carmen menza

Translating Light 1
Acrylic, ¼” over ¼” tempered, laminated dichroic glass panels
18"h x 59"w x 4"d

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:

September 16-18, 2022
Join me at the Westedge Dallas Design Fair. Booth #340.

WESTEDGE DALLAS will make its debut September 16-18, 2022!

Over three days, leading manufacturers and artisanal makers will unveil the latest products in home furnishings. Guests will also enjoy demonstrations, design talks, and dishing on all things design with a floor-wide celebration.

September 16-18, 2022

Designer Preview Day & Floor-wide Opening Night Party
First Look Hours | 12 PM — 5 PM
VIP/Press Preview | 5 PM – 6 PM
Opening Night Party | 6 PM – 9 PM
(The Opening Night Party will benefit multiple charitable organizations including Dwell With Dignity and Ronald McDonald House
of Dallas). It is a floor-wide party that will include WestEdge Dallas and Artexpo exhibitors.

Saturday, September 17 | 11 AM – 7 PM
Sunday, September 18 | 11 AM – 5 PM

Market Hall, Dallas Design District
2200 N. Stemmons Freeway
Dallas, TX 75207

For visitors to the fair, admission tickets are available in advance of the fair here for $20, or onsite for $25.
Admission Friday-Sunday for the fair is complimentary for the design trade (licensed architects, registered interior designers, landscape architects & designers, set decorators, design/home furnishings retailers, builders, developers, design students) with proper credentials who pre-register by September 9. Regular ticket fees apply after this date.

October 22, 2022
Come visit artists of the Tin District for Art Walk West 2022 Open Studio Tour. This will be an all day event.
You can find a guide to other artists here. Just click on the "Meet the Artists" navigation at top.

Past 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
Also featuring Mesquite Art Center's Courtyard Concert Series with Sarah Carrino 7-9pm

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.