Archive 2011-2013

The Texas Biennial 2013 has chosen two of Trey Egan’s oil paintings to be shown at the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio (September 5 – November 9).


“Zara Sequencia” 48 x 36, and “Born Electric, We Are The Lucky Ones” 50 x 70




The Texas Biennial is an independent survey of contemporary art in Texas. The fifth edition of the exhibition will take place in the fall of 2013, making the Texas Biennial the longest-running state biennial in the U.S.


Texas Biennial 2013, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio, TX)


Texas Biennial 2013, Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum (San Antonio, TX)




Texas Biennial 2013 Curators:

BILL ARNING is the Director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.
RENÉ PAUL BARILLEAUX is Chief Curator and Curator of Art after 1945 at the McNay Art Museum, San Antonio.
CHRISTIAN GERSTHEIMER is a curator at the El Paso Museum of Art.
K8 HARDY is a New York-based artist represented by Reena Spaulings Fine Art in New York.
TERESA HUBBARD and ALEXANDER BIRCHLER work collaboratively in video, photography and sculpture.
ANNETTE LAWRENCE is the Department Chair of Studio Art at UNT, and a visual artist.
DAVID PAGEL is an art critic for the L.A. Times, and chair of the art department at Claremont University.
BÁRBARA PEREA is an independent curator and critic with a concentration in emerging media, sound, and video art.
CHRISTINA REES has served as an editor at both The Met and D Magazine, and as a art critic at the Dallas Observer.
DARIO ROBLETO has exhibited at museums such as the Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York etc.
NOAH SIMBLIST works as a writer, independent curator and artist. He is an associate professor of Art at SMU.
JEREMY STRICK has been the director of the Nasher Sculpture Center since 2009.
CLINT WILLOUR has been the curator of the Galveston Arts Center since 1990.
VIRGINIA RUTLEDGE who was previously a curator for the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

UNT On The Square (2013), "Through It All, One In This Moment" 48 x 36

Intersections: Collaborative Inquiries in Painting

Work from the UNT Graduate Painting Studio

Jun 13 2013  – Jul 17 2013


This exhibition offers the community a chance to view individual pieces as well as unique works that stem from a collaboration of the artists. Professor of Studio Arts Robert Jessup selected the participating artists, who hope to bring to light the commonalities with their works, as well as fostering a new experience for both the artists and the viewers.

UNT Institute for the Advancement of the Arts/UNT on the Square

109 N. Elm Street
Denton, TX 76201


"Fresh Tracks" - Haggerty Gallery & University of Dallas
"Fresh Tracks" - Haggerty Gallery & University of Dallas
"Fresh Tracks" - Haggerty Gallery & University of Dallas
"Are You To Keep Your Own Prize - Haggerty Gallery & University of Dallas
"Zara Sequencia" - Haggerty Gallery & University of Dallas

Fresh Tracks: an abstract dialog


Curated by Kim Cadmus Owens and Michael Francis
March 22 – April 28, 2013


Opening Reception Friday, March 22 (6:30 – 8:30 pm)


Exhibiting artists -David Aylsworth, Trey Egan, Vincent Falsetta, Nathan Green, Raychael Stine, Marcelyn McNeil, Michelle Mackey, Brian Ryden, and Eli Walker


 Fresh tracks is an exhibition that developed out of a conversation between artists regarding abstract painting. The artists in the exhibition engage directly with the substance of painting. They are aware of its history and discourse and forge their own territory within its long trajectory. In their work they unleash the power of seemingly formal investigations of color, line, shape, and space to pose perceptual and conceptual questions. These abstract dialogs allow the viewer to trace familiar materials through new thought processes and lay fresh tracks, encouraging an audience now educated in the “art of the abstract” to discern its contemporary implications.




