Live Virtual CADD FUND 2021: Artists propose projects and vie for funding

Contemporary Art Dealers of Dallas
CADD FUND 2021 • Streamed via Zoom • Jan. 17, 2021, 3 p.m.
Free for all to watch and vote for your favorite artist!

CADD Fund logo in greenCADD FUND, a fun, fast-paced event of sharing innovative ideas about potential artistic projects will take place on Jan. 17, 2021, as a live online event. CADD FUND works to make possible a high-impact idea that needs the support of the DFW arts community.

The 2020 CADD FUND was set to take place in April, though due to Covid-19, the in-person event was postponed and re-configured for this 2021 live virtual event.

Since 2014, CADD has hosted six exciting events surrounding the annual CADD FUND. During the event, the finalists present short proposals for original and yet-to-be-realized new projects. Members of the audience have an opportunity to ask questions and then vote for their favorite project. The finalist with the most votes is declared the winner!

With the money for the prize being funded by generous donors rather than ticket sales as in previous years, the event will be free to all to watch and vote, which we hope will energize and bring together our North Texas art community. This year, in addition to the cash prize, the winner will also receive an exhibition opportunity to help realize their project. While CADD FUND is about raising much-needed cash, we hope that it will also be a forum to discuss the many other needs and resources that help make projects happen.

CADD FUND 2021 will be 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.

CADD FUND 2021 Finalists

Christopher Wright Evans  UNT, '20, MFA, Studio Art: Photography

Stephanie Gerhart —UNT graduate student, Studio Art: Photography

Jihye Han — UNT, graduate student, Studio Art: Ceramics

Abby Pfaff — UNT, 2019, Studio Art: Photography

Shayna Sutton — UTA BFA candidate

Audrey Travis  TCU 2019, MFA


The finalists were selected from more than 25 submissions by three jurors.

Katherine Brodbeck – Senior Curator of Contemporary Art, Dallas Museum of Art
Kristen Gaylord – Assistant Curator of Photographs, Amon Carter Museum of American Art 
Frank Hettig – Director of Modern and Contemporary Art, Heritage Auctions

Last year’s winner, Melissa Gamez-Herrera, ('20, MFA, Studio Art: Photography) will give a short presentation. Gamez-Herrera is a visual artist who investigates and grapples with issues of human rights, humanity, spirituality, and identity through her artwork, primarily using photography as a medium.

To participate in CADD FUND 2021 as an audience member, you may sign up on the day of the event online on the CADD website:, or visit the CADD Facebook page.

For more information, visit the CADD website or contact Danette Fufilho, Conduit Gallery,

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