Summer Studios 2016

This summer will offer a unique experience for the Summer Studios residents. This year’s mentor will be Kaneem Smith. The students will have an opportunity to build and share with one another by receiving individual/group critiques by Smith and other artists/curators, provide post discussions on readings, and visits to other organizations throughout the city. The residents will give an artist talk on Thursday, August 18 and unveil their projects to the public on Saturday, August 20.

2016 Residents

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 |

About Kaneem Smith

Kaneem Smith is an installation artist, conservator and teacher. An active artist and teacher since the mid-1990s, her solo exhibitions have been presented at Project Row Houses, the Rudolph Projects/ArtScan Gallery in Houston and the Dallas Museum of Contemporary Art. She has been included in group exhibitions throughout Texas and in Syracuse, New York and Budapest, Hungary. Smith’s awards include an Edward F. Albee Foundation Fellowship, a Hungarian Multicultural Center Research Fellowship, the Sculpture Prize in the 20th Annual Carrol Harris Simms National Black Art Competition at the African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, and a Studio Fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center.

Past Summer Studios Artists


  • 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