CALL FOR ARTISTS: 500X College Expo 2019

Curated by Giovanni Valderas

Now accepting submissions until Jan 25th

500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest, artist–run, cooperative galleries, hosts one of North Texas’ most anticipated annual student juried competitions. College Expo 2019 is open to all artists over the age of 18 living in Texas. All visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video (artist must supply all required electronic equipment). All work must be ready to hang. Artwork will need to be dropped off, not shipped. Cost of entry is $30 for 5 pieces. The juror will hand out awards to the top submissions, including 300 dollars in cash prizes and a solo exhibition at a 500x project space during the 2019-2020 season.

Juror is Giovanni Valderas, Artist and Assistant Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper Fine Art

Call for entries deadline: January 25, 2019

Artists will be notified of acceptance via email on January 31, 2019

Exhibition runs from February 16 – March 10, 2019

Opening reception: February 16th from 7-10pm

500x Gallery,500 Exposition Ave, Dallas, Tx 75275


Giovanni’s Bio:

A native of the Oak Cliff area of Dallas, Giovanni Valderas is the Assistant Gallery Director at Kirk Hopper Fine Art and a visual artist. Previously he was the Gallery Director at Mountain View College. He has served as an appointee by Dallas City Council as Vice Chair of the Cultural Affairs Commission.

Valderas graduated from the College of Visual Arts & Design at the University of North Texas with a Master of Fine Arts in Drawing & Painting. After graduate school he taught at the University of North Texas, Richland, and Mountain View College. He is a former member of 500X gallery, one of the oldest co-op galleries in Texas. His artwork has been featured in the 2013 Texas Biennial, New American Paintings Magazine, issue #108 and #132, Impossible Geometries: Curated works by Lauren Haynes at Field Projects in New York City, and 14×’s public art project in New York City. In addition, Valderas recieved a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture Center and the Moss/Chumley award for his proven track record as an advocate for the visual arts. Most recently, Valderas resigned his latest reappointment to the City of Dallas, Cultural Affairs Commission to run for Dallas City Council – District 1, Oak Cliff.