Spellerberg Projects

Gallery hours
Saturday, May 11, 11am-3pm
Saturday, May 18, 11am-3pm
Saturday, May 25, 11am-3pm
Saturday, June 1, 11am-3pm
Friday, June 7, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday, June 8, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Artist’s Statement

I live on the Gulf coastal plains of Texas on the outskirts of a small town near Houston called Sugarland. It was established as a company town in the nineteenth century to produce sugar cane. As an adult, I learned that the town’s enormous success was made possible by the secret exploitation of black labor used during the Reconstruction era. With this information, it became imperative for me to speak about my heritage as a black Texan. Therefore, I decided to use my knowledge of black history in Texas to create artwork about our experiences since we were historically excluded from the American dream.

My subjects are black people I grew up with on the Gulf Coast engaging in outdoor activities or within a calm domestic interior. Their poses range from casual to art historic and as part of my creative process, I use oil paint to create imaginative color schemes while still having the ability to capture realistic effects of the atmosphere. This invites the viewer into a unique private space where light and color guide the overall mood of each painting.

​I became interested in how black contemporary artist reclaim their racial identity and ethnic image to challenge the history of racial stereotypes that have contributed to the inequalities in our current society and my goal is to have my paintings coexist within this modern wave of black American storytelling. Likewise, my artwork questions how society can expand its understanding of black youth. And how the effects of living within an American subculture have caused each generation of African Americans to disassociate from the larger society.

About the Artist

Morgan Grigsby (b. 2001) lives and works in Texas, and is known for his contemporary realist oil paintings that are inspired by his personal experiences growing up on the Gulf Coast as a black Texan. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions such as The Spellerberg Project gallery in Lockhart, Texas (2024) and at The Calaboose African American History Museum in San Marcos, Texas (2023). His numerous group exhibitions include The Big Show, at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas (2023), Assemblage, at The University of Houston Clear Lake Art Gallery in Houston, Texas (2023) and, the student juried exhibition at Texas State Galleries in San Marcos, Texas (2021- 2023). Grigsby was also honored with the Best in Show award in the student juried exhibition (2023) and The Special Merit award at The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo (2018).

Gallery hours
Saturday, April 13, 11am-3pm
Saturday, April 20, 11am-3pm
Saturday, April 27, 11am-3pm
Friday, May 3, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday, May 4, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Artist’s Statement

In Soul Sequencing: Unveiling Ancestral Topography, Narong Tintamusik reimagines medical documentation through etched and painted wood panels, capturing human health’s physiological and spiritual dimensions. Inspired by Cameroonian theorist Achille Mbembe’s insights into necropolitics and Victorian physicist Oliver Lodge’s empirical pursuit of the “soul,” Tintamusik’s work delves into the survival of the spirit within the context of mortality, cultural preservation, and the inherent will to endure.

The exploitation of the body and mind for labor while neglecting essential resources is prevalent in today’s societies. This stark reality breeds inequality across sectors like nutrition, healthcare, and education, creating a populace akin to the living dead. Through an exploration of symbols from Thai heritage, Tintamusik’s paintings serve as resistance against these societal constraints, affirming the sovereignty of the body. Despite adversity, the artworks illuminate the resilience and sanctity inherent in each individual’s internal landscape, challenging prevailing narratives of detachment with compassion and radiance.

About the Artist

Narong Tintamusik (ณรงค์ ตินตมุสิก) is an artist and curator based in Dallas, TX. His work is autobiographical, mining elements from his 2nd-Generation Thai-American upbringing, Queer identity, Buddhist spirituality, and previous career in the biological sciences. Through painting and its iterations, he finds alternative survival modes as a form of resistance against the current biopolitics of society.

Born in Dallas, TX, he lived in Bangkok, Thailand, for ten years. In 2014, he obtained his undergraduate biology degree from the University of Texas at Dallas with a minor in visual arts. He is currently pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas. Before entering graduate school, he worked in the environmental science industry for seven years.

