The Dallas Art Fair Continues To Build Dallas’s World-Class Presence

April 11, 2011  

By Praveen Sathianathan
psathianat@mail.smu.edu

Modern and contemporary art lovers piled into the Fashion Industry Gallery for the annual Dallas Art Fair this weekend.

The event in its third year featured more than 70 art dealers and galleries from across the country and around the world. Art on display included paintings, sculpture, drawings, photographs and prints in an array of mediums.

Last year more than 6,500 guests attended the event. But according to organizers the event, which took place April 8-10, was expected to draw more people this year as the fair expanded with new partnerships

SMU student Kelly Coppock, who is interning at the fair, said it was amazing to see it all come together.

“It’s amazing that it actually happened. Things are going to go wrong until it’s over, but it’s good to see it completed,” she said. “Some exhibitors are really happy because they sold a lot. It’s hard when people are upset because they haven’t sold a lot. But that’s how fairs work.”

Coppock, a studio art and arts management major, said her experience with the fair has helped her get good learning experience within her field.

“I did a variety of tasks including calling galleries, paperwork, sorting e-mail, helping with the architecture with all these booths and making sure exhibitors are happy,” she said.

SMU journalism student Danielle Barrios said she liked a piece by Chul Hyun-Ahn, a Korean-American artist.

“The piece ‘well’ goes on and on forever,” said Barrios, as she looked down the white-lighted installation art piece.

Noted Dallas restauranteur Tracy Rathburn, co-owner of Shinsei, was admiring Hyun-Ahn’s work as well.

Ree Willaford, who owns the Galleri Urbane with locations in Dallas and Marfa, and was one of the galleries at the show, said the event was really good for the city.

“It helps build Dallas into a world-class city for the arts,” she said.

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