Alumni Collaborative to Exhibit at Richland College, Dallas

Seven School of Art alumni are the founding members of a 12 artist collaborative called The Culture Laboratory Collective.  They include Piotr Chizinski (2007 MFA Sculpture, Ithica, NY), Shreepad Joglekar (2006 MFA Photography, Victoria, TX), Ryder Richards (2001 BFA Painting + Drawing, MFA from TCU, Princeton, TX), Sue Anne Rische (1994 BFA Jewelry Design & Metalsmithing, MFA from Univ. of Washington, Princeton, TX), Ian F. Thomas (2006 MFA Ceramics, Slippery Rock, PA), Dryden Wells (2008 MFA Ceramics, Jingdezher, China), and Jonathan Whitfill (2006 MFA Sculpture, Lubbock, TX) – click here to see their resumes.   The Collective, in collaboration with Ben Lewis, will present Response at the Brazos Gallery at Richland College, Dallas from February 3 – March 2, 2011.  A closing reception will be held March 3rd from 4-7 PM.

Ian F. Thomas, "4 of 8"

Ben Lewis, of “Art Safari,” London, has offered a statement to the members of the Collective:  “Nowadays we must distinguish between the superficially deep and the superficially superficial.” In Response, the artists have taken a word from the statement and developed art, interpreting and elaborating on their piece of the sentence.  Ben Lewis is an award winning film maker, writer and director. His BBC series, “Art Safari”, offers witty investigations and interviews with contemporary artists and dealers which provide a glimpse into the complex, and baffling, world of contemporary art. For Response, Lewis offers a paradoxical statement, embraced and dissected by a group of twelve contemporary artists.

Dryden Wells, "Superficial"

The exhibition pinpoints the individuality of the participating artists and their localized attempts to remain part of the larger group discussion, while inversely opening the artist community to influence from an outside source.  The exhibit allows multiple interpretations and relational aesthetics, favoring the complexity of individuation and community vitality over homogenization.

Culture Laboratory Collective comprises twelve artists who work loosely around the question of social cohesion within the context of aesthetic fragmentation. The members, scattered across the nation, have developed an online community, exchanging ideas as an ongoing investigation in media interchangeability and communal dissonance.

The Brazos Gallery, located in Crockett room 140 on the Richland College campus, is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. For viewing outside of these hours please contact Gallery Coordinator Ryder Richards. Response and all associated events are free and open to the public. For more information on the Richland Galleries, location, or parking please visit the website at

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