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Sedrick Huckaby and Barbra Riley
February 21 – April 2, 2011

Reception: Friday, February 25, 6 – 8:30 PM with brief artists’ gallery talk beginning at 6:30 PM

ARLINGTON–The Gallery at The University of Texas Arlington is pleased to present a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Sedrick Huckaby (Ft. Worth) and Barbra Riley (Corpus Christi). Huckaby, who has won numerous important awards for his paintings including a recent Guggenheim Fellowship Award, will present canvases and works on paper depicting and celebrating African-American quilting traditions. Riley, an art professor at Texas A&M Corpus Christi, will be showing a series of large format digital photographs that reference the legacy of 17th Century Dutch and Flemish still life painting.

Sedrick Huckaby who was born and raised in Ft. Worth, Texas, earned his M.F.A. degree from Yale University in 1999. Since then he has had numerous solo exhibitions of his paintings throughout the country, including museums and galleries in Massachusetts, New York, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, Indiana and Texas. He has received several prestigious national awards and honors for his work. In addition to the Guggenheim he was granted in 2008, he has also received the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award, and the Lewis Comfort Tiffany Award among many others.  Mr. Huckaby describes his process of painting images of his grandmother’s quilts as similar to that of a musician using old records to make new music with different instruments. “Sometimes I see the quilts as the African-American Woman's ‘jazz’. The women would sit together making quilts in a different kind of ‘jam session’. … a circle of women, conversing, improvising and making rhythmic beauty together…There is a great joy in doing these works because I am one on the few people in the world who could say I am doing a ‘jam session with grandma.’”

Sedrick Huckaby: A Love Supreme – Spring

Sedrick Huckaby
“A Love Supreme – Spring”
oil on canvas
92” x 240”



Barbra Riley creates stunning digital tableaux that juxtapose traditional composition, structure and lighting with contemporary objects and technology. Her images of foods and other natural items combined with common consumer electronic objects set amongst atmospheric backgrounds call to mind the chiaroscuro beauty of 17th century still life painting. Ms. Riley did undergraduate studies in both New York and California before earning her Master’s degree in art from California State University, Sacramento and doing further graduate work in design and photography at UT in Austin. She has been teaching at Texas A & M University – Corpus Christi since 1978, where she was promoted to her current position as full Professor in 1992. She has exhibited throughout Texas in both solo and group exhibitions and her work can be found in many museum and public collections such as the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Erie Pennsylvania Art Center, and the Laguna Beach Museum of Art in California to name just a few. Ms Riley states that her work simulates techniques “used by painters hundreds of years ago” while “acknowledging the present with the use of current technology.”

Barbra Riley: Balancing Values While Riding the Bus, 2729

Barbra Riley
“Balancing Values While Riding the Bus, 2729”
archival inkjet print


In association with the exhibition, Barbra Riley will discuss her work in an hour-long presentation on Thursday, February 24. Sedrick Huckaby will talk about his work on Wednesday, March 30. Both talks will take place from 12:30 – 1:30 pm in UT Arlington’s Fine Arts Building, Room 148.



The exhibit and all events are free and open to the public.

Gallery Hours: Monday-Friday 10A.M. - 5 P.M., Saturday 12 - 5P.M.

Located on first floor in room 169 at the north end of the Fine Arts Building, UTA Campus, 502 S. Cooper St., Arlington, Texas.

For more information, contact Benito Huerta or Patricia Healy 817-272-5658.

The 2010-2011 exhibition schedule is made possible by the generous support of Arlington Camera, the Hanley Foundation, Hilton Arlington, Nerwin & Martin Fine Art Services and The National Endowment for the Arts.



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