The City of Richardson and the Charles W. Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts and Corporate Presentations formed a collaboration with The School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication (ATEC) at the University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas) to create a first-of-a-kind, innovative program called the Eisemann Edge Endowment Fund, which will give Richardson residents, local students and the North Texas community an opportunity to explore the intersection of technology with the visual and performing arts. The Eisemann Edge Endowment Fund was started by a generous $250,000 donation from longtime community benefactors and civic leaders Ann and Charles Eisemann, whose efforts have already had far-reaching impacts in Richardson and across the North Texas region. They hope the opening of the Fund will promote future giving to stimulate further growth of tech-based arts in the region.
The first year's project was MotherBoard, a modular sculptural installation that celebrates the vibrancy of the City of Richardson’s history, accomplishments, and technological contributions to the world.
MotherBoard was commissioned by the Eisemann Center for inveiling and exhibition in the Spring of 2020. The inspiration for the project highlights the long relationship of the city of Richardson with Technology. The exhibit “displays the vibrancy of Richardson’s history, accomplishments and the technology contributions it has made to the world.”
A ‘motherboard’ is the essential core of a computer system. It holds together many of the crucial components of a computer, including the central processing unit (CPU), memory and connections for input and output. The theme of MotherBoard is grounded in the form of the printed circuit board.
This engaging installation was activated in the Green Mezzanine Gallery at the Eisemann Center in Richardson, TX in March of 2020 and was on display through Sunday, August 2, 2020. The main lobby, Ticket Office, administrative offices and the Forrest & Virginia Green Mezzanine Gallery are open now to enjoy this amazing installation. Major design elements include a series of sculptural components that connect LED lighting, projection, sound, and sculptural elements. Click here to see the MotherBoard Souvenir Program.
Students from the UT Dallas’ ATEC 3D Studio, led by Professors Andrew Scott, Roxanne Minnish, and Matthew Unkenholz, were involved in the development of this project through the studio process.
Work is beginning soon on the subsequent collaboration with UT Dallas and the fundraising campaign to sustain this important program.