Heyd Fontenot



Heyd Fontenot is a Texas-based multidisciplinary artist and curator whose career has included roles in advertising, theater, television, film and digital media, as a graphic artist, set designer, art director and producer. He has held positions as Director of CentralTrak (2011-2016), UTDallas' international artists' residency program and exhibition space, and was recently appointed as Director of the San Antonio non-profit art space Sala Diaz where he was previously a Casa Chuck resident artist (2019). Widely known for his figurative paintings and drawings, Fontenot recruits his friends and artistic peers as models and has in this process created a comprehensive portrait of his community over the last two decades. Fontenot has been awarded the Dozier Travel Grant through the Dallas Museum of Art, the Mastermind Award from the Dallas Observer, been named as one of 100 Dallas Creatives, and while directing the gallery at CentralTrak it was named “best art space” by both DMagazine and the Dallas Observer and top ten galleries by Glasstire and Culturemap. Fontenot has exhibited his experimental films at festivals nationally and internationally. His work has been featured in numerous exhibitions in Texas and the United States, including exhibitions at Mountain View College, Dallas, TX (2014); the Wrong Store, Marfa, TX (2013); Beige, Memphis, TN (2013); Allegheny College, Meadville, PA (2012); Inman Gallery, Houston, TX (2011); Rollins College, Winter Park, FL (2011) and the University of Maryland, College Park, FL (2010).

VIDEO: Heyd Fontenot on Artist Talk, produced by the Tulsa Artist Fellowship

Conduit Gallery Exhibitions

Selected Exhibitions/Residencies:

  • 2023 SomoS Arts, Berlin, Germany (solo)
  • 2023 Cloud Tree Gallery, Austin, TX
  • 2023 SomoS Artist Residency, Berlin, Germany
  • 2022 Pouch Cove Foundation Residency, Newfoundland
  • 2021 Galveston Art Center, Galveston TX
  • 2021 Fort Worth Contemporary, Fort Worth, TX (two-person)
  • 2019 Sala Diaz Artist Residency, San Antonio, TX
  • 2019 Orth Contemporary, Tulsa, OK
  • 2018 Tulsa Artist Fellowship, Tulsa, OK
  • 2017 Artpace International Artist in Residence, San Antonio, TX (solo)
  • 2016 Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX (solo)
  • 2014 Mountain View College, Dallas, TX
  • 2014 The Old Jail Art Center, Albany, TX
  • 2013 Lovey Town, Madison, WI
  • 2013 The Wrong Store, Marfa, TX
  • 2013 Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
  • 2012 Allegheny College, Meadville, PA
  • 2012 Imogen Holloway Gallery, Saugerties, NY
  • 2012 James Baird, Newfoundland, Canada
  • 2011 Greg Kuchera Gallery, Seattle, WA
  • 2011 Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2011 Rollins College, Winter Park, FL
  • 2011 University of Maryland, College Park, MD
  • 2009 New American Paintings, Juried Exhibition in Print, Boston, MA (Cover Image)
  • 2009 Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
  • 2008 Texas Biennial, Austin, TX
  • 2007 The Rabbit Hole, Brooklyn, NY
  • 2007 Green Papaya Art Projects, Manilla, the Philippines
  • 2007 Texas Biennial, Okay Mountain, Austin, TX
  • 2006 Mulcahy Modern, Dallas, TX
  • 2006 James Baird, Newfoundland, Canada
  • 2006 Volitant Gallery, Austin, TX
  • 2005 Inman Gallery, Houston, TX
  • 2005 The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT
  • 2005 Diverseworks, Houston, TX
  • 2003 Disjecta Gallery , Portland, Oregon
  • 2003 Lawndale Art Center, Suite Pink, Houston, Texas
  • 2002 Bumberbiennial, Seattle, WA
  • 2002 The Nashoba Institute, Washington, D.C.