Fort Worth Collective, Art Tooth

Art Tooth

Fort Worth Collective, Art Tooth
Kay Ford

Art Tooth - Head of the Class

Exhibition: July 14th - August 4th, 2018
Artist: See Below
Reception: July 14th 7pm-9pm

Fort Worth Collective, Art Tooth, announces fundraiser show in partnership with FWCAC satellite, Art7 Gallery, to support local Art Teachers

Fort Worth, TX - Art Tooth and Art7 Gallery are excited to present "Head of the Class," a showcase of work from Fort Worth art instructors beginning with a reception on July 14th from 7-9pm benefitting FWISD art teachers. This exhibition will highlight the work of artists who also teach K-12th grade art. Personal artistic practice often becomes secondary to the demanding and stressful work of this career. In addition to struggling with work/life balance, Dallas-Fort Worth's teachers receive some of the lowest pay in the country. Currently the average salary of a Texas art teacher is $52,987 compared to the US average of $62,830, but salaries can begin as low as $27,320 with a sluggish increase to $31,560 after five years. In Fort Worth the average pay is a $48,890 compared to the higher-paying Houston area. These numbers don't include the average costs of living, including student loan debt, rising housing costs in the area, and the hundreds of dollars these artists spend to supplement school supplies in their classrooms. Therefore, to build a stronger Fort Worth community, we should ensure teachers of any subject are given extra support.

"Head of the Class" will highlight the artwork of some of Fort Worth's hardest working artists in the show at the west 7th satellite gallery of Fort Worth Community Arts Center's (FWCAC), Art 7 Gallery. Proceeds from this exhibition will go directly to fund teachers and their classrooms. Art Tooth will collect donations at the opening reception, and all sales directly benefit participating artists. FWCAC will also use a portion of their proceeds to purchase school supplies to be donated to FWISD.

The sure to be fun-filled and jam-packed opening reception is free to the public with a suggested donation of $5-$10. The event will include, beer, wine and a DJ.

For more images or to contact participating artists please email or call Shasta Haubrich at or 817-528-7638.

Artists Include:

The show includes a diverse range of art styles including the playful watercolors of Ollie Gee and Rebekah McKnight, ornate mixed media works of Terry Horn, and rural landscape photos by Devyn Gaudet. Participating artists include: C.J. Davis, Kay Ford, Devyn Gaudet, Ollie Gee, Terry Horn, Sean Ibanez, Rebecca James, Michelle Justice, and Leigh Ann Williams.

Event Details

"Head of the Class"
July 14th - August 4th
2831 W 7th St,
Fort Worth, TX 76107

About Art Tooth

Art Tooth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit hybrid gallery project that develops community engagement through innovative partnerships between artists, cultural spaces, and local businesses.

Based in Fort Worth, we produced more than two dozen exhibitions and programs across North Texas beginning in 2016, including professional development workshops for local cultural producers. Between galleries, organizations, and artists, our influence on the region has grown substantially over a short time. Last fall, we were honored to be selected as the Fort Worth Community Art Center's first ever Art Collective in Residence. This partnership gives us a home and also a place to host many of our programs.