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Bill Davenport to step down as editor of Glasstire


Bill Davenport at his eponymous junk store


Today Bill Davenport announced that he will be stepping down as Editor-in-Chief of Glasstire at the end of April to focus on his work as an artist. A longtime fixture of the Houston art scene, both as an artist and a writer, Bill has served at the helm of Glasstire for the past two years.

Founder Rainey Knudson said, “When Bill became Editor-in-Chief in 2013, I asked him to stop working as an artist, which he did. It was an enormous sacrifice, and I will always be grateful to him for that. Bill enthusiastically stepped into the role and brought his energy and iconoclastic vision to the site. Over the past two years under his leadership, our absolute unique visitors increased 60 percent, we’ve strengthened our editorial staff and introduced new features like our Top 5 video series.”

Davenport was Glasstire’s first writer, contributing a weekly column titled “Tire Iron” in 2001-2002, and later serving as News Editor from 2007 to 2013. “Bill has been with Glasstire since the very beginning and has helped build the site. He will continue to contribute to Glasstire in the future, which I’m very pleased about,” said Knudson.

In the coming months, the Glasstire staff will be retooling the site’s design and adding new contributors to our content. Knudson (who founded Glasstire in 2001 and who has focused on the administrative side of the organization since 2004) will step into an actively editorial role for the first time in a decade, to guide Glasstire through the redesign and editorial transition.

“For decades, Bill Davenport has been a vital presence in the Houston art community. His independence and artistic vision have helped strengthen Glasstire in the two years he’s served as Editor-in-Chief,” said Glasstire’s board president Julie Kinzelman. “This transition will begin a new chapter for Glasstire, as we look to the launch of our new speaker series this fall, and as Rainey returns to editorial work.”



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24 Responses

  1. Sean Slattery

    Thanks for your major contributions to keeping Glasstire great! I’ve enjoyed your work since seeing you hang a foil Enterprise sculpture at G/BAC and can’t wait to see what’s new from your studio.

  2. Chris Sauter

    Who’s gonna piss people off now!?
    Glad to hear we will be seeing more art from Bill, I’ve been a fan since the 90s.

  3. Doris Murdock

    Great job, Bill, and looking forward to seeing your work. But, keep up the acerbic and right-on comments from time to time.

    1. Rainey Knudson

      Conflict of interest. You can’t have the editor of an art website trying to publish an honest review of a space where they themselves are showing, or might show. (The job is also too demanding to allow someone to take time off to prepare for an exhibition.) But that said, many of our best writers are also artists.

  4. Ashura Bayyan

    Changing of the guards all around the city. The perfect opportunity for radical young gonzo writers. 0_o

  5. Bill – we have really enjoyed your reviews here in deep Southeast Texas. (you might even have a cult following…) We will miss your input to Glasstire, but we are excited to see what will come out of your studio. Your verbal creative energy will transfer to visual creative energy. It’s all good.

  6. Christina Miller

    Wait a minute … you’re not about to tell us he went to a farm upstate so he can frolic and play with the other artists in the fresh air? *sniffle*

    1. Christina Rees

      If you have a particular gripe with Bill, you’d best make your case by being more specific. This comment doesn’t do you any favors because it’s so patently untrue.

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