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Current Exhibition

Texas Woman’s University Presents
14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography & Solo Exhibition
East / West Galleries
Department of Visual Arts | Fine Arts Building | Denton, Texas

Exhibition Dates: February 11 to March 13, 2015
Reception & Lecture: February 17, 2015
4:00-5:00 pm / Guest Lecture with April Watson
5:30-8:00 pm / Opening Reception

Exhibition History: 2001-2015

Established in 2001 and organized by the graduate photography students at Texas Woman’s University and the Photographic Artists’ Coalition (a student-run photography organization), the annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition provides a national venue for the exhibition of artistic expression as seen through the eye of the camera. Photographers from throughout the United States are invited to submit entries for the exhibition. The exhibition and endowment was established by Christine Shank and a small group of graduate students and named in memory of the mother of Professor Susan kae Grant. Exhibition proceeds fund the Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition Endowment, which supports photography scholarships for future graduate students in the Department of Visual Arts.

About the 2015 Exhibition:

April Watson, Curator of Photography at The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City, MO, served as juror for the 14th Annual Joyce Elaine Grant Photography Exhibition. Twenty-eight artists from throughout the United States and China were selected to exhibit their work. Artists include, Beverly Ahern, Ben Altman, Linda Alterwitz, Bennie Flores Ansell, Sarah Austin, Christine Carr, Bryon Darby, Marcus DeSieno, Garrett Hansen, Sharon Lee Hart, Abbey Hepner, John Holmgren, Paul Hooven, Allison Jarek, Priya Kambli, Janna Langholz, Holly Lay, Andy Mattern, Katie Newton,  Ashley Raasch, Heather Ross,Jiehao SuJennifer TremblayMarydorsey Wanless, Angela Franks Wells, Linda Wilson, and Christine Zuercher.

Clare Benson | 2015 Solo Exhibition
The Shepherd’s Daughter

Selected by Elizabeth Siegel, Associate Curator of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago / Juror of 2014 JEG Exhibition.

Exhibition Dates: February 11 - March 13, 2015
Reception: February 17th, 2015, 5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

The Shepherd’s Daughter

“My work is deeply rooted in my family history. After the death of my mother when I was eleven years old, I became increasingly curious about notions of family, memory, and mortality. I was raised by my father: an avid hunter, archery champion, and former hunting guide in the Alaskan wilderness. Growing up amidst the hunting culture of northern Michigan, I learned to see hunting as a tradition that ties humans to the natural world; a ritual that speaks to notions of mortality and the interconnectedness of life within a larger system. Before my father, my grandmother was a hunter and before that my great-grandmother, and long before that the stars made up constellations that told stories of the greatest hunts. In my work, the nuances of hunting and the rugged northern landscape of my childhood are woven with narratives of genealogy and gender, memory and mythology, time and space.”

Clare Benson Biography:
Clare Benson is a photographer and interdisciplinary artist from the Unites States. Her work has been exhibited and screened throughout the US and internationally. Benson earned an MFA in Photography at the University of Arizona in Tucson, and a BFA in Photography at Central Michigan University. She is currently living in northern Sweden on a Fulbright Fellowship.

Joyce Elaine Grant photography Exhibition Sponsors:
Texas Woman's University, Photographic Artists’ Coalition, Red River Paper, Imaging Spectrum, Anonymous Donor, Coupralux, Arlington Camera.

For more information, images of the work or biographic information for the artists, please visit or contact: Vance Wingate at 940-898-2533 or by email: or Rachael Banks at 502-640-4317 or by email:

The East / West Galleries are on the first floor of the Fine Arts Building, at the corner of Texas and Oakland Street, TWU campus in Denton, Texas, 76204. Gallery hours are Monday - Friday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, when the university is in session. Weekends are by appointment only. For directions, please go to the TWU Department of Visual Arts website: The exhibition and lecture are free and open to the public.

This exhibition is in support of the Joyce Elaine Grant Endowment, which provides scholarships for graduate students in photography at TWU.

