Pre-Meeting Training - 6:15pm
Regular Meeting - 7:30PM
Dallas Down Low
– a photographic paean on the underside of the city
Dallas is a city where developers rule and wealth leads a parade of bulldozers to sanitize the old with the new. Quirkiness, the patina of character and the aesthetic of decay are sacrificed in this stampede towards progress, and history gets erased in the homogenized invasion of modernity. Paradoxically, Dallas is a city that loves art, so its taste for glitz and glamour and its lack of appreciation for the inherent artfulness of everyday life seems oddly out of sync. Dallas Down Low is a collection of images that celebrate the creativity that spills outside the lines of Dallas’ high profile facade. Visual artist and Dallas native Diana Souza offers evidence that the elements of design and the principles of formal composition can be found not just in high places, but in low ones too. Dallas Down Low testifies that stories of unexpected lyricism hide in the most humble places – even in Dallas.
A native of Dallas, Diana Souza has worked as a leader and innovator on creative teams in New York, New Orleans and Dallas. She holds a BFA in Communications Arts from the University of North Texas and an MFA in Arts and Technology from the University of Texas. Her specialty as a designer is books – particularly in the print-on-demand industry for self-publishing authors as well as mass market publishing. She is also a leading voice in the DFW area on Sustainable Design, and has authored and designed an educator’s guide on the topic. Concurrently with her design work, Souza is an associate professor at Collin College where she teaches Communication Design and Photography. Her photos have been featured in Texas Monthly.