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Thought-Provokers: South 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 South Dallas that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Johanna McShan

I’ve been an artist my entire life. I love drawing, painting, interior design, graphic design, photography, you name it! I love it all. I pursued art after high school and in 2008 graduated with a graphic design degree from Texas State University. Read more>>

Danny Batista

As long as I can remember, my parents have always given me the opportunity to be creative. Whether it was handing me their old polaroid camera, to take a picture, or buying me boxes and boxes of legos, so that I can build my 3d scenes on the front porch. Read more>>


ObE, also known as Obscured by Echoes, is an Austin based psych rock band. Created in early 2012, the band combines textured guitar tones and layers of synth to contribute a more sophisticated take on psychedelia than the drone and reverb-soaked trends of late. Read more>>

Sheridan Reed

Playing from an early age, I continuously worked to foster his creativity and grow as an artist. Starting my first band in high school, which went on to receive radio play and perform at the Crest Theater in Sacramento, it was just the beginning. Read more>>


SIGNY is the name of two heroines in connected legends. They both end up setting themselves on fire because of men they’re in love with, which is NOT the plan! SIGNY is here to set some concepts and realities on fire, so we’re going to go with that. Read more>>

James Claros

I got my love for House Music and Techno from late nights driving home with my mum listening to BBC Radio 1’s legendary DJ Pete Tong. When I moved back to Austin after collage i had a great collection of music and knew i had to share it with everyone i could. Read more>>

Brandon Callies

I first gained an interest in music by watching my great grandfather play in polka bands at festivals in Milwaukee. It made an impression on me, so I took the ball and ran with it. I’ve been pursuing music and art since I was thirteen. Read more>>

Justin Haggerty

Art has only become a primary focus for me in the last 3-4 years. And much of that time was spent working with Digital Design and Vector programs. After moving from NY (where I spent my whole life) to Austin TX in 2017, my focus began shifting to physical works of Art (drawing, painting, prints, etc.). Read more>>

Amy Bernhard

Growing up I’d always loved to read and write, but I didn’t start to take myself seriously as a writer until my senior year in college at The University of Iowa. I’d studied theater and comedy and thought I would become an actress. Read more>>

Jennifer Landis

I have always been artistic. At a young age, I enjoyed sketching/drawing and developed an interest in both photography and interior design. However, I was also strong in both math and science and was taught by my father to pursue a career in which I could support myself. Read more>>

Daniel Belardinelli

I am a self-taught artist from NYC. my drawings caught the attention of an art dealer in SoHo sometime in the mid 80’s. The dealer gave me a show & then all of a sudden my work started selling. I have been showing in the Outsider Art Fair in NYC & Paris since 1997. Read more>>

Ashley Spikes

Ashley Gabrielle Spikes is a professional Makeup Artist & costume/fashion designer Who has always been into arts such as drawing & painting thanks to her very artistic family she grew up with. Her 3 aunts on her mother’s side were always doing arts, crafts & letting her join in. Read more>>

Lara Lenhoff

I came to America in 1988 from Cape Town, South Africa, moving with my family to Lexington, Kentucky. It was very difficult assimilating to the new culture, not to mention leaving my loving grandparents behind. Read more>>

Jacqueline Rosso

Every time I went to a new meetup I met new people and it pulled me more and more out of my comfort zone and got me really comfortable directing models so that I could get my concept across through my photos. Read more>>

Collin Hauser

I haven’t always been a photographer. And I’m not only a photographer. My background is in music. A Jazz Saxophone degree, two Grammy Nominations, two self titled EP’s and most of my professional life exist there, with my 20’s. Read more>> 

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