Fort Worth Community Arts Center


The Gold Standard

Angela Faz
The Gold Standard

The River

Angela Faz
The River

Gallery Three - The Grammar of Animacy

Exhibition on Display: August 13 - October, 2021

Works by Works by Angela Faz


Who is water? If water could talk, what would they say? What might the West Fork and Clear Fork River bodies remember when meeting the great Arkikosa River (Trinity River) in Dallas? The Grammar of Animacy is the foundation of the work with the New Stories: New Futures project called "Remembering: Water has a memory."

The exhibition's title, The Grammar of Animacy, was derived from Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants by Robin Wall Kimmerer, a scientist and enrolled member of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation.

In Braiding Sweetgrass, the author describes how English does not give us many tools for respecting animacy. In English, one is either a person, place, or thing. Our grammar boxes us in by our choice of reducing a non-human being to an "it," or we assign gender inappropriately as he or she. Where are our words for the existence of another living being? This work explores the animacy of the river and their tributaries.

If we viewed water as a living relation, how might that change how we steward our most significant natural asset? This new body of work explores the river's personhood by activating their spirit through illustration and installation. Faz collected water from 7 different locations throughout the DFW Metroplex. A map is available via QR code to reorient and meet the river where they reside and flow.

This exhibition also looks at how we value natural resources by examining The Gold Standard in proximity to water sampled from Ft. Worth and Dallas. Visitors are also cordially invited to The Gold Standard restaurant to view the market price for gold and water via QR code as an immersive art experience.


Angela Faz is a multi-disciplinary artist focusing on art disruptions and reclamation of public space. For over twenty years, their studio practice of focus involves relief printmaking, monotypes, and silkscreen. In May 2018, they completed a six-week residency in Puebla, Mexico, where they spent time honing their printmaking technique, researching ancestral roots, colonization, and the stories accompanying them.

Faz has achieved international recognition for their Collective Care hand-carved print upon being selected for Amplifier's 2020 Global Call for Art. They have exhibited nationally at the Rising Star 2018 showcase at the Turner House, Kirk Hopper Fine Art in Dallas, and other galleries. Collective Care was recently included in the Prints & Photographs Division Online Catalog at the Library of Congress to preserve this historic moment in our country.

Recently, Faz is showcased in the inaugural Women & Their Work exhibition curated by Vicki Meek on view Jul 24, 2021 - Sep 21, 2021. And, will also have an interactive site-specific installation at New Stories: New Futures curated by Dr. Lauren Cross on August 20th and 21, 2021.

Faz lives in Dallas' Oak Cliff neighborhood with their two fabulous cats and one heart-meltingly cute dog. More examples of their work can be found at



The Arts Council of Fort Worth was formed in 1963 to provide funding and leadership to stimulate and assure the advancement of the arts throughout Fort Worth. Today's Arts Council continues to promote, nurture, and support the arts in Fort Worth by providing fiscal and business resources to local artists and arts groups while also serving the community through management of the Fort Worth Public Art Program and Fort Worth Community Arts Center. The Arts Council of Fort Worth is supported in part by the City of Fort Worth and the Texas Commission on the Arts. For more information, please visit


Located at 1300 Gendy Street, the Fort Worth Community Arts Center is part of the most architecturally significant museum districts in the United States, Fort Worth's Cultural District. The Arts Center's mission promotes experienced and emerging artists with nine indoor galleries and an outdoor courtyard gallery. The Arts Center's Hardy and Betty Sanders black box theatre and the William Edrington Scott Theatre hosts a wide range of performances by local and nationally known artists and organizations. The historically significant building is home to artists' studios, nonprofit arts organization office suites, and classrooms. Learn more at