Christopher Wright Evans “County Mile” reception May 21 at the MAC

The MAC invites you to the opening reception for 


Christopher Wright Evans

‘Country Mile’

Books will be available at the reception 

SATURDAY, MAY 21, 2022

6PM – 9PM

The MAC, 1503 S Ervay St, Dallas, TX 75215

CHRIS WRIGHT EVANS makes images about the vernacular landscape, occasionally using practical, in camera effects to highlight the illusion of representation that photography facilitates. Evans’ work circles around an interest in the role of the familiar as the backdrop for a digital life. He graduated from the University of North Texas with a MFA in photography in the Spring of 2020. Evans was a CADD FUND finalist in 2018, 2019, and 2020. In 2020 he was selected to participate in the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth’s MODERN BILLINGS as well as a “how-to film” series with the Art Galleries at Texas Christian University, in collaboration with Melissa Gamez-Herrera, Chris Wicker and David Blandy. He currently lives and works in New York City.

COUNTRY MILE is a book project by consisting of photographs made between 2012-20 along desolate stretches of highway and the outskirts of tourist destinations and roadside attractions. The photographs are often superficial sites that sell coffee mugs celebrating our founding fathers alongside a salted pretzel and a cheese coney. These places are, in their own way, mile markers of a misunderstood and incomplete picture of America’s cultural heritage. Funding from the CADD FUND paid for the production of 65 first edition books, and kick started several studio projects.

Since 2014, Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas has hosted six exciting events surrounding CADD FUND. During the event, finalists present short proposals for potential artistic projects needing the support of the DFW arts community. Members of the audience ask questions and then vote for their favorite project.
Due to COVID-19 the event was funded by generous donors rather than in person ticket sales as in previous years, and was free for all to watch and vote. After counting the votes Chris Wright Evans was declared the winner in 2021. CADD gave away $7,200 in total — $3600 to the winnerand $720 to each of the five other applicants; Stephanie Gerhart – MFA, UNT, 2020p; Jihye Han – MFA Candidate, UNT; Abby Pfaff – BFA, UNT 2019; Shayna Sutton – BFA Candidate, UTA; and Audrey Travis – MFA, TCU, 2018.
CADD FUND 2021 is awarded to a current or previous B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., or Ph.D. (in a related field) graduate or candidate from an institution within 100 miles of Dallas.
The 2021 finalists were selected from over 25 submissions, by three esteemed jurors; Katherine Brodbeck – Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art; Kristen Gaylord – Assistant Curator of Photographs, Amon Carter Museum of American Art; and Frank Hettig – Director of Modern and Contemporary Art, Heritage Auctions.