DFW is constantly growing in its artistic community. With so many sprouting and unique talents in the area, it can be hard to keep up. Check out this list for some of the best up-and-coming artists in DFW.

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Johanna Roffino Hulsey

A teacher, art juror, painter/sculptor and gallery owner, Johanna Roffino Hulsey’s work and influence are making an impact in the metroplex. Her beautifully painted wood sculptures are memorable and deserve a close eye. Hulsey’s art is on display in the “Conversations” and “Made in the USA” exhibits at her The Art Hotel Gallery located on 1112 South Akard Street in the historic Cedars Art District in downtown Dallas.

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Ally Hulsey

Ally Hulsey is a recent Dallas Arts Magnet graduate. Her portfolio shows a great deal of talent in figurative art, abstract painting and mixed media. In her “Painting on People Series,” the portrait photos catch attention, but it is her Cézanne-painterly style that truly captivates. Her work is on exhibit in July at The Art Hotel Gallery.

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Fred Villanueva

Texas-born, Mexican-American artist Fred Villanueva graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Dallas before studying and exhibiting in San Francisco and New York City. Now back in Dallas, his expressive figurative combinations of pop with expressionist paintings can be viewed on his website. Villanueva’s strongest commissioned work entitled “Pope Benedict XVI at Prayer with the Holy Theologians” honored Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to America during 2008.

Karen JacobiDallas-artist Karen Jacobi’s varied art background enriches her gallery work. She has exhibited in New York City, Berlin, Germany and regionally. Her encaustic paintings are richly textured while her natural portraitures in pastels, oil paint and watercolors have a light airy quality. Jacobi is a member of The Art Hotel Collective and exhibits throughout the year at The Art Hotel Gallery.

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Jacque Forsher

Dallas-artist Jacque Forsher loves bright colors. Her richly-patterned work is filled with stylized realism and iconography. Her background as a fine-art printmaker and experience as an art director/designer gives her a contemporary edge. Beautifully designed with strong technique, Forsher’s work stands out. A member of The Art Hotel Collective, her work is on display at The Art Hotel Gallery in the “Conversations” show along with other monthly exhibits.

Tori Baker
tori-baker.blogspot.comTori Baker is a recent graduate of the nationally-recognized arts magnet school Booker T. Washington in Dallas. Her love of nature is obvious in her figurative drawings, photographs and collages. Many of her award-winning sculptures depict abstract tree shapes. Baker’s found object pieces and beautiful aluminum castings showcase her budding sculpting talent. Her work is on display in the “Conversations” exhibit at The Art Hotel Gallery during July.

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Sean Fitzgerald

Sean Fitzgerald’s award-winning Trinity River project work is loved by art and nature fans. His photographs capture wildlife that most locals are unaware exist only 15 minutes from downtown Dallas in the nation’s largest urban forest. Fitzgerald has an artist’s eye, possessing a keen gift for realism and abstract art. His commissioned murals are located in offices and public spaces regionally. He also has a wide range of art in many sizes at his studio on 2814 Canton Street in the Deep Ellum area of Dallas.

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Andrew Boerder

A recent graduate of Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, Andrew Boerder is already receiving commissions for his large sculptures. His giant “Scorpion” piece is on display outside of the school. Currently, Boerder’s project is a plane bisection donated by At Air Salvage. Boerder is unsure of what it will become since his ideas morph, but his finished work is always fascinating.

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Melissa Wertz

Melissa Wertz’s art has a childlike quality. Whimsy and delight in the world fill her paintings and pen-and-ink pieces with captivating charm. Even her skeletons for the Day of the Dead celebrations have deadpan humor in their huge grins and large eyes. With an art degree and experience in graphic design, her work has a wonderful sense of space and balance. As a member of The Art Hotel Collective, Wertz’s work is in the  “Conversations” show and she exhibits at The Art Hotel Gallery throughout the year.

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Marilee Vergati-Haynes is a professional artist/writer and a member of The Art Hotel Artists Collective in the historic Cedars Art District in downtown Dallas. Many of her figurative/mixed-media paintings utilize vintage fabrics that combine the past with contemporary experiences. Her work is on display at The Art Hotel Gallery in the “Conversations” and “Made in the USA” shows.