Vance Wingate Bio


I have been actively involved in the Dallas/Ft. Worth art scene since moving to Dallas in 1989. Before branching off to start Gray Matters Gallery with a friend, I was involved with 500X Gallery for 2.5 years.

As an undergraduate student I studied painting, drawing, and printmaking at East Central University, in Ada, Oklahoma, where I received a Bachelors of Arts degree in 1985. Working in post-baccalaureate studies at the University of North Texas I continued in painting and printmaking for 3 years, after which I took time for other endeavors (and work) and finally returned to school and received my MFA degree in Studio Art from Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, in May 2008.

For 14 years I owned & operated Gray Matters Gallery and Red Room Books, which I closed in 2005, before returning to school in 2006. Since 2008, I have worked as the Gallery Coordinator of East l West Galleries in the Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman's University in Denton, Texas. I also continue to curate shows at local and regional art spaces, exhibit my own work, and am working on plans to open a printmaking workshop, Enoch Press @ Gray Matters Gallery, in Dallas, in the near future.

Starting in 2012, I reopened Gray Matters Gallery as a curatorial workshop, where I invite artists, curators and other arts professionals to develop exhibits that may not be able to be shown at for profit galleries or at large institutions.