Summer Studios 2017

Project Row Houses Announces
Summer Studios 2017 Residency and Exhibition

Opening + Community Market | August 12, 2017 | 4-7pm
Viewing Period | August 12 - September 17, 2017

Houston, TX – Project Row Houses (PRH) is excited to announce the selected residents and mentor artists of Summer Studios 2017. Summer Studios is a 6-week residency program that introduces seven emerging artists from local colleges and universities to the concepts and lessons of Project Row Houses. Through this program, we hope to share our knowledge and continue PRH's tradition of fostering a positive, creative environment within the neighborhood that enriches lives and honors culture and history. Under the mentorship of CotA-PRH Fellows Carrie Schneider and Carol Zou, the 2017 residents will create and exhibit work that responds to, engages and/or reflects the Third Ward community.

“It’s so inspiring to see the creative practices of students from the Houston area,” said Schneider. “I look forward to working with all the students, and I'm really excited to work with Carol and Ryan [N. Dennis] on the mentorship and curriculum program as they develop their work further in Summer Studios.” 

Through critiques with local artists and curators, discussions with the mentors and visits to other local art spaces, the residents will learn to blend their practices into a social context that extends outside of the studio to ignite dialogues and help us see ourselves and others differently. 

“I am excited to work with our Summer Studios artists, whose work exhibits a range of responding to the architectural and social context of Project Row Houses,” Zou added. “Throughout its history, Project Row Houses has been a vital platform for mentoring and showcasing the work of emerging artists and artists of color. I am confident that Summer Studios will be a pivotal experience for the selected artists, who have demonstrated a commitment to challenging and growing their practice.” 

Our 2017 Summer Studios residents are Colby Deal (University of Houston), Barbara Gamiz (University of St. Thomas), Maureen Lax (University of Houston), LeAirre Morris (Texas Southern University), Luis Parra (Houston Community College), Faith Schwartz (Texas Southern University), and Heather Wright (Rice University).

The residency will culminate in the exhibition of installations the residents develop. In conjunction with the opening, we will host a community market featuring food and other goods from our community of artists and entrepreneurs. Join us Saturday, August 12 from 4-7pm as we unveil the installations of the seven residents!

Portraits of the 2017 Residents are available here. (All photos by Michael McFadden, Courtesy of Project Row Houses.)

Full Press Release (PDF)