Using space from Clear Channel Outdoor as programming sites, Assistant Curators of Education Jesse Morgan Barnett and Tiffany Wolf Smith work with visiting artists to situate imagery and text onto billboards, elements of the urban landscape that traditionally present commercial advertisements rather than cultural curiosities. For MODERN BILLINGS, artists place works, three times per year, into under-served communities along the periphery of downtown Fort Worth.
 
By featuring works from a variety of artists along Jacksboro Highway and the Lancaster corridor in Fort Worth, MODERN BILLINGS extends the reach of the Modern and the Education Department into new communities. The large-scale installations provide an intervention opportunity for contemporary art in urban landscapes while offering a public exhibition platform for under-recognized artists.
 
This presentation of this series was installed on April 29 and will be on view for a limited time.
 

Participating Artists

April 2019

Christopher Blay is an artist, writer, and curator, with a BFA from Texas Christian University. He has worked as curator for the Art Corridor Galleries at Tarrant County College for the past nine years and is an art critic for Glasstire, the oldest online art magazine in Texas. His work incorporates video, sculpture, social practice, and photography. For his most recent body of work, Extreme Close-ups With Strangers, which focuses on the mechanical and mediated process of creating an image, he was awarded the 2018 Otis and Velma Davis Dozier grant by the Dallas Museum of Art. In 2013, Blay received the SMU Meadows Museum’s Moss/Chumley Award and in 2015 the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Artist Microgrant. Blay was the Spring 2017 Visiting Artist at the Dallas Museum of Art’s Center for Creative Connections, has acted as guest curator at Fort Worth Contemporary Art, and currently serves as one of four Carter Community Artists, working with the Amon Carter Museum to connect with historically underserved communities. 
2153 Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth, Texas 76114


Christopher Blay
Jay at the Blue Pearl
Marcia in D.C.
Jhakai at Washington Square Park

2019

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Randy Guthmiller is an artist, curator, and educator. He is founder of Randy Guthmiller Center for the Advancement of the Arts, an artist-run domestic gallery; SHAPE ZINES, an artist-focused zine label; and DALLAS ZINE PARTY, the original North Texas zine fair and annual celebration of zines and DIY micropublications. As a member of Art Beef, the collective behind the Exposition Park alternative art space Beefhaus, Guthmiller curated several exhibitions, featuring artists including Shelby David Meier, Jessica Sinks, and Michele Mirisola. He has also worked with institutions such as the Nasher Sculpture Center, Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Crow Collection of Asian Art, Oil and Cotton, and The Menil Collection to generate thought-provoking and engaging programs. For his project SHAPES, Guthmiller has created discrete objects, installations, and performances. Randy Guthmiller currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas. 
6920 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103

Randy Guthmiller
Not Titled Billboard Shapes
2019

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Stephen Lapthisophon is an American artist, writer, and educator working in the field of conceptual art, critical theory, and disability studies. Lapthisophon received his BFA from the University of Texas at Austin and MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. His studies continued at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, in the Department of Comparative Literature and Theory. His early work combined poetry, performance, sound art, and visual arts with postmodern philosophical concerns. Influences include Arte Povera, Robert Smithson, and the legacy of the Situationists, who sought to make everyday life a focus of artistic activity. He has exhibited extensively across the United States, including recent exhibitions at the Nasher Sculpture Center (2015) and Goss Michael Foundation in Dallas (2014) and solo exhibitions at the Dallas Museum of Art (2013/2014) and Sector 2337 in Chicago (2016). In addition to numerous shows in Chicago, Lapthisophon has had solo presentations in Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Los Angeles. He has been included in international exhibitions in Sweden, Germany, Spain, France, and the UK. Museum exhibitions include the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Museo de la Ciudad de Querétaro, Santiago de Querétaro, Mexico. Publications include Hotel Terminus (White Walls, 2001) and Writing Art Cinema, 1988–2010 (Green Lantern Press, 2011). Lapthisophon has lectured at RISD, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and CalArts. He currently teaches art and art history at the University of Texas at Arlington. Lapthisophon is represented by Conduit Gallery in Dallas. ​
6920 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76103

Stephen Lapthisophon
Fifty Years Later
2019

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Lindsey Larsen is an artist, educator, and self-publisher currently based in Metro Detroit, Michigan, where she is a Visiting Professor of Art in Graphic Design at Oakland University. She received her MFA in Intermedia Studio and Visual Communication Design from the University of Texas at Arlington. Her practice regularly appropriates tools and methodologies from both art and design to explore the world, our social interactions, and the systems that we create and participate in. ​
1700 W. Long Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76106

