Summer Studios 2018

This summer will offer a unique experience for the Summer Studios residents. This year’s mentors will be CotA-PRH Fellows Regina Agu & Eyakem Gulilat. The students will have an opportunity to build and share with one another by receiving individual/group critiques by the fellows and other artists/curators, provide post discussions on readings, and visits to other organizations throughout the city. The residents' projects will open to the public on Saturday, August 11 at the Summer Studios Opening & Community Market.

2018 Residents

  • Dreana Booker, Texas Southern University
  • Evan Coleman, University of St. Thomas
  • Kara Coonrod, University of Houston 
  • Catherine Davila, University of Houston 
  • Elizabeth Denton, Rice University 
  • Alexis Pye, University of Houston
  • Charli Sol, University of Houston-Downtown

About the Mentors

Regina Agu is an artist and writer based in Houston, TX. Her recent projects focus on the complex relationships between the landscape and communities of color. Agu produces photographs, texts, drawings, installations, performances, and collaborative public projects. Her work has been included in exhibitions, public readings, and performances nationally, including recent showings at The Drawing Center, New York; DiverseWorks, Houston; The American University Museum Katzen Arts Center in DC; Project Row Houses; and The Station Museum, Houston. She is a 2017-2018 Lawndale Artist Studio Program resident and a 2017 Artadia Houston awardee, and was a recent participant in Open Sessions at The Drawing Center.

From 2014-2017, Agu was the co-director of Alabama Song, a collaboratively-run art space in Third Ward, Houston, and received a SEED Grant for Alabama Song from The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation. She was the co-organizer of Friends of Angela Davis Park, which received an Idea Fund grant, and is a co-founder of the Houston-based independent small press, paratext. Additionally, Agu is the founder of the WOC reading group, a series of private gatherings organized in Houston in 2014-2015 to examine critical texts and discuss contemporary issues from a womanist perspective; its members included women of color artists, writers, filmmakers, and anthropologists.

Originally from Ethiopia, Eyakem Gulilat’s work is rooted in a quest for belonging. Gulilat focuses on the complexities of cross-cultural encounter, perceptions of time, memory, and place. His photography questions the differences between subject and photographer; the borders that distinguish us from one another; and the ways our perceptions shift when we view each other through the camera’s lens. In addition, he uses photography to study place-making practices of marginalized communities in America. Gulilat obtained a BA from Abilene Christian University and MFA from the University of Oklahoma, where he is currently finishing a PhD program in city planning. He was selected as an artist in residence at Light Work in Syracuse, New York; the Center for Photography in Woodstock, New York; Newspace Center for Photography in Portland, Oregon; and at Hardesty Art Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gulilat has won several awards including the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Grant in collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Council of Tulsa; the Oklahoma Visual Arts Fellowship; and the National Photography Fellowship Competition at Midwest Center for Photography. Gulilat was selected as a participant in State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now curated by Crystal Bridges. His photography work has been exhibited throughout the U.S and has been acquired for public and private collections.

Past Summer Studios Artists


  • 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
  • Heather Wright, Rice University


  • Artist Mentor: Kaneem Smith
  • Amiri Boykin, Rice University |
  • Rachel Even, University of Houston
  • Devon Grigsby, University of Houston
  • Robert Riojas, Texas Southern University
  • Caroline Ryan, University of Houston
  • Huidi Xiang, Rice University |


  • Artist Mentor: william cordova
  • Sula Bermudez-Silverman, Honorary Resident
  • Guadalupe Hernandez, Houston Baptist University
  • Jennifer Mendez, University of St. Thomas
  • Kingsley Onyeiwu, Texas Southern University
  • Shaun Parker, University of Houston
  • Kandise Ponce, University of Houston


  • Jessica Fuquay, Rice University
  • Mayra Huerta, University of Houston
  • Layla Jones, Texas Southern University
  • Randi Long & James Radcliffe, University of Houston
  • Katelyn Newman, Sam Houston State University
  • Trinh Nguyen, University of Houston
  • Charisse Weston, Honorary Resident


  • Jessie Anderson, Rice University
  • Desira Garcia, University of Houston
  • Byron Harris, University of Houston
  • Maggie Hooyman, University of Houston
  • Emily Howard, Sam Houston State University
  • Aldo Roldan, Houston Baptist University


The Eldorado Ballroom Project with the Houston Action Research Team (HART) of Rice Undergraduate students was an initiative created in collaboration with the Office of Fellowships and Undergraduate Research at Rice University. The interdisciplinary team consisted of Lauren Eggert, Asiya K.Kazi, Tanvi Nagpal, and Kaitlyn Sisk. Participating artists: 

  • Claudia Casbarian, Rice University
  • Anne Marie Foster, Texas Southern University
  • Emma Horace, Texas Southern University
  • Isaac Reyes, Houston Community College – Central
  • Hilary Scullane & Nikki Thornton, University of Houston
  • Ana Villagomez, University of Houston
  • Joshua Yates, Sam Houston State University


  • Logan Beck, Rice University
  • Rebecca Benitez, University of Houston
  • Catherine Cartwright, Sam Houston State University 
  • Brittney Connelly, University of Houston
  • Matthew Gorgol, University of Houston 
  • Lynissa Hayes, Houston Baptist University 
  • Robert McMillian, Texas Southern University


  • Haley Elkins, Houston Community College 
  • Kenya Evans, Texas Southern University 
  • Nico Gardner, Rice University 
  • Matthew Manalo, University of Houston 
  • Alberto Ortiz + Jesus Alonso, University of Houston
  • Monica Seibert, University of St. Thomas
  • Sapphire Williams, University of Houston


  • Michella Fanini, Houston Community College
  • Jorge Galvan, University of Houston 
  • Jonatan Lopez 
  • Renata Lucia, Glassell School of Art 
  • Robert McShan, Texas Southern University 
  • Rebecca Novak, Glassell School of Art 
  • Rosane Volchan O'Conor, Glassell School of Art 


  • Juan Castillo, Houston Baptist University
  • Jade Cooper, Texas Southern University 
  • Jake Jones, University of Houston 
  • Marty Joyce, University of Houston
  • Rocky Perez, University of Houston
  • Erin Rouse, Rice University 
  • Janet Rowe, University of Houston


  • Aisen Chacin, University of Houston
  • Myrna Martinez, University of Houston 
  • Lauren McClusky, Houston Baptist University 
  • Joy Moore, Houston Community College / University of Houston
  • Amelia Reiff Hill, Rice University
  • Mike Williams, Prairie View A&M
  • Gretchin Williams-Morris, Texas Southern University


  • Carla Novi, Houston Community College
  • Abidemi Olowanira, Texas Southern University 
  • Keijiro Suzuki, Houston Community College
  • Shirlette Thompson, Houston Community College