Art Expedition

Art Expedition brings art exhibits directly to schools and students in the Waco area as a trailer designed with a gallery feel from within. Contributing artists for 2017-18 are teaching artists from institutions of higher learning in the Waco area. The exhibit will be going to area schools and be placed at strategic downtown Waco events from Oct. 6 through May 20, 2018.

The Art Center can not wait to get this art exhibition to YOUR school! If you're interested in the Exhibit on the Go program, fill out the form at this link here and we will contact you with the dates that we can accommodate. 


Contributing Artists for 2017-18:
(In alphabetical order)

Molly Valentine Dierks, Milk-O-Matic
Glenn Downing, Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other, Me, Wrestler
Virginia Green, Proportion, Movement
Timothy Harding, Studio Wall
Chad Hines, Long White Cadillac
Knut Hybinette, Untitled
Chris Ireland, Holding Still for Mother, Dad Standing in Front of Things
Susan Kennedy, Accessory Pair, Different Worlds
Jeremy Newton, Indispensable, Endurance
Winter Rusiloski, Phoenix
Hugo Shi, The Lake
Jennings Sheffield, ••- -• •— •- -• - • -•• [Glitch #1], •••- — •-•• •- - •• •-•• • [Glitch #2]
Mary Ruth Smith, Off the Rack
Karl Umlauf, Untitled
Niko Weissenberger, Pouch Vase, Geometric Slab Vase

Thank you to our funders and sponsors for art expedition

Texas Commission for the Arts
Creative Waco
Triliji Group
Studio Gallery
Lama Frames
Lloyd Trailers

Preview of a few of the contributing artists and their artworks

Mary Ruth Smith

Off the Rack, 2011
Painted scrap fabric and thread
18" x 18"

What is one thing that you wish to communicate to the viewers about this piece?
Through this piece I wish to communicate my interest in fashion that goes back to my childhood in West Virginia. I was introduced to fashion by Sears, Speagle, and Montgomery Wards catalogues. I also learned about fashion from my mother who made one dress for me each day of the month for the first month of school each year. She did not use patterns for our dresses when we were girls, and she used the fabric from feed sacks.

What is your most important artist tool?
Needle & thread.

Did you always know you wanted to be an artist?
I started out as an educator with a background in home economics. I have become an artist through the process of teaching. I like to create, creativity is part of being an artist. Its problem solving through the process.


Jeremy Newton

Indispensable, 2009
Super strong magnet, ballpoints from pens
Magnet: 5/8", frame: 5 1/2" x 7 1/2"

Endurance, 2016
Match heads (from boiling matches), charcoal
16 1/2" x 12"

What is one thing that you wish to communicate to the viewers about this piece?
We use common things very often like pens, soap, and striking matches, and I want the viewer to see an altered state of that common item and to think more about it, like the ballpoint of a pen.

What is your most important artist tool?
A lot of my pieces are conceptual, so the mind to think about the meaning of materials is very important. Outside the mind, an x-acto knife is used a lot in my work.

Did you always know that you wanted to be an artist?
I enjoyed making art in school, but it was really my senior year in high school that I knew I wanted to take college art classes and that I wanted to pursue getting a degree in art. This eventually led to grad school, where I earned an MFA and began teaching college.


Molly Valentine Dierks

Milk-O-Matic, 2008
Sculpture (metal, paint, caulk)
15" x 8"

What is one thing that you wish to communicate to the viewers about this piece?
This is an earlier piece where I was beginning to look at how society treats animals and humans as "products" for consumption to be bought, sold, or dissected. It uses humor as a vehicle to start conversation.

What is your most important artist tool?
Curiosity and the ability to question how we understand the world in a society where we rarely see the origin of the products we eat, use, buy and throw away. It explores how unusual materials work, like hair, candy, or neon.

Did you always know that you wanted to be an artist?
Yes, since I was a child.