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Thought-Provokers: Central Dallas

Dallas has always had an artistic soul. The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community. Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive. Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Central Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Annie Griffeth

When I began making art, I felt empowered to open up about my life and my emotions. My hopes, dreams, worries, and fears are all written in the images I create. I approach each subject with candor, integrity, and occasionally humor creating art that speaks to my audience as if they were my dearest friend. This sparks joy in the deepest parts of my heart. Read more>>

Dallas Harden

I’ve wanted to be a filmmaker before my first memory. I don’t remember wanting to do anything else. When I got old enough to finally make movies, I never had a camera to pursue my dream or a computer good enough to edit, so I mostly became a screenwriter on WordPad. Eventually, enough people believed in me and my scripts to let me start borrowing their cameras, lights, sound equipment, and even computers so I could edit. Read more>>

Margot Martin

At 16 I began my career as a professional ballerina. I spent 13 years dancing for Carolina Ballet in Raleigh, NC under Artistic Director, Robert Weiss. We traveled across America, Hungary, and China performing works choreographed specifically for the company. I had the great honor of working with Christopher Wheeldon, Damien Woetzel, Clay Taliaferro of Jose Limon, Lynn Taylor-Corbett, and many other world-renowned choreographers. Read more>>

Kalisha Price

I’ve had a long love affair with fashion, styling and designing looks since I was a young girl. But, I didn’t truly appreciate its value until the summer I taught at a fashion summer camp. The girls there absolutely lit up when they saw themselves in clothing that made them look as good on the outside as they felt on the inside. I knew then that I was meant to help young women appreciate their inner beauty, and build their self-confidence through fashion. Read more>>

Doris Lu

I always have had a strong passion for illustrating and graphic design, and when I came across antique military pins and badges, I knew right away that they were the medium for my art. I quit my job in Oct 2016 and spent six months in Asia traveling and searching for the most suitable factory to produce high-quality hard enamel pins that meets my standards. Read more>>

Reyna Mondragon-Valdez

My in dance began at the age of eighteen at Collin County Community College. There I took jazz, modern, ballet, and tap. As I became more interested in dance, I auditioned for the Collin Dance Ensemble. At that time I was also fighting and protesting for the Dream Act to come to live. Read more>>

Dace Lucia Kidd

I am probably not the first person to make this mistake. Moving to Texas opened my eyes to a much larger and more wild-west cultural experience. My very traditional art education combined with my exposure to multiple cultures especially the creative environment that is Texas has created the artist that I am today. Read more>>

Isaac Murray

I have always been incredibly curious and usually had my nose buried in some book. Eventually, this curiosity found the arts, and I was hooked. By the time I was in high school, I was creating work around the clock. I was shooting and editing videos, developing my photographs in the darkroom, and staying up late teaching myself 3D animation and design. I loved getting my hands on something new to learn. Read more>>

Cooper Neill

When I was a kid, my parents gave me a cheap 35mm point and shoot camera to use on family trips – they had no idea how many photos I would take. When I got into high school, I tried to be a photographer on the yearbook staff but didn’t make the cut, and my photography career was over before it ever really started. Read more>>

Leslie Poteet Busker

I’ve always been a creative. After a degree and career in commercial interior design, I stayed home to educate and rear our children. As they went on to university, I began looking for another outlet for my creativity. Art seemed a logical next step. My training in design, coupled with a happy memory of warm-ups in a college figure drawing class, spurred me to try my hand again. Read more>>

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