Ghost Town Show Down Chili Cook-off



We are having a chili cook-off fundraiser to raise money for our Mardi Gras float!

Sunday, November 9 at Loose Wheels Texas

Chili Cooker Information


Entry fees:
Early registration (October 13-26) $20 to enter
Regular registration October 27 – the morning of Nov 9 $25

You must cook your chili on site.  Propane, charcoal, and electric cookers accepted.  People using electric cookers must provide extension cords.   You must also bring your own tables, chairs, canopy, etc.

There are no ingredient restrictions:  Beans, no beans, beef, chicken, venison, vegetarian – bring us your best and let the voters decide what they like!

Check-in and set up will be from 8-9 am on Nov. 9, cooking will begin at 9.  Judging will begin at 12:30 pm.  Public tasting and voting will begin at 1 pm.   Serving will end at 4pm, when we will tally the votes and announce the winners.

Each cooker/cooking team should plan to make 2 gallons of chili.  Chili will be served in 1 oz. portions; we will provide condiment cups and spoons for the tasters.

There will be three winners:  a judges choice, plus first and second place people’s choice.

Winners will have their name and likeness featured on our Mardi Gras float!
(And, it goes without saying, braggin’ rights)

To sign up, fill out the form below:


In order to get the early registration discount, you must pre-pay.  You can do so now by clicking our paypal link, or you can send a check to Ghost Town Arts Collective, c/o 900 N. Grand Avenue Suite 61603, Sherman, TX 75090.  I will send an email confirmation once the payment has been received.

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If you have any questions, call or email Heidi Rushing (903.647.3559).

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Krewe du AS BAD Membership

The Krewe has arrived!

We are the Krewe du AS BAD.

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Named so in homage to the goddess Athena, and because we aim to make a float that aesthetically and intellectually interesting, but has no practical purpose!

Join us!

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Ghost Town Mardi Gras

Hi all,

Our big project for the 2014-15 “school” year is to build a float for the Red River Mardi Gras and Jazz festival’s parade.  The first step in this process is to form a “Krewe” and get registered with the Red River Mardi Gras organization.  Last year we were a sponsor for the event and had a great time hanging out all day at our booth.  This  year, they are adding a parade to the festival, and we are excited to be in on the inaugural year!

We will be meeting regularly throughout the fall to plan and start building our float, and for a couple of fun workshops and parties, too.  Stay tuned to our Facebook page for regular updates and event notifications.  We have always enjoyed our collaborative projects and look forward to working together again on this one.

Laissez les bon art rouler!Mardigras_insidethebus

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Collective Bargaining Exhibit at UT-Dallas

Collective Bargaining

Main Gallery, Visual Arts Building, UT-Dallas
September 6 – October 4, 2013
Gallery hours: Mon – Fri, 2 – 5 pm

Reception, Friday, September 13, 6:30 – 8:30 pm

Collective Bargaining is co-curated by UT Dallas Visual Arts Faculty Diane Durant and Lorraine Tady.

Media Image and Postcard

From its roots in women’s quilt-making parties, European atelier, and parlor games, the artist collective represents a unique negotiation of ideas and expression, an attempt to bring individual artists together to form a new creative unit.  But no two collectives are the same. Some focus exclusively on the output of collaborative works, whereas others continue to support and encourage the success of the individual within the artistic community at-large. There are manifestos, decrees, movements, and declarations that speak to the intentions of the group, which are often rooted in rebellion, frustration, necessity, or a desire (simple and yet noble) to create something greater than itself—something greater than the sum of its parts. There is the push and pull of success and failure—but there is also safety in numbers—and art making within the collective tradition is no different.


Collective Bargaining addresses these fundamental notions of artistic interaction by inviting art collectives from the Dallas-Fort Worth area to exhibit alongside one another in a creative expression of the varied manifestations of collective behavior—of collective bargaining. HOMECOMING! Committee, Art Beef, S.C.A.B. (Socialized Contemporary Artists Bureau), The Sour Grapes, The Ghost Town Arts Collective, The Junior Ward, IN COOPERATION WITH MUSCLE NATION, and SOLVENT will each wrestle with their own collective identity to generate new work for the exhibition.


