Glasstire: Project Row Houses and UH Announce 2019 Fellows

Full article by Brandon Zech

Today, Project Row Houses (PRH) and the Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) at the University of Houston’s Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts announced the two artists selected to participate in the organizations’ 2019 fellowship program. Since 2017, when the fellowship was started with a $100,000 gift from Suzanne Deal Booth, the program has brought one local artist and one US-based artist into Houston’s Third Ward to develop collaborative projects that positively impact the community. The 2019 fellows, Texas-based Libby Bland and California-based Sarah Rafael García, will be mentored throughout their year-long fellowship by PRH’s Ryan N. Dennis, and CASE’s director, Sixto Wagan.

Vice Media's i-D Magazine : becoming solange

Full article by Stevona Elem-Rogers

Solange Knowles was born on a day astrologists call the Cusp of Magic – the moment when Cancer and Gemini merge. It makes sense to me – you never know what to expect from Solange, but you know it will be beauty-filled, trill, and slightly enigmatic.

It’s the day after Christmas in Houston, Texas, and I’ve arrived to a panoramic view of a misty skyline. I am anxious. I find myself pacing my hotel floor. What should make our hang simple actually makes it a daunting endeavour – I call Solange a friend. But she is also, well, Solange. And I’ve been charged to write about her. She’s a genius Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter-visual artist, determined to share her origin story and human experience, specifically as a Black southern woman. I know there’s no white page that can capture her full vibrancy , but I need her to be seen.

Houstonia: ROUND 49 Exploring Shadows and Light at Project Row Houses

Full article by Brittanie Shey 

“THIS PIECE has a lot to do with healing through joy and through hope,” says Charo Oquet.

The Dominican artist is standing in the middle of her installation inside 2515 Holman Street, one of the Project Row Houses buildings. The work, titled Written on Skin and Sacred Gestures, incorporates planks of wood, glass bottles filled with dyed water, large scraps of colorful fabric, and talisman-like sculptures, all climbing up a path into the middle of the room. The installation does evoke a feeling of joy, or maybe a feeling of accomplishment, as though one has scaled a large mountain.

A Special Message from Brian Ellison, Houston-based Artist

Photo by Alex Barber

Photo by Alex Barber

Being a part of Round 47 at Project Row Houses (PRH) was a career-altering experience. It showed me how art when given the correct platform can impact the artist and the community in ways that supersede our own expectations. Being part of PRH opened up doors for me as an artist that I never knew existed. My work is rooted in the community, and I believe that art should be viewable in spaces that allow those who aren't privy to traditional art settings to have the experience still the same. Project Row Houses is revolutionary in the way they bring art to the community by providing a non-traditional space that creates a bridge for those who would otherwise not be given the opportunity to experience art created for them. PRH has shown me that I have something worth seeing, and it has added leaps and bounds to my confidence as well as a solid foundation for my practice going forward.   

Join me in supporting PRH and their unique arts program by clicking here to become a member today. Your membership provides an invaluable service to artists like me and ensure that Houston remains at the forefront of innovative artist communities.

Thank you,

Brian Ellison

A Special Message from Lisa Dent, Advocate for Artists

Over the years, as I’ve moved around the country advocating for artist support, so many colleagues hoped to find a way to support artists in their area, bring in artists from around the country, and honor their city’s history. Urban areas like the Third Ward battle gentrification; rural-area residents fail to connect in meaningful ways with the artists that move through the local residency. One organization always came up in these discussions: Project Row Houses (PRH) has inspired the cultural field and become an example of the strength of the artists’ vision. Seeing the possibilities, the founders, board, and staff inspire me to consider what it means to create community.

Earlier this year, I had the honor of giving the keynote at the Social Practice.Social Justice Symposium and joining others for an intimate look at creative practices influenced by Project Row Houses. Today, I hope you will join me in supporting this organization by clicking here to become a member. When you purchase your membership, you help Project Row Houses continue to inspire people and communities across the world.

Thank you,

Lisa Dent