Round 45: Local Impact

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Video still from CWTV Presents: Pleasure Vision Ultra-Feature Deluxe Edition, JooYoung Choi, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist

Video still from CWTV Presents: Pleasure Vision Ultra-Feature Deluxe Edition, JooYoung Choi, 2015. Image courtesy of the artist

Round 45: Local Impact Highlights Artists Rooted in Houston’s Art Scene

Opening Reception + Community Market
October 22, 2016 | 4-7pm

Artist Talks
October 22, 2016 | 2:30pm

Viewing Period
October 22, 2016 – February 12, 2017

Houston, TX – September 22, 2016 – Project Row Houses (PRH) is excited to announce the next in its series of Artist Rounds, which showcase 7 installations by artists in the row houses on Holman Street. Organized by Public Art Director Ryan N. Dennis, Local Impact highlights the distinctive interests of seven artists deeply rooted in Houston’s arts community. Championed as one of the most diverse cities in the country, Houston has a rich community of artists and creative practitioners which aid in keeping it relevant and exciting. The city is saturated with artists thinking about their practices and how they relate to enhancing and elevating the myriad of conversations taking place about our city. The level of rigor, collaboration and critique offered by artists for citizens to consider is inspiring and a necessary piece for this culturally thriving city.

Participating artists include Regina Agu, JooYoung Choi, Sally Glass, Jesse Lott + Ann Harithas, Tierney Malone, Harold Mendez and Patrick Renner.

While this Round is not thematic, it looks at individual artists producing installations and public programs approaching themes around African-American history and pop culture, collaborative public art, place and identity, climate change and tourism, modern forms of communication and media consumption and radical imagination as a means of healing. From performances that create environments for engagement and contemplation to site-specific sculptures that generate ideas and articulate poetic and philosophical concerns about home, the featured work highlights the role that artists play in contributing to Houston’s culture. With so many drastic changes taking place in the city, our artists remind us that the visual arts ecosystem remains a platform for us to acknowledge history, place, and new ways of seeing and critiquing, which ultimately shape the way we engage our city and expand our ideas outward.

About Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses (PRH) is a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods. The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. Learn more at ProjectRowHouses.org

Programming at Project Row Houses is generously supported by The Brown Foundation; Bruner Foundation Inc.; Chevron; Houston Endowment Inc.; Joan Hohlt & Roger Wich Foundation; The Kresge Foundation; The Lewis Family Foundation; Marc Melcher; John P. McGovern Foundation; National Endowment for the Arts; Nightingale Code Foundation; Betty Pecore and Howard Hilliard; Picnic; Robert Rauschenberg Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; Susan Vaughan Foundation; and a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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The Idea Fund

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Media Contact:
Mary Magsamen, Curator, Aurora Picture Show
magsamen@aurorapictureshow.org / 713.868.2101

 

The Idea Fund Announces Round 9 Info Sessions and Jurors
Application Deadline: Monday, November 7, 2016
Direct Grants to Artists

(Houston, TX, September 14, 2016) – The Idea Fund, a re-granting program administered by a partnership of DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, announces its ninth round of funding for artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices. The Idea Fund supports individual artists, curators, collectives, collaboratives or partnerships in the greater Houston area. Grants are competitive and awarded by a panel of arts professionals and artists. Up to twelve Idea Fund grants will be distributed.

Application deadline: Monday, November 7, 2016, at midnight

Online application portal and information at https://diverseworks.submittable.com/submit

Funding levels: Spark ($1,000), Catalyst ($4,000), and Stimulus ($7,000)

Geographic eligibility: The lead artist must reside in one of the following counties: Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Waller, Chambers, Liberty, or Montgomery.

