Summer Studios 2017

This summer will offer a unique experience for the Summer Studios residents. This year’s mentors will be CotA-PRH Fellows Carrie Schneider and Carol Zou. 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 12 at the Summer Studios Opening + Community Market.

2017 Residents

  • 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

About the Mentors

Carrie Schneider is a Houston-based artist interested in people’s ability to reimagine their space. She uses art to invent ceremony and reconfigure memory. For the CotA-PRH Fellowship, Schneider will examine the idea of Survival Creativity – amending the adage that "the greatest creativity comes from the most dire circumstances" to consider what support that allows silence to break.  She is looking to the broad Houston community for creative processes in which personal coping strategies are successfully translated into public catharsis and stories of trauma transformed into speech acts.

Carol Zou is a Texas-based artist who will use the fellowship period to investigate the displacement of artists from metropolitan art centers like New York and Los Angeles to up-and-coming art cities like Houston, and how this regional displacement has the potential to affect local gentrification trends. She will engage with artist-led initiatives such as Project Row Houses and the Emancipation Economic Development Council to research strategies of resisting displacement.

Past Summer Studios Artists


  • 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