My work Holding Still for Mother was selected by curator Linda Robinson to be included in the online exhibition and catalog entitled TEN YEARS OF PHOTOGRAPHS by the Midwest Center for Photography. Here is an excerpt from the curator:

“The calendar year of 2018 marks the 10 year anniversary of the Midwest Center for Photography. In 2008, I made the decision to expand my educational reach from the University to the gallery setting through the curatorial vision of founding and directing the Midwest Center for Photography in Wichita, Kansas.

By uniting these 100 featured photographers and various photographic works that I have identified as outstanding and noteworthy throughout the 10 years of exhibitions at the Midwest Center for Photography, I wish to share this collective vision with the larger online audience in this Ten Years of Photographs Online Exhibition. A retrospective exhibition catalogue is produced and available in January, highlighting the distinct curatiorial voice that captures a new collective aesthetic that is uniquely my Midwestern take on America.”

The exhibition and catalog can be viewed here:

The Instagrammar opening was a success!  While I was at the opening I met a writer for the Dallas Morning News who decided to do a write up of our show.  Here is the link below:    

Instagrammar is an exhibition of artists who have created photographic works inspired by and utilizing the Instagram social media application. Thinking beyond the standard displays of birthdays, family photos and selfies, these works were created to explore the unique possibilities that Instagram could offer as a content delivery system for creative expression.  Instagrammar, curated by Chris Ireland (me), opens this November at 500X Gallery in Dallas, TX and includes works by Derrick Burbul, Arthur Fields, Evan Maloney, and Jessica Wohl.  Reception date/time: November 10th, 7-10pm 500 Exposition Ave, Dallas, TX 75226

I am presenting on the panel “Reflecting the Contemporary Art World through Undergraduate Curriculum Reform ” where I will be giving my lecture “Fables of the Curriculum Reconstruction”, talking about my experiences in setting the art curriculum at Tarleton State, and the challenges of innovating in a small state school.  Thanks to Shannon Lindsey (University of Central Florida) for inviting me to be on the panel.  It is an honor to present with  Valerie Powell (Sam Houston State University), Jessica Burke (University of North Carolina at Charlotte), and Michael Marshall (University of Georgia).

Very proud to have my work featured on PHOTO-EMPHASIS this week! I spoke about my series “Ordinary Time”, but also got to share thoughts about being an educator and about the Art program at Tarleton State University! So if you have the time, click the link below and look around the site for all the other amazing artists they’re featured in the past.

I recently attended the Society for Photographic Education – South Central Chapter conference in Baton Rouge.  I presented the lecture “Collaboration is Easy…and Other Fake News” with my friend and collaborator, the amazing H. Jennings Sheffield.  I took a cadre of Photo students from Tarleton and we had an inspiring time, with great friends, inspiring talks, and a chance to meet Alfredo Jaar.  Congrats also to Libby Rowe, this year’s Honored Educator.

Hanging out with Tarleton Photo students at Chimes Restaurant.

Saying hi to Mike the Tiger outside LSU Stadium

Landmark Arts at the Texas Tech University School of Art is presenting my series Ordinary Time, the first exhibition in the 2018-2019 SRO Photo Gallery Exhibition SeriesOrdinary Time will be on view August 25th – September 23rd, 2018. The exhibition is free and open to the public. The exhibition was recently featured in’s Top 5 series of shows to see. The Landmark Arts SRO Photo Gallery is located in the Sub-basement of the Texas Tech School of Art Building. The Art Building is located at 3010 18th Street (near the corner of 18th Street and Flint Ave). Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., and Sunday 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. On weekdays, paid parking is available on the fourth floor of the Flint Avenue parking facility. Parking is free on weekends. Admission to the School of Art Galleries is free. Email or visit for more information.

I will be showing some new work on Saturday August 18th at the 500x Member’s Exhibition.  The opening will be from 7-10pm.  The work will continue to be on display until September 2nd.  Below is the official press release: The 500X Gallery will be starting its 40th year with the 2018-2019 Members Show! We are excited to showcase works by senior members Ashley Whitt, Tony Veronese, Valerie Powell, Ross Faircloth, James Talambas, Chris Ireland, Molly Dierks, Seth Lorenz, and Justin Strickland, as well as by new members Michelle Thomas Richardson, Joanne Cervantes, Scott Bell, Blake Weld, Grace Sydney Pham, and Becky Wilkes! Come have a drink and say hello! Saturday, August 18th, marks the opening reception for the Members Show. All works will be on display during gallery hours until Sunday, September 2nd. Gallery hours are Saturdays and Sundays from 12-5PM. The 500X Gallery, established in 1978, is the oldest artist-run co-op gallery in North Texas. 500X Gallery is for artists, by artists; we handle the week to week duties of operating a gallery, from curation, hanging work, PR, social media, sweeping the gallery space, bartending at receptions… etc. etc. etc.!

This summer I was given a scholarship to attend the workshop at the Anderson Ranch Art Center in July.  The workshop was taught by Lisa Kereszi, photographer, author, and professor at Yale University.   Below are images from my 1600 mile round trip trek from Texas to Snowmass, Colorado, as well as some stops inbetween.