision

Notable News

February 20, 2012 - The Gallery at the University of Texas at Arlington is presenting a two-person show featuring works by Kana Harada and Ruben Nietoread more

January 3, 2012 - CentralTrak Director and Artist Resident, Heyd Fontenot, selected as "Critic Pick" read more

October 31, 2011 - Graduate Student Artist in Residence Danielle Georgiou's spot on KERA's Art&Seek! watch video

September 21, 2011 - CentralTrak Invites Weekend Visitors to Look as Well as Listen
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August 9, 2011 - D Magazine Reviews CentralTrak Show of MFA Graduate: Participating with three other UTD Master of Fine Arts students in the exhibit "Four" at CentralTrak, Willie Baronet's work investigates methods of cultural advertising and desensitization. read more

August 1, 2011 - CentralTrak Enters New Season With New Director: Centraltrak, a Deep Ellum artist residency and gallery that is part of the UT Dallas School of Arts and Humanities, has appointed Heyd Fontenot as its new director. read more

May 24, 2011 - Similar but Different #17: Shoot Your Mouth Off, the Aftermath: In America, especially Texas, guns and gun imagery are prevalent within our culture. The violence of guns & knives goes hand in hand with sex as an example of our favorite, if not vicarious, pastimes. read more

May 18, 2011 - artthisweeek.comCentraltrak � Gun & Knife Show Co-curator Heyd Fontenot Interview

May 16, 2011 - Gun & Knife Show featured in D Magazine Art Review: What an Art Show Says About Gun-Obsessed Texas

May 1, 2011 - Gun & Knife Show co-curator, Heyd Fontenot, interviewed by KERA
KERA radio report and Expanded online report

February 10, 2011 - Darell Fields' Black Architecture Project one of "the most interesting things to do around the state this week" according to The New York Times. read more

November 22, 2010 - CentralTrak Artist in Residence, Gabriel Dawe, Interveiwed by My Modern Metropolis. read more

November 8, 2010 - White Rock Lake Weekly: Residency program keeps artists on CentralTrak. read more

October 1, 2010 - The State Fair of Texas isn't the only attraction found near Fair Park this month. "Pow! La Revolución: Paintings by Ruben Nieto" at CentralTrak - the University of Texas at Dallas Artists Residency - adds to the buzz. read more

June 11, 2010 - Art This Week-CentralTrak-Art Work-Carolyn Sortor-Ep. 56

June 8, 2010 - Art This Week-CentralTrak-The Non-Profit Margin-Kate Sheerin-Ep. 55

May 21, 2010 - Art, Money and Labor at CentralTrak

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