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Barbara Davis GalleryNICOLE AWAI

Nicole Awai is a multi-media artist. She earned her Master’s Degree in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida in 1996. She attended the Showhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency in 1997 and was artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2000. Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 Initial Public Offerings series at the Whitney Museum of American Art and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2012.

Her work has been included in seminal museum exhibitions including Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, at P.S. 1/ MOMA (2000), the Biennale of Ceramic in Contemporary Art, Italy (2003), Open House: Working in Brooklyn (2004), Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007) both at the Brooklyn Museum; the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea; The Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA II, the Getty Foundation Initiative exhibitions Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean at the California African American Museum and Circles and Circuits II: Contemporary Art of the Chinese Caribbean at the Chinese American Museum, along with Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art and the High Line Network exhibition New Monuments for New Cities.

Her work has also been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary, Portland Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Philip Frost Art Museum FIU, the Vilcek Foundation and the Biennale of the Caribbean in Aruba(2013). Other recent exhibitions include Splotch at Sperone Westwater, NY. Figuring the Floral, Wave Hill, NY; Summer Affairs at Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX and Nicole Awai: Envisioning the Liquid Land at Lesley Heller Gallery, NY. Awai was a Critic at the Yale School of Art in the Department of Painting and Printmaking from 2009-2015 and is currently faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Awai is represented by Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, TX.



For 39 years, Barbara Davis Gallery has brought groundbreaking contemporary art to Houston.  Driven by her intuitive sensibilities and perennially fresh vision, Barbara Davis has championed a generation of significant contemporary artists. In the process she has challenged a generation of art collectors, both seasoned and aspiring, to see the beauty and value in their work through dialogs and panel discussions with prominent museum curators and artists from across genres.  She has launched the careers of international artists such as Julie Mehretu, one of the most important contemporary artists of our time, and Mie Olise  Kjærgaard, a rising star from Denmark discovered in a Saatchi Sensations exhibition, having given Mehretu her first gallery exhibition and Olise her first U.S. exhibition. She was also one of the first to bring to Houston the influential names of Joseph Beuys, Kiki Smith, Jonathan Borofsky, Allan McCollum, and Gilbert & George among many others.  She brought progressive international exhibitions such as Leipzig Select, artists from the New Leipzig School, and exhibitions for Beijing East Village artists Zhang Huan and Li Wei.  Barbara Davis Gallery was one of the first Texas galleries to be included in the influential and prestigious Art Basel Miami Beach art fair.  The gallery’s exhibitions have been reviewed in international publications such as ArtForum, Art in America, Art News, Flash Art International, The Art Economist, and The New York Times among many others.  Her passion for exhibiting innovative contemporary art and her commitment to educating her collectors and the community has driven the focus of the gallery for 39 years.

Deborah Colton GallerySelect Works by Bert L. Long Jr.

Deborah Colton Gallery is pleased to present Select Works by Bert L. Long Jr., a sampling of works by Bert L. Long, Jr. (1940-2013), who was one of the most talented and versatile African American artists of our time from Texas.  This selection includes some of his finest, paintings, sculptures, drawings and prints from his Art Estate that have all shown in many prestigious exhibitions.  Bert L. Long Jr. is represented by Deborah Colton Gallery.

Deborah Colton Gallery is an innovative showcase of strong historical and visionary contemporary artists worldwide who work in the mediums of painting, works on paper, sculpture, video, photography, performance, conceptual future media and public installations. In addition to the gallery's stable of artists, Deborah Colton Gallery provides consultative services both nationally and internationally to individuals, corporations and institutions so they can start to acquire specific works through a comprehensive program of collecting. 

Inman GalleryJamal Cyrus at Inman Gallery

Based in Houston, Texas, Jamal Cyrus (b. 1973) works across media in a conceptual, research-driven practice that interrogates American history within the framework of black political movements, the influence of the African Diaspora, and social struggle. Encompassing object-based to performance art, Cyrus’ work is a form of self-education, aiming to rectify gaps in the understanding of cultural and national heritage. His first solo museum exhibition, The End of My Beginning, will open Summer 2021 at the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston.

Cyrus received his BFA from the University of Houston in 2004 and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2008. Cyrus has won several awards, most recently the Driskell Prize, awarded by the High Museum of Art, Atlanta, GA (2020). He has participated in numerous national and international exhibitions, including Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (2020); Front International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, Akron Art Museum, Akron, OH (2018); Direct Message: Art, Language and Power, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL (2019); and The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 – Now, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Chicago, IL (2016). 

Cyrus was also a member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones and Associates. As a member of the collective, he exhibited at the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2008); the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Washington, DC (2008); the Menil Collection, Houston (2007); and the 2006 Whitney Biennial.

Jamal Cyrus lives and works in Houston, TX. 