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Culture Card Events

April Watson Lecture / February 17, 4:00pm - 5:00pm / West Gallery
JEG 14th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition / February 17, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building
Guerrilla Girls Lecture / February 26, 7:30pm / Margo Jones Auditorium
Benito Huerta and Janet Chafee / March 4, 4:00pm / West Gallery
John Weinkein Juried Student Exhibition / March 24, 5:00pm - 7:00pm / Fine Arts Building
Visual Arts BFA Graduating Student Exhibition / April 8, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building
Graduate Open Studios / April 15, 11:00am - 2:00pm / Patio Building
Visual Arts MFA Graduating Student Exhibition Part 1 / April 16, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building
Visual Arts MFA Graduating Student Exhibition Part 2 / April 29, 5:00pm - 8:00pm / Fine Arts Building

Gallery Hours

  • Monday - Friday 9 am to 4 pm
  • Saturdays by Appointment

Upcoming Shows

February 16 to March 11 / JEG 14th Annual Juried Photography Exhibition / JEG Solo Exhibition
March 20 to April 2 / TWU Student Juried Exhibition / East & West Galleries
April 7 to April 11 / BFA Graduating Students Exhibition / East & West Galleries
April 15 to April 23 / MFA Graduating Students Exhibition / East & West Galleries
April 29 to May 8 / MFA Graduating Students Exhibition / East & West Galleries

Visual Arts Calendar

Visiting Artists & Lectures

Beverly Penn Lecture on Supranatural Realistic / Wednesday, February 4, 4:00-5:00pm / West Gallery
Guerrilla Girls Lecture / February 26, 7:00pm / Margot Jones Auditorium
Benito Huerta and Janet Chafee / March 4, 4:00pm / West Gallery
April Watson Lecture / Tuesday February 17, 4:00-5:00pm / West Gallery

Gallery 010

Gallery 010 is the student run exhibition space in the lower level of the Student Union.

Spring 2015 Semester Exhibition Schedule

Nicola Brady / Transitions in Light / January 12 - January 23
PAC Photographic Artists' Coalition / Coalition Collective / January 26 - February 6
Brittany Cooper & Blair Rankin / Colorful Corrosion / February 9 - February 20
Andrew Scott / Exploration in Sight / February 23 - March 6
Karalee Brown / Impassioned Figure / March 9 - March 27
Kimberly Schaefer & Carrie Adamson-Riefler / Nearly Human / March 30 - April 10
LaRae Rippetoe / Descent into Darkness : when dreams and reality collide / April 13 - April 24
Martha Roberts / Divination / April 27 - May 8

Exhibition Archive

Check out the artists, lectures and student shows that we have featured at East | West Galleries!

Exhibition Archive

About East | West Galleries

Gallery Hours: Monday to Friday / 9am-4pm

Mission Statement

The East | West Galleries at Texas Woman’s University are dedicated to understanding and promoting contemporary art as a tool and a catalyst for education. The East | West Galleries consistently present exhibitions and programming that examine the cultural and social contexts around us, challenge contemporary perceptions of art making, and provide a framework for intellectual and creative inquiry.

By inviting established and emerging contemporary artists, designers, critics and curators of national and international stature from off-campus as well as within, and setting them in direct dialogue with students and local audiences, the East | West Galleries establish immediate relevancy in the University and community.

The East | West Galleries vision is well-aligned with Texas Woman’s University’s commitment to “educate and empower our students, especially ensuring opportunities for women and minorities, to become leaders in our society through excellence in the visual arts.”

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Gallery Description

Gallery Floorplans: East Gallery[pdf] West Gallery [pdf]

Two 1700 sq. ft. galleries complement the east and west wings of the Fine Arts Building offering large, well lit spaces for artists exhibitions. Each year internationally, nationally and regionally recognized artists are invited to exhibit works in solo and group exhibitions, offer lectures to the University students and local community and lead critiques of student works in class and studios.

The galleries are also used as exhibition spaces for M.F.A, M.A. and B.F.A. student qualifying exhibitions at the end of each semester.

Located at 300 Texas Street, Denton, Texas 76201; in the Fine Arts Building on the TWU/Denton campus at the corner of Texas and Oakland streets. (map)

For more information regarding exhibitions or to be added to our email invitation list, please contact:

Vance Wingate / - Gallery Coordinator / 940-898-2533

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