Fort Worth, TX (May 13, 2022) –  Kinfolk House announced today the details of its summer project, Congregate, featuring work by celebrated artists Skip Hill, Colby Deal, and Angela Faz. The latest exhibition will launch with an opening reception Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 12 pm – 7 pm; all three artists will be in attendance. The day-long opening follows the successful structure of the opening exhibition, Welcome, which saw a steady flow of visitors throughout the day. This project explores the feelings of seclusion brought on by the health precautions taken globally to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. The works on view reflect on the past two years and investigate the complex meanings of community, culture, and isolation. As the pandemic wore on, people attempted to remain connected, reconnected, and made new connections through technology. 

Kinfolk House was created with the purpose of bringing people together to experience community, creativity, and art-making – making Congregate an especially apropos follow-up to the inaugural project, Welcome. Unveiled this past spring, Sedrick and Letitia Huckaby envisioned the collaborative project space as a place to discover creativity and explore the nuanced and varied meanings of art. In its opening year, the creative space will prioritize projects that embody its core values — uplifting the creativity and people of the polytechnic neighborhood, building bridges between unexpected communities, interrogating the meaning of art, and removing art the barriers established by the traditional art world. 

When asked about the latest project, Director of Kinfolk House Jessica Fuentes said, “We are thrilled to bring together these artists who work in different disciplines but are connected through a common interest in documenting and investigating the importance of community. From our first meeting, it was clear that though the artists had never shown together before, they were enthused and inspired after learning about each other’s work.”

Fuentes Continued, “The creative space is committed to working with local, regional, and national artists – seeking to uplift local artists by initiating conversations between them and those showing at regional and national levels while introducing North Texas audiences to varied works from across the country.” 

Creating works for the exhibition is Skip Hill (He/Him), a South Padre Island native currently living in Tulsa. Hill is a mixed-media artist who focuses on the beauty of composition, the exuberance of process, positive and negative space, contrasts of mood, colors, and flowing line work. His art can be found in public and private collections in the U.S., U.K, France, and The Netherlands, among others. Houston-based photographic artist, Colby Deal (He/Him), will also show work. Deal explores the culmination of elements of the psychological environment and the physical. Deal is an alumnus of Project Row Houses residency and was awarded an exhibition at the Houston Museum of African American Culture. Joining Hill and Deal is Oak Cliff’s multi-disciplinary artist Angela Faz (They/Them). Their work focuses on art interventions and the reclamation of public space. Faz has achieved international recognition for their Collective Care hand-carved print upon being selected for Amplifier’s 2020 Global Call for Art. Recently, Faz was a part of the inaugural Women & Their Work exhibition curated by Vicki Meek.  

As the artists of Congregate looked back at the past two years, questions they sought to consider included: 

  • What makes a community? Is it bound by physical borders, unique experiences, or common values? 
  • What happens when the community is lost, removed, or abandoned? 
  • What are the joys and struggles of being part of a community or attempting to keep one together?
  • How might being a part of a community inform or change who we are?

Congregate will run from June 4 to July 30, 2022. Alongside the show, Kinfolk House will once again open its doors to the public and host community events that connect to the project’s themes. To find out more about the upcoming community projects, visit kinfolkhouse.org. As a unique collaborative experience, Kinfolk House will partner with Stage West Theater to present the satellite exhibition, Matriarchy, featuring work by Marianne Lettieri and Demarcus McGaughey which interlinks with themes explored in Congregate. 

Kinfolk’s New Hours: 

  • Monday – Thursday: 10am – 2pm
  • Friday: 10am – 5pm
  • Saturday: 11am – 5pm.
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