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.

KGMCA-PRH Fellowship Applications Are Open!

Center for Art and Social Engagement and Project Row Houses have created a fellowship program that invites artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers. The fellows will engage in creative collaborations that involve the Houston's historic Third Ward community and address issues important to them. 

The two fellows will have a year-long mentorship with project administrators Sixto Wagan, director of the UH Center for Art and Social Engagement at the University of Houston's Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts, and Ryan N. Dennis, PRH's Curator and Programs Director.  Local artists, faculty members, community members and selected leaders will offer their support during this process. The Fellows will present to the public their research–to-date at the end of their fellowship.  

Benefits of the program include: 

  • a stipend of $15,000,

  • $5,000 project/research budget 

  • a community Brain Trust of local artists, community members, and faculty to advise and ground the project in a local discourse, and

  • for non-Houston Fellows local housing at Project Row Houses with $1,000 in travel support

In return, the fellows are asked to engage our communities – Third Ward, university, artistic, and myriad other – in a process that involves:

  • A public presentation of previous work and Fellowship guiding questions at the beginning of the Fellowship, 

  • Present a public talk/project at the end of residency 

  • Co-organizing a Community Conversation with PRH Curator and Programs Director and CASE Director 

  • Monthly meetings with the program directors

Please submit all materials by November 15, 2018. 

Planned notification of fellowship recipients will occur by December 13.

Please address any questions or points of clarification to:

• Sixto Wagan, Director of the Center for Art and Social Engagement, swagan@uh.edu; 713.743.4281 

• Ryan Dennis, Curator and Programs Director at Project Row Houses, rdennis@projectrowhouses.org, 713.526-7662