About Inman Gallery: Founded in 1990 with an emphasis on artists living in Houston and the region, Inman Gallery has since cultivated an internationally recognized program that represents contemporary artists from the region, nationally, and abroad. The gallery takes an active approach in supporting artists from the early stages of their careers into national and international recognition; the gallery is equally active in its local community. Education, community engagement, and a long-term commitment to artists form the core of the gallery’s mission. Celebrating the gallery's 30th anniversary this fall, we welcome visitors by appointment.

Inman Gallery has been a member of the ADAA since 2009.

Liliana Bloch GalleryThe Beautiful People

The Gallery is proud to honor three women artists of the African diaspora discussing themes of beauty, race, and queerness. We are proud to introduce the work of Brooklyn based Dana Robinson to the Dallas Art Fair and Culture Place audience. 

About Dana Robinson:

Dana Robinson's paintings address black female identity, black love, and Blackness. Her visual language uses 70’s Ebony magazines as source material. Selecting stylized advertisements that highlight the idea of upward mobility and a growing black middle class the artist employs a language of humor and relaxation; the work puts viewers at ease with its accessibility. Her artwork opens up complex spaces of laughter and irony while retaining an empathetic quality. The familiarity of the work creates a homelike and inviting environment, communicating to viewers regardless of background that they are welcomed here: we are your friends and we understand you. 

As Robinson rearranges these images into an airy, atomized spread of abstract and dispersed parts, she strips them of their original power to promote the consumption of the products. She hacks the tools given to us to achieve personal fulfillment and aims to use new tools to envision and map a future that preserves and honors black life. 

Robinson has exhibited her work in the US and abroad, most recently online with Medium Tings, Stay at Home Gallery, and Selena’s Mountain, Mexico City with Beverly’s at Material Art Fair, Miami at Untitled, and ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee” Robinson has exhibited her work in the US and abroad, most recently online with Medium Tings, Stay at Home Gallery, and Selena’s Mountain, Mexico City with Beverly’s at Material Art Fair, Miami at Untitled, and ‘My Country ‘Tis of Thee” at HERE Art Center in New York. Her work has been written about in NY Mag’s Vulture, VICE, Ain’t Bad, Queen Mobs Teahouse, Kolaj Magazine, and Sarah Lawrence College’s Lumina Journal to name a few. Robinson graduated from the School of Visual Arts with an MFA in Fine Art and is currently living and working in Brooklyn, and participating in the Elizabeth Murray Artist Residency, through Collar Works.

Liliana Bloch Gallery represents national and international artist working in all media. 

SITE131SITE131: JEREMIAH ONIFADÉ: surreal figures

SITE131 welcomes the New Year introducing a young Nigerian American artist now living in Dallas in his first solo exhibition, JEREMIAH ONIFADÉ:  surreal figures.  Capturing what he keenly remembers from his native country, Onifadé’s narrative paintings serve as charming stories about the life he left.  A singular, elegant, and dancelike figure strides across the canvas in a world all her/his own.  The art viewer then has the chance to unravel the narrative while observing the lightly touched figures appearing almost from another planet.

Artist Jeremiah Onifadé is a storyteller.  He’s inventing characters that are totally original to him, carrying on narratives that play out his memories.  His charming figures seem to wink at the viewer while hiding little details about his personal histories.  These delightful, outer space mutations take us to another world, a perfect experience for entering the New Year.

Nonprofit artspace SITE131 proposes as its core pursuit to spotlight the concept of pairing — presenting new art from America and abroad side-by-side with new works by Texas artists. By coupling bright, mostly young talents who deal with similar issues, the art audience sees novel connections and finds a unique context for understanding contemporary art in new ways.

Valley House Gallery & Sculpture GardenAustin Uzor and Sedrick Huckaby


About Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden:

Founded in 1954 by Peggy and Donald Vogel, Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden is located in its original North Dallas location (on Spring Valley Road between Preston and Hillcrest.) Second generation owners Cheryl and Kevin Vogel, along with Director Laura Green, represent established and emerging contemporary artists working in inventive ways with traditional media. Sculpture is on view throughout the 4+ acre garden. In addition, the gallery offers 19th and 20th century American and European art, as well as significant Early Texas works. The gallery has promoted artists internationally for over 60 years through curating exhibitions, showing in art fairs, publishing scholarly catalogues, and placing fine art in private and museum collections.

Conduit GalleryFahamu Pecou - TRAPADEMIA III: Seven African Powers

For TRAPADEMIA III: 7 African Powers Dr. Fahamu Pecou continues his exploration of contemporary articulations of Blackness. Mining the Black experience, these works draw parallels to African spiritual and ancestral presence. Here, through large scale paintings and works on paper, Dr. Pecou specifically references the “7 African Powers” a concept that refers to the seven primary Orishas (deities) in the Ifa pantheon. Ifa is an indigenous spiritual cosmology originating in West Africa. Pecou draws parallels between contemporary Black expressions to these West African deities through the use of color, pose, and costume. Pecou attempts to redirect us away from viewing Black people as solely as victims of trauma and suffering by revealing the deeper legacy of Black identity. Pecou looks beyond the imposition of a politics of respectability, which in many ways insists that Black bodies adopt and adhere to white social constructs. Pecou’s “trap-bodies” become sites of resistance and inherent power in their own right by transforming these often misinterpreted bodies into expressions of beauty, pride, and majesty.

