K Space Contemporary’s (KSC) mission is to promote contemporary art.   One of KSC’s most popular exhibitions, 3rd Coast National introduces the Coastal Bend community to innovative artists and artwork being created in other parts of the country, as well as in our own region.  For selected artists, 3rd Coast National provides an opportunity to show and sell artwork and build one’s resume.  The show provides educational & networking opportunities by bringing a noted juror (artist, curator, critic, etc) to Corpus Christi for the event and gallery lecture. In addition, 3rd Coast National also facilitates relationships between selected artists and KSC’s Exhibition Committee. (KSC has exhibited several artists who first showed in our 3rd Coast National.)

The 2015 3rd Coast National will be juried by a panel of three Corpus Christi arts professionals.  Deborah Fullerton Dunn, Rich Gere, and Ken Rosier.

Deborah Fullerton Dunn, Curator of Exhibitions, Art Museum of South Texas. She has been with the Art Museum of South Texas for 21 years serving as Education Outreach Coordinator, Curator of Education and Curator of Exhibitions where she has served for 10 years. During her tenure, Ms. Fullerton-Dunn has overseen the curation and installation of over 100 temporary and permanent collection exhibitions, juried shows and offsite exhibits. Ms. Fullerton-Dunn also coordinates guest lecturers, visiting artists and the film series. She has contributed to 16 publications and catalogues. Other duties include docent training, supervision of the Museum Preparator and student interns. She is the staff liaison to the Board of Trustee’s Exhibitions Committee and Collection’s Committee. In 2010 Ms. Fullerton-Dunn began overseeing the registration of art in the Museum’s permanent collection. Ms. Fullerton-Dunn holds a Bachelor of Fine Art degree from Corpus Christi State University and a Master of Art degree in Digital Media.

Rich Gere is a noted artist, curator and administrator. His work has appeared in over 150 juried, solo and group exhibitions across the United States, Europe, Mexico and Asia. In addition, Mr. Gere has curated dozens of exhibitions in the southeast and France. His work can be found in public and private collections in the US and Europe including; Memorial Health Systems, Savannah GA; Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville TN; Biblioteque National du France, Paris, France; Custom Recording Studios, Nashville TN; Traprock Peace Center, Greenfield MA and Kroger Corporation, Columbus OH. Mr. Gere taught at Tusculum College, Walters State and Virginia Intermont, and Savannah College of Art and Design where he built the School of Fine Arts Print Media program. Recent honors include a City of Atlanta Individual Artist Grant, and a Hambidge Fellowship at the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, Rabun Gap GA. In 2014, Gere moved to Corpus Christi. Tx to assume the role of Chair of the Department of Art at Texas A&M University-CC.

Ken Rosier – Born and raised in rural Nebraska, Ken Rosier has been a practicing ceramicist for over 35 years. He produces functional wheel work and hand-formed raku objects. His work may be found in homes and institutional collections such as the Art Museum of South Texas, University of North Texas, Arizona State University, and University of Oklahoma. Ken teaches ceramics at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas, where he also serves as Chair of the Department of Art and Drama.

Prestigious jurors of past 3rd Coast National exhibitions include: painter Ray Smith (’07), artist activist Josh MacPhee(’08), Director of Ballroom Marfa Fairfax Dorn (’09) , artist Trenton Doyle Hancock (’10), artist Tony Magar (’11), Glasstire critic & Director of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts & Moudy Gallery at TCU Christina Rees (’12), artist Andy Coolquitt (’13), artist Mark Scrapdaddy Bradford (’14). 


June 1: Entry Deadline
June 26-July 1: Artists Notified by email & Selections posted below
July 11, July 15-18, 11 am-5 pm: Receive Hand-Delivered Works
July 17: Shipped Works Due (must arrive between July 8 – 17)
August 7, 5:30-9 pm: Exhibition Opening with CC ArtWalk
Sept 18: Last Day of Exhibition
Sept 19, Sept 23-26, 11 am-5 pm: Pick Up Hand-Delivered works
Sept 23-25: Begin Returning Shipped Artwork



2014 3rd Coast National Award Winners

The Erick Schaudies Memorial Award for Best of Show:  IN/Opposition by Kevin Ramler

2nd PlaceBlue Light by Caroline Sharpless

3rd PlaceThe House of Solitude by Brian Row

4th PlaceIn the Sheets by Lauren Yandell

5th PlaceWave by Lynda Jones.


2014 Slideshow:

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Deadline to enter 2015 3rd Coast National is June 1, 2015