Using space from Clear Channel Outdoor as programming sites, Assistant Curators of Education Jesse Morgan Barnett and Tiffany Wolf Smith work with a variety of artists to situate imagery and text onto billboards, elements of the city that traditionally present commercial advertisements rather than cultural curiosities. For MODERN BILLINGS, artists place works into under-served communities along the periphery of downtown Fort Worth. These large-scale installations along Jacksboro Highway and the Lancaster corridor extend the reach of the Modern and the education department and provide an intervention opportunity for contemporary art in urban landscapes.


MODERN BILLINGS X, December 10–January 30, 2022

Francisco Josué Alvarado Araujo is an artist living in Fort Worth. He received his MFA in sculpture from Texas Christian University in 2020 and a BFA in printmaking from the University of North Texas in Denton in 2015. Invested in the collaborative act, he has been involved in multiple DIY group exhibitions and projects with the intention of expanding the notion of the exhibition space. For example, in 2019, he collaborated with the artist Chris Wicker in Mov.’t, an open-call video exhibition that took place on the back of a dumpster container. His work pivots on found objects and materials configured in precarious composite forms and installations, where touch and balance are used to highlight contingencies hidden in plain sight. These explorations and expressions stem from the first-generation experience, directed as both anxious and delicate temporary gestures that mirror internal preoccupations with stability, movement, language, and entropy.   

Francisco Josué Alvarado Araujo Ci.u.da.te

Francisco Josué Alvarado Araujo
3800 E Lancaster Ave, 76103


Ciara Elle Bryant is a multidisciplinary artist using photography, video, and installation to explore Black culture in the new millennium. Bryant’s art and curatorial practices center around documenting and preserving the Black experience. Her recent solo exhibitions at RO2 Gallery, Nasher Sculpture Center, and ex ovo/ Sweet Pass Sculpture Park featured the ongoing installation project Server, which features imagery and audio from her data archive.

Ciara Elle Bryant Palm Keys

Ciara Elle Bryant
Palm Keys
6810 E Lancaster Ave, 76112


Leslie Martinez is a Dallas-based artist born in the Rio Grande Valley of the South Texas-Mexico border and raised in Dallas. They received an MFA from Yale School of Art in 2018 and a BFA from The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City in 2008.

Leslie Martinez Tribute to the Source

Leslie Martinez
Tribute to the Source
1410 Jacksboro Hwy, 76164


Analise Minjarez is an interdisciplinary artist that seeks out the possibilities—and limits—of wonder through nature. Minjarez received her BFA in fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. She is currently an MFA 2022 candidate at Southern Methodist University in Dallas. 

Analise Minjarez Untitled (Portal)

Analise Minjarez
Untitled (Portal)
1410 Jacksboro Hwy, 76164


Héctor A. Ramírez is an artist who grew up in El Paso. In 2020, he earned an MFA in sculpture from Texas Christian University. Ramirez’s appropriation of objects derives from a form of play through thought, experience, and senses. He develops a language towards the vernacular. Hector has exhibited in multiple group shows around the Dallas/Fort Worth metropolitan area. 

Héctor A. Ramírez Fievel

Héctor A. Ramírez
3800 E Lancaster Ave, 76103


River Shell is a multimedia thing-maker living an anonymous life in Dallas.

River Shell The Wind Loves You So Much You Should Scream

River Shell
The Wind Loves You So Much You Should Scream
2130 Jacksboro Hwy, 76164


MODERN BILLINGS IX, August 6–September 12, 2021

MODERN BILLINGS VIII, December 21, 2020–January 31, 2021

MODERN BILLINGS VII, November 20 through December 20, 2020

MODERN BILLINGS VI, August 21 through September 28, 2020

MODERN BILLINGS V, Summer 2020, May through early July




MODERN BILLINGS I, November 2018