19 February 2018

I was asked by the awesome Ellen Mueller if I would like to participate in the CAA Conversations Podcast.  I invited my friend Charles Siegfred along from Clackamas Community College and we discussed the perils of teaching art to non art majors and converting them to creative students.

Chris Ireland and Charles Siegfried

In teaching news, I was awarded the O.A. Grant Excellence in Teaching Award from the Tarleton State University, College of Liberal and Fine Arts. Thank you to all those who wrote recommendations for me!

Me and the other COLFA award winners, with Dr. Kelly Lemmons (back right), Assistant Dean and Dr. Kelli Styron, Dean (front left).

Exhibition Dates: January 13 – February 11, 2018

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 13 – 7-10pm

Venue: 500X Gallery, Dallas, Texas

(from the press release) Chris Ireland’s solo exhibition, Ordinary Time, explores the psychology of ritual in the artist’s family though photographic studies spanning the last 10 years.  Through loss and change, the photographic diptychs highlight the daily patterns and rhythms of life that do not disappear but adapt to changes in the family dynamic.


Chris Ireland: Ordinary Time

Ordinary Time

Ireland 2017

Been so busy I hadn’t had time to upload some of these shots taken back in August 2017 on my trip all through Ireland.

Iceland 2017 edit

Just some pics from my recent Iceland travels over Thanksgiving Break…Iceland is most majestic in the winter time but make sure to get good leggings!

Society for Photographic Education Regional Conference 2017

Here is a slideshow of pics from the Society of Photographic Education – South Central Chapter Conference in Waco, TX.  I had the honor of co-chairing the conference with Jennings Sheffield of Baylor University.  We put together a program that included featured speakers Robert and Shana ParkeHarrison, author and curator Charlotte Cotton, and Honored Educator Deborah Lille.  We had a good crowd of about 150 members of SPE, plus members of the public,  come to Baylor University and Downtown Waco for the different conference events, including panels and presentations, workshops, exhibitions, and get togethers.   I am especially proud of the Tarleton students who helped volunteer for the event to help it run smoothly.

Thanks again to our sponsors: Baylor University College of Arts and Sciences, Tarleton State University College of Liberal and Fine Arts, Creative Waco, Sprint Systems of Photography, Humanities Texas, Hilton Waco, Texas Photographic Society, Tarleton Ultra Club, Baylor Libraries, Black Oak Art, Red River Paper, Pro Panels, and Frame Destination

This, That, or The Other: Emerging Trends and Vernacular in Photography, is a juried exhibition from the Society for Photographic Education, South Central (SPESC), hosted at the Art Center of Waco in conjunction with their annual conference. The exhibition will be on display at the Art Center from October 14-29. The conference is jointly hosted by Baylor University and Tarleton State University. Both the exhibition and the conference address the way lens-based artists are incorporating new technology and methodologies while finding new ways to embrace and define the traditional foundations of photography. It is estimated over 1.8 billion images are uploaded to the internet daily. We are living in a time when family snapshots are no longer relegated to family albums, but are publicly shared and disseminated. The exhibit will embody how the common language of imagery is changing in the 21st century.


Reception on Friday, October 13, 2017 7 to 9 at the Waco Art Center

Work from my series Ordinary Time will be up in the Department of Fine Arts at Orange Coast College until September 29th.  

Opening this Friday in the 500x Galley – Upstairs Gallery, the 2017 Member’s Exhibition, which features many of my new works, which I have been too busy making to take time to upload to my website just yet.

August 19 – September 24, 2017, Reception: August 19th, 7-10pm

Featured artists:

Kalee Appleton, Clint Bargers, Lynne Bowman-Cravens, Molly Dierks, Ross Faircloth, Chris Ireland, Steven Foutch, Julie Libersat, Seth Lorenz, Valerie Powell, Justin Strickland-Hoff, James Talambas, Tabatha Trolli, Tony Veronese, and Ashley Whitt.

Here is the press release…

500x is kicking off the new season with the 2017 annual members show. This exhibition will be showcasing a variety of content and style that is representative of our members. We will also be welcoming the addition of several new members to 500x Gallery. As the oldest artist run co-op in Texas, the idea of collaboration, finding fresh talent and building community is what this current group hopes to continue to foster. Come out and help us kick off the 2017 season!



I will be becoming a member of 500X Gallery starting this summer.  500X Gallery is widely known as one of Dallas’ oldest, artist run, cooperative galleries.  As a member, I will be helping with operations as well as PR.  I will also  be exhibiting at the space at various times over the next year, starting with the Members Exhibition this August.  I will also have a solo exhibition in January, more info to come.