Open Studio Official Poster



DIY TRYING: Ryder Richards Workshop


Announcing our first workshop, hosted by AVA – Association for Visual Arts!

Considering our recent state of civil unrest Ryder Richards will be providing a workshop on how to deign/build your own gas mask out of everyday materials. Generated from research into “how to riot” as a civilian rebuttal against authoritative institutions, Richards will guide a brief discussion on power and responsibility, reflecting on DIY ingenuity and information sharing as the kryptonite to capitalism.

Join us Wednesday, October 26th at AVA – Association for Visual Arts and construct your own fully-functioning gas mask with ARC resident artist Ryder Richards.

There are a limited amount of spots/supplies! Please RSVP HERE! We recommend a $10 donation towards supplies and future ARC programs.

Open Studio Day, Oct 31 2016

October 31st, 11am – 6pm

We will be hosting an open studio day for Ryder Richards. Please come by and see what the artist has been up to during his residency! This gives a unique opportunity to talk with the artist about his work, practice, and experience during the program leading up to the November 4th exhibition!

More information at our Calendar of Events and Facebook pages.

Fall 2016 Grand Opening Reception

ARC, in partnership with En Root House,  is extremely proud to announce the Grand Opening Reception for the first resident artist Ryder Richards. Please join us for First Friday, November 4th, from 5:30 – 8:30pm at the Swine Gallery. The artist will be in attendance to talk about his work, and will be giving a lecture at 6:30pm. Light refreshments will be provided and opportunity to talk with the artist and ARC staff about the exhibition and program.

Our Calendar of Events is developing and we’ll be adding more dates as we lock in activities with the Artist! If you’re interested in hosting an event with the artist, please visit our Support page.


Presenting Sponsor: En Root House

We are excited to announce our Presenting Sponsor for the first resident artist Ryder Richards: En Root House! The artist will be staying at this local, small scale alternative lodging, nestled near historic Highland Park in a gorgeously modernized 1920’s home.

Thank you En Root! Check them out at

Entrance to the En Root House

Fall 2016: Ryder Richards

ARC is proud to announce its first resident artist, Ryder Richards!

deflategateRyder Richards, Work/Play: Deflategate, 2016

Ryder will be in Chattanooga for the month of October, with an exhibition scheduled for the First Friday of November (Nov. 4th) at the Swine gallery. Throughout the month we will have scheduled events to engage with the community, including an opening reception & artist’s talk, a Patron’s Night Preview Party, a workshop, and some events at local restaurants and businesses. These events allow for the public to engage with the artist, learning in both formal and informal environments. You can see and read more about Ryder at his website. More news and updates on events coming soon!

Born in 1977 Ryder grew up in Roswell, New Mexico and currently works in Dallas, Texas.
Richards is a co-founder of the RJP NOMADIC GALLERY, CULTURE LABORATORY and Dallas-based group THE ART FOUNDATION. He has curated and exhibited in numerous exhibitions (including an exhibition at the Dallas Museum of Art) and is the recipient of several scholarships, travels abroad, and awards for his achievements in art, including five artist-in-residence programs.

Richards has exhibited at the Bellevue Museum, Seattle; Roswell Museum, Roswell, NM; Olm Space, Switzerland; Public Address, Brooklyn; Antena, Chicago; Falling Water, Pennsylvania; Cornell University, Ithaca; Monkskirche, Tangermunde, Germany; C2 Pottery Gallery, China; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum, San Antonio; The Luminary, St. Louis ; Lawndale, Houston; Amarillo Museum of Art; San Diego Art Institute; The London Art Fair; as well as The Power Station, The Reading Room, Beefhaus, and Gray Matters in Dallas. He has participated in The Texas Biennial 2011 and 2013 and the Dallas Biennial 2012 and 2014.