News and updates

  • Tue, 19 May 2020 04:36:22 +0000

    First Virtual Studio Tour!

    YouTube video in which I show a few new pieces from the confines of my studio while sheltering in place. Created in April 2020.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OmnCY9tCVrE

    Enjoy!

  • Thu, 30 Apr 2020 15:01:56 +0000

    Art (and life) in the year of COVID-19

    Little did I realize that everyone’s plans for 2020 would take a drastic turn thanks to the Coronavirus Pandemic.

    I’d been accepted in a couple of shows this spring – one in Irving and one in San Antonio – which are not going to happen in the original venues. The San Antonio show is now going to be a virtual show; the Irving show is still sorting out what they are going to do. I was accepted for a solo show at the FWCAC in the fall, but at this point I don’t have a high degree of confidence that’s going to actually happen either. We’ll see…

    Don’t misunderstand – I consider myself lucky in so many ways…I work in an industry where social distancing is the norm (corporate IT), and I can do pretty much everything remotely. I’ve been working from home for about a month and a half now, and was on furlough for 2 weeks (another week coming up next month).

    The furloughs have given me a chance to work relatively uninterrupted, and do some things I might not ordinarily do, including a YouTube Virtual Studio Visit. Still – these are strange times.

    I hope you are staying safe and healthy – so far we’ve managed to. Be sure to keep your hands washed, and wear a mask! And make art.

  • Fri, 27 Dec 2019 19:03:04 +0000

    Looking back at 2019

    2019 was pretty much a breakout year for me in several ways.

    For starters, a new website (https://www.rontaylorcrouch.com), urged on me by my millenial sons, who told me pointblank, “Nobody knows or cares who ‘Ralph Art’ is – use your real name.” They also said I talked too much on the Ralphart.com website. “Just show your art and don’t ramble on.” So if you want to read my bloviations, go to Ralphart.com, if you just want to see the art, go to RonTaylorCrouch.com.

    I also joined the Texas Artists Coalition – a great organization that is a program of the Arts Council of Fort Worth. I ended up being included in 6 separate exhibitions at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center over the course of the year:

    • TAC Impromptu Invitational Spring Gallery Night 2019 (March 1 – 30)
    • Solo Show[Down] 2019 ( July 5 – 24)
    • 14th Annual TAC Juried Exhibit (August 2 – 21)
    • Animalia, curated by Barbara Koerble (August 2 – 21)
    • TAC Impromptu Invitational Fall Gallery Night 2019 (September 7 – 27)
    • TAC Small Works Show 2019 (November 1 – December 1)

    Getting involved gave me an opportunity to make the acquaintance of Jonathan Mark Levy, who was the Programs and Gallery Manager at the time.

    Elsewhere, I’ve gotten involved in Art Room, a fairly new arts organization based on Fort Worth’s bustling South Side, where I’ve become friends with co-founder Nathan Madrid, who is an exceptional artist himself. I’ve currently got 3 pieces in the Small Works Show (November 21 2019 – January 11, 2020). They have a number of multigenerational programs going on (I’ve been dropping in on their life drawing sessions) and are a very cool group of people.

    Outside Fort Worth, I was invited to show in the CHAOS 7! – Ro2 Art Summer Small Works Spectacular (lots of fun!) in Dallas, which ran from August 10 – September 14.

    Last but not least, I had a piece in the Center for Contemporary Arts Third National Juried Competition, in Abilene Texas, which was on display from September 14 – November 2.

    Looking ahead, the TAC has accepted a proposal for a solo show at the FWCAC sometime in 2020. Dates and details to be decided. I’m really looking forward to that and to seeing what else the new year will bring.

    Watch this space!

  • Thu, 05 Sep 2019 19:42:38 +0000

    Work on exhibit this Fall (September edition)

    A couple more chances to see some recent work coming up soon!

    I’ll have two larger pieces on display Gallery Night (September 7) in the TAC Impromptu Invitational Fall 2019 show at the Fort Worth Community Arts Center, 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth 76107. Opening reception is 6 – 9 PM. Gallery Night runs from 12 noon until 9 PM at most participating galleries/exhibition spaces and is always a lot of fun.

    A little farther afield, I’ve got a recent piece in the Abilene Center for Contemporary Arts National Juried Competition, 220 Cypress St, Abilene, TX 79601. The open reception is September 14. For more information, go to the CCAN website.

  • Wed, 03 Jul 2019 03:53:40 +0000

    Upcoming show – Solo Show[Down] 2019 at FWCAC

    I’m excited to announce I’m in several shows this summer at the Fort Worth Community Art Center.

    I’ll be showing 2 works on paper during Solo Show[Down] 2019, juried by Christina Rees, Editor-in-Chief of Glasstire, the online Texas art magazine. One of the pieces is one of my favorite cat paintings ever.

    The show runs from July 5 – July 24, 2019, with an opening 6 – 9 PM on July 5, and because of the 4th of July holiday, a reception 6 – 9 PM on July 12. come!

    In addition I found out yesterday I’ve gotten two large pieces in the 14th Annual TAC Juried Exhibit, juried by Margery Gossett, director at Artspace111. This show opens August 2, 2019, with a reception 6 – 9 PM that night. I’ll also be participating in a show at the FWCAC that has been curated by my friend Barbara Koerble. More on both of these as I get the details.

Untitled (news of the day), acrylic on canvas, 38 x 58 in, 2019
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