TASA Conference 2017 Pre-registration

We are hoping you will be able to join us for the TASA conference in Fort Worth, TX, October 19-21, 2017, as well as enjoying the Arts Goggle weekend in Fort Worth. The weekend conference will be held in conjunction with the Arts Goggle weekend, and will include gallery and studio visits, a tour of the new Art facilities at UT Arlington and tours of the art district museums. The official conference hotel is the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Fort Worth, Downtown (866-551-9747). The Reservation Deadline for the conference rate is September 20 (TASA Conference Rate: $119.00 plus sales tax, single or double room, per night. Note that state and local taxes are 15%). And last but not least, the early registration deadline for the is September 20, after that date fees will increase.

Conference Fees increase after September 20th

To pay by check, download the TASA 2017 Conference Registration Auto-Fill Form (PDF) and mail with payment (check made out to TASA) and mail to the address listed at the bottom of the form. If your institutional membership check is “in the mail,” and you want to avoid the Institutional Representative Conference Late fee, be sure to EMAIL this form as an attachment after filling it out (see below) BEFORE or on SEPT. 20.

For credit cards, please use the Eventbrite button below. Besides clicking on the Eventbrite button below to pay, please also download the TASA 2017 Conference Registration Auto-Fill Form (PDF), and on your computer, open it in Acrobat Reader (free download from https://get.adobe.com/reader/), fill it out, save as (rename) and attach to an email back to Linda Fawcett at lfawcett@hsutx.edu.

This is especially important if you will be attending the conference as your school’s Institutional Representative and want to avoid the late fee that might result if your school has renewed its Institutional membership but did not let me know you were coming as your school’s Institutional Representative by the pre-registration deadline. Simply say: “Inst Rep” as your conference fee status with Institutional Membership as “PD”. And be sure to also say if you will be attending the Saturday night Banquet and if you need a veggie meal (helps with plate count).  Thanks!



Benito Huerta received a B.F.A. degree from the University of Houston and his M.A. from New Mexico State University. He was Co-founder, Executive Director and Emeritus Board Director of Art Lies. His work will be featured in a second one-person exhibition at William Campbell Contemporary Art, Fort Worth, in March 2018. Recent one-person exhibitions include Kirk Hopper Gallery, Dallas, October 2016; Reavley Gallery, Cole Art Center at Stephen F. Austin University, April 2017; the Houston Museum of African American Culture; the Wichita Falls Museum of Art; and the Amon Carter Museum of American Art. Other recent one-person exhibitions took place at the Glassell Gallery, Shaw Center for the Arts, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago in 2011. Huerta was the recipient of the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art’s 2002 Legend of the Year Award and Exhibition and was the first artist selected for the inaugural Maestros Tejanos Exhibition in 2008 at the Latino Cultural Center, Dallas. His work is in several museum and corporate collections throughout the United States. He recently completed a major sculpture installation for the South Main Street public art project and worked on the Marine Creek Park Corridor Master Plan in 2014, both in Fort Worth, Texas. Other public art projects in Texas include SnakePath (Mexican Milk Snake), Mexican American Cultural Center, Austin (2007) and Wings, International Terminal D Skylink terrazzo floor designs (2005) at the Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport.



Sedrick Huckaby is known for his monumental scale of painting, with his largest painting thus far being his 80-foot-long, four-part painting, A Love Supreme, painted over a period of eight years, which earned him the Guggenheim Fellowship. Huckaby is also the recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation award and is the Texas State Artist for 2018. Other awards include a Louis Comfort Tiffany grant, Elizabeth Greenshield award, Brandeis Mortimer-Hayes Traveling Fellowship, Davidson Family Fellowship, and Texas State Artist Designee – 2018. After earning a B.F.A. at Boston University in 1997 and an M.F.A. from Yale University in 1999, he returned home to live and work in Fort Worth, where he was born in 1975. Huckaby has been invited to participate in a number of print residencies, including Brandywine Workshop with his series, The 99%. This series of 101 individualized lithographs entered the collection of the Amon Carter Museum of American Art in 2015, initiating their new practice of collecting contemporary works on paper. Exhibition catalogues have been published by the Walton Arts Center, the Art Museum of Southeast Texas, and the Tyler Museum of Art. He has been featured in numerous publications including Callaloo: Art & Culture in the African Diaspora, The Boston Globe, and The New York Times. Huckaby’s work has entered the permanent collections of the American Embassy in Namibia; Amon Carter Museum of American Art; Art Institute of Chicago; Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; and the Whitney Museum of American Art. Huckaby is represented by Valley House Gallery & Sculpture Garden in Dallas.


