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Mission and Advisory Panel

Our Mission

The mission of the UT Arlington/Fort Worth Center's Gallery 76102 is to engage and support the art community in the City of Fort Worth and North Texas through the following initiatives:

  • Provide the local art community with a venue for exhibiting contemporary art
  • Provide an environment that encourages new ideas and trends
  • Present exhibitions focusing on works by artists with a connection to the North Texas area
  • Collaboration with area universities, colleges and alumni
  • Represent the cultural diversity of our community

Proposals are reviewed and exhibitions are determined by our Exhibition Advisory Panel.
While the majority of our exhibition schedule features artists with a connection to Fort Worth and the surrounding Metroplex, the Panel regularly invites artists from elsewhere to exhibit their work for the benefit of the local art community.

exhibition advisory panel

Hieyler Talley, Amon Carter Museum
Hieyler Talley is an artist, working primarily in mixed media; however, she enjoys a diverse range of visual arts. Hieyler received her Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology from California State University San Bernardino. She studied art at the University of Dallas for a couple of years, and is currently pursuing a M.F.A. in painting from Savannah College of Art and Design. She has exhibited in various group shows in Fort Worth and neighboring cities. She is currently employed at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art.

Alejo Benedetti, Texas Christian University
Alejo received his BA in Art History and his BFA in Studio Art from the University of Missouri. He is currently finishing his MA in Art History at Texas Christian University with a thesis that reexamines works by Jim Shaw and Mike Kelley in relation to comics theory. Alejo also acts as a freelance art critic writing for the online publication Glasstire.

Rachel Blackman, Art Advisor
Rachel is currently working as an instructional designer in the technology industry. She received her Masters of Art Business from Sotheby's Institute of Art in New York, NY. She has previously worked as a gallery assistant, assistant curator, art advisor, and started her own company assisting private collectors.

Lauren Cross, Texas Woman’s University, WoCA Projects in Fort Worth
Lauren Cross is an artist-curator-scholar living in Fort Worth, Texas. She earned a BA in Art, Design, and Media from Richmond, American International University in London, England, and a MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. She is currently a PhD candidate in Multicultural Women’s Studies at Texas Woman’s University, in which her research explores curatorial practice, which champions racial and gender equity, especially for women artists of color. Cross is the Founder/Curator of WoCA Projects, a non-profit arts organization in Fort Worth, Texas that highlights women artists of color and artists of diverse backgrounds through contemporary art exhibitions, and that serves the local citizens through community-centered arts programs.

David Diaz, The University of Texas at Arlington
Originally from Bogotá, Colombia, Díaz is currently working on his master’s degree in fine arts at The University of Texas at Arlington. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Tampa. Part of his research focuses on the role and application of new technologies in printmaking. Díaz’s artistic practice explores the perception of unknown people/places and human migration. He is currently instructing printmaking at UT Arlington.

Olive Hellstrom, The Ant Colony Gallery
Olive attended the University of North Texas for an undergraduate degree in art. She is currently the head curator at an alternative gallery space called The Ant Colony in the Bishop Arts District in Dallas.

In the press

Art of Yoga Community Class Featured in UTA News

Best of Fort Worth Awards for Art Galleries & Dealers
Featured in Alzheimer’s Association Winter 2013 Newsletter
Sweetie Pie Exhibit Featured in UTA News
Current and Past Event Featured on Glasstire

Named Critics Choice, in “The Best of 2012″ edition of the Fort Worth Weekly

Gallery 76102 Makes It's Debut with Successful Opening Night Event