In 2017, Dr. Pecou began developing Trapademia™, a concept which he asserts more broadly defines the phenomenon now known as “trap.” According to Pecou, “Thanks to the popularity of trap music - a sub-genre of hip-hop music emerging from southern states - trap has become synonymous with drug dealing and drug usage. However, the drug economy, so often referenced in trap music, is but one small aspect of the broader functions of what I call trap ideology.

Trapademia™ considers trap as a technology where various social, cultural, racial, sexual, economic, and political oppressions become remedied through innovative and inventive social practices. Trapping refers to the collaborative survival strategies, coping mechanisms, and subversive acts that people employ when denied full access to social and political resources. By advancing pioneering principles and the often unremarked genius that emerge within marginalized communities, Trapademia™ elevates the liminal spaces of cultural knowledge and understanding, spaces often overlooked or misinterpreted by the mainstream. “

Dr. Fahamu Pecou is an interdisciplinary artist and scholar whose works combine observations on hip-hop, fine art and popular culture. Pecou’s paintings, performance art, and academic work addresses concerns around contemporary representations of Black masculinity and how these images impact both the reading and performance of Black masculinity.

Fahamu earned an BFA at the Atlanta College of Art in 1997 and a Ph.D. from Emory University in 2018. Dr. Pecou exhibits his art worldwide in addition to lectures and speaking engagements at colleges and universities. As an educator, Dr. Pecou has developed (ad)Vantage Point, a narrative-based arts curriculum focused on Black male youth.

Pecou's work is featured in noted private and public national and international collections including; Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture, Societe Generale (Paris), Nasher Museum at Duke University, The High Museum of Art, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Seattle Art Museum, Paul R. Jones Collection, Clark Atlanta University Art Collection and Museum of Contemporary Art Georgia.

Pecou was recently named the inaugural Artist-in-Residence for the Atlanta Beltline. In 2017 he was the subject of a retrospective exhibition "Miroirs de l'Homme" in Paris, France. His work also appears in several films and television shows including; Black-ish, The Chi, and Lifetime's The 10th Date. Dr. Pecou is a recipient of the 2016 Joan Mitchell Foundation "Painters and Sculptors" Award.

From it’s inception in 1984, the focus of Conduit Gallery has been to forge a link between contemporary artists’ work and the public. The gallery represents established mid‐career artists and young, new talent. The program includes three exhibitions which run concurrently, including the Project Room, committed to showing works by artists not represented, often experimental or small scale in scope.

Exhibitions include painting, sculpture, works on paper, photography and video. Since relocating to Hi Line Drive in 2002, Conduit Gallery has led the way to what is becoming a vibrant, energetic gallery sector in the Dallas Design District.

David Shelton GalleryRobert Hodge

Robert Hodge (b. 1979, Houston) is an interdisciplinary artist whose practice reflects themes of memory and commemoration. Grounded in the rich continuum of African American history and cultural expression, Hodge’s work celebrates resilience and reclamation, with his commemorations of African American musical and cultural icons serving to both preserve the past and illuminate the present. With a nod to sampling culture and Rauschenberg’s principle of working in the gap between art and life, Hodge’s collage-based works pair urban detritus and found objects with cut-out images, lyrics and other signifiers of the African-American experience, forming a duality of meaning wherein fragments of everyday urban life become conduits of artistic expression.

Hodge studied visual art at the Pratt Institute in New York and the Atlanta College of Art. He has exhibited in numerous national and international institutions including Houston Museum of African American Culture; Project Row Houses (Houston, TX); Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; Contemporary Arts Museum (Houston, TX); New Gallery of Modern Art (Charlotte, NC); and Contemporary Museum of East Africa (Nairobi, Kenya). He was an artist-in-residence at Artpace, San Antonio (2017); the Joan Mitchell Foundation, New Orleans (2015); and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine (2014), and has received grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, Houston Arts Alliance and The Idea Fund.

His work is included in ‘Slowed and Throwed’, a group exhibition, curated by Patricia Restrepo, at Contemporary Art Museum (Houston) that will re-open in February. Other current projects include “Two and 1⁄2 years: A Musical Celebration to the Spirit of Juneteenth”, an album that he executive produced, as well as his traveling installation titled “The Beauty Box.”


Robert Hodge: DNA will be a site specific studio exhibition at the gallery from January through March of 2021. 

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