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Mesquite Arts Center hosts Eastfield Visual Arts Faculty Exhibition to Celebrate 50 Years

Last updated on September 16, 2020

By Iris Bechtol

In celebration of the Dallas College Eastfield Campus 50th Anniversary, the Mesquite Art Center will host an exhibition of works by Eastfield Visual Art faculty starting Oct. 6. Curated by Eastfield Gallery Director Iris Bechtol, the exhibition includes works by select current and former visual art faculty.

For four decades, the Eastfield Visual Arts department has prepared many students for careers in the visual arts, providing courses in drawing, design, photography, ceramics, sculpture, art appreciation and art history. Eastfield Visual Art alumni include professional artists, art educators, gallery owners, gallery directors, art therapists, art entrepreneurs, photographers and graphic designers.

When they aren’t guiding their students through various art processes, professional practices and discussions on contemporary art and theory, visual arts faculty sustain their own studio practices outside of the classroom. In addition to teaching, Eastfield Visual Arts faculty exhibit their work nationally and internationally represented in public and private collections.

Their artwork has also been featured in national and international art publications. They are published writers and regularly produce scholarly work through publication and lecture.

Artists included in the exhibition are Rex Reece, Kathy Windrow, Rick Maxwell, James Watral, David Willburn, Eric Eley, Dan Rizzie, Jessica McClendon, Suzanne Kelley Clark, Peter Ligon, Jason Pinckard, Jer’Lisa Devezin, Tuba Koymen, Jessica McCambly, John Oliver Lewis, Michelle Thomas Richardson, Cassie Phan, Ryder Richards, Daniel Martinez, Ashley Whitt, Barbara Fontaine-White, Rachel Fischer and Michael O’Keefe.

The exhibition, which runs through Dec. 28, is free and open to the public. You can check it out from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday starting Tuesday, Oct. 6.

COVID-19 restrictions include a limit of 10 people in the galleries at one time. Masks and social distancing are also required.

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