1615 Dragon Street
Dallas, Texas 75201

Dallas, Texas La Reunion TX, a not for profit artist residency, launched a call for entries for Make Space for Art on Monday, September 17, 2007. Over 130 registrations from around the world have poured in from 6 continents and over 65 ideas have been submitted by the January 31 deadline. A winners announcement party will be held on Saturday, March 1 from 6-8pm at PanAmerican ArtProjects located at 1615 Dragon Street in Dallas. Live music will be provided by Escalator Maintenance Society, a small ensemble featuring toy pianos and cello that boasts Jason Roberts and Tim Ruble from The Happy Bullets and Kris Youmans from The Paper Chase. The purpose of Make Space for Art is to generate ideas for a future artist studio and short-term housing space in Oak Cliff. Jury Facilitator for Make Space for Art is Mark Gunderson, AIA. Other jurors include: Rick Brettell, PhD, Rick Lowe of Project Row House in Houston, Louise Harpman from Austin, and Max Levy, FAIA of Dallas. These jurors will honor the most creative entries with $5000 cash and a chance to be a part of a 2008 touring exhibition in North Texas.

Mark Gunderson, AIA Gunderson is a practicing architect in Fort Worth, Texas and is past president of the Dallas Architecture Foundation. He currently serves on the board for Dallas Architecture Forum and writes and lectures frequently on architecture. In 2006, his alma mater, Texas Tech University, presented Gunderson with Distinguished Alumnus Award from its College of Architecture. He has been a visiting critic at both Texas Tech and the UTA School of Architecture. Currently at work as a co-author to Buildings of Texas, a new 1,000-page double volume in the series Buildings of the United States, published by the University of Virginia Press for the Society of Architectural Historians.
Richard Brettell, PhD. Dr. Brettell is founding president of the Dallas Architecture Forum, former Director of the Dallas Museum of Art and holds three degrees from Yale University. He has taught at the University of Texas, Northwestern University, The University of Chicago, Yale University, and Harvard University and is currently Margaret McDermott Distinguished Professor in the Interdisciplinary School of Arts and Humanities at the University of Texas at Dallas. He has begun to publish architectural criticism, including Beyond the Golden Age: Three New Art Museums for Texas in Southwest Review and Lost in Translation: Andos Building for The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth for CITE. Brettell established and curated the Five Modern Architects exhibit for University of Texas at Dallas in 2002.

Rick Lowe Lowe is the founder of Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged neighborhood in Houston, Texas. As an artist, Rick has participated in exhibitions and programs nationally and internationally. From 1996 to the present, he has exhibited at the Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary arts In 1997, Rick and Project Row Houses were awarded a silver medal by the Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence. He was the year 2000 recipient of the American Institute of Architecture Keystone Award. In 2002, he was awarded by Theresa Heinz the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities. Rick was a Loeb Fellow at Harvard University from September 2001-June 2002. In 2006, Rick received the Brandywine Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2007, he has been an Osher Fellow at the Exploratorium in San Francisco, and received the Houston Spirit Award given by the Mayor of Houston.

Max Levy, FAIA Fort Worth native Max Levy is a Dallas-based architect, adjunct associate professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, and fellow with the American Institute of Architects. He has lectured across Texas, written for Texas Architect, and authored Chasing the Modernist Rainbow (2000). Recent honors include a 2007 Best in Show award from the Dallas AIA; a 2006 National Honor Award from the American Society of Landscape Architects, a 2002 AIA Dallas House of the Year Award from D Magazine and a 2001 AIA National Honor Award. His design capacities and poetic
sensibility have caused his office to receive more design awards from the Texas Society
of Architects than any other small practice in the history of the TSA awards program.
Louise Harpman Louise Harpman is a partner at Specht Harpman. Before founding Specht Harpman, she worked as a designer at Eisenman Architects and Buttrick White & Burtis Architects. She is currently serving as Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the University of Texas at Austin, where she is also the Harwell Hamilton Professor of Architecture. Before joining the UT faculty, she taught for eight years at the Yale School of Architecture and for four years at the University of Pennsylvania. Louise Harpman received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University where she concentrated in East Asian Studies. She holds a Master of Philosophy degree from Cambridge University and received her Master of Architecture degree from Yale University, where she was awarded the AIA Henry Adams Certificate and the Janet Cain Sielaff Prize. Louise Harpman is the co-editor of Perspecta 30:Settlement Patterns (1999). She is the author of the Brooklyn Public Library Design Guidelines (1996) and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Design Trust for Public Space.
The mission of La Reunion TX is to create an arts residency in Dallas, TX that inspires, renews and sustains artists and community through education and outreach. La Reunion is a Texas non-profit established in 2006 with a future home to be located on a generously donated 35 acre wooded property seven miles from downtown, very near the original La Reunion colony settled in Oak Cliff over 150 years ago. Once the winning entries of Make Space for Art are announced and displayed, La Reunion TX will launch a capital campaign to fund and build facilities with the intention to incorporate sustainable design and renewable energy. The "traditional media" studio and "new media" studio, each with attached living quarters, will accommodate four to one hundred artists per year with residencies ranging from one week to one year. The "Living Room" will provide intimate classroom, performance, exhibit, and installation space.

Sponsors for Make Space for Art include The City if Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, Preservation Tree Services, Barry Whistler Gallery, Perkins-Will, and Square 1 Advertising.

Catherine Cuellar is president of the board of directors, which also includes Lisa Taylor, Allison Graham, Billy Ware, Vance Wingate, Jessica Stewart, and James Earl Estes. Sarah Jane Semrad is executive director. For more information or to make a secure online donation, please visit www.lareuniontx.org. High res images available upon request.

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