2017 One Foot Show Juror: Sara-Jayne Parsons is the director and curator of The Art Galleries at Texas Christian University. Her dissertation for the Ph.D. in art history at the University of Texas, Liminal Britain: Place and Memory in British Photography since 1979, is in progress. She earned an M.A. in art history at the University of North Texas (1996) and a B.A. (Honors) in Art History & Publishing at Oxford Brookes University (1992). Sara-Jayne Parsons specializes in contemporary art, contemporary photography, collaboration, and curatorial practice in contemporary art. Her curatorial practice is informed by working in close partnership with artists to produce new works through commissions and exhibitions. Previous collaborations included Ayman Baalbaki, Sebastiaan Bremer, Daniel Bozhkov, Jyll Bradley, Gina Czarnecki, Hew Locke, Janek Schaefer, and Emily Speed.

Panel Discussions

“All Things ACGM and THECB”
Mark Greenwalt will lead a discussion about how coordinate strategy for formally addressing the THECB on issues for this upcoming year.  Topics range from a report on the elimination of sophomore level studio courses from the ACGM; options regarding media-based learning methodologies in Art Appreciation courses; creative arts core courses and electives in support of a variety of gen ed “pathways” leading to a transfer degree (i.e., pathways for non-art majors); transferability/course numbering issues; potential for Visual Arts “Field of Study”; and a proposal to include ARTS 1313 Foundations of Art for inclusion into the Creative Arts core.

"Lessons learned from the DCCCD Appeal and how to move forward"
Natalie Macelao, Omar Hernandez and Jenifer Rose have organized a panel discussion at TASA about Dallas Community College’s efforts to keep level II studio courses in the ACGM, and their experience with the appeal process.


2017 Paul Hanna Award:  Roger Colombik received his B.F.A. from University of Illinois-Champaign in 1984 and his M.F.A. from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale in 1987. He navigates a diverse artistic practice that embraces a passion for sculptural objects, and he continues to explore the material and conceptual possibilities of metal casting and fabrication. In addition to his studio practice, he has spent over two decades studying regions of the world that are transitioning to civil society. Socially engaged projects are undertaken in milieus where traditions and cultural heritage collide head-on with westernization and government malfeasance. The work incorporates oral history archives, photography, publications, and intervention. The Republic of Georgia, Burma, and Armenia are a few of the countries that he has engaged in his research. His Paul Hanna lecture, “Artists in Time of War: Reflections on Howard Zinn and the Artist's Role in Civil Discourse,” will introduce a wide range of artists--writers, activists, visual artists--whose works continue to make a significant contribution to our society's capacity to understand and build a more empathetic, compassionate, and intelligent community.


“Life in Labudio: Science + Art in the College Classroom”
Erin Blythe and Jay Kurima are award winning educators at Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences (TABS) early college high school.  Erin Blythe earned her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her Master of Art Education degree from the University of North Texas.  As Fine Arts Chair, she teaches dual credit studio arts and art history courses to high school students in Fort Worth ISD through the ongoing partnership of TABS and Tarrant County College, Trinity River Campus.  Jay Kurima has been an international staff developer for AVID for over 10 years.  He has professionally developed teachers in 15 different states and 4 continents and serves as the science department chair and technology liaison for Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences, where he teaches AP Physics 1 and Innovation, Design, Engineering, and Applied Sciences (IDEAS.)  IDEAS is a collaboration between himself and Ms. Blythe.  The class is funded by the Amon G Carter Foundation and is based on STEAM and the maker movement ideals.  In this course, students tackle community issues with design and science.  Erin and Jay sometimes refer to their collaboration of physics and art as “Phart.”


