Adriana Corral and Leigh Merrill
January 17 – February 18, 2017
Reception: Friday, January , 29 – 5:30 PM – 8:00 PM
Arlington – The Gallery at UTA is pleased to present two concurrent exhibitions showcasing artists Adriana Corral (San Antonio) and Leigh Merrill (Dallas). Corral’s minimalist site—specific installations present troubling issues affecting society: human rights violations, injustice, victimized individuals and lack of reform are themes she often addresses in her work. Growing up in El Paso, Texas heightened her awareness of the nearby ‘atrocities in Juarez’ that ‘echo human tragedies around the world’ and inspired her to research and address complex socio—political crises in her art. Merrill’s photographic and video pieces examine the urban landscape through otherworldly vignettes made by digitally combining real—world images to create imaginary spaces. She touches upon themes of desire, fiction and beauty in her work as she illuminates the way our environments reference other places and times to reveal “a culture of perpetual longing.” Together, Corral and Merrill create a thought—provoking exhibition that utilizes artistic language to respond to complex conceptual issues.
Adriana Corral lives and works in San Antonio, TX. Raised in El Paso, where she received her BFA, she earned her MFA at the University of Texas at Austin in 2013. In addition to participating in numerous exhibitions throughout the country since completing her graduate degree, she has been selected for several national and international residencies, including three upcoming in 2017: the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New Orleans, the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, and the La Napoule Art Foundation Residency in France. She was an Artpace International Artist in Residence in 2016, as well as participating in residencies at Kunstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany in 2015 and the MacDowell Colony in Peterborough, New Hampshire in 2014. Corral has also received many awards and honors in her young career including the 2015 Emerging Artist Grant from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, a 2014 National Association of Latino Arts and Culture Grant, and the Roy Crane Award for Outstanding Creative Achievement in the Visual Arts in 2013.
Leigh Merrill currently resides in Dallas and has been an assistant professor of art at Texas A&M in Commerce, TX since 2012. She received her BFA from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and her MFA from Mills College in Oakland, CA in 2009. Her work has been shown in solo exhibitions throughout the country including Flashpoint Gallery in Washington, DC, Torpedo Factory Art Center in Alexandria, VA, FotoFocus Biennial 2014 in Cincinnati, OH, Women and Their Work Gallery in Austin, TX, and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX to name a few. She has also taken part in over 40 group exhibitions in the past seven years. Her work can be found in public collections such as the Museum of Texas Tech University, City of Phoenix Art & Culture Permanent Collection, and the California Institute of Integral Studies Collection in San Francisco, as well as numerous private collections.
In association with the exhibition, Adriana Corral will discuss her work in an hour-long gallery talk on Thursday, January 19 beginning at 12:30 pm in The Gallery at UTA. There will be a reception on Friday, January 20 from 5:30 to 8 pm with brief remarks by the artists at 6:30 pm. The exhibition and reception are free and open to the public.
There will be a reception on Friday, January 29 from 5:30 pm to 8:00 pm with brief remarks at 6:30 pm. In addition, John Hernandez will present a gallery talk on Thursday, February 25 from 12:30 ? 1:30 pm. The exhibition, reception and artist talk are free and open to the public.
The Gallery is open 10 am - 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and noon - 5 pm on Saturdays. The Gallery is located on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, FA169, at 502 S. Cooper Street, Arlington, TX. For more information contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy (817) 272-5658 or www.uta.edu/gallery.
The 2016- 2017 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, Art & Art History Department Students, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, and Nerwin & Martin.