Trey Egan "Be Still With Me" Cris Worley Fine Arts
Trey Egan "Be Still With Me" Cris Worley Fine Arts
Trey Egan "Be Still With Me" Cris Worley Fine Arts
Trey Egan "Be Still With Me" Cris Worley Fine Arts
Trey Egan "Be Still With Me" Cris Worley Fine Arts

Be Still With Me


The MFA Thesis Exhibition of new paintings by Trey Egan

is showing in Dallas at Cris Worley Fine Arts 1.12.13 – 2.16.13

Opening Reception: Saturday January 12th 2013 (6:00 – 8:00pm)

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday (11:00 – 5:00pm)


Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to host Trey Egan’s MFA thesis exhibition, Be Still with Me, opening Saturday, January 12th with an artist reception from 6pm – 8pm. Be Still with Me is Egan’s second solo exhibition (and first in North Texas) following a brilliant debut during ArtHouston 2012. In Egan’s paintings, channels of rich color intermingle with indefinite organic forms. His lush and abstract canvases exemplify the beauty of pure paint and are made through the artist tapping into his subconscious without the purpose of depicting specific visual imagery. In this way, Egan’s visual language deals with the relationship between the subconscious and physical space and allows the viewer to navigate each composition through his or her own memories and experiences.

Trey Egan is a candidate for a Masters of Fine Art in the spring of 2013 at the University of North Texas College of Visual Art and Design. He has been part of many juried group exhibitions including some juried by: Peter Doroshenko (Executive Director of the Dallas Contemporary), Toby Kamps (Curator at the Menil Collection), Clint Willour (curator at the Galveston Arts Center) and artists Annette Lawrence, Vincent Falsetta, and Erick Swenson among others.



 1415 Slocum Street, Suite 104 Dallas, TX 75207













Golden Living Corporate Headquarters at Legacy Business Park

Four original oil paintings by Trey Egan were added to the Golden Living Corporate Headquarters in 2012. The new Plano headquarters consists of approximately 27,000 square feet of office space in the Legacy campus.

Golden Living Corporate Headquarters at Legacy Business Park (Plano, TX)

Golden Living Corporate Headquarters lobby

More Affirming Than The Place You Just Left – 2011

Fate Now Labours With Some Vast Event – 2011

Fate Now Labours With Some Vast Event – 2011

Golden Living Corporate Headquarters

Reformed and Unaware of the Highest Stakes - 2011

Reformed and Unaware of the Highest Stakes – 2011

Familiar Place, Foreign Land - 2011

Familiar Place, Foreign Land – 2011













UNT Business Leadership Building

The University of North Texas – Business Leadership Building has added two original oil paintings by Trey Egan. In a recent addition to the building’s expanding permanent art collection, Egan‘s “Forcibly Ejected” 2011, and “Pressure Code” 2012, are now located on the second floor, in the Undergraduate Advising offices. Egan’s work joins pieces from abstract Artists such as Joan Mitchell, and Cleve Gray. The Business Leadership Building (BLB) occupies 7,500 students and 140 faculty, it is 180,000 square feet.

University of North Texas – Business Leadership Building – Denton, Texas


“Forcibly Ejected” 2011 – UNT Business Leadership Building


"Forcibly Ejected" - UNT Business Leadership Building“Forcibly Ejected” 2011 – UNT Business Leadership Building

"Forcibly Ejected" - UNT Business Leadership Building
“Forcibly Ejected” 2011 – UNT Business Leadership Building
"Pressure Code" - UNT Business Leadership Building
                            “Pressure Code” 2012 – UNT Business Leadership Building
"Pressure Code" - UNT Business Leadership Building“Pressure Code” 2012 – UNT Business Leadership Building

UNT Kristen Farmer Autism Center

Two oil paintings were added to the permanent collection of another UNT building on November 3rd, 2012.  Untitled,” 2011, and “Opening Day,” 2010, are located in the main reception area of the UNT Kristen Farmer Autism Center.

University of North Texas – Kristen Farmer Autism Center – Denton, Texas


Untitled” 2011 – UNT Kristen Farmer Autism Center
















Trey Egan’s piece I Wake Up to Her Every Morning, I Go to Bed With Her at Night, 36 x 24  oil on canvas, is his first donation to ART + ADVOCACY.  Egan received his BFA from the University of North Texas where he is currently pursuing his MFA in Painting and Drawing.  His collectors include Golden Living Corporate Headquarters, the University of North Texas, the Kristin Farmer Autism Center, the Harmon Art Collection, and the Reoch Art Collection.  Egan has also been featured in Modern Luxury Houston.  He is represented by Cris Worley Fine Arts.”