He has exhibited in group shows locally in Dallas, TX, and beyond, including Chicago, New York, Canada, and Germany. Solo exhibitions include Daisha Board Gallery (Dallas, TX), 500X (Dallas, TX), Plush Gallery (Dallas, TX), Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX), and Angelina College (Lufkin, TX). He is the recipient of the DeGoyler Memorial Fund (Dallas Museum of Art 2015), Art Walk West Microgrant (West Dallas Chamber of Commerce 2021), and the Puffin Foundation Grant (Puffin Foundation 2022). He was a part of the artist-run gallery 500X from 2019-2022.

Gallery hours
Saturday, March 9, 11am-3pm
Saturday, March 16, 11am-3pm
Saturday, March 23, 11am-3pm
Saturday, March 30, 11am-3pm
Friday, April 5, 6–9pm – First Friday
Saturday, April 6, 11am-9pm
Sunday, April 7, 12-6pm

Artist’s Reception
Saturday, April 6, 6–9pm

Artist’s Statement

The domestic images I’m attracted to contain evidence of extreme care and energy put into an environment. Care of the domestic space has historically been designated as women’s work and the labor and aesthetics of decorating a home undervalued. I relate to the inherent attention to detail in the arrangement of a shadowbox tableaux or the pyramid of lace-trimmed pillows atop a made bed and wonder if they are a method to cache feelings, an expression of personal history, or a compulsion to comfort and protect. Care and consideration manifest as ruffles. What do the objects we fill our homes with have to do with survival? Why do obsolete tools become decor? Each absurd idiosyncratic, aesthetic decision becomes a presentation of self-value.

Though my sculptures are not explicitly household objects they reference textiles, furniture and frosted, edible surfaces, placing them in the domestic realm as possible tools, devices and nicknacks.

About the Artist

Jennifer Moore is an artist living and working in Lockhart, Texas. Before starting an art practice, she toured as a musician across North America, Europe and Australia, playing anywhere from traditional venues, community art spaces, generator shows underneath freeway overpasses, and museums like the Fort Worth Modern and Whitney Museum of American Art. During this extended time spent away from home she discovered the generosity and ingenuity of people trying to make art and music within a variety of ecosystems and was inspired by the DIY culture which influenced the development of venues, homes, handmade instruments, and playing styles. Her preferred materials are household objects, thrifted textiles, broken electronics and papier-mâché which she applies to her work centering around themes of body and home.

Jennifer has shown her work at ICOSA(Austin, TX), Spellerberg Projects(Lockhart, TX), Collection RERT(Austin, TX), and Wege Center for the Arts(Fairfield, IA). She received a BFA from Texas State University in 2018 and an MFA from Maharishi International University in 2024.

Gallery hours
Saturday, February 10, 11am-3pm
Saturday, February 17, 11am-3pm
Saturday, February 24, 11am-3pm
Friday, March 1, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday, March 2, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Artist’s Statement

I work between sculpture and painting, using various materials to navigate the play of an interior landscape with a language of form.

Conditions of working – space, tools, materials, and a visual vocabulary – fluctuate to become an extension of who I am at the moment. Discovery comes at different rates and with uneven timing. Associations arise and squirm, hinting at meaning – contradictions wrestle with one another. These conditions dictate a cycle of expansion and contraction that is, in itself, an interactive relationship of knowing and not knowing.

I think of these events as driven by the process of drawing. I find myself pulled into a process of looking and not looking, which could be correlated with covering and revealing, destroying and creating – things come apart and cohere at the same time. Largeness is compressed into small spaces.

Out of that situation emerges new events and possible narratives that help me grow.  It’s a good reason to continue.

Jim Shrosbree, Jan 2024

About the Artist

Jim Shrosbree’s work has been exhibited widely in North America. Public collections with his work include the Detroit Institute of Art, Los Angeles County Museum, Edythe and Ely Broad Museum, Des Moines Art Center, University of Iowa Museum of Art, Mint Museum, and Daum Museum ofContemporary Art.

Shrosbree has been a visiting artist at numerous universities and art institutions including Cranbrook Academy of Art, NYU, UC-Davis, Bard College, University of Washington, University of Minnesota, Penn State University, Alberta University of the Arts, Drake University and the University of Iowa.

He has received residency fellowships from Yaddo, MacDowell and Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. Residencies also include time as a scholar at the American Academy in Rome. Awards include a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, Pollock-Krasner Foundation grant, the National Endowment for the Arts(Midwest Fellowship) among others.

