Meow Wolf Announces Artists Collaborating on New North Texas Location

by Jessica Fuentes September 8, 2022

Earlier this year, Meow Wolf, a Santa Fe-based arts and entertainment company, announced that two new permanent projects will open in Texas in 2023 and 2024. Recently, Meow Wolf announced the names of over 40 Texas artists who will be collaborating on the Grapevine location (a suburb between Dallas and Fort Worth), which is set to open next year.

A digital rendering of the future lobby of the Meow Wolf Grapevine location.

Meow Wolf Grapevine lobby rendering by Gabriella Lovato Leger. Mural concept design by Tsz Kam.

This newest project will be inside Grapevine Mills, a large shopping mall that originally opened in 1997. The 29,000-square-foot exhibition space will consist of 30 rooms filled with installations by the Texas artists, in collaboration with over 30 in-house Meow Wolf artists. 

In a press release announcing the collaborating artists, Han Santana Sayles, the company’s Director of Artist Collaboration stated, “Our goal with curating collaborating artists is to engage in a meaningful dialogue with the artistic voices of Texas, with a focus on North Texas, home to our newest exhibit. To accomplish this, we intentionally invited a diverse array of over 40 hyper-talented Texas artists to freely create works about any topic of their desire. These collaborators range from emerging to mid-career and all share an excellence in their craft as well as uniquely distinct aesthetic perspectives.”

The list of artists includes:
Ryan Chen
Carlos DonJuan
Yana Payusova
Morgan Grasham
Katie Murray
Brooke Chaney
Brent Ozaeta
Sergio Garcia
Carmen Menza
Sara Cardona
Adam Palmer
Leah Flook
Laura Latimer
Dan Lam
Alexander Revier
Mariell Guzman
SM Sanz
Loc Huynh
Desireé Vaniecia
Josh Dodson
Diego Mireles
Tsz Kam
Riley Holloway
Zeke Williams
Ricardo Paniagua
Mattie Calloway
Mwanza Dover
Caroline Penwarden
David Last
Bryce Hample
Kwinton Gray
Teddy Georgia Waggy + Alex Bhore

Ricardo Paniagua told Glasstire, “Meow Wolf’s involvement in uplifting Indigenous people and all around inclusivity highlight everything that I’m about as an artist and human being. It was very natural for me to want to be involved in growing creatively with the collective.”

A photograph of artist Zeke Williams in his studio with a large work in progress laid out on the table in front of him.

Zeke Williams. Photo by Jordan Mathis. Courtesy of Meow Wolf Grapevine

Zeke Williams said, “Meow Wolf has been really fun despite being a fairly detail oriented organized process. My part of the whole is relatively small, but they have put so much care, time, and resources into making sure everything is right, while giving me artistic freedom to do what I want. I’m excited to be in front of audiences that would be unlikely to come to an art show at a gallery.”

Ms. Santana-Sayles added, “The topics [the artists] will be exploring in their artwork in Grapevine will range from alien topography to figurative metaphors of race, culture and gender, and sometimes both. At Meow Wolf, we opt to tell stories about our world and worlds beyond through nuanced, timeless science fiction and I hope the guests will take the time to explore this cohort of artists along with the deeper meaning behind the work that they have created with us.”

A designed graphic announcing the Texas artists collaborating on the Meow Wolf Grapevine location.

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