The Art League of Houston hosted a kickoff celebration for Studio Enertia’s Inaugural Residency featuring an artist talk, viewing and reception for Ghanaian painter Nii Narku, Studio Enertia’s first Artist in Residence, on Friday evening, March 22, 2013.
The new Studio Enertia Residency: Houston begins this Spring. Founder Lisa E. Harris has converted her studio apartment into an artist residency program for visiting artists interested in exploring Houston TX from a base in the historic Third Ward.
Harris plans to accommodate up to 6 individual artists or collectives per year for one-four week stays, during which they will create collaborative works aimed at “challenging conventional practices of the artist within a community.” In addition to creating work, artists are expected to share their creative process with the community through open rehearsals, jam sessions, workshops and artist talks.
Residents are chosen by a collective of “artists, academics, and community and cultural leaders across all disciplines.” Studio Enertia is linked with a network of DIY artists, activists, and organizations including the Art League Houston and Project Row Houses, Shape Community Center, The (Be)Human Gallery, (Pittsburgh, PA), 36 Steps Gallery, JAM Gallery (Brookly, NY).