PaperCity: Houston’s Under-the-Radar Art Havens

Full article by Annie Gallay


This inspired arts organization is intrinsically tied to its home, the Third Ward. Seven African-American artists launched the creative community 25 years ago. Their vision transformed a row of dilapidated shotgun houses along Holman into vibrant arts venues that defy conventional exhibition definitions.

Exhibition space typically refers to a traditional, formal white cube, Project Row Houses curator Ryan N. Dennis notes. At Project Row Houses, the exhibitions are called “rounds,” and they’re extremely informal and open-ended.

“They’re very diverse,” Dennis says. “The beautiful thing about the installations is that those houses transform to include films, paintings, sculpture, photography. All different types of mediums exist there.”