Thanks to Juan Ibarra for this write up on the exhibition Inherited Moments in the TCC Collegian

Inherited Moments is a two-person exhibition featuring myself and my friend and fellow artist H. Jennings Sheffield. The show opens January 28th at the Lakeview Gallery at Tarrant County College NW in Fort Worth. 

There will be an Artist Talk will be held on February 7, 2019 at 12:30pm in support of the exhibition.

Inherited Moments features select images from both our works. The exhibition invites the viewer to discover the intended associations between the passing of time, shared spaces and the roles we play, as well as investigating further what we inherit from our own families and daily interactions.

Inherited Moments
Lakeview Gallery
Tarrant County College – Northwest Campus
Fort Worth, Texas
January 28, 2019–February 20, 2019
Artist Talk, February 7, 2019 at 12:30pm

Places, Names, Dates, a solo exhibition by Chris Ireland, explores the ways everyday existence is catalogued from photo albums to social media. The inspiration behind this body of work came from the discovery of an autobiography of the artist’s deceased grandfather. Hand-typed pages, completed over several years, were stashed away in boxes with his other personal goods and mementos, about to be discarded.  Loose pages filled with fragmented thoughts, recollections, locations, and dates. So much of modern life is also recorded, often willingly, sometimes not. What becomes of these collections? And what are the stories that emerge from them? Rescued from the anonymity of the pile, the pieces in this exhibition explore the fragile nature of our analog and digital archives.

Opening: January 12, 2019 | 7–10 pm

500X Gallery

500 Exposition Avenue

Dallas, 75226 TX

(214) 828-1111

More updates coming soon

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