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dolcefino VS. synchronicity-of-color

It’s a knock-down, drag-out brawl down in Huston between The Huston Arts Alliance (HAA) and Wayne Dolcefion, a local reporter for an ABC affiliate who has been infuriating artists and citizens alike with his series The Color Of Money. The Color of Money has been investigating mishandling of grants and spending by the HAA to create public art meant to attract tourists to Huston.

Many in the Huston Arts community have lashed back at the reporting calling it sensationalist and prejudice but their cries seem to be falling on deaf ears as Dolcefino released his fifth installment to the series yesterday with a quick comment at the beginning of the report egging on anyone that disagrees with him.

I’m riding the fence on this one personally. I think that Dolcefino is bring up some good questions that need to be addressed. As one commenter noted on the HAA blog

…[Dolcefino] is also demanding accountability. Are we getting the art we’re paying for? Are the works selected really the best use of the funds? Why are we putting art in places people can’t see it? Shouldn’t we be doing more to promote the bedrock of the region’s arts — our museums?

canned_poopI don’t think that it’s wrong of Dolcefino to demand more accountability from artists and art organization who don’t seem to be keeping their end of the deal. I also think Dolcefino is right to question why Huston is paying for art geared to get tourists into Huston in places inaccessible to tourists.

BUT

I do have a problem with him sensationalizing the facts to stir up the community, and Dolcefino is doing just that with his reporting as an article in the Huston Press points out. Many of Dolcefino’s reports speak of the HAA grants being funded by the tax payers through the Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT), which is true. What gets me is when Dolcefino keep pounding that “You’re paying for it” (a catch phrase he uses with a bit too much gusto in my opinion). If you look up what the Hotel Occupancy Tax is, the citizens of Huston are not giving a dime to the HAA (unless they decided to stay in a hotel for some reason). Bill Davenport at Glasstire.com was quick to point this out in an article he wrote in response to Dolcefino’s attack on HAA money being spent on Glasstire.com.

Dolcefino is poking at a problem, but he’s going about it the wrong way. If Wayne Dolcefino doesn’t start putting the same level of accountability into his reporting that he is demanding of the HAA he could end up looking like the ass he’s trying to make the HAA out to be.

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See, the art slump isn’t all bad

I forgot to mention that the Kimbell has a contest going on in conjunction with their Impressionist exhibit where they are encouraging participants to create an impressionist based photo based on well known works on display. This is the last round to get involved or vote for your favorite which will last until September 23. The list of prizes includes

Grand Prize:

  • Exclusive tour guided by a Kimbell curator for 6 adults
  • FREE admission for 6 adults to The Impressionists
  • Dinner or lunch for 6 at the Kimbell Buffet Restaurant (alcoholic beverages not included)
  • One FREE one-year subscription to Texas Monthly magazine

2nd Place:

  • FREE admission for 4 adults to The Impressionists
  • One FREE catalogue: The Impressionists
  • One FREE one-year subscription to Texas Monthly magazine

3rd Place:

  • FREE admission for 2 adults to The Impressionists
  • One FREE catalogue: The Impressionists
  • One FREE one-year subscription to Texas Monthly magazine

UTD’s artist residency Central Trak will be using one of its unused loft spaces to display works by Texas artists according to a newswire from Glasstire. Up first is Sunny Sliger on August 16th followed by a show from Laray Polk in September.

According to the news blurb Charissa Terranova, the Residency’s Director, will also be wearing one of Sliger’s pieces during the opening reception.

It is exciting to hear that Central Trak is not letting one of it’s residency spaces lie dormant simply because it doesn’t have an artist living in it. Props to whoever thought of this one.

This Week

Dec. 12 - Dec. 19, 2008
UT Dallas (Art Gallery)
Fall Arts Festival

Opening reception Dec. 12 @ 6:30 pm

Artillary Retrospective