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Iris Bechtol is an artist, educator, and curator living in Oak Cliff - Dallas, TX. She received her Master of Fine Arts in Intermedia from the University of Texas at Arlington in 2010 and is currently the Gallery Director and Adjunct Professor of Art at Eastfield College in Mesquite, TX.


Bechtol's work has been included in exhibitions in across Texas, Nashville, TN, New York, and San Diego, CA. She is founder and curator for TERRAIN Dallas, a

temporary public exhibition space with a focus on exhibiting site specific, temporary interventions by established and emerging artists in and around the conventional landscape of a suburban front yard.



Something ongoing, unfolding, acting – this is how I view my work. With an interest in just about everything, I see the world as a living field – a space that requires a diversity of responses. Avoiding categories that might simplify my work or stifle the breadth of my interests, I refrain from working with only one material or process.  Working in a variety of materials, I draw on my examination of the phenomenological or “lived experience” and how it is reflected back through image, object, and place. 





solo exhibitions


several, near each other, Anthem Gallery, San Antonio, 2017, curated by Benjamin McVey

Lots (of things), but nothing (I could use), MFA exhibition, UT Arlington, 2010

Sound, Gallery 219, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX, 2008

59 minutes, Gallery West, UT Arlington, Arlington, TX, 2007

Tags, Artruck at Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, 2007

Welcome to Oak Cliff, Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas, TX, 2005



selected group exhibitions


Identity: I am one, I am many, Oak Cliff Cultural Center, Dallas, TX curated by Sunset Art Studios

Super Fantasy Mercado, Red Bird Mall, curated by Taro Waggoner and Mylan Nguyen for Decolonize Dallas

MFA 10th Anniversary Expo, UTA Art Gallery, Arlington, TX curated by Benito Huerta



Girls Just Wanna, Galleri Urbane, Dallas, TX, curated by Adrian Zuniga and Ree Willaford

Now What, Coop Gallery, Nashville, TN, curated by Tom Williams



Things that are now visible, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX

And then I whirled at the sound of, Oil and Cotton, Dallas, TX, curated by Janeil Englestad



Big and Bright, San Diego, CA, curated by Jessica McCambly



Sustenance, Warehouse in West Dallas, curated by Stephen Lapthisophon

Temporary Occupants, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX



Sound Art Exhibition, Galerija 73, Belgrade, Serbia, curated by Snezana Petrovic

Rising Eyes of Texas, Rockport Center for the Arts, Rockport, TX (juried)



Word & Image, Lumenhouse Project, Brooklyn, NY

MFA at CAA, University of North Texas, Cora Stafford Gallery, Denton, TX (juried)

Your favorite artist was a member, 30th Anniversary Exhibition, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX (invitational)



DCCCD at 500X, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Bustillos & Cardona, Kiva Gallery, Mountain View College, Dallas, TX

Graduate Student Exhibition, Gallery West, UT Arlington, Arlington, TX

Ojo Dos, Studio Gallery, Brookhaven College, Dallas, TX, curated by Tina Medina



Jingle Balls, Artruck, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX, curated by Brennen Bechtol

Ojo, the Unexpected, Richland College, Dallas, TX, curated by Tina Medina

White Trash Delight, Artruck (two locations 500X Gallery & MFA Gallery), Dallas, TX, curated by Brennen Bechtol



Bodacious Bods, curated by Steve Cruz, Mighty Fine Arts, Dallas, TX

Annual Members Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

New Work, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Installation Art, curated by Kathy Windrow, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX



X-mas Show and Sale, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Artist Against Aids Auction, Tarrant County Interfaith Network, Fort Worth Community Arts Center, Fort Worth, TX

500X 25th Anniversary Show, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Now, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Art League of Houston Celebrates Texas Art, juried by Connie Butler, Los Angeles Museum of      Contemporary Art



5x7, Arthouse, Austin, TX

1+1=16, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Season Opener, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Yield, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Wish! Art Auction, The Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, TX



Dia De Los Muertos Exhibition, Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX

Feisty, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX

Past, Present, Future, Eastfield College, Dallas, TX

EXPO 2001, 500X Gallery, Dallas, TX, juried by Charles Wylie, Dallas Museum of Art Curator of   

Contemporary Art

Annual Juried Student Exhibition, University of North Texas Union Gallery, juried by Dottie Love a   

and Tom Sale


Sunset Art Studios, Dallas, TX, April-May 2017


private and public collections

Marilyn Bechtol, Dallas, TX

Robert Bennett, Dallas, TX

Rick and Lisa Cook, Seattle, WA

Nic Davies, London, England

C.J. Davis, Dallas, TX

Jill Hay, New York, NY

Jessica McCambly and John Lewis, San Diego, CA

Jennifer and Lee Pepper, Nashville, TN

John Reoch, Dallas, TX

Charlotte Smith, Dallas, TX

David Willburn, Fort Worth, TX

Kathy Windrow, Dallas, TX

Eastfield College, Mesquite, TX

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