2018 Vignette Curators

Vignette Art Fair was conceived along these lines as an alternative fair that highlights talent that has been under-recognized and made ancillary by art institutions and establishments. This satellite fair will bridge the gap between local and international art scenes by displaying the work of creative female, and female identifying, minds during a time when the international art market descends on the city.

Erin K. Murphy

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The Vignette general exhibition, containing traditional 2d and 3d works, will be curated by the San Antonio Museum of Art’s Erin K. Murphy.

Erin K. Murphy is the Manager of Exhibitions and Assistant to the Chief Curator at the San Antonio Museum of Art, where over the past four years she has organized original modern and contemporary permanent collection exhibitions. Erin recently co-organized an exhibition of modern photography as well as a major exhibition of contemporary Australian Aboriginal art.

She previously served in positions at the Dallas Museum of Art and the Nasher Sculpture Center. Erin has published writing on artists John Chamberlain, James Rosenquist, and Willie Doherty, among others. Additionally, she has served as the editor and co-editor for several exhibition publications, most recently, Heaven and Hell: Salvation and Retribution in Pure Land Buddhism.

She received a Bachelor of Arts in English from Texas A&M University and a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of North Texas with a focus on modern and contemporary art. Using Jean Baudrillard’s concept of the simulacrum as a framework, her Master’s thesis considered features of James Rosenquist’s studio practice to propose a new interpretation involving the representational status and significance of the artist’s collages and paintings.

Erin is a member of the Association of Art Museum Curators as well as the Board of Directors and Website Committee for the National Emerging Museum Professionals Network.

Jessie Moncrief


This year's fair will expand upon the successful programming of 2017 to include Virtual, an exhibit dedicated to New Media Art and curated by New Media artist and entrepreneur Jessie Moncrief.

Jessie Alexandra Moncrief is a practicing inter-media artist from Dallas, Texas. She graduated from the University of North Texas, with a BFA in New Media Arts and a minor in Business. Currently working as an audio visual technician, and an art handler in the metroplex, Moncrief is passionate about supporting under recognized artists, nurturing the DIY scene, and rescuing doggos.

Dee Lara


This year's fair  will also include Venture, a showcase of interactive art mediums, such as social practice, installation, and performance art, curated by social-practice artist and curator Dee Lara. 

Dee Lara is an artist, writer, and independent curator living in Fort Worth, Texas.  Her work is best characterized as an instituent practice — bridging gaps through innovative collaboration, working alongside traditional stewards and also operating in unconventional or community arenas in order to cultivate diverse, broad, meaningful engagement.