Artist Talks: TDG Equity in the Arts Fellows

August 12, 2023 at 3pm

Talley Dunn Gallery

We invite you to hear from the artists of this year’s TDG Equity in the Arts Fellowship starting at 3pm. Ciara Elle Bryant, Tina Medina, and Enrique Nevárez will each speak about their practice and work in the exhibition.

3pm: Ciara Elle Bryant | 3:30pm: Enrique Nevárez | 4pm: Tina Medina


About the Artists

Ciara Elle Bryant is an interdisciplinary artist working with photography, new media, video, and installations. Bryant chooses to discuss Black culture and Blackness by focusing on how identity and heritage exist in the new millennium. Bryant approaches this task through her intensive research practice, which is integral to her process of furthering conversations surrounding Black culture in art as well as historical studies. Bryant is currently residing in Dallas, TX and holds a Masters of Fine Art from Southern Methodist University.

Bryant’s work has been presented widely in solo and group exhibitions, including Negative Women: Four Photographers Questioning Boundaries, Houston Museum of African American Culture, Houston, TX (2022); Server: Checks on the Block, SXSW, Austin, TX (2022); Icons, Denton Black Film Festival, Denton, TX (2021); and Server: A Streamed Revolution, Nasher Sculpture Center, Dallas, TX (2020).

Tina Medina is an artist, educator, and curator living in Dallas, Texas. Originally from West Texas, Medina earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at Texas Tech University and Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of North Texas. Since 2006 Medina has served as a full-time professor of art at Dallas College.

Medina’s art has been exhibited nationally in exhibits such as ImmigrationMigrationMovement & The Humanities at Arizona State University, as well as Strive: An Exhibition Highlighting American Immigration & the American Dream, D’Art Center, Norfolk, Virginia. In 2021 her work was featured in Arte Latino Now 2021, a virtual exhibit for the Center for Latino Studies at Queens University Charlotte in NC, and the Changarrito Artist of the Month for Mexic-Arte Museum in Austin, Texas. Most recently Medina exhibited her work in solo exhibitions at the Norman Brown Gallery, Goldmark Cultural Center, and at Epic Gallery in Grand Prairie. In 2022, she created a community-based solo art exhibit at Arts Mission Oak Cliff and had a solo retrospective exhibition at the Latino Cultural Center of Dallas. 

Through an exploration of fibers, painting, video, and audio Medina’s art reflects U.S. American history from the point of view of the underrepresented voices in our communities such as people of color, farm, and domestic workers, the undocumented and women and children. 


Enrique Nevárez is a multidisciplinary artist who incorporates a wide range of mediums and methods in his paintings/sculptures. Nevárez earned his B.F.A. from the University of Texas At Arlington in 2019 , and is a current M.F.A. student at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth. Largely autobiographical in nature, his work explores topics in contemplation of the male gaze, gender, cultural heritage and identity. His use of unconventional material stemming from Folklore invites the viewer to see through a fantastical lens of celebratory narrative in Latinx/Chicano culture.

Nevarez has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including Momentos, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX (2022); ART214, Latino Cultural Center, Dallas, TX (2022); and The Crit Room, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Dallas, TX (2020).



Ciara Elle Bryant, (EYE-ah), 2023, Mixed media installation, Dimensions variable

Tina Medina Ancestra poderosa de las fronteras (Powerful ancestor of the borders), 2022 Oil on paper, cornhusks, found papers, fabric, mylar 72h x 36w inches

Enrique Nevárez The Many Faces of Quetzalcoatl, 2022 Acrylic, caulk, rhinestones, markers, glitter, paper collage, clear caulk, pouring medium, molding paste, pink yarn Tinsel, inks, beads, canvas 60h x 48w inches