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 South Dallas Cultural Center and Bill Daniel, artist, photographer, filmmaker, and educator en route to lecture at Black Mountain School, an alternative pedagogy project happening at the site of the original Black Mountain College.  .

CentralTrak is located in Expo Park neighborhood, at 800 Exposition Avenue, Dallas, Texas 75226.  All of our programming is free and open to the public.


Erica Stephens

ericaheadshot_croppedportraitErica Stephens is an interdisciplinary artist who sites her practice at an intersection between European art movements of the late 1800s and the history of southern craft. She received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Dallas and her Master of Fine Arts from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. She is a former adjunct professor who is vocally critical of the use of adjuncts in the American university system. She currently shows with RO2 Art in Dallas, Texas.





Vicki Meek

Vicki2Vicki Meek, a native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is a nationally recognized artist who has exhibited widely. Meek is in the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Dallas, The Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Norwalk Community College in Norwalk, Connecticut. She was awarded three public arts commissions with the Dallas
Area Rapid Transit Art Program and was co-artist on the largest public art project in Dallas, the Dallas Convention Center Public Art Project. Meek was selected as one of ten national artists to celebrate the 10th Anniversary
of the Nasher Sculpture Center with the commissioning of a site-specific installation. In addition, Vicki Meek is an independent curator and writes= cultural criticism for Dallas Weekly with her blog Art & Racenotes (http://art-racenotes.blogspot.com) and is a guest columnist for TheaterJones, an online performing arts magazine.

With over 40 years of arts administrative experience that includes working as a senior program administrator for a state arts agency, a local arts agency and running a non-profit visual arts center, Vicki Meek retired in March, 2016 as the Manager of the South Dallas Cultural Center in Dallas, Texas, a full-service African-centered center that is a division of the City of Dallas
Office of Cultural Affairs. She served on the board of National Performance Network 2008-15 and was Chair from 2012-2014. Meek is currently a fulltime artist who splits her time between Dallas and Costa Rica where she is co-founder of USEKRA: Center for Creative Investigation, a non-profit retreat for creatives in a wide range of disciplines.

Bill Daniel

bill danielBill Daniel is a touring artist, photographer, filmmaker, and educator currently based on the gulf coast of Texas. His work spans a wide range of practices including writing and publishing, touring multi-media installations, and large-scale experimental film-based photography.

Daniel has forged a 30-year working career as an artist without a formal arts education, primarily through participation in small scale artist-run enterprises, such as the microcinema network of alternative screening venues. In May, he will be presenting and lecturing at Black Mountain School, an alternative pedagogy project happening at the site of the original Black Mountain College.

His work has been exhibited at Deitch Projects, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, MOCA LA, MOMA, New Museum, and hundreds of DIY spaces on tour. He has received awards from Creative Capital, John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and others. Daniel credits Black Flag for his van-based nomadicism.

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