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​Contact: John Spriggins, 972-238-6339, johnspriggins@dcccd.edu
or Michael Valderas, 214-860-3649, michaelvalderas@dcccd.edu


For immediate release — April 2, 2015

(DALLAS) — Dallas County Community College District is proud to present the SEVEN Exhibition, which opens on Wednesday, April 8, at Dallas City Hall. Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings will hold a press conference that day at noon to announce the opening of Dallas Arts Week, scheduled April 8-15.

Faculty and students from the art departments at all seven colleges in DCCCD’s system — Brookhaven, Cedar Valley, Eastfield, El Centro, Mountain View, North Lake and Richland — were invited to participate and create a work of temporary public art by the city of Dallas. The temporary public art installation will be displayed throughout Dallas Arts Week and until June 5.

“All of the colleges of DCCCD are committed to excellence in the arts, and this exhibition is a demonstration of the talents of its students and the exceptional level of instruction by its faculty,” said John Spriggins, gallery director at Richland College. Spriggins and Michael Valderas, gallery director at Mountain View College, conceived the idea for SEVEN.

“We envisioned faculty and students working together, teaching and learning. As a partner in this project, the city of Dallas has agreed to allow us to use City Hall as the exhibition space,” added Spriggins.

The mission of the SEVEN Exhibition is to:

  • Educate students about public art and career opportunities associated with creating art for public spaces.
  • Serve as an educational tool for the public who may not be familiar with art.
  • Develop a relationship with the city of Dallas for future exhibitions.