Maryanne Meltzer and Allison Proulx Show at North Lake College Jan, 2015

// Published December 12, 2014 by Eric Miller

Works on display this January at North Lake College will explore the topic of privileged ignorance. Local artist Allison Proulx depicts flourishing city centers layered over elements of frequently catastrophic current events. Her work is shown alongside that of Dallas Artist Maryanne Meltzer who explored similar topics and had a show in the same gallery 30 years ago, in 1984.

“The ease with which we are able to overlook global chaos and suffering reflects how desensitized and disconnected we can be from this side of the human experience,” says Proulx, who is finishing her MFA at Texas Woman’s University.

Meltzer, who died in April, explored the topics of strangers and human alienation in the 1980s and 1990s.

“When I saw Maryanne’s work, I immediately felt a connection with her, a kindred spirit of sorts,” Proulx says. “Her theme of alienation resonated with my urban landscapes reflecting one’s solitude amidst the crowd, constantly attempting to process the continuous bombardment of the media while carrying on our daily lives.”

A reception for Privileged Ignorance and Strangers will be held January 28, 7:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. at North Lake College. More information is available at or by calling 214-329-9818.