The Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas
(CADD) is a nonprofit organization whose primary mandates include creating awareness about the local contemporary art community and raising money to benefit young artists.
The latter is achieved through the CADD FUND and CADD Scholarship.
These scholarships are endowed by the organization’s popular Bus Tour series and CADD FUND evening, both of which are open to the public.
The CADD FUND offers a scholarship to undergraduate and graduate art students within a 100-mile radius of Dallas. This year’s call to entry achieved a record 29 submissions.
GOOD NEIGHBORS According to Danette Dufilho, the director of Conduit Gallery and chair of this year’s event, “CADD has gotten smarter about how we get the word out.”
She cites social media as well as affiliated artists and university professors as being effective means to reach the target audience.
Six finalists were selected from these submissions by a jury that this year included Dr. Anna Katherine Brodbeck, Hoffman Family Senior Curator of Contemporary Art at the Dallas Museum of Art; Kristen Gaylord,
Associate Curator of Photographs at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and Frank Hettig,
Director of Modern and Contemporary Art at Heritage Auctions. This year’s finalists were Christopher Evans, Stephanie Gerhart,
Jihye Han, and Abby Pfaff, all from University of North Texas; Audrey Travis, a student at Texas Christian University; and Shayna Sutton from the University of Texas at Arlington.
GOOD NEIGHBORS The artists will present proposals for their current or soon-to-be realized projects to an audience at a later date.
The scholarship winner will be determined by the votes of those in attendance. Money raised from the evening goes back into the scholarship fund.
The CADD Scholarship is awarded annually to one senior in the Visual Arts Conservatory at Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
It is open to students who plan to pursue a fine arts degree. “They’ve made a commitment to the arts long before they went to Booker T.,” explains Holly Johnson of Holly Johnson Gallery.
The scholarship also provides encouragement to young artists. The 2018 recipient, Conner Chase, says,
”The CADD scholarship helped me in my journey of studying art at Pratt and gave me more confidence that I would be able to achieve my goals.”
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