See images of all the donated works of art here:

6th Annual ART + ADVOCACY Auction Party

ART+ADVOCACY, an auction benefiting the Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center (DCAC), highlights the unique role art therapy plays in healing the child abuse victims served at DCAC. The event features a live and silent art auction with works by emerging and established artists as well as an exhibit of artwork created by child abuse victims who have received hope and healing through the Art Therapy Program at DCAC.
Thursday, November 1, 2012 – 7 to 10 p.m.
The Dallas Children’s Advocacy Center has provided hope and healing to more than 25,000 severely abused children in Dallas County since opening its doors in 1991. DCAC serves children from every zip code in Dallas County, offering a unique approach to the investigation, treatment, and prosecution of child abuse cases in our community.


















University of North Texas



Drawing & Painting Graduate Invitational



Fall 2012 Graduate Studio Group Exhibition

Oct 8, 2012 – Oct 12, 2012

Semi-annual exhibition highlighting student work made by Graduate students in the Department of Studio in Drawing and Painting at The University of North Texas. The Lightwell Gallery is located on the first floor of the Art Building on UNT campus (Denton, TX).


August 2012 issue



to view a .pdf file of Houston Magazine click here:

Houston Magazine (Modern Luxury) August 2012 pg. 52 “Strife in the Fast Lane”


to view the online version of Houston Magazine click here:   (pg. 52)











McMurtrey Gallery


Systematic Motion

ArtHouston 2012: Trey Egan 

Exhibition Dates:

July 14, 2012 – August 11, 2012

As part of the citywide ArtHouston event, McMurtrey Gallery is pleased to introduce a new contemporary Texas painter Trey Egan. An MFA graduate student at The University of North Texas, Trey Egan creates lush abstractions that encourage a re-evaluation of painting’s visual language.













 2012 CVAD MFA Showcase


From Here to There: Practice, Form, and Meaning 


May 22, 2012 – Aug 4, 2012

A summer tradition at the UNT Art Gallery, this exhibition features recent works in various media by artists enrolled in the graduate Studio Art and Design programs at the College of Visual Arts and Design. Curated by gallery staff and focused on process, criticism and ideology, the exhibition presents an open environment in which to consider works by emerging artists of our time.


From Here to There: Practice, Form, and Meaning gathers artworks that represent a journey or evolution in the artists’ processes, in the form, imagery, and methodology of the works, and in the creation of meaning, both in the studio and in the viewing experience, where content unfolds through sustained investigation.


William Bridges (sculpture), Chance Dunlap (sculpture), Trey Egan (drawing and painting), Michael Furrh (sculpture), Michael Garlitz (ceramics), Adam Neese (photography), Alisa Otto (fashion), Delaney Smith (fibers), Giovanni Valderas (drawing and painting), Joshua West (watercolor), and Caleb Zouhary (ceramics).

Opening Reception: Thursday, 5/24/2012, 5-7 pm
















UNT Graduate Art Exhibition

Reception: Thursday, April 19th 2012  5-8pm

On Display April 16th – April 19th 2012

Cora Stafford Gallery

1120 W. Oak St.
Denton, TX 76201


Trey Egan, Steve Garfield, Michael Garlitz, Matthew Golden, Hanna Kim, Justin Strickland, Shayne Murphy, Fari Rahimi, Geryn Roche, Shelley Scott, Delaney Smith, Ben Terry, Joy Ude, Josh West, Chesley Williams

The Cora Stafford Gallery and The University of North Texas College of Visual Arts and Design, is pleased to present a group exhibition featuring MFA candidates in Studio Art. Link aims to bring together artists that come from a range of creative backgrounds, and work in various forms of media including painting, drawing, sculpture, watercolor, photography, ceramics, and textile.















