Currently in the Sundermann Gallery: Project Hope

New Sundermann Gallery Exhibit: Project Hope

Through March 31

Free public parking and admission

Jessica L. Bell                                           Cristina Estrella Riggs

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts is preparing to launch a new initiative in collaboration with two Dallas-area visual media artists, to provide a safe and encouraging creative space for those who most need hope and inspiration in their lives. Recently awarded a Special Support Grant from the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, a pilot project in the Spring of 2017 will offer a free open art studio to uniquely serve the homeless community. Local visual artists Cristina Estrella Riggs and Jessica L. Bell will utilize dedicated space and the Sundermann Gallery to create, exhibit and sell original artwork by homeless Dallas citizens as a means to improve connections with their community and possibly generate income, at no cost to the participants.

In preparation for this project, Jessica Bell and Cristina Riggs will present a special Sundermann Gallery exhibition of their own artworks, chosen to reflect the theme of this important new initiative. You are cordially invited!

Artist Jessica Bell
Bell’s studies lead her to first complete an Associate of Science degree in Fine Arts at Niagara County Community College. Her journey as an artist did not end there. Her thirst for artistic enlightenment continued at SUNY Buffalo State where she completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. While in residence she began to sell her work professionally within the community, resulting in her successful participation in the International Banner Exhibition in 2007. After completing her undergraduate studies, Bell immediately followed her professional pursuits with a Master of Sciences in Education with a degree in Art Education from SUNY New Paltz.  In 2010 Bell was a guest presenter at the SUNY New Paltz USSEA Conference where she presented her philosophy on “The Importance of Quality Arts Curriculum”. In 2012 Bell was an honorable guest speaker at the NYSAFLT Rochester Regional Conference where she presented on “Approaches to teaching foreign language through the arts”.  During this time Bell received advanced certification of study from SUNY Fredonia in language acquisition while working professionally as a full-time educator in upstate New York and as an exhibition artist. For several years Bell has traveled abroad to Spain as an instructor, embracing Spanish culture in her art. While in Spain, Bell obtained a certificate of study from the Universidad Castellán. Bell continues her decade-long career as a professional artist and arts educator in Dallas as a certified Visual Arts instructor and freelance artist in 2D/3D art and graphic design. Visit Jessica Bell online HERE.

Artist Cristina Riggs
Cristina Estrella Riggs is a teaching artist born in Del Rio, Texas-Mexican border. Riggs graduated in 2013 with a BFA in Visual Arts Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.  Previous training includes color theory and life drawing at the New Orleans Academy of Fine Art and painting at the Art School at Laguna Gloria in Austin, Texas. Her artistic practice began with a passion for art and the purpose has become to share art with her students and community. Riggs currently lives and works in Dallas, Texas. Visit Cristina Riggs online HERE.

St. Matthew’s Cathedral Arts is supported in part by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs and the Texas Commission on the Arts.

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