Our Team

Jennifer Battaglia

Associate Publisher/Media Editor

Jennifer Battaglia – Associate Publisher/Media Editor

Originally from El Paso TX, Jennifer graduated from the University of Houston with a BA in Media Production. Before joining the Glasstire team, she primarily produced graphic elements, videos, and product photography for various Houston-based brands. She lives in Houston.

Brittany Bly

Social Media Manager

Brittany Bly – Social Media Manager

If you talk to anyone on Glasstire Social Media, it’s probably Brittany Bly. She is founder of Pop Shop America and spends her time with data, analytics, and user experience at Glasstire. Brittany is Houston based but travels through Texas for work.

Rainey Knudson

Founder/Publisher

Rainey Knudson – Founder/Publisher

Trained in literature and entrepreneurship, in 2001 Rainey founded Glasstire, the oldest online-only arts magazine in the country. She has spoken or written about arts journalism at Emory University, the USC Annenberg School, the College Arts Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, and other places. She lives in Houston.

Seth Mittag

Programmer

Seth Mittag – Programmer

Seth Mittag is a programmer, artist, and stop motion animation filmmaker. His work has included short films for Michael Eisner, Progresso Soup, The Harlem Globetrotters, Moveon.org, and Adcouncil. He has taught video game design, programming and computer science at the high school level for 11 years. In addition to working for Glasstire, he does web developement for the Los Angeles Zoo.

Christina Rees

Editor-in-Chief

Christina Rees – Editor-in-Chief

Prior to joining Glasstire full-time in 2014, Christina served as an editor at both The Met and D Magazine, as a full-time art and music critic at the Dallas Observer, and has also covered art and music for the Village Voice and other publications. Christina lives in Dallas, where she was previously the owner and director of Road Agent gallery and the curator of Fort Worth Contemporary Arts.

Brandon Zech

News Editor

Brandon Zech – News Editor

A practicing writer, artist, and curator, Brandon joined Glasstire in 2015 as the publication’s Assistant Editor. In 2018, he began overseeing the publication’s news content as Glasstire’s first-ever dedicated News Editor. In addition to participating in talks and panels across Texas, Brandon also regularly contributes podcasts, reviews, profiles, and other articles to the site. He is a graduate of the University of Houston.

What is Glasstire?

 

Glasstire is the oldest online-only art magazine in the country. We are proud to have promoted the visual arts in Texas to a local, regional and national audience since 2001. Glasstire is the only publication in Texas that is producing serious art criticism on a daily basis. We are the journal of record for the Texas visual art community.

 

We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) publication, and we’re supported in part by grants from The Houston Endowment, The Brown Foundation, Inc., the National Endowment for the Arts, the Greater Houston Community Foundation, the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance, and the Texas Commission for the Arts.

 

Make a donation to help us expand the conversation about art in Texas.

 

And the name?

 

Our name is an homage to the glass tire sculptures of Robert Rauschenberg, who hailed from the small coastal town of Port Arthur, TX. In tribute to his remarkable achievement as an artist, our work recognizes that great art can come from anywhere. Also, the idea of traveling great distances, at great speed, with great clarity appeals to us, both figuratively as a metaphor for what we do, and literally — because we do a lot of long-distance driving in Texas.

 

Our Writers

 

We believe in the power and importance of writing about art, and we’re proud to have been the largest employer of arts writers in Texas for many years now.
Write for us. Read our guidelines and submit your piece to our editors.

 

Board of Directors

 

  • Ricky Anderson
  • Jereann Chaney
  • Lindsey Collins
  • Tim Crowley
  • Marita Fairbanks
  • Leslie Hull
  • Julie Kinzelman
  • Rainey Knudson
  • Elisa Pye
  • Justin Segal
  • Eleanor Williams
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