Tech meets art in downtown Dallas

We’re sure you’ve noticed it, or at least heard: downtown Dallas has seen a surge of activity in the last year.

We’re thrilled to hear that the artists and entrepreneurs of our community will be collaborating to bring the 10Under30 Art Exhibition to the Fort Work Gallery at Alto 211 next Thursday, January 22. The exhibition was co-curated by Nile Tuzun and Oren Salomon.

“Dallas Fort Work’s mission is to bring together Dallas’ communities of Art, Business, and Technology,” says Salomon, Founder of Fort Work. “Artists are the original entrepreneurs. Before they were selling their work as ‘art pieces,’ they were selling their ideas through free expression. As we continue to see a growing concentration amongst the business and startup communities downtown, it’s important to also make space for the artists and their work.”

“For a coworking space to also be an art gallery means that we’re open to all ideas, even the ones that can’t be expressed in a pitch deck or balance sheet,” explains Salomon.

Alto 211, the new “tech mecca” of downtown, is the 18-story office building renovated last year by Alto Partners with the technology and startup community in mind. It’s also LAUNCH DFW’s new home (we’re on the 7th floor)!

10Under30 includes the featured local artists:

Elizabeth Dryden – A Texas native, this up and coming artist is making waves – grabbing the attention of the Dallas art scene and beyond.

Steve Hamilton – Originally from New Jersey but raised in Dallas, TX, Steven Hamilton is a visual artist working primarily with stencil and spray paint.

Jeff Skele – “I can’t stand the thought, with all the love I put into these pieces, that one day it will mean nothing. Generations will pass, and I want my name to be scattered in with all the prolific artists of their time.”

Jessica McClendon – Manager of Weekend Coffee by day, artist by passion – this woman wonder is the resident artist at Alto 211.

Jordan Smith – A University of North Texas graduate, Jordan’s work expresses his ambivalent attitude towards the all-consuming technology we use but can’t escape.

Lindsey Miller – An understanding and outlook on nature, guides Lindsey to find these enchanting, yet slightly ominous scenes.

Lauren Herbst – As a child, this North Texas native spent time between a farm and the suburbs of Dallas. These early experiences contribute to her ongoing series about the disconnected relationship between people and nature.

Jose Domingez – Bringing to life the simplest moments, stimulating responses, or hardships seen through everyday strife, but delivers the final work with such intimacy that one must look and become involved.

Abby Bagby – This young artist grew up in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma where her father, who is a painter and illustrator, raised her to think creatively.

Angie Reich – Currently a freshman at SMU — this Dallas native utilizes mixed media on canvas to bring her art to life.

And if you’re looking for transportation downtown, 2pointb is the official ride sponsor for the event. Just download in the app store, and enter code “10under30” to receive $20 off to and from the exhibition.

More information on the event is available here.

Rachel Winstead

Rachel is a freelance writer and works at Soap Hope in downtown Dallas. She hates the term "disrupt," tweets about startups, and appreciates a well-crafted hashtag.