HOMECOMING! Committee recently exhibited at the Dallas Museum of Art, and as part of the Texas Biennial, will also show at CentralTrak. They state “HOMECOMING!, through shared experience, will transform the ephemeral into the tangible. We believe this transformation is paramount, and is the true nucleus of artmaking.”


The Sour Grapes formed in 2000 as a graffiti crew. They have grown from showing and producing their work in train yards and dark alleys to galleries and museums throughout Texas, as well as expanding their creativity into various artistic mediums.


The Junior Ward will be creating a large room-like installation. The Junior Ward, as a collective, addresses the inversion of public and private through various mediums while emphasizing the relationship between artistic expression and mental health. Private neuroses are given a public audience as The Junior Ward confronts the dichotomies, paradoxes, and archetypes of two of our most beloved institutions.


The Ghost Town Arts Collective will present documentation of a bargaining “event.” They explain, “Our idea is to literally exploit the concept of bargaining by having artists trade objects with others, with the goal of obtaining a more aesthetically pleasing object with each trade.  The artist would document each step of the process in their chosen medium (photo, video, drawing, etc.), and with a short text description. In the end, all of the recordings, text, and final objects that each artist ends up with will be compiled and displayed together in the gallery.”


Art Beef will have a two-part installation investigating communication and sound. They “believe in taking a project-based approach to our activities, essentially letting spaces denote the activity and, in turn, questioning the forms of programming most often associated with other artist-run spaces, galleries, organizations, and institutions.”


IN COOPERATION WITH MUSCLE NATION has planned a large installation with projections. They write, “In response to recent rumors of our ‘death,’ we will pose for a series of memento mori, or post-mortem photographs. Each member of the collective will be posed following the prescribed methods from the Victorian era, where this style of photography originated. The poses of the “deceased” will depend on the subject’s age and the family’s (in this case, the rest of the collective’s) personal preference. Each member will become subject to the rest of the collective’s thoughts and feeling of them. These portraits will reveal the true nature of each member of the collective, and our real feelings for and about one another.”


SOLVENT will perform their “Collecting Consciousness” —an active example of how they work together as a group. They write, “The past few months, Solvent’s members have met regularly and practiced syncing our meditative states with one another to bring ourselves into the present moment, energetically linked. “Meditative state” refers not to just typical images of sitting crossed legged silently, but any type of “being in the zone.”  It is common knowledge that (most) artists enter in a meditative state as they begin to focus on the paint and brush—similar to an athlete’s, an actor’s, a speaker’s, etc’s performance.  We have played with various techniques of group meditation to achieve the desired energy to create something together.  It is no secret that the human body exists within a field of energy, and itself emits electromagnetic frequencies; thus, we align ourselves in various fashions, sometimes engaging vocal sound waves, to see which frequencies produces which results upon creation.”


S.C.A.B. (Socialized Contemporary Artists Bureau) will build a large pirate ship in the center of the gallery. They explain, “There is an anomalous event, familiar to some yet unfamiliar to most, that is referred to as the Walter’s Principal.  Within the infinite possibilities of particle behavior as we know it today there exists a infinitesimal potential for particles occupying separate spaces and times to coalesce into a rematerialized space of overlapping objects from respective space-times.


Imagine you have a pirate ship making voyage from port Cape Hope in 1823 and in circa 2013 a gallery space existing in the Dallas metroplex.  These parts coalescing within each space in each time are duplicated respectively to create two separate anomalous temporal overlaps.  This is what S.C.A.B. proposes to recreate.”


Collective Bargaining is the first visual art exhibit of the 2013 – 14 season at The University of Texas at Dallas. The show runs from September 6 until October 4 in the Main Gallery of the Visual Arts Building with a reception to be held Friday, September 13 from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.  Collective Bargaining is co-curated by UT Dallas Visual Arts Faculty Diane Durant and Lorraine Tady.

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Relative Proximity

We have some great art work heading out way for Relative Proximity!  


