UNT graduates create artists' community in Denton

From left to right, Abigail Sherrill ('15 M.F.A.) and Rachel Fischer ('08, '15 M.F.A.)Abigail Sherrill ('15 M.F.A.) and Rachel Fischer ('08, '15 M.F.A.) are turning a former auto mechanic's shop on S. Woodrow Lane in Denton into an artists' community.

They plan to open Brick Haus Collective, which will provide studio space and host arts programming, such as pop-up exhibitions, workshops and lectures.

The Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas awarded them a $1,000 micro-grant for their efforts.

"The multidisciplinary environment that we experienced in graduate school was a huge inspiration in the development of our own work, and we wanted to make that accessible beyond a university setting," Fischer says. "There has been a history of successful collectives and DIY art organizations in Denton. We are really reviving that tradition but on a more expansive level."