Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship

2021-22 Recipients from left: Jae-Eun Suh, Juan Negroni, Charles Antoine Gray, Alex Ordoñez, Martha Elena


Talley Dunn Gallery strongly believes in creating opportunities for racial equity in the arts community. The Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship strives to foster the development of emerging Black and Indigenous artists and other artists of color in North Texas, whose artmaking forms the backbone of our cultural landscape. In line with Talley Dunn Gallery’s ongoing commitment to anti-racism in our community, the gallery pledges to provide the fellowship with a minimum of $20,000 of funding over five years with the hope that it continues indefinitely. This fellowship will be just one component of a larger vision for programming and resources the gallery will invest in supporting Black and Indigenous artists and other artists of color.

Art institutions are complicit in the conscious and unconscious ways artists of color have been denied equal access to resources for success in the arts. These social inequalities can only be remedied with explicit actions to structurally change our unspoken norms. Talley Dunn Gallery acknowledges the social and economic injustices artists of color face and is committed to advancing racial equity through the support of those whose voices are vital in our communities.

The Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship is a yearlong instructional and professional development program for emerging Black and Indigenous artists and other artists of color. The fellowship will provide artists with mentorship and resources to further their practice and artistic endeavors. The gallery team will work closely with fellows to support their aspirations and ambitions in contemporary art and share knowledge of the inner workings of the art world.


The Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship will provide each of the fellows with:


  • $1000 stipend
  • Monthly cohort meetings with entire gallery team focusing on different areas of career development, including grant applications, art packing demonstrations, information on navigating gallery and collector relationships, and advice on how to document and inventory artwork
  • Quarterly check-ins with each artist and gallery team
  • Ongoing dialogue with gallery team to provide continuous support relating to career decisions (e.g., contracts, website presentation, artwork pricing)
  • Support of each artist and their respective projects on the gallery website, social media, and newsletter throughout the year
  • Providing connections amongst their cohort and with the greater Texas arts community
  • Studio visits and/or artwork review with the gallery team as requested
  • Access to gallery resources and connections throughout the year
  • Concluding with a group exhibition of the cohort at the gallery


The Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship is for individual applicants only; artists may not apply as a collective. 

To be eligible for the grant, artists must:

  • Live in Greater North Texas (Dallas, Fort-Worth, surrounding suburbs)
  • Be 21 or older
  • Demonstrate long-term commitment to their artmaking practice
  • Be available for and dedicated to participating in the fellowship’s resource and mentorship sessions


Applications for the 2022-23 cycle are now closed. The 2023-24 cycle application will open July 2023. 

2021 Recipients

Martha Elena is a multidisciplinary artist from the Rio Grande Valley, where she grew up speaking both Spanish and English. Elena creates drawings and sculptures that explore the malleability and fallibility of language. She begins by converting phrases into the font Wingdings 3, which consists primarily of arrows. These reconfigured, reimagined phrases in turn inspire the composition, size, and color of her works, which range from large-scale fabric sculptures to handheld embroidery. Taken together, these arrow-based pieces approximate a universal method of communication divorced from any specific language. Elena had a solo exhibition at Artspace111 in Fort Worth, Texas in 2021, and has shown in group exhibitions at Artspace111, Clamplight in San Antonio, and Pena Gallery in Austin. Elena received her BFA from the University of Texas at Rio Grande Valley and currently lives in Fort Worth.

Charles Antoine Gray is a multidisciplinary artist from Fort Worth. Working from family photographs and personal experiences, Gray explores themes of youth, kinship, and joy in paintings, videos, and sculptures. He often employs both traditional and nontraditional media within the same piece, using oil paint on Pokémon cards and creating realistic portraits with crayon and marker. Autobiographical in nature, his work seeks to present a nuanced portrait of his experiences and depoliticize the ways society views him as a Black man. Gray has had solo exhibitions at 500X Gallery and the Carillon Gallery in Dallas and Dang Good Candy in Fort Worth, and has shown in group exhibitions in Los Angeles, Fort Worth, and Astoria, Oregon. Gray was a 2014 artist-in-residence at the Atelierhaus Hilmsen in Hilmsen, Germany, and is currently finishing his BFA at the University of Texas at Arlington.

Juan Negroni is an artist-educator from Bayamón, Puerto Rico. Using acrylic, watercolor, gouache, and ink, Negroni makes paintings about geography, identity, and heritage as they relate to Puerto Rico and the Caribbean. Working from a background in printmaking, Negroni builds bright, abstract compositions that layer patterns and botanical imagery. In a nod to his lower-middleclass upbringing, he often repurposes everyday materials, including shower curtains, tarps, and paper scraps. Negroni has had solo exhibitions at the San Luis Obispo Museum of Art in San Luis Obispo, California, Texas Women’s University in Denton, Texas, and the San Juan School of Design in San Juan, Puerto Rico, among others. In 2017, he was an artist-in-residence at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’art Dijon in Dijon, France. Negroni has a BFA in Printmaking from the Puerto Rico School of Fine Arts and Design, an MAEd in Art History and Museum Studies from the Caribbean University, and an MFA from Southern Methodist University. He is based in Dallas, where he teaches at the Episcopal School of Dallas.

Alex Ordóñez is a clay-based artist from the Andes Mountains of Ecuador. Ordóñez’s practice navigates issues of cultural identity and social justice through natural materials including clay, papier-mâché, fabric, and paper. Much of his work is concerned with the ways Western social sciences flatten and otherize Indigenous cultures by employing culturally biased research methods. He addressed this problematic understanding in his series CULTURAL EPISTEMOLOGY, where he translated two-dimensional Inuit and Native American geometric designs onto three-dimensional ceramic cubes and rectangular prisms, fragmenting the designs to prevent full understanding. Ordóñez is the cofounder of Colectivo Wajabal, a multidisciplinary collective that creates opportunities for learning and dialogue within the Latino community. Ordóñez is based in Alvin, where he teaches at Alvin Community College. He is currently pursuing his MFA at Texas A&M University-Commerce.

Jae-Eun Suh is an interdisciplinary artist who grew up in Seoul, South Korea and Manosque, France. Suh creates experimental works using projection, video, and sculpture that explore memory, longing, fragmentation, and displacement. Suh collects and combines photos and videos of different locations to create abstracted landscapes that connote both place and passage. In projecting onto walls, windows, and objects, Suh creates works where digital media and everyday life interface. In a process that mimics the fallibility and trickiness of memory, she frequently reengineers and reintroduces older pieces into newer works. Suh has exhibited her work at Centre Culturel et Littéraire Jean Giono in Manosque, Czong Institute for Contemporary Art in Gimpo, South Korea, and The MAC in Dallas, among other places. She is currently pursuing her MFA at the University of North Texas, from which she also received her BFA in Visual Art Studies.