 

INFORMATION SESSIONS:

Monday, September 19, 2pm
University of Houston, Clear Lake
Bayou Building, Room 1333
2700 Bay Area Blvd, Houston, TX 77058
http://prtl.uhcl.edu/

Tuesday, September 20, 11:30 – 12:30pm
Houston Community College, Southeast
Art Department, Angela Morales Building, Room 316
6815 Rustic St., Houston, TX 77087
http://southeast.hccs.edu/

Tuesday, October 25, 6:30 – 8pm
Aurora Picture Show
With budget workshop hosted by Christine West, Cultural Programs Manager at Houston First
2442 Bartlett St., Houston, TX 77098
http://aurorapictureshow.org  

Thursday, October 27, 6:30 – 8 pm
Galveston Artist Residency
2521 Mechanic St, Galveston, TX 77550
http://www.galvestonartistresidency.org/

 

THE IDEA FUND ROUND 9 JURORS:

Lu Zhang, Deputy Director at The Contemporary, Baltimore

Lu Zhang is the Deputy Director of The Contemporary, a nomadic non-collecting museum in Baltimore. She received her MFA in Painting at the Frank Mohr Institute in the Netherlands and her BFA in General Fine Arts at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to her role at The Contemporary, Lu teaches at MICA, serves on the Programming Advisory Committee at Maryland Art Place, and is the artist-in-residence at The George Peabody Library. Lu has exhibited her drawings and installations in the United States and abroad including shows at C. Grimaldis Gallery in Baltimore, Randall Scott Gallery in Washington DC, The Center for Art and Culture in France, and several exhibitions in the Netherlands. Lu has received an Individual Artist Award from the Maryland State Arts Council and The Trawick Prize Young Artist Award. In 2014, she became an inaugural recipient of the Rubys Artist Project Grant in Literary and Visual Arts.

 

Julia Bryan-Wilson, Ph.D., Associate Professor at Department of History of Art at University of California, Berkeley

Julia Bryan-Wilson is associate professor of contemporary art at the University of California, Berkeley and a frequent contributor to Artforum. She is the author Art Workers: Radical Practice in the Vietnam War Era(2009), and, with Glenn Adamson, Art in the Making: Artists and their Materials from the Studio to Crowdsourcing (2016). Her book Fray: Art and Textile Politics will be published in 2017 by the University of Chicago Press. 

 

Dennis Nance, Curator at Galveston Arts Center, Artist and 2015 Idea Fund Recipient

Dennis Nance is the newly appointed curator at Galveston Arts Center and a native Houstonian artist with extensive experience working with artists and exhibitions. He recently got into sewing and makes clothing and costumes for both everyday wear and special occasions. Nance received a 2015 Idea Fund award for his project Cast of Characters, a series of costumes and garments based on holiday celebrations. He wore the suits at public engagements and surprise moments, documenting his costumes and outings for a gallery presentation and a calendar. Nance received his B.A. from Austin College with a concentration in Fine Arts and French.

 

ABOUT THE IDEA FUND:

The Idea Fund is the second re-granting initiative of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, following the pilot program, Alternative Exposure, administrated by Southern Exposure in San Francisco, CA. It is structured to provide artists with quick access to substantial financial support for projects that might not otherwise have access to funding.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Mary Magsamen, Aurora Picture Show Curator
magsamen@aurorapictureshow.org / 713.868.2101
Web: www.TheIdeaFund.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheIdeaFund/
Twitter: @theideafund
Instagram: @theideafund

Summer Studios 2016

Summer Studios residents with PRH staff and panel members Top, left to right: Karen Bertonaschi, Amiri Boykin, Kaneem Smith Middle: Robert Riojas  Ryan N. Dennis, Kevin Chen, Huidi Xiang, Caroline Ryan Bottom: Rachel Even and Devon Grigsby Photo by Michael McFadden

Summer Studios residents with PRH staff and panel members

Top, left to right: Karen Bertonaschi, Amiri Boykin, Kaneem Smith Middle: Robert Riojas  Ryan N. Dennis, Kevin Chen, Huidi Xiang, Caroline Ryan Bottom: Rachel Even and Devon Grigsby

