FWAC Coordinator, Bernardo Vallarino

Bernardo is a Colombian-American mix media sculptor and installation artist interested in geopolitical issues of violence and human suffering. His inspiration comes from observations of the hypocrisy that exists between the rhetoric of human life value and the violent behavior of humanity. With his artworks he strives to engage his audience visually but also morally and philosophically. In order to present such sobering topics in an approachable manner he borrows from his child-acquired interest of insects and entomology. He uses insects as an inspirational source for many of the formal elements in his work and in many instances a vehicle to express metaphors. His human-size scale sculptures have captivating elements that invite viewers to investigate up-close. At either distance, the work is clean and precise mirroring his deep respect for the victims of the topics he addresses.


Vallarino has an outstanding record of solo, juried and group exhibitions as well as local and international awards. He graduated with a BFA in sculpture from Texas Christian University, an MFA in the same field from Texas Woman’s University.

FWAC Assistant Coordinator, Lisa Cunningham

Lisa Cunningham is an abstract landscape painter based in North Texas. She grew up in Texas, daughter of a sculptor, immersed in art from a very young age. Her escape has always been to head west; West Texas and the high desert mesas of New Mexico. She draws inspiration from wide open skies and desert landscapes working in acrylic, oil and cold wax on paper, panels and canvas. She evokes vistas and creates snap shots of feeling and atmosphere, capturing the serenity, isolation and linear motion of the landscapes with the use of rigid horizontal bands, contrasting color and texture.


Cunningham received a BFA from the College of Visual Arts & Design, University of North Texas and settled in to a successful career in advertising and graphic design, ultimately pursuing fine art.