52nd Annual Voertman Student Art Competition

Juried by Clint Willour, Curator, Galveston Arts Center

Apr 10, 2012 – Apr 28, 2012

University of North Texas – College of Visual Art and Design

Opening Reception, Scholarship & Award Ceremony
Tuesday April 10th 2012, 11 am – 1 pm

The University of North Texas Art Gallery

First floor, Art Building, Mulberry at Welch

Denton, TX 76203

Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Wednesday 12 – 8 p.m. Thursday – Saturday 12 – 5 p.m.


Join us as we celebrate businesses’ and individuals’ support of art and design students at UNT. Supported by Voertman’s Store, “a North Texas tradition since 1925,” for over 50 years, this exhibition is synonymous with student excellence at the College of Visual Arts and Design.


Since 1990, Clint Willour has curated over 400 exhibitons at the Galveston Arts Center. He serves as a juror and selection panelist throughout the United States, including at the Louisiana, Texas, and San Antonio Commissions on the Arts. His active participation in Houston includes the Museum of Fine Arts, Center for Contemporary Craft, Center for Photography, Holocaust Museum, and Fotofest. He was given the 2001 Arts Professional Legend Award by the Dallas Contemporary Art Center and was named Texas Art Patron of the Year in 2007 by Art League Houston.












 Studio Visit 1-1

   Presented by

Saturday, January 7, 2012 through Saturday, February 11, 2012

Cris Worley Fine Arts is pleased to present Studio Visit 1-1 an exhibition of guest and gallery artists: Trey Egan, Anne Allen, Howard Sherman, Paul Booker, and Blayre Stiller. The work for this exhibition was chosen by owner and director Cris Worley from numerous artists’ studio visits made over the last year.

Artists in this show come from various backgrounds, and work in several different mediums; however, they share the common trait of intricately laid handiwork. Studio Visit 1-1 includes the paintings of two artists, Trey Egan and Howard Sherman. Egan, a MFA candidate at the University of North Texas, paints in large dynamic passages of rich color, whereas Sherman combines aggressive abstract and cartoonish forms to create chaotic, yet deliberate, compositions. The exhibition will also feature the drawings of Anne Allen, Blayer Stiller, and Paul Booker. Here, Allen’s drawings based on bloody scratches combine the delicate with the macabre, while Stiller’s figures have a decidedly physical presence due to the painstaking technical process used to render them, and Booker’s abstract sketches are frenetically rendered marks in black, white, and soft color.














MFA students featured in Union Gallery

The gallery opening for Build and Sustain, featuring the work of MFA students Trey Egan & Shayne Murphy, is Tuesday, November 1 2011 (7 – 9pm) @ The University of North Texas Union Gallery.

UNT Union Gallery
1155 Union Circle
Denton, TX 76203

The show is running from 10/31/2011 – 11/17/2011















Fresh Meat: The 500X College Expo

Jurors: Cris Worley and Erick Swenson

500X Gallery


October 15 through 30, 2011

Opening: October 15, 2011 | 7–10 pm

500X College Expo500X Gallery, Texas’ oldest artist-run space, continues our annual juried show for college students! Like the annual Expo juried show, FRESH MEAT: 500X College Expo aims to bring together artists from around the state. The exhibition offers college students an opportunity to enter into a dialogue with their Texas-based counterparts and to see work by their colleagues at other institutions. The exhibition will offer visitors an overview of the variety of perspectives that exist throughout colleges and universities in Texas.


Joshua Banks, Jessica Battes, Zoe Berg, Bradley Brown, Rusty Chapman, Carrie Crumbley, Ethan DeNolf, Lindsey Dunnagan, Trey Egan, Joshua Elliot,Cuyler Ethelredge, George Fowler, Jonathan Garcia, Alice Gardner-Bates,Stuart Hausmann, Kelsey Heimerman, Mary Helmes, Christine Hoang, Shuhei Igarashi, Kathleen Jenney, Stephany Johnson, Philip Lambert, Nathan Milas, Rachel Muldez, Shayne Murphy, Adam Neese, Savannah Niles, Jess Per, Lori Phillips, Christina Pratt, Staphanie Rose, Gregory Ruppe, Elva Salinas, Waesun Song, Blayre Stiller, Benjamin Terry, Michael Valderas.


