While renovating the PRH site, the founders began to focus on how to infuse a visible presence of art into the project. The earliest iteration of this was the Drive By exhibition, conceived by Jesse Lott. With the windows and doors still boarded up during renovations, artists were invited to create installations on the exteriors of the houses. This tradition evolved into what we call Artist Rounds.
Project Row Houses engages and serves a diverse community of emerging and mid-career local, national, and international artists. By encouraging them to expand their practice outside of the studio, PRH helps artists evidence new methods of bringing communities together and engaging audiences in important dialogues. Today, the Public Art Program has grown to include commissioned projects, residencies, and fellowships that pass on the lessons that have made Project Row Houses a model for preserving identity, history, and cultural richness.
Every year Project Row Houses invites artists to take part in a bi-annual event known as an Artist Round. Under the guidance of Ryan N. Dennis, curator and programs director, artists collaborate with other artists and community members to create a positive creative environment within the neighborhood, in a way that enriches lives and honors culture and history.
The art houses are open Wednesday through Sunday from Noon-5pm through the duration of the Rounds. To learn more about our current installations, see what's On View. Information on Past Rounds is also available.
Project proposals should be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a written proposal of no more than 1000 words, an artist/curatorial statement describing the scope of your practice/project, a resume or cv, and 10-12 high-res images of artwork. Submissions are reviewed on a quarterly basis.
jackie sumell's artist talk on the porch of her installation gRow House, part of Round 48 curated by Ryan N. Dennis. Photo by Alex Barber