The 2:2:2 Exchange is a new initiative that features an an interchange between two artists, one based in Houston, TX, and one based in Chicago, IL. This collaboration exposes artists already working with socially engaged, site-specific practices to new communities with the goal of expanding their artistic practice in the context of a city new to them. Similarly sized, both Houston and Chicago provide a dynamic urban space, rich with artistic engagement. Through this residency exchange, Project Row Houses and Hyde Park Art Center aim to provide an opportunity for artists to research localized ways of thinking and creating in a different city to enhance their practices at home.
2015 Exchange Artists
Rosine Kouamen is a Houston-based artist who works across media including photography, sculpture and installation to investigate the transformation of culture and create visual narratives expressing cultural memory.
Maria Gaspar, recently named Chicagoan of the Year in Arts, is an interdisciplinary artist whose work ranges from performance, sculpture, installation, and community-engaged art.
About the Organizations
Project Row Houses 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.
Founded in 1939, Hyde Park Art Center is a unique resource that advances contemporary visual art in Chicago by connecting artists and communities across the city’s diverse landscape in unexpected ways. As an open forum for exploring the artistic process, the Art Center fosters creativity through making, learning about, seeing, and discussing art—all under one roof.