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AURORA Announces Year-Round Program & Artist Relief Fund

 In light of the worldwide developments over the last few months, AURORA recently announced that it will be developing new initiatives to create more opportunities and resources for Dallas’s artistic community and general public. These plans include a transition from a large-scale biennial event—which was originally scheduled for November 7, 2020—to an organization with year-round, socially-distanced immersive experiences, digital initiatives and educational programming, as well as the launch of an emergency artist relief fund.

The emergency artist relief fund is targeted to support North Texas–based artists who are facing financial distress due to the Covid-19 pandemic with individual grants of $4,000. To learn more and to apply, click here.

In terms of the forthcoming programming, our previously announced curatorial team remains committed to the extended format and further details will be announced in the coming weeks. So continue checking back, sign up for our newsletter, and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to stay up-to-date with the latest news.

AURORA Announces 2020
Associate Curators

AURORA continues to expand with Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns joining us as our 2020 Associate Curators. Working together with 2020 Curator Noam Segal, they will support the realisation of our most exciting biennial exhibition to date, coming this November.

In 2018, Johnson and Burns co-founded Sweet Pass Sculpture Park, an outdoor exhibition space on a one-acre plot of land in West Dallas. Since opening, they have worked with over 100 local and international artists, students from universities in the Dallas–Fort Worth area, and various organizations and institutions, like the Dallas Boys & Girls Club, the Nasher Sculpture Center, the Dallas Museum of Art, and North Park Center.

Johnson, who received her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design, is currently a visiting lecturer in sculpture at the Southern Methodist University and Burns received his MFA from the Savannah College of Art & Design. Before moving to Dallas, they both lived and worked in New York. Most recently, they have been awarded a micro-grant from the Nasher Sculpture center and a National Endowment for the Arts grant in conjunction with Wassiac Projects to continue their work with Sweet Pass.

We're delighted to have these two esteemed Dallas artists and curators on our AURORA 2020 team and can't wait to see what they bring to the table
Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns. Photo courtesy of Nan Coulter
AURORA 2020 Associate Curators, Tamara Johnson and Trey Burns. Photo courtesy of Nan Coulter

AURORA Welcomes
New Honorary & Co-Chairs

AURORA warmly welcomes former Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings and Micki Rawlings as new Honorary Chairs, along with philanthropists Susan Byrne Montgomery, Bill Montgomery and Molly Byrne as new Co-Chairs. We’re pleased to have such outstanding civic and philanthropic leaders of Dallas join the AURORA family.

The new Co-Chairs will work with our Host Committee in supporting AURORA's 10-year anniversary this fall, which will bring with it our most exciting and significant event to date.

AURORA Announces 2020 Curator

AURORA is pleased to announce Noam Segal as the curator of the AURORA 2020 biennial exhibition, taking place in November 2020. Working with both local and international artists, Segal will realize AURORA’s expansive exhibition of technology-based public art in downtown Dallas. A Brooklyn-based independent curator and writer, Segal's practice focuses on contextualizing and supporting artists in producing new media art.

Segal received her Ph.D. in the Hermeneutics and Culture department at Bar Ilan University (Tel Aviv) and has collaborated with numerous international artists, museums and non-profits alike. She's presented the work of artists such as Neïl Beloufa, Pope.L, Sharon Hayes, Anri Sala, Ulla Von Brandenburg and Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz at prestigious international biennials and institutions, including Palais de Tokyo (Paris), Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), MOCO (Montepellier, France), Performa (NYC), Museum of Contemporary Photography Chicago and Tel Aviv Museum of Art, among others. 

Additionally, Segal has contributed written work to a range of journals, artist catalogues and essay compilations, published by the likes of Konrad Fischer Galerie, Routledge Press, Mousse Magazine, Castello di Rivoli and the Atlántica Journal for Art and Thought. She has given talks, curated symposiums and participated in residencies around the world, including at the School of Visual Art (NYC), Kunstverein Nüremberg (Germany), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin), Mitchell-Innes & Nash (NYC) and Sotheby’s (NYC).

As of January 2020, she will be a visiting scholar in the department of performance studies at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Segal is also a faculty member of the MFA program at Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design (Jerusalem) and a visiting faculty member of the MFA program in the department of painting and printmaking at Virginia Commonwealth University.

As AURORA proudly celebrates its tenth year, we warmly welcome Segal as the curator for our 2020 edition and look forward to working with her to realize our next large-scale outdoor, public exhibition.

Learn more about Noam Segal’s past work and practice on her website

AURORA 2020 Curator: Noam Segal 


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