Cris Worley has over a decade of expertise in the field of contemporary art. She has successfully directed two prior art galleries, most recently the Dallas branch of the internationally known PanAmerican Art Projects. In January 2010, she launched Cris Worley Fine Arts, a full-service art consulting and advisory firm, opening an exhibition space in Dallas, Texas shortly thereafter. Cris holds a Master’s Degree in Art History from Southern Methodist University and a BFA in Art History from the University of the South. In the last 10 years, Cris Worley has participated in art fairs throughout the US, Canada and Europe, including Scope Basel, Switzerland, The Los Angeles Art Show, and Art Toronto, and has programmed and curated over 70 exhibitions.

Erick Swenson is a Dallas-based artist who graduated from UNT in 1999 with a BFA in Painting and Drawing, and he is currently represented by James Cohen Gallery in New York. His work was included in the 2004 Whitney Biennial. He has exhibited at the Saatchi Gallery in London, the UCLA Hammer Museum, the Shanghai MOCA, the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne, Switzerland. His works are in the collections of the Dallas Museum of Art, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, and the Fort Worth Modern.














29th Annual Art In The Metroplex

A Competition Held at Texas Christian University: The show will run Monday, August 29 through Friday, September 30, 2011 in the J.M. Moudy Art Gallery. Art in the Metroplex is sponsored by TCU and the Templeton Art Center.

This year’s juror, Toby Kamps, is the Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the renowned Menil Collection in Houston. His previous posts also include senior curator of the Contemporary Arts Center in Cincinnati and director of the Institute of Contemporary Art and assistant professor at Maine College of Art.

The 29th Annual Art in the Metroplex Competition features works by Adela Andea, Jack Barnett, Bill Barter, Keith Blandford, Maureen Brouillette, Rebecca Carter, David Cavaliero, Chris Cunningham, Matthew Cusick, Kathleen Dello Stritto, Trey Egan, Josh Fletcher, Jessica Fuentes, Jeffrey Gibbons, Paul Greenberg, Jennifer Guest, Hugh Heaton, Candace Hicks, Jared Holt, Loli Kantor, Frank Lopez, Rosemary Meza-DesPlas, Steven Miller, Nancy Newberry, Lizbeth Nowotny, Ricardo Paniagua, Nathan Pardee, Julie Ross, Luke Sides, Jerry Skibell, Jonathan Stewart, Benjamin Terry, and Joan Winter

Reception, Juror’s Talk & Awards: Saturday, September 10, 2011 2:00 – 6:00 p.m.










51st Annual Voertman Student Art Competition

Apr 12, 2011 – Apr 30, 2011

Juried by Peter Doroshenko
Executive Director, Dallas Contemporary

Opening Reception and Award Ceremony
Tuesday April 12, 2011 Noon

“A North Texas tradition since 1925.” The Voertman Competition is synonymous with student excellence in the College of Visual Arts and Design, featuring a juried selection of must-see new works in all media by undergraduate and graduate students in Design and Studio Arts.


Morehshin Allahyari, Karen Arzamendi, Trey Egan, Steve Garfield, Matthew Golden, Jordan Jenkins, Eunhye Kim, Martin Kruk, Jazzella McKeel, Teresa Munisteri, Brandon Nichols, Melisa Oporto, Irby Pace, Fari Rahimi, Ravel Ramirez, Kaylee Reardon, Evett Rolsten, Ingrid W. Scobie, Cecila Shikle, K.T. Shiue, Shana Sloane Solley, Blayre Stiller, Joy O. Ude, Marjolyn Varano, Sarah Westrup, and Zachary White.


Peter Doroshenko is the Executive Director at the Dallas Contemporary, a contemporary art space in the Dallas Design District. Before his arrival in Dallas, Doroshenko served as President and Artistic Director of the Pinchuck Art Centre, Kiev, Ukraine. He has held director and curator positions over the past fifteen years, including at the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead, England; SMAK-Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst, Ghent, Belgium; inova (Institute of Visual Arts), Milwaukee; Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston; and the Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse.