Carter Community Artists

What’s a Carter Community Artist?

In 2018, the Amon Carter Museum established Carter Community Artists, an annual program dedicated to supporting and working with local artists to enhance our events, connect the North Texas area with practicing artists, and build a network among local artists. Every year, we select four local artists that plan and lead programs at the museum, in the community, and even online! These artists possess a deep love for the fine arts and a strong involvement in their community. Carter Community Artists participate in a variety of creative projects including education programs, special lectures, and workshops for all ages.

Meet our current Carter Community Artists:

Christopher Blay

“The Carter Community Artists program is a sincere and dedicated approach to partnering with artists.”

Christopher Blay is an artist, writer, and curator with a BFA from Texas Christian University (2003). Over the years, Blay’s art has taken on a multitude of forms including performance, photography, sculpture, and video.  His most recent work, Portraits With Strangers, is Blay’s return to photography, focusing on the mechanical and mediated process that creates an image. His work also includes public art projects on East Rosedale Avenue in Fort Worth and his Coombs Creek Park sculpture Dindi (for Annibel.) A man of many talents, he’s also a critic for Glasstire and the curator of the Art Corridor Gallery at Tarrant County College Southeast. Blay received the SMU Meadows Museum’s Moss/Chumley award in 2013 and the Nasher Sculpture Center’s Artist Microgrant in 2015.

Lauren Cross

“Being a Carter Community artist has allowed me to expand the representation of art and expose visitors to diverse artists and narratives that are often overlooked."

Balancing a passion for the arts and education, Dr. Lauren Cross is a curator, artist, and scholar who addresses gender and critical multicultural approaches in the fine arts. Cross holds a BA in Art, Design, and Media from Richmond, The American International University in London, England (2006); a MFA in Visual Arts from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA (2010); and a PhD in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies from Texas Woman's University (2017). Currently, Dr. Cross is the Program Coordinator and Senior Lecturer for the Department of Art Education + Art History's Interdisciplinary Art and Design Studies (IADS) program at the University of North Texas. She’s also the founder of the arts nonprofit WoCA Projects in Fort Worth, Texas.

Diane Durant

“This program is a signal to the rest of the community that all are welcome to participate in the museum and contribute to its success.”

Photographer Diane Durant received her BFA from Baylor University (2001); her MA/BC from Dallas Theological Seminary (2004); and a MA and PhD from the University of Texas at Dallas (2007, 2013), where she currently serves as the Senior Lecturer in Photography and Assistant Director of the Photography Program. Not only is Durant involved in the educational development of emerging photographers, she also has a long history of working with groups in her community to promote the arts. She is the former president of 500X Gallery and past editor of The Grassburr, The Rope, Sojourn, and Reunion: The Dallas Review. In 2017, she edited and wrote the introduction for Rozafa's Milk, an anthology of poems from the Albanian-American Society of Writers. She is a member of both the Leadership Team for the Society for Photographic Education's LGBTQ Caucus and the Board of Directors for the Cedars Union, a nonprofit arts incubator in North Texas. She currently lives in Fort Worth with her daughter, their four dogs, and a multitude of penniless cats.

Arnoldo Hurtado

“The Carter Community Artist initiative is a great way for the museum to bridge with communities that need bridging in the arts.”

It’s hard to imagine how someone could make an ice cream truck better. Leave it to Arnoldo Hurtado to find a way to take that concept and revolutionize it by giving back to the community through his creative spirit. As a social practice artist, painter, and performer, Hurtado aims to educate diverse audiences through a multitude of projects. A native of Fort Worth, Hurtado graduated with a BFA in Drawing and Painting from the University of North Texas (2010) and dedicated two years volunteering with the Peace Corps (2011) in Cambodia. The concept of traveling to and learning from different communities is so ingrained in his work that in 2017 he transformed an ice cream truck into a traveling studio space for communal creativity known as the Artscream Truck. Hurtado was the inaugural recipient of the Sylvia Hougland Emerging Artist’s Fund from Make Art with Purpose (MAP), which supported the creation of a 110-foot mural, Convivo, in his native North Side of Fort Worth.