Photo by Michael McFadden

Project Row Houses Presents Summer Studios 2016 Residency and Exhibition 

Residency | July 4 – August 19, 2016
Artist Talk | August 18, 2016 | 6pm
Opening + Community Market | August 20, 2016 | 4-7pm

Houston, TX – July 27, 2016 – Project Row Houses (PRH) is excited to present Summer Studios 2016. Summer Studios is a 6-week residency program developed for emerging artists and art students from local universities. In 2015, PRH brought in artist william cordova to act as a mentor to the residents and, after seeing how beneficial this relationship was, decided to make the mentor artist a staple of the program. For the 2016 iteration of Summer Studios, the mentor artist is Kaneem Smith, a Houston-based artist and daughter of PRH founding artist George Smith.

“The desire to engage with the history of what Project Row Houses represents while incorporating the active Third Ward community from their personal points of view has been inspiring,” Smith said of the artists-in-residence. Throughout the residency, the artists will work with Smith and PRH’s public art director Ryan N. Dennis to develop their practices and learn more about community-based and socially engaged art. The curriculum of the program has been determined by Smith and Dennis and includes studio visits with established artists and curators as well as site visits with local institutions.

“The process of selecting students for Summer Studios was both an honor and a challenge,” said PRH Board member and selection panel member Karen Bertonaschi. “The students really opened my eyes to the wealth of local talent within out institutions of higher learning.”

Participating 2016 residents include Amiri Boykin (Rice University), Rachel Even (University of Houston), Devon Grigsby (University of Houston), Robert Riojas (Texas Southern University), Caroline Ryan (University of Houston) and Huidi Xiang (Rice University). The 6-week residency will culminate with the exhibition of installations by the residents, opening on August 20, 2016 from 4-7pm.

Summer Studios is presented with generous support from Clare Casademont and Michael Metz.

About Kaneem Smith

Kaneem Smith is an installation artist, conservator and teacher. An active artist and teacher since the mid-1990s, her solo exhibitions have been presented at Project Row Houses, the Rudolph Projects/ArtScan Gallery in Houston and the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art. She has been included in group exhibitions throughout Texas, in Syracuse, New York, and Budapest, Hungary. Smith’s awards include an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, a Hungarian Multicultural Center Research Fellowship, the Sculpture Prize in the 20th Annual Carrol Harris Simms National Black Art Competition at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas and a Studio Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.

About Summer Studios

Summer Studios was developed to provide an opportunity for emerging artists to create and exhibit work that responds to, engages with and/or is reflective of the community. This program is open to seven art students and emerging artists, nominated by professors and selected by a panel. Summer Studios is open to artists who are interested in making art in an urban community setting, engaging with the PRH/Third Ward Community and interacting with established Houston-based artists.

About Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses (PRH) is a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods. The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. Learn more at ProjectRowHouses.org

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Project/Site | OJBKFM Third Coast

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OJBKFM in Brooklyn, Photo by Shulamit Seidler-Feller, courtesy of Creative Times

OJBKFM in Brooklyn, Photo by Shulamit Seidler-Feller, courtesy of Creative Times

Project Row Houses Announces Project/Site
and Inaugural Project OJBKFM Third Coast

Houston, TX – February 25, 2016 – Project Row Houses (PRH) is pleased to announce Project/Site, a new commission-based program focused on temporary public art. Conceived by Public Art Director Ryan N. Dennis, Project/Site interrogates the landscape of Third Ward by working with artists who explore the history and culture of the neighborhood while expanding their practices beyond the studio, into the streets.

“When people hear ‘public art,’ they often think of it in its more traditional forms – sculptures in parks or murals on buildings,” Dennis said. “Project Row Houses has long taken a different approach, thinking of public art as a tool to make the works in the Art Houses more accessible, and I want to take this a step further.” Through Project/Site, Dennis and PRH hope to shift the public’s understanding of what public art can be.  

