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Ballroom Marfa Fashion: First Prada, Now Vogue

For those who haven’t yet seen the latest issue of Vogue, there is a feature article on Ballroom Marfa’s new Executive Director Susan Sutton. Sutton, who assumed the position in late September, is photographed in the down-low high-fashion style appropriate to the Marfa/Vogue combo.

Photo: Zina Saro-Wiwa (via Vogue)

Photo: Zina Saro-Wiwa (via Vogue)

The eleven year-old organization, which Vogue refers to as the Chinati Foundation’s “younger, more carefree cousin,” has been responsible for a number of experimental projects, including Elmgreen and Dragset’s Prada Marfa, erected in 2005. Prada Marfa received a lot of attention this past year. In March, it was vandalized by artist Joe Magnano and then it got dragged into the Playboy Marfa illegal advertising shenanigans about a week before Sutton became E.D. TxDOT has since reclassified Prada Marfa as a museum, allowing the structure to stay, and Magnano pled guilty to the vandalism, agreeing to pay Ballroom Marfa $10,700 in restitution as well as a $1,000 fine.

UPDATE plus UPDATE: Earthquakes Continue to Rattle Dallas, And of Course