Jim Shrosbree received an MFA in Ceramics from the University of Montana, Missoula. He is Professor of Art at Maharishi International University, Fairfield, Iowa where he lives and works.

Gallery hours
Saturday, January 13, 11am-3pm
Saturday, January 20, 11am-3pm
Saturday, January 27, 11am-3pm
Friday, February 2, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday, February 3, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Artist’s Statement

I create multi-dimensional drawings of the almost and the not-yet-made. Emphasizing mark-making and process, I make paintings, installations, and sculptures inspired by piles of rubble and construction debris. My works re-imagine their often invisible subjects as icons and objects of potential. Paused between destruction and resurrection, they have a wholeness that cannot exist in a realized state. Blending the figurative with the abstract, my drawings contrast believable and impossible renderings of space and depth. Often visually or physically ephemeral, they visually break down, expand and rebuild their surfaces, subjects, and sites. By dissolving the boundary between the made and unmade, my works create accessible and tangible bridges between the real and imagined. Working with abstraction and obscuration, my drawings are depictions of simultaneously dissolving and reforming marks, colors, and spaces. They are invitations to navigate the unknown (and unknowable) as immersive spaces of possibility.

Curator’s Statement

Daydream is an exhibition of interdisciplinary drawings about the almost and not-yet made. It is a site-specific and multi-dimensional installation created for Spellerberg Projects. The exhibition combines vibrant sculptural forms and plaster casts with small, layered drawings on paper. Highlighting the reflections and distance created by the gallery’s encompassing windows, clearly visible three-dimensional elements are interspersed with soft two-dimensional works that embrace the intimacy of the space. Drawn in grayscale to emphasize breath and distance, the drawings on paper are obscured and almost invisible. Visually and physically ephemeral, the exhibition explores how to make the impossible more real. Daydream is an invitation to navigate the unknown and unknowable as immersive spaces of possibility.

About the Artist

Sarah DePetris is a Dallas-based artist whose practice integrates painting, installation, and sculpture. She makes multi-dimensional drawings that capture the energy and potential of the almost and the not-yet-made. Abstracting imagery of found piles of rubble and construction debris, her works are bridges between the real and imagined. DePetris presents her work nationally and is excited to be exhibiting with Spellerberg Projects in Lockhart, Texas. She has had numerous recent solo exhibitions, and was honored to receive a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant in support of her summer ’23 exhibition at Box 13 ArtSpace. DePetris recently created a large public art installation for Art Tooth’s ArtSouth Box at SOMA while participating in their studio residency at Muse in Fort Worths. DePetris received an MFA from the College of Visual Arts and Design (’23) and her BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art (’09).  Her works are included in the permanent collections of Capital One and the University of Texas at Tyler.

Gallery hours
Saturday, December 9, 11am-3pm
Saturday, December 16, 11am-3pm
Saturday, December 23, 11am-3pm
Saturday, December 30, 11am-3pm
Friday, January 5, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday, January 6, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Artist’s Statement

Detroit Cousin Randy (DCR) is a selection of images from Enoch Rios’ on going collection of hundreds of found photographs. The term found photography can be used as a synonym for found photos: photographs, usually anonymous, that were not originally intended as art but have been reappropriated and given renewed aesthetic meaning.

DCR consists of non-artist informed found photographs obtained from various community resources. They illustrate a curated, photographic vernacular that saturates snapshots in shoeboxes, cellphones, and family photo albums. DCR brings forth themes of nostalgia, wonder, humor, and earnestness. They are a type of visual anthropology that explores the mundane, discarded, and uncovered moments of other people to challenge the notion of authorship, quality, and originality in photography and image making.

About the Artist

Enoch Rios was born in Corpus Christi, TX and received his BFA in photography from Texas State University in 2015. He lives and works in San Marcos, TX waiting for nothing to happen. His work comes from a process of observing situations that seem out of place or unusually incongruent within a pattern of common occurrences. His photography reframes a larger picture of the mundane to highlight areas that feel dreamlike, bazaar and transitory. Sometimes the images appear idiosyncratic and quirky, at other times they seem to become a container for loss and hope.

