John Pomara

Professor - Arts And Humanities, ATEC

Professional Preparation

M.S. - M.F.A., Art
East Texas State University - 1980
B.A. - B.F.A.,Art
East Texas State University - 1978


Catalog essay; space-invaders, The University of Texas at Dallas. 2005. 2005 - Publication
Catalog essay for the Scott Barber Survey; Mixed Marriage, The Mc Kinney Ave. Contemporary, Dallas, Texas. 2005. 2005 - Publication
Catalog essay; " Private Conversations", Diaspora, exhibition of Jin-Ya Huang, Mulcahy Modern, Dallas, Texas. 2002. 2002 - Publication
Review; "Ted Kincaid at Barry Whistler Gallery", Art Papers Magazine, Nov.-Dec..2000. vol. 24, no. 26. page 49. 2000 - Publication


Associate Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [2005–Present]
Assistant Professor
The University of Texas at Dallas [1999–2005]
Senior Lecturer
The University of Texas at Dallas [1996–1999]
Visiting Lecturer of Painting
University of North Texas, Denton, Texas [1995–1995]
Adjunct Instructor
Brookhaven Collage, Dallas, Texas [1994–1996]
Adjunct Instructor
East Texas State University, Commerce, Texas [1984–1993]

Additional Information

Awards, Grants, and Honors
  • Selected for artist profile in up-coming book, C-20, 50 of the best artists in Texas. 2009.
  • The UT Chancellor Teacher of the Year Award, UTD. Richardson, Texas. 2007.
  • Tiffany Award Nomination. 2007.
  • Second Painting acquired for the permanent collection, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas. 2007.
  • Legends Awards for the Arts, Dallas Center for Contemporary Art, Dallas, Texas. 2005.
  • Otis Dozier Travel Grant to travel to Italy, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas. 2003.
  • Painting acquired for the permanent collection, Jack Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, Texas. 2002.
  • Painting acquired for the permanent collection, Dallas Museum of Arts, Dallas, Texas. 2001.
  • Painting acquired for the permanent collection, Museum of Fine Art, Houston, 2000.
  • Boxed set of Artists Books, collection of Museum of Modern Art, N.Y. 2000.
  • Paintings acqUired for the permanent collection, Dallas Museum of Art, 1992.
  • M-AAA/NEA Fellowship Award in Paintings and Works of Paper, 1990.
Professional Activities (Since 2000)
  • Lecture, painting in Dallas, The Dallas Contemporary, Dallas, Texas. 2007
  • Lecture, Contemporary Painting and Teaching methods, Plano High School Art Teachers, Plano, TX. 2007
  • Lecture, The Tyler Museum of Art, Tyler, Texas. 2006.
  • Lecture, The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Ft. Worth, Texas. 2005
  • Award Committee for Moss/Chumley Texas Artist Award, The Meadows Museum of Art, Dallas TX.200S.
  • Texas Vision; Panel and Symposium. The Meadows Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas. 2004.
  • Advisory Committee for the Dallas Museum of Art: 2004 Grant Awards to Artists.
  • Advisory Committee for, Houston, Texas. 2001 - present
  • Gallery Lecture: The Modern Art Museum Fort Worth, Fort Worth, Texas. 2004.
  • Visiting Artist: Boston Museum School of Fine Arts, Boston, MA. 2003.
  • Lecture: Art and the Machine, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas. Dec. 2003.
  • Panel: Art Talks, McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas, 2003.
  • Drawing in the Galleries, Dallas Museum of Art. 2003.
  • Lecture: Come Forward, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas Texas. Feb. 2003.
  • Lecture: Making connections with Contemporary Art, Docent Training for the Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas. Summer, 2002.
  • Visiting Artist: University of Houston, Houston, Texas.
  • Panel: Photoshock: Painting and Photography in the Digital Age, Dallas Museum of Art, Dallas, Texas. 2001.
  • Lecture: Screen Play, Dallas Museum of Art, Horchow Auditorium. Dallas, Texas. 2001.
  • Panel: Gerhard Richter. Mc Kinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Texas. 2000.
  • Lecture: Abstraction in Texas; Texart, 2000. Gallery Talks, Amarillo Museum of Art, Amarillo, Texas.

News Articles

Prof's Work Examines How Art, Technology and Science Interact
John Pomara, professor of visual arts in the School of Arts and Humanities, produces art that is unique to the digital age. His most recent work is on display at the Barry Whistler Gallery in Dallas until Nov. 24.The exhibit, titled off-Key2, showcases Pomara’s artistic approach fusing art, science and technology – a style that has developed over time. In 1998, Pomara was a newly-hired professor who didn’t want anyone to see what he was working on. After dark, when no one was around, he returned to the Visual Arts Building to use the copy machine. For months, Pomara photocopied paint drips patterned to resemble microbiology photographs of cell structures. Pomara’s late-night project led to an exhibition of large-scale paintings and photographs that appeared as photocopies at the Dallas Museum of Art, and to a deeper investigation of how art, technology and science interact.Today, Pomara is lauded for his ability to blend technology and traditional art. Some call him a “new media artist.”
Artist and Faculty Member John Pomara To Serve As Curator of Mixed-Media Exhibition at UTD
RICHARDSON, Texas (July 25, 2005 ) — Acclaimed artist and University of Texas at Dallas (UTD) faculty member John Pomara will serve as curator of space-invaders, a mixed-media exhibition that will be shown in the main gallery of UTD’s Visual Arts Building from Aug. 19 to Sept. 17. The exhibit will be held in conjunction with the Eugene Binder Gallery in Marfa, where space-invaders will be on display in October. 

Pomara, an associate professor in UTD’s School of Arts & Humanities and a recent Dallas Center for Contemporary Art Legend Award winner, said the exhibition explores the current state and definition of “space.” Normally, paintings and photographs exist in the second dimension, while sculptures exist in the third . Many of the works in this exhibit, however, seem to exist in the second and third dimensions simultaneously, said Pomara.
Pomara, Dodge Recognized as Outstanding Teachers at UT Dallas
Two educators at the University of Texas at Dallas — Dr. John Pomara and Dr. Nathan Dodge — have been selected as outstanding teachers for the 2006-2007 academic year.

Pomara, an associate professor in the School of Arts and Humanities, will receive the Chancellor’s Council Award, which is provided annually by The University of Texas System to recognize excellence in teaching at each of the system’s nine general academic institutions.  Dodge, a senior lecturer in the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science, has been selected for the newly created President’s Outstanding Teaching Award, established this year by UT Dallas President David E. Daniel to recognize the contributions of non-tenure track faculty.