Mark your calendars: the exhibit will be open from Monday, April 22 – Friday, May 24, 2013.  There will be a reception on Saturday, May 4 from 6-8 pm. Image

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Call for Entries: Relative Proximity at Austin College

Ghost Town Arts Collective: Relative Proximity
Austin College, Ida Green Gallery
April 22 – May 24, 2013
Opening Reception on Saturday, April 27 from 6 – 8 pm
Relative: considered in relation or proportion to something else.
  Adjective/ comparative – relational – related
  Noun/ relation – kin
Proximity:  quality of being near or close
Synonyms: nearness, closeness, vicinity, adjacency, togetherness, juxtaposition, propinquity, immediacy

Relative Proximity will explore the dual concepts of closeness and distance.  Work submitted for this exhibition will in some way comment or play upon the relative closeness or distance between things, ideas, people, materials, time, etc.; explore the relationship between subject and object, the piece of artwork and the viewer, between the artist’s intent and the piece’s effect; or any number of other concepts related to the phrase. Work in all media and any interpretation of the theme will be considered.

Deadline for entry: Monday, April 1

Submit your work by emailing photos to Please name the photo file using the following format: 

“YourName_Title”(e.g. “HeidiRushing_Aardvark.jpg”) 
and include in your email the dimensions, medium, and year of completion 
(e.g. Heidi Rushing, Aardvark, ink and graphite on paper, 2013).  

ENTRY FEE: $10 per person, payable upon delivery of accepted work.

Notification of Acceptance: by email on Monday, April 8

Delivery of Work: All accepted work must be delivered in gallery ready format to Austin College from Tuesday April 9 through Tuesday April 16 during business hours (Monday – Friday 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or by special arrangement).  More details will be provided in acceptance letter.  Work that is shipped to us must include return postage!

Installation: Wednesday & Thursday, April 17 & 18.  Austin College Art Department staff will install the exhibit.  If your work must be installed by you personally, you can make arrangements to do it on these dates.

Pick up of Work:  The exhibit will close on May 24.  Pick up will be the following week starting after the memorial day holiday: Tuesday May 28 –  Friday, May 31, 8:30 am – 4:30 pm or by special arrangement.  Work that has been shipped to us with return postage will be sent back this week.

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Call for Entries

The Ghost Town is seeking entries for our next exhibition “everything old is new again,” which will be in the Ida Green Gallery at Austin College March 26 – April 27, 2012. The calendar for submissions is below. 


everything old is new again

Artists mine the past for material: both figuratively through subject matter and literally through the use of old media, imagery and materials. We take these old ideas, motifs, and materials and we tear them apart, subvert them, dissect them.  Then, we rebuild, reimagine and reuse them for new purposes.  This cycle of renewal, of death and rebirth, of new leaves on old braches every spring, will be explored and celebrated in this exhibition. 




Work in all media will be considered for this exhibition.  In order to submit, email or  In the email, include your name, phone number, email address and the following information for each piece: Title, dimensions, year, media, price, and a photo.  Please label each photo with your last name, first initial, and the title or partial title, separated by underscores.  For example: Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles D’avignon would be labeled “Picasso_P_Demoiselles”.  If more than one piece is untitled, please number your entries (e.g. Schmo_J_Untitled1, Schmo_J_Untitled2).


For your convenience, there is a fillable list at the bottom of this post that you can copy and paste into your submission email. 



Number of entries: Each person may submit up to four separate pieces. 


Entry Fee: There is an entry fee of $5 for this exhibition, payable upon delivery of accepted work. 



Monday February 27 – Friday, March 9: Submissions accepted by email


Monday, March 12 – Friday, March 16: Notifications of acceptance


Monday, March 19 & Tuesday March 20: Work Delivered to Austin College (the show will be installed starting on the 21st)


March 26 – April 27: Exhibition Open (opening reception TBA)


Monday, April 30 – Friday, May 4: Work to be picked up from Austin College


Submission Form (please copy and paste into your email submission):



Phone Number:

Email Address:


Entry #1



Year Completed:




Entry #2



Year Completed:




Entry #3



Year Completed:




Entry #4



Year Completed:




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