“Curating the landscape: An Art Exhibition for BRIT”
Barbara Koerble grew up in Northwest Missouri. After completing a B.F.A. in ceramics at Northwest Missouri State University, she moved to Texas to pursue graduate studies in studio art and art history, and completed an M.A. in art history at UNT in Denton. She has been an adjunct art professor at Tarrant County College since 2012, and currently teaches art history survey and art appreciation courses at TCC’s Trinity River campus.  She also works at the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas, and is active as a freelance writer and independent curator.  Barbara previously collaborated with ExhibitsUSA to curate a travelling exhibition on the architecture of ballparks, which toured the U.S. for two years.  In 2017, Barbara curated two art exhibitions in Fort Worth: Hightailing It: Artists Look at the Landscape for the Botanical Research Institute of Texas, and Recombinant Abstraction for the Fort Worth Community Arts Center.  She has published articles about art and architecture for more than two decades, and most recently her art writing has appeared in Glasstire: Journal of Texas Visual Art. Barbara pursues photography in gentrifying neighborhoods, sculpture and art collecting.  She has exhibited her photographs in group exhibitions at Artspace111, Fort Works Art, ART7, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center and Shipping and Receiving. 


"Fort Worth Public Art: Opportunities and Challenges for Local Artists"
Devon Nowlin is a Fort Worth native who holds a BFA from the University of North Texas (2004) and an MFA from Texas Christian University (2011). Primarily known for her figurative paintings, Nowlin also explores the relationship of contemporary art to consumer culture through a diverse array of media.  Her imagery is informed by notions of gender, the gaze and the inherent experimentation of an artist’s practice.  Recent exhibitions include "Casual Luxury Complex" at Artspace 111, "Don't Deny Your Heart" at Stephen F. Austin State University, and "Cult of Personality" at David Shelton Gallery, Houston.  Nowlin has taught at TCU, The Modern, and the Rachofsky Warehouse and is currently the Assistant Registrar at the Amon Carter Museum.  Nowlin is a co-founding member of the Fort Worth-based art collective HOMECOMING! Committee, whose exhibitions include "Friskt kopplat, halfen brunnet (Quickly connected, half burned)" for the 2013 Texas Biennial and "Post Communique" at the Dallas Museum of Art.  Her public works include "Trailing the Trinity," commissioned by Fort Worth Public Art for the Clearfork Main Street Bridge and the "Look Book Fort Worth" photographic series for the Westbend development on University Drive.  Her presentation focuses on FWPA as an example of a municipal percent-for-arts program that seeks to have local artists compete with national and international professionals for a well-rounded civic collection.  In private retail developments, art in public is being used to provide unique cultural experiences that draw consumers from their internet shopping to brick-and-mortar developments.  This trend, along with municipal programs, means greater opportunities for artists who have the skills needed to manage large projects. 


“3-D Printing for Clay”
Karmien Bowman’s work has been collected internationally.  She has presented pedagogy lectures, ceramic workshops, artist’s talks, and has been included in area and national exhibits with awards.  She has been recognized in her field by Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who American Teachers, and Texas Clay Art.  Karmien published articles in the field of Ceramics and her work has been included in various articles and books, including Daryl Baird’s From a Slab of Clay.  Her Grapevine Tornado was on view at Gaylord Hotel in Grapevine Texas.  This fall Karmien unveiled a bronze sculpture for the City Of Denton at North Lakes Park.  Karmien’s TASA presentation is about innovative CAD applications to building clay forms.

Optional Tours (sign up at registration)

Grand Studio is a shared workspace created by Fort Worth artists Timothy Harding, Devon Nowlin, Tiffany Wolf Smith, Christopher Bond, and Sydney Williams. The 5,000 square foot warehouse includes five individual bays for the artists, a large common area with shared tools, and storage for the Grand Studio artists and two additional Fort Worth artists. Works by guest artists will be on display.  Related links: http://www.devonnowlin.com, http://www.timothyevanharding.com, http://www.cydoniagallery.com/sydney-williams/.

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Arts Goggle 2017
Studio 97w will host this year’s One Foot show (http://studio97w.com/) in the middle of the 2017 Arts Goggle (https://www.nearsouthsidefw.org/events/artsgoggle-2017), a massive street festival on Fort Worth’s historic Magnolia Avenue.

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MUSEUM TOURS (Museum district) 

Museum tours are scheduled for Friday afternoon between 2:00-5:00 pm.  Meet in the museum's lobby at the appointed time.:

Amon Carter Museum of American Art
One behind-the-scenes tour at 2:00 pm, led by conservation and installation staff.
Limited to 15 participants.
Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Two behind-the-scenes tours, one at 2:00 pm and one at 3:00 pm, led by museum registration staff.
Each tour is limited to 12 participants.
Kimbell Art Museum
One docent-led tour at 4:00 pm of the Casanova: The Seduction of Europe special exhibition
Limited to 30 participants


Van departs from the museums at 2:00 pm. Participants will see the interdisciplinary fusion of new and emerging technologies with a traditional studio arts practice, including methods of virtual craft and digital fabrication and all types of time-based media and installation. The new media studio houses a fully stocked robotics and engineering lab where students can work/hack/make interactive and robotic components for their projects, complete with soldering stations and a small bandsaw and tool cabinet. The Fabrication Lab contains many high-end tools, including fused deposition modeling printers, stereolithographic printer, CNC Mill, Laser cutter/engraver, and embroidery machine.

Limited to 15 participants.

GRAND STUDIO (212 Grand Ave, 76164)

Vans depart from the museum district Friday evening at 6:30 pm.  Grand Studio is a shared workspace created by Fort Worth artists Timothy Harding, Devon Nowlin, Tiffany Wolf Smith, Christopher Bond, and Sydney Williams. The 5,000 square foot warehouse includes five individual bays for the artists, a large common area with shared tools, and storage for the Grand Studio artists plus two additional Fort Worth artists. Works by guest artists will be on display. Light refreshments will be provided. 

Limited to 35 participants.



Official Program PDF

Thursday, October 19

                2:00 pm                 Board Meeting (deadWEST)

                6:00 pm                 Vans and carpool from hotel to deadWEST

                6:30 pm                 Social/early registration (deadWEST)

                9:00 pm                 Vans and carpool from deadWEST to hotel

Friday, October 20

7:00 am                 Breakfast at hotel/registration

9:00 am                 Bus to UTA Studio Art Center

                                                9:30 am                 Glass demo & tour

                                                11:00 am               Sedrick Huckaby

                                                Noon                      Lunch

                                                12:30 pm               Bus to UTA Gallery: UTA biennial faculty exhibition     

1:30 pm                 Bus to FW Museum District
                               2:00-5:00 pm       Museums with optional tours (sign up at registration)
                               2:00-5:00 pm       Optional side trip to TCU Fab Lab (sign up at registration)

5:00-6:30 pm       Conferees on your own for dinner in the museum district

6:30 pm                 Vans and carpool from museums to “Grand Studios”

9:00 pm                 Vans and carpool from “Grand Studios” to hotel

Dining in the Museum District PDF

Food and Drink on Magnolia Ave PDF

Saturday, October 21

Navigating TCC Campus PDF

                7:00 am                 Breakfast at hotel

                8:30 am                 Bus from hotel to campus for breakouts sessions, Paul Hanna presentation

                9:00 am                 Session A: Barbara Koerble, Amon Carter Museum
                                                                “Curating the landscape: An Art Exhibition for BRIT”
                                                Session B: Erin Blythe & Jay Kurima, Texas Academy of Biomedical Sciences
                                                                “Life in Labudio: Science + Art in the College Classroom”

                9:30 am                 Session A: Devon Nowlin, Fort Worth Museum of Modern Art
                                                                "Fort Worth Public Art: Opportunities and Challenges for Local Artists"
                                                Session B: Karmien Bowman, TCC-Northeast Campus
                                                                “3-D Printing for Clay”

                10:00 am               THECB panel: Mark Greenwalt, Paul Benero & more!,
                                                                “All Things ACGM”

                11:00 am               DCCD panel: Jen Rose, Omar Hernandez, Natalie Macellaio,
                                                                "Lessons learned from the DCCCD Appeal and How to Move Forward"

                12:00 Noon           Business Meeting/Lunch at Trinity River Campus

                1:00 pm                 Paul Hanna lecture: Roger Colombik
                                                                “Artists in Time of War: Reflections on Howard Zinn and the Artist's Role                                                                               in Civil Discourse”

                2:00 pm                 Bus to Arts Goggle (www.nearsouthsidefw.org/events/artsgoggle-2017)

                2:30 pm                 One Foot member and student exhibition reception at Studio 97w
                                                                Juror: Sara-Jayne Parsons, director of the Art Galleries at TCU

                4:30 pm                 Bus to hotel to clean up

6:00 pm                 Vans and carpool from hotel to banquet

6:30                        TASA closing banquet
                               Community Service Award
                               Keynote: Benito Huerta

8:00 pm                 Vans and carpool from banquet to hotel
                                Board meeting


Scott Robinson
Tarrant County College
Humanities Divisional Dean
300 Trinity Campus Cir.
Fort Worth, TX 76102