Talley Dunn Gallery Equity in the Arts Fellowship

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 three 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 three 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

2020 Recipients

Jer’Lisa Devezin is an interdisciplinary artist born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana. Devezin creates mixed media works using ceramics, metal, fibers, and video/performance. Her work addresses stereotypes projected onto Black women, while exploring the intersection of Black womanhood and the effects of social constructs that uphold white ideas of gender and patriarchy. She received her BA from Dillard University in 2011 and earned her MFA from Southern Methodist University in 2019. Devezin currently lives and works in Dallas.
Nitashia Johnson is a multimedia artist from Dallas, Texas. Her photographic series The Self Publication endeavors to uplift the Black community in showcasing the beauty of her subjects and their stories. Johnson attended Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, received her BFA from Texas Woman’s University in 2012, and received a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Art & Design Education from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2015. She is a first-round Sony Alpha Female Creator-in-Residence and the creator of The Smart Project, a creative after school program for artistic teens.
Kevin Owens is a Dallas-based painter and arts educator invested in questions of representation and abstraction. In his work, the artist explores how the world is seen through the eyes of others. His practice reflects on the subconsciously destructive effects of instability on society through the use of traditional painting techniques, drawing media, and gestalt principles. He received his BFA in painting and drawing from Stephen F. Austin University. He was a resident artist with La Reunion, TX and City Square, where he worked on community based public art projects as a teaching artist. 


Talley Dunn Gallery strongly believes in creating opportunities for racial equity in the Texas 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 $15,000 of funding over the next 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 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 2021-22 are now closed. Please check back in summer 2022.