“To me, public art is experiential, engaging with both objects and people, and recognizes the surrounding environment – blending these forms to create a rich, meaningful experience for all involved,” Dennis stated. Public Art has the potential to create new spaces, reinvigorate forgotten ones, and meet people where they are in a specific moment. Project/Site was created with this in mind and asks, “What does public engagement look like in Houston, and how can public art serve as a conduit to connect individuals, expand conversations, and highlight the richness of our neighborhood?”

The inaugural commission of Project/Site will see Houston-based art collective Otabenga Jones & Associates realize OJBKFM Radio, a temporary outdoor community radio station broadcasted from the back of 1959 pink Cadillac Coupe de Ville originally commissioned by Creative Times in 2014. The mobile station will energize the Dowling Street Corridor. Once the booming and beating heart of Third Ward, Dowling Street was the concourse of successful businesses and social clubs, Black Nationalists and pan-Africanists, churches and community centers.

Programming will be presented live from the Coupe de Ville sculpture at historic sites on Dowling Street and feature live musical mixes of rediscovered vinyl, segments on Black political histories, community dialogues, improvisational jazz performances, artist interviews and experimental sound. Beginning Friday, April 1, 2016, OJBKFM Third Coast will activate Dowling Street every Friday from 5-8pm and Saturday from Noon-5pm through April 22, 2016.

OJBKFM Third Coast is presented with generous support from the Surdna Foundation.

Programming Schedule

Fridays | April 1, 8, 15, 22

Acknowledgement with Akua Holt/Bert Samples
5 – 6pm
Spiritual Jazz and other inspirational sounds helping to open the pineal gland and recharge the soul

News & Information with Deniz Lopez
6 – 7pm
Sharpening our awareness and being informed is only half the battle! This segment works to keep you notified on the local, national, and international levels.

Feel Good Fridays with Local DJs
7 – 8pm
Featuring beats & mixes by some of Houston’s most inspired DJ’s and artists influenced by sound.

Saturdays | April 2, 9, 16

Local Lessons with Assata Richards
Noon – 1pm
Community-based conversations that start local and end global

Public Art Talk with Ryan N. Dennis
1 – 2pm
Insightful dialogue on the role of Art & Culture in a transforming society

Memories of the Eldorado Ballroom with DJ Flash Gordon Parks
2 – 3pm
Documenting the history of 3rd Ward’s Eldorado Ballroom by taking a look at one of Houston’s most distinguished cultural centers

Open Field Variety with Otabenga Jones & Associates
3 – 3:30pm
A free-form mixture of music, sound, and radio based performance hosted by Otabenga Jones & Associates

Screw the Lid Back On with Ayanna Mccloud/David Dove
3:30 – 4pm
A collection of mixes inspired by the crates of the DJ Screw archive at the University of Houston and Screw Shop

Middle Passage Future Sound
4 – 5pm
Live performance program exploring new horizons in Black Musical production

About Otabenga Jones & Associates

Otabenga Jones & Associates is a Houston-based artist collective, founded in 2002 by artist and educator Otabenga Jones in collaboration with members Dawolu Jabari Anderson, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, and Robert A. Pruitt. The organization’s mission is a trifecta of cultural awarenss: to highlight the struggles of black representation, to bolster the core principles of the Black radical tradition, and to “teach the truth to the young black youth.” Otabenga Jones & Associates’ work has graced programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Whitney Museum of American Art (Whitney Biennial), in New York City; the High Museum, Atlanta; and The Menil Collection, Houston, and Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, among others.

About Project Row Houses

Project Row Houses (PRH) is a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in Houston’s northern Third Ward, one of the city’s oldest African American neighborhoods. The mission of Project Row Houses is to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. Learn more at ProjectRowHouses.org

About the Surdna Foundation

The Surdna Foundation seeks to foster sustainable communities in the United States -- communities guided by principles of social justice and distinguished by healthy environments, strong local economies, and thriving cultures. Learn more at www.surdna.org.

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