Lindsey Larsen
The Universe in Three Forces
2019

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M is an artist from Fort Worth, Texas. He met the right people and got smarter in Denton, Texas. He concerns himself with fact and fiction within the past and future while trying to not appear as if it doesn’t keep him awake at night. 
6920 E. Lancaster Ave., Fort Worth, TX 76112

M
Untitled (A Noble Death to Win a Great Dream)
2019

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Shelby Orr is an artist and educator based in Fort Worth, Texas. Her work concentrates on the perception of self using photography, drawing, and sound. She has shown at the Masur Museum of Art, Houston Center for Photography, Spiva Center for the Arts, and, as a finalist for the Julia Margaret Cameron Award, was included in the 2016 Berlin Foto Biennale. In 2016, she completed a residency at CentralTrak: The UT Dallas Artists Residency. Along with her visual work, Orr writes and performs sound compositions and is one half of the experimental collaboration KITBASHES. 
1501 Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth, Texas 76114

Shelby Orr
Commodore Microcomputers (C64 Body Language: Health and Fitness on Your Computer, July/August 1986)
2018

 

November 2018 

Kalee Appleton is a photography-based artist and assistant professor of photography at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Originally from Hobbs, New Mexico, Appleton attended Texas Tech University in Lubbock and received a BFA in photography in 2005. Shortly after graduation, she worked as a corporate and aviation photographer, later attending Texas Woman’s University in Denton, where she received an MFA in 2014. Appleton’s work examines digital technologies, their effects on society, and the nature of landscape photography. She exhibits regionally at Erin Cluley Gallery in Dallas and has been featured nationally at Filter Photo, Chicago; Artsphere, Washington, DC; FotoFest, Houston; and Houston Center for Photography.
4900 Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth, Texas 76114

Kalee Appleton
Forest Rays in a Cloudy Sky
2018

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Kerry Butcher is an artist and educator based in Dallas. Her varied practice in public and personal environments is driven by an interest in the dialogue between language, vulnerability, and permanence. Butcher earned her BFA in studio art and photography from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2012. She currently works at the Dallas Museum of Art as the Education Coordinator for the Center for Creative Connections, where she creates and facilitates a variety of accessible, interactive experiences for visitors of all ages.
2540 Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth, Texas 76114

Kerry Butcher
Apology
2018

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Julio César Cedillo is an actor by trade and a photographer by desire. Raised between Texas and Mexico, Cedillo has amassed more than 98 television and film credits in his 30-year career and is best known for his showcase performance as the title character in Tommy Lee Jones’s award-winning film The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, which won two Palme d'Or awards at the 58th Cannes Film Festival. Cedillo will continue his role as Comandante Calderoni on the fourth season of Netflix’s Narcos.
4900 Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth, Texas 76114

Julio César Cedillo
La Mera Hora
2018

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Casey Leone is an artist based in Fort Worth. She earned her BFA in studio art, with an emphasis in printmaking, at Texas Christian University in 2017 and studied studio art and art history at Rhode Island School of Design and the University of Oxford. Leone’s work has been exhibited internationally, with exhibitions at the Ruskin School of Art at Oxford and the Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in South Korea, in addition to many venues across the D/FW area, including a solo exhibition at The Reading Room in Dallas. She recently completed an artist residency at the Vermont Studio Center, where she also received an artist grant.
5300 Jacksboro Highway, Fort Worth, Texas 76114

Casey Leone
Untitled II (A Systematic Removal of Monuments of Oppression from American Visual History)
2017-2018

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Raul Rodriguez is an artist and curator from Fort Worth. He graduated with a BFA from the University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design. His work is informed by the contrast between his identity and the political and social characteristics of the United States. Often gravitating toward communities that are constantly fighting, his documentary approach is composed mainly through the camera lens. Although he is primarily a photographic artist, Rodriguez’s curatorial and social practice has included working with organizations like the Boys and Girls Club, Texas Christian University, the Oak Cliff Cultural Art Center, and Make Art with Purpose. He is the founder of the photographic platform Deep Red Press, a member of the Latinx artist collective Latino Hustle, and a curator who has showcased the work of peers and artists locally and regionally.
5200 Jacksboro Highway, Sansom Park, Texas 76114

Raul Rodriguez
Siempre Lucha
2018

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Fabiola Valenzuela is an intermedia artist in Fort Worth. She earned her BFA in painting from the University of Texas at Arlington. Valenzuela’s work concentrates on identity and memory, using painting, installation, and sculpture. Her work was recently selected for the 2017 Texas Biennial.
5200 Jacksboro Highway, Sansom Park, Texas 76114

Fabiola Valenzuela
Perdida En La Piel
2018

 

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