Arts Fort Worth


Dance Like a Rodeo Tornado

Marlene/Spencer Hays Gallery - Dance Like a Rodeo Tornado

Exhibition on Display: January 13 - February 25, 2023 | Works by artists of the West

Works by Sophia del Rio; Christopher Brown; Teresa Foster; Alexandra F. Light; Daisy Moore; Drew McDonald; Diane Pereira (Red Milk Crone); Merri Ellen Kase; Joshua West; Angela Pieper; Elizabeth Bonner; Kelly Berry; Demarcus McGaughey; Andrew Mcilvaine; Laura Hunt; Dominique Elliott; Lori Maclean; Allester Vinteers; James Michael Bandy; Andriy Nemchenko; Jerry Shidal; Amanda Conant; Vincent Sandoval; Lynne Buchanan; Olivia Varnell; Amye Wake; Jovelyn Roden; Amy Jenkins; Kelsey Wells; Patrick Flynn; Michael Archer


The "West" is a physical place defined by the U.S. government as a region west of the American Great Plains. As with other regional boundaries of the United States, time and movement have made that boundary an uncertain mark on the map. This too holds true of our notions of the West - a construct of history, myth, and our own perceptions. Amon Carter pitched a slogan for Fort Worth, rather than relying on longitudes and geography, he evoked the West as a state of mind, steeped in Romanticism: Where the West Begins.

Dance Like a Rodeo Tornado is a Western & Rodeo themed exhibition comprised of artworks by thirty-two artists exploring the history, people, landscape, wildlife, and fantasy of the areas in the western regions and reflecting the hybrid identity of Fort Worth, Texas.



Part of the mission of Arts Fort Worth is to provide a quality event, visual and performing arts venue for all of the community. This historic and dynamic arts complex boasts seven indoor galleries, an outdoor gallery, artist and performance studios, and office suites for nonprofit arts organizations and is managed by Arts Fort Worth on behalf of the City of Fort Worth.

Arts Fort Worth also provides educational programming, promotes experienced and emerging artists. The three theater spaces hosts a wide-range of performances by local and nationally known artists and organizations- the Hardy and Betty Sanders black box theater, the traditional William Edrington Scott Theatre, and The Vault, which hosts Fort Worth Fringe acts.


Located at 1300 Gendy Street, Fort Worth Community Arts Center is part of the most architecturally significant museum districts in the United States. The striking modern Herbert Bayer building (with a later O’Neil Ford addition) opened to the public in 1954 as home to one of the most prestigious and oldest collecting organizations in the state of Texas, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth. When, in 2002, the Modern moved down the street, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center opened. The building continues to exhibit world class art and support the performing arts for more than half a century.


Arts Fort Worth provides versatile spaces to meet a variety of rental needs. Whether you require well-lit exhibition areas, unique rooms for meetings, special events, or the comforts of an accessible, professional-quality performance venue has a space that fits your needs. This dynamic arts complex includes the black box Hardy and Betty Sanders Theatre, the William Edrington Scott Theatre, seven galleries, and studio and office spaces, including a conference room overlooking the Cultural District towards downtown. These spaces are adaptable to a wide range of uses, including conventions, special events, weddings, workshops, and theater productions. If you're interested in more details contact us!