Yellow City Art began as a physical space in Amarillo, Texas in 1999. We created it as a venue for contemporary art, but Yellow City Art represents an attitude as well. It is this attitude that forms the central theme of the current exhibition at CAMP. It captures the spirit of self-motivation and self-reliance to provide culture where it is lacking. This spirit has permeated the artists who have spent time in Amarillo and who did not fit in with the cultural and political status quo of the region. The show by its very nature is “western,” but in a broader, more expansive sense than one might presume, it embraces the “new west,” not just repeating the myths of cowboys and pioneers but forging new artistic directions from these foundations. Yellow City Art tells the story of being inspired by limitless horizons, and of making art that embodies this freedom.
Kelly Alison is currently the Executive Director of Contemporary Art Museum Plainview and past project manager for Houston International Performance Art Biennale 2012 and 2014. She is an American artist whose work has been exhibited in National and International Museums, most notably at the Shanghai Art Museum in China and the National Museum of Art in Lima, Peru. She has been published in books, catalogs and magazines such as Art in America, Texas Monthly and Town and Country and her work is on permanent exhibition in downtown Houston as part of the Wayfinder project . Alison’s work can be seen in many private and public collections.