Now in its 11th year, the Dallas Art Fair opens Friday by welcoming almost 100 exhibitors from 30 cities spread on five continents around the world. But it took care of its own on Thursday by announcing, for the fourth straight year, its annual selection of works designated for the permanent collection of the Dallas Museum of Art.
It's part of the Dallas Art Fair Foundation Acquisition Program, which has allocated $450,000 for such works, with $150,000 earmarked for the 2019 selections.
The eight artists named Thursday, with the birthplace of each in parentheses, are: Sheila Hicks (Hastings, Neb.), Don Dudley (Los Angeles), Arcmanoro Niles (Washington, D.C.), Samuel Levi Jones (Marion, Ind.), Emmanuel Van der Auwera (Belgium), Maja Ruznic (Bosnia and Herzegovina), Nobutaka Aozaki (Kagoshima, Japan) and Dike Blair (New Castle, Pa.).
"The program has created a strong relationship between the fair and the museum," said Kelly Cornell, director of the Dallas Art Fair.