"It just felt like LOVE, man. It felt like community. I felt understood." Houston-based artist Robert Hodge shares his first impression of Project Row Houses and recounts his early days working with other artists in the community.Read More
I was introduced to Project Row Houses in 2004 upon being accepted into the MFAH Core Program. At that time, the Core and PRH collaborated to create a joint residency, and I was the first artist to benefit from this partnership. This opportunity afforded me the privilege of living in PRH 'XS House' on Stewart Street for 2 years. During that time I formed lasting friendships with artists and neighborhood residents; relationships that I continue to treasure.
During the initial months of my stay in Houston I was granted an exhibition space in one of PRH's shotgun houses. The piece that I showed was one of my first art installations. In retrospect, this exhibition was a transformative moment in my practice. I say this firmly when assessing recent ideas and the type of materials that I use. I believe that many aspects of my current studio work can be traced back to the 2 years that I spent making art and living at PRH.
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"At this point in my career, [PRH] has been very critical because I've gotten to see a model of social practice versus making these 2D objects, and as much as I like making paintings, I'm kind of on that process like Rick has, 'How do you bring art to the people?'" Robert Hodge, artistRead More
PRH's Board President Andrew Speckhard has been working with the organization since the beginning. He was among some of the first volunteers renovating the row houses in 1993 and has remained an active member and volunteer ever since. Hear his story for yourself, and share yours with #PRHat21.Read More