Onward Forward 2018 is now open! Apply Now.

The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery at the University of Dallas is please to announce an open call for Onward Forward 2018. This exhibition call is for artists currently enrolled in an MA or MFA degree in Dallas, Denton, and Fort Worth. The exhibition is open themed and submissions from all visual media are eligible, including drawing, painting, sculpture, installation and video (artists must supply all required electronic equipment). All work must be ready to hang.

The juried group show will offer selected students the opportunity to exhibit work alongside their university colleagues in the region and gives visitors an excellent overview of the variety of perspectives that exist locally.

2018 Juror

We are thrilled to have Holly Johnson as this years Juror. Since 1985, Holly Johnson has played an important role in introducing contemporary artists to audiences in Chicago, Houston and Dallas. She opened her namesake gallery in 2005 on Dragon Street and relocated to her current spot on Levee Street in 2015. Holly Johnson Gallery boasts eight annual exhibitions, primarily solo shows, with a roster of artists from throughout the U.S. Holly Johnson's keen insight, industry experience, and love of art has contributed to the success of her gallery artists as well as the Dallas art scene. We are grateful for her support.


Application deadline
March 26, 2018

Notification of acceptance 
April 11, 2018

Deadline for receipt of work April 29 + April 30, 2018

Opening Reception 
May 4, 2018, 5:30- 8 p.m.

Exhibition closes
July 15, 2018

All art to be picked up
July 30, 2018


Artists currently enrolled in either an MA or MFA program at a participating University including: Southern Methodist University, University of Arlington (UTA), Texas Christian University (TCU), Texas Woman’s University (TWU), University of Dallas (UD), University of North Texas (UNT), and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD). All works submitted must be original and must have been completed within the past two years.


The juror will determine acceptance into the show from digital images only (see following requirements). Accepted work may be disqualified if it differs significantly from the images submitted for that work. For notification of juror results please include an up to date e-mail address with application.

Digital Image Requirements

Digital images must be JPG files with 300 dpi resolution and a width and/or height maximum of 1800 pixels/6 inches. Be sure to name your image files using the last four digits of your phone number followed by an underscore, then a letter/number combination indicating to which entry they apply. EXAMPLE: 1234_A1.jpg. Each single work may be represented by two images ONLY.


Artists may enter up to three works (no entry fee) by completing the ONLINE form at:


Procedure for Accepted Works

Works should arrive by the 8th of May ready for installation with special instructions included. Hand delivered accepted works must be received (in a reusable sturdy container) at the University of Dallas Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery during one of the following times:

  • April 29: noon to 5 p.m.
  • April 30: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

Mail Entries To:

University of Dallas - Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery
1845 East Northgate Drive
Irving, Texas 75062


The Beatrice M. Haggerty encourages the sales of exhibited work. In support of our artists, we will not seek commission. Your contact information will be passed on to interested parties seeking to purchase artwork. Indicate on your Entry Form/Exhibition Agreement if your work is for sale, and the sale price if applicable.


The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery will exercise all due care when handling your work but will not be held responsible for loss, damage or replacement.


The Beatrice M. Haggerty Gallery retains the right to display, project and reproduce work accepted for this exhibition for publicity and promotional purposes only. Individual photographers still retain copyright to his/her own individual images.


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