Gallery hours
Saturday, September 16, 11am-3pm
Saturday, September 23, 11am-3pm
Saturday, September 30, 11am-3pm
Friday, October 6, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday, October  7, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Artist’s Statement

The contemporary art world and life in general have led me to beautiful and interesting places. Most of my work up to this point has approached existentialism. For a while, I have moved toward analyzing the monstrous idea of racism and philosophical ideas within Black existentialism.

How I work with this is through the creation of surreal objects with an analytical approach. I use various mediums to tackle the subject matter of racism. Mainly its effects on the Black community and other people of color. This includes the intersections with other issues within Western society.

Through research and experiments, I will continue exploring ideas of dismantling racism. However, I want to examine the effects of social death and its effect on the Black community. I want to know what that means for BIPOC people treated this way in an already regressing nation. Most of all, how we fight or reclaim our bodies, Physically and existentially.

About the Artist

Emeri Warren Harris is a San Antonio-based interdisciplinary artist. They are 29 years old and work in various mediums: painting, soft sculpture, and performance.

Emeri started their artistic career in 2012 when they went to Mississippi Delta Community College. Then, they moved back to San Antonio to attend the University of Texas in San Antonio. Throughout the years, they have discovered their voice in their work and have improved their skills and sense of self.

Currently, Emeri is exploring ideas of Black Existence and tackling Racism against BIPOC. They have been in several exhibitions around San Antonio including theBlack Sheep Exhibition, Upstairs Studio, Blue Star Red Dot 2020 and 2021, and the CAM breakout series in 2022. Emeri was born and raised in San Antonio, TX. They attended the University of Texas in San Antonio and graduated in the fall of 2018.

Gallery hours
Saturday, August 12, 11am-3pm
Saturday, August 19, 11am-3pm
Saturday, August 26, 11am-3pm
Friday, September 1, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday, September  2, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Marie Tobola comes from a classical figurative background but leans on the abstract while searching the breadth of digital imagery for impulses of freedom in fleshy form.  She graduated from The School of The Art Institute of Chicago in 2006 and has been painting for over twenty years. She lives and works in Lockhart, Texas.

Gallery hours
Saturday July 15, 11am-3pm
Saturday July 22, 11am-3pm
Saturday July 29, 11am-3pm
Friday, August 4, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday August 5, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Exhibition handout

Michael Villarreal received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at Texas State University in San Marcos, TX, and a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Nebraska. He has exhibited in solo exhibitions at ACA Gallery at Angelina College in Lufkin, TX; Art Palace Contemporary Art Gallery, Houston, TX; and Project Project, Omaha, NE. He’s been in numerous group exhibitions at galleries such as The International Quilt Museum in Lincoln, NE; Undercurrent in Brooklyn, NY; DATELINE in Denver, CO; Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX; Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, and LA Artcore: Brewery Annex Gallery, Los Angeles, CA. His work has been featured in several publications such as Huffington Post, New American Paintings, and Art Maze Magazine. In 2019, he was a recipient of the Nebraska Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship. Influenced by personal photos, old and new, Villarreal’s work becomes a repository of memory, time, place, and self. Using a combination of painting, sculpture, and installation, his work makes connections between materiality and the recollection and re-interpretation of past and present experiences. Villarreal currently lives in San Marcos, TX, and teaches at Texas State University.

Gallery hours
Saturday June 10, 11am-3pm
Saturday June 17, 11am-3pm
Saturday June 24, 11am-3pm
Saturday July 30, 11am-3pm
Friday, July 7, 6–9pm – Artist’s Reception
Saturday July 8, 11am-3pm – Last Look

Exhibition handout

Artist’s Statement

Her hair was gold, touching feelings, but she had to lose her soul to be seen, the way he is. She doesn’t think; her lips are a sweet surprise, her cold hands decidedly decaying. She only had to do it, old news. The results are always perfect, but the whole expanse cannot be seen. She will lay him on a throne, invented at his birth and sprinkled with reluctance. He formulated her infinity and whittled her title down to, “a woman.”

About the Artist

Hollie Brown currently lives in Abilene, Texas. She is a member of the Center for Contemporary Arts and teaches at McMurry University. She received her M.F.A. in Interdisciplinary Arts from the University of California, Riverside in 2017. Brown also runs Little Shop of Hollies, a “tiny” business she started in 2020.