Events & Shows


Sept. 18 – Tête-à-Tête: “HOMETOWN ARTISTS: An Interview between Christopher Blay and Anthony Mariani”

Tête-à-Tête: “HOMETOWN ARTISTS: An Interview between Christopher Blay and Anthony Mariani”   Date: Thursday, September 18, 7 pm Location: CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, Texas 75226   Description CentralTrak is excited to announce the kickoff of its 2014/2015 talk series “Tête-à-Tête”, one-on-one interviews and discussions with innovative, inspiring, and revolutionary artists. On Thursday, September 18th, CentralTrak

Sept. 12 – CentralSound presents Ex Mus 9: The Politics of Pulse

Event: CentralSound presents Ex Mus 9: The Politics of Pulse Date: Friday, Sept. 12, 8 p.m. Location: CentralTrak, 800 Exposition Ave, Dallas, Texas 75226 Description CentralTrak begins its new music series CentralSound.  An exploration of different types of music from all over experimental genres. The Politics of Pulse will bring back favorite, Ex Mus and feature important works of “downtown music”. This music

Aug 14: Panel Discussion hosted by Lee Escobedo

Panel Discussion hosted by Lee Escobedo Date: Thursday, August 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm Location: CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave Dallas, Texas 75226 In a continued effort to give individuals in the North Texas arts community a voice, CentralTrak is hosting a panel discussion hosted by Lee Escobedo. Escobedo, an area native is an active participant

Aug 23 – Sept 20: “Satellites” by Christopher Blay

“Satellites” by Christopher Blay Date: Aug 23 - September 20 Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug 23, 8 - 10 pm Location: CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave Dallas, Texas 75226 The Liberian-born artist Christopher Blay, who is currently an artist-in-residence at CentralTrak presents his most recent body of sculptural installation at CentralTrak’s exhibition space opening on August 23.

August 2-16: “#Solidarity” by Mona Kasra

“#solidarity” by Mona Kasra Date: Aug 2- Aug 16 Opening Reception: Saturday, Aug 2, 8 - 10 pm Location: CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave Dallas, Texas 75226 On August 2nd, Mona Kasra will open her exhibit “#solidarity,” alluding to the growing crossover between the use of self-portrait photographs (selfies) and online activism in the age of

July 12 – 26 “If you REALLY want to know” – Shawn Mayer MFA Exhibition

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 12, 8 pm CentralTrak resident Shawn Mayer presents a series of videos and photographic installations titled “If you REALLY want to know.” Mayer’s thesis exhibition re-examines slice-of-life moments and injects them with a wild dose of existential humor bordering on a stand-up comedy routine. The work is inspired by various forms of

June 21- July 5: “Bending Light”- Vargha Manshadi MFA Exhibition

Date: June 21- July 5 Opening Reception: Saturday, June 21, 7pm On June 21st MFA student Vargha Manshadi transforms the CentralTrak gallery with his thesis exhibition “Bending Light”, a series of large abstract photographs manipulating space, form, light and shadow through layers of textures, reflective objects and magnifying glasses. Manshadi uses optics to create these

“lololololololololol: The MFA exhibition of Spencer Brown­Pearn” : May 31 ­ June 14, 2014

CentralTrak kicks off the summer with “lololololololololol”, an MFA thesis exhibition by Spencer Brown­Pearn. Brown­Pearn seeks to explore an intersection of art and technology, where the expressive ‘hand’ and gesture of painting meet the coded, digital world. Using a multidisciplinary approach, Brown­Pearn uses a combination of traditional media and technology to create paintings, drawings, and

ex mus: “ Balcones Fault” – Saturday, May 17, 8p

ex mus: “ Balcones Fault” Date:  Saturday, May 17, 8p Inactive for nearly 15 million years, the Balcones Fault may not cross your mind very often. But in Central Texas, the geological feature has a way of showing up everywhere in subtle ways: rivers, hills, road signs etc. And while none of the music on

April 25, 2014: Music Performance – Demitasse: Blue Medicine

Date: Friday, April 25, 7pm Demitasse, a two piece acoustic group, will be gracing CentralTrak for a one-night performance of their debut album “Blue Medicine, a side project for Erik Sanden and Joe Reyes of the San Antonio art rock band Buttercup Joe Reyes is a Grammy award winning guitarist and multi-instrumentalist. Erik Sanden composes

April 17, 2014: Fernando Flores Signing at CentralTrak

“Fernando Flores Signing at CentralTrak” Date: Thursday, April 17, 7pm Location: CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave Dallas, Texas 75226 Description On Thursday, April 17th CentralTrak will host writer Fernando Flores and WordSpace Dallas for a book signing of Flores book Death of the Bullshit Artists of South Texas, Vol. I. McAllen, Texas is the indie-rock capital

“Code Yellow Caution-Crisis-Critique: April 12th – May 17th, 2014

“Code Yellow Caution-Crisis-Critique: A curatorial exercise exploring systems of real and perceived warnings” Date: April 12th - May 17th. Opening Reception: April 12th, 6:30pm-10pm "Code Yellow," an exhibition being displayed in a joint show between the CentralTrak gallery and UTD Visual Arts Building, brings together six curators from various fields (art, journalism, network analysis, social

CentralTrak presents: “The Paintings of *George W Bush”

CentralTrak presents: “The Paintings of *George W Bush” * Facsimiles presented in this exhibition are an homage to the benign art of George W Bush Date: Saturday, April 5th, 7pm - 10pm On April 5, 2014, George W Bush's first public art exhibition will be celebrated at his presidential library and museum in Dallas, Texas.

ex mus: “ Martin Back: Salon Disconcert” – Saturday March 22th

ex mus: “ Martin Back: Salon Disconcert” Date: Saturday March 22th, continuous presentation of various experimental musical performances from 7pm -10pm On Saturday, March 22nd, at CentralTrak, (the University of Texas at Dallas' artists residency and gallery), the musical composer-performer-researcher Martin Back will give a rare evening length presentation of experimental music composition and sound

Jan 25, 2014: “Let the Drip From the Ceiling Become an 8 Foot Hole in the Roof” by Jeff Gibbons

Jeff Gibbons- “Let the Drip From the Ceiling Become an 8 Foot Hole in the Roof” Date: January 25 – March 22, 2014 Opening Reception: Saturday January 25, 8pm-10pm CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave Dallas, Texas 75226 Art Ball Prize winner and current CentralTrak artist-in-residence Jeff Gibbons opens a solo exhibition entitled Let the Drip From

Dec 14, 2013: ex mus 7 – an experimental music concert series

7TH INSTALLMENT of EX MUS SERIES ANNOUNCED SATURDAY, December 14th, 2013 at 8pm  at CENTRALTRAK: THE UTD ARTIST RESIDENCY AND GALLERY EX MUS featuring Adam Goodwin Native Texan, contrabassist, composer, and visual artist, Adam Goodwin is visiting Dallas from Berlin, Germany to give a solo concert with ex mus. The program features five contemporary pieces realized

Dec 11, 2013: Lecture by Visiting Artist Gavin Morrison

Visiting Artist in Residence Lecture: “Gavin Morrison” Date: Wednesday December 11, 7pm Location: CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave Dallas, Texas 75226 CentralTrak is honored to have hosted so many talented artists at the residency program over the past seven years. One such individual is curator, writer and publisher Gavin Morrison. On Wednesday December 11th Morrison will present

Dec 6, 2013: ex mus 6 – an experimental music concert series

SIXTH INSTALLMENT of EX MUS SERIES ANNOUNCED Friday, December 6th, 2013 at 8pm  at CENTRALTRAK: THE UTD ARTIST RESIDENCY AND GALLERY EX MUS: “the wulf. in DFW” featuring SEPAND SHAHAB, COLIN WAMBSGANS AND MIKE WINTER Winter is coming and CentralTrak knows how to warm your hearts. Ex mus brings Los Angeles­‐​based experimental musicians Sepand Shahab, Colin

Oct 25, 2013: ex mus 5 with Nico Couck – an experimental music concert series

FIFTH INSTALLMENT of EX MUS SERIES ANNOUNCED OCTOBER 25TH at CENTRALTRAK: THE UTD ARTIST RESIDENCY AND GALLERY ex mus presents “Reciprocity” featuring NICO COUCK Friday, October 25th at 8pm Dallas, TX – Belgian guitarist Nico Couck will travel through Texas on his first U.S. tour and will perform a free concert at CentralTrak: The UT

October 26 – Dec 14, 2013: “Sadie Hawkins” – a group show curated by Leigh A. Arnold

CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Department of Communications “Sadie Hawkins” Opening Reception Date: Saturday October 26th, 7:00 pm The exhibition runs until Dec 14 Gallery hours are Saturdays, noon – 5pm and by appointment. Location: CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave. Dallas, TX 75226   Description: First popularized by the Li'l

September 21, 2013: “Culo de Oro” & “Quickly Assembled/Half Burned” aka “Fristkt Kopplat, halften brunnet”

CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Department of Communications September 21st, 2013, 6:00 PM – 10:00 PM CentralTrak 800 Exposition Ave Dallas, TX 75226 Description: Just in time for DADA’s (Dallas Art Dealers Association) Fall Art Walk, CentralTrak will be hosting an evening full of events presented by the

Sep 14, 2013: ex mus 4 with Steve Parker – an experimental music concert series

The experimental music concert series 'ex mus' is back with another concert at CentralTrak, presenting Steve Parker. The concert begins at 8:00pm on Saturday, September 14th, and is free to the public.   The Language and Sound Project Steve Parker, trombone + electronics Austin based trombonist, Steve Parker, will perform his 'Sound and Language' program along with several newer,

August 3 – 24, 2013: Take by David Witherspoon

CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency Presents: TAKE David Witherspoon, MFA candidate at UTDallas’ Art & Technology program Opening Reception: Saturday August 3rd, 7:00pm Runs through August 24th In this exhibition David Witherspoon tackles concerns over the industrialization and globalization of modern Western society which has drastically affected the psyche and existence

July 6 – 27, 2013: Between Here and Cool – The photographs of Diane Durant – Creative PhD Exhibition

CentralTrak: The University of Texas at Dallas Artist Residency Presents: Between Here and Cool: Creative PhD Exhibition The photographs of Diane Durant Date: Opening Reception: Saturday July 6, 7:00pm. Runs through July 27 Special Event: Poetry Reading Thursday, July 25, 7-9pm, CentralTrak Featuring Karla K. Morton, 2010 Texas Poet Laureate, Alan Birkelbach, 2005 Texas Poet


When transgender models strike poses beside landmarks in Texas’ most conservative metroplex, the results can be exquisitely photogenic yet ideologically conflicting. But the creative team of Daniel Kusner and Bryan Amann hasn’t shied away from the challenge. “214 Trans4m” is a photo series that aims to capture Dallas’ history, architecture and stereotypes, all while straddling

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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