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Carolyn Sortor + Michael A. Morrisindent
2015-01-12 – 02-23, the MAC, Dallasindent



Carolyn Sortor uses video, relational strategies, and other media to explore dimensionality and systems including the informational, and relational. Her work has been shown in New York, San Francisco, Houston, Dallas, Albuquerque, and elsewhere at venues including the Dallas Museum of Art, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Meadows Museum, the African American Museum of Dallas, and the Contemporary Art Museum of Houston. She is a recipient of the Moss/Chumley Award and of the Dallas Observer Mastermind award as well as being named one of the Observer's top 100 Dallas Creatives, and her videos have won both juror and audience awards at festivals, most recently including first prize at the Aurora Picture Show Extremely Shorts Festival. Among her past projects, she developed a template to enable artists to make video for the 999' x 193' LED screen wrapping the Dallas Omni Hotel and coordinated and co-curated the first program of new video art created for the display, with audio simulcast on KXT radio; she also initiated the OccuLibrary project. She has also curated numerous exhibitions and programs and has written for various publications.

Michael A. Morris is an artist and educator based in Cairo, Egypt, and Dallas, Texas, USA. His work responds to the rapid changes in how moving images are created and experienced in the 21st century, affirming the traditional space of experiencing cinema while also exploring the implications of new media. He has performed and screened his films and videos at museums, galleries, microcinemas, and film festivals internationally, including Crossroads at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, MediaLive at Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, The International Symposium of Electronic Art in Vancouver, Microscope Gallery, Istanbul International Experimental Film Festival, The Ann Arbor Film Festival, and Artist's Television Access. He received a Kodak award from Florida Experimental Film and Video Festival for his performance A Chorus of Black Voids Sings in Rays of Unseeable Light, and his film Blue Movie won awards from Southern Colorado Film Festival, Haverhill Film Festival, and Athens International Film and Video Festival and was also included as part of Ann Arbor Film Festival's touring program in 2018.

Janeil Engelstad is an affiliate artist at the Social Practice Art Research Center at the University of California Santa Cruz and is the Founding Director of Make Art with Purpose (MAP), which produces projects addressing social and environmental concerns around the globe. Her projects and artwork have been exhibited and produced in partnership with a host of institutions worldwide, including the California Museum of Photography, the City of Chicago, the Dallas Museum of Art, MIT, New York City, the Museum of Arts and Design, International Center of Photography, the U.S. Dept. of State. Her essays have appeared in a number of important publications, and her podcast, The MAP Radio Hour, presents conversations at the intersection of art, design, and science is hosted by Creative Disturbance and ARTECA / MIT. Janeil is a Fulbright Scholar and has taught at universities throughout North America and Europe.

Vicki Meek is a nationally-recognized artist whose work is in the permanent collections of the African American Museum in Dallas, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and Norwalk Community College in Connecticut. Her work has appeared in a retrospective at the Houston Museum of African American Culture and Transart Foundation, among other exhibitions, as well as a community engagement project at Project Row Houses. She was awarded three public art commissions with the DART Art Program and was co-artist on the largest public art project in Dallas, the Dallas Convention Center. She was one of just ten artists selected nationally to create a site-specific work in celebration of the Nasher Sculpture Center's 10th anniversary. She's had many years of service in arts administration, including serving as Manager of the SDCC, and Chair of the National Performance Network; and she is currently COO of the USEKRA: Center for Creative Investigation, a 501C3 creatives' retreat in Costa Rica.

For more info about the many other individuals who contributed to the Working Groups exhibition or the OccuLibrary project, please contact carolyn at c-cyte dot com.


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