carmen menza

The courtyard at the Mesquite Art Center brings a quiet interlude to the day surrounded by beautiful trees. For my current show there I wanted to bring this reflection of nature inside the building by mirroring the tree branches. My unexpected collaborator in the installation was an air vent that turned my light based installation into a kinetic light based one.

You can view a short process video and stills of this installation here:
Instagram video

See more work at my Instagram @carmenmenzaart and message me for inquiries on my work. I am happy to have to you come visit my studio to see works in person. Studio visits by appointment.


Current/Coming Events:



Translating Light
Mesquite Arts Center, Main Gallery
1527 N Galloway Ave, Mesquite, TX 75149
April 4 - Jun 25, 2022
Opening Reception May 5, 2022
6:30-8:30pm
Also featuring Mesquite Art Center's Courtyard Concert Series with Sarah Carrino 7-9pm











Past Events:



Open Studio Tour
April 23, 2022
12pm - 4pm
Tin District
2512 Sylvan Ave. Dallas, Tx 75212
Come visit me and other artists of the Tin District for our spring 2022 Open Studio Tour.
You can find a guide to other artists here. Just click on the "Meet the Artists" navigation at top.



September 25, 2021
Dallas Children's Advocacy Center's "Art for Advocacy" live auction
My work "Unfolding the Sun" will be part of this year's auction raising funds for abused children in our community. For more information go here.


September 18, 2021
I am filled with gratitude for all those who came to our performance of Negotiating Dialogues and to the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Cedars Union, TACA and the city of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs for your generosity and support. Thank you for shining a light on art in this city.




Negotiating Dialogues
World Premiere - Dallas Symphony Orchestra and The Cedars Union Co-Commission
Modern chamber work with generative visuals

September 18, 2021, 4-6pm
The Cedars Union
1219 S Ervay Street, Dallas, TX 75215
More information and tickets through the Dallas Symphony Orchestra here.

Dallas, Texas (July 23, 2021) – The Dallas Symphony Orchestra today announces the rescheduled date for the world premiere of Negotiating Dialogues by Dallas-based artist Carmen Menza. The work will premiere at The Boedeker Building (Cedars Union) on Saturday, September 18, 2021, at 4:00PM. Tickets are $10 and are available on the DSO’s website here.

Negotiating Dialogues is a modern chamber work for clarinet, viola, cello, vibraphone and spoken poetry that employ an environment of both recorded and live players. “In Negotiating Dialogues I wanted to explore how our dialogue with one another is evolving in light of technological advances in communication. What might be the future societal impact of these technologies?” said Menza. A central element of this work will be improvisation and reconstruction of the original composition through real time recordings of players that are manipulated and played back in subsequent movements. Generative animation responds to music through software creating a dialogue between music and visuals. “It is theme and variations in a new light.”


Created by Menza in collaboration with Mark Menza, Joel Olivas and Eric Farrar, Negotiating Dialogues is a recipient of a grant from the TACA New Works Fund and is a recipient of an Arts Activate 2020/City of Dallas Office of Arts & Culture grant.