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Art Collective Residency

An art collective is traditionally defined as a small group of artists from multiple disciplines, backgrounds, and approaches to art who work toward shared goals. In that spirit of collaboration that the Arts Fort Worth is proud to present the Collective Residency for North Texas artists and art collectives in Fort Worth. Arts Fort Worth and the Art Collective resident work together to grow the arts in our community by presenting programming, unique exhibitions, and interactive experiences that serve artists, the community, schools, and established museums and cultural centers in the area.

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This program is part of Arts Fort Worth’s ongoing commitment to support the creation of arts for all by providing a North Texas art collective with multiple opportunities to partner with artists, arts organizations, and the community. With this residency, the art collective receives free office space at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center in the Cultural District of Fort Worth for a period of twelve months;  two exhibitions; as well partnering opportunities for education programming throughout the length of the residency.

Art Room

In 2016, Nathan Madrid and Katie Murray co-founded Art Room as a creative, curatorial team that sought contemporary art to engage the Fort Worth community. Deedra Baker joined the team during Art Room’s TWO exhibition. As the three artists started working together to enhance the cultural environment in Fort Worth, they frequently talked about more possibilities for impact in the community through education and extended resources for youth and adult makers. Art Room is a 501(c)(3) non-profit was officially brought to fruition in October 2018, to make room for art in the lives of multi-generational makers in the Fort Worth community through education, inspiration, and support.

More programs with our Art Collective Resident!


Summer Youth Art Camps

Various dates through June and July

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During classes and workshops held at Arts Fort Worth, multi-generational artists and students can come together to develop their craft and skills, while making time to simply create art in an exciting and inspirational setting. 

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Now | Contemporary 2022

Juried by Dr. Lauren Cross

BNSF Gallery | July 23 – September 4, 2021

In regard to her selections for the exhibition, Cross writes, “When approached by Art Room to be the juror for Now | Contemporary 2021, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to highlight the emerging materials, processes, and ideas that are informing contemporary artists today. Most importantly, juried exhibitions offer the platform to curate opportunity and to extend one’s lens to consider new perspectives and conversations. Art Room has been a one-of-a-kind facilitator of these types of exchanges amongst artists, an important stage where new concepts can be shared, and a trusted guide for the public to be empowered by the ways that art sparks innovation and investigation.


Both Sides Now

Curated by Katie Murray

Works by David Alcantar, Gerald Bell, Judge Bermes, Kim Brewer, Glenn Downing, Jackdaw, Sara Lee Hughes, MOM, Christy Stallop, and Camille Woods

Marlene & Spencer Hays Foundation Gallery | January 7–29, 2022

Both Sides Now featured the art of local and regional artists whose stories and storytelling abilities are prominent features and decidedly ingrained in their work. With a heavy nod to the Folk genre and a steady western landscape and still life thread tying pieces of work together, this series provides a fresh look and a contemporary equivalent to art of the West. The selected artwork is progressive in visual identity and the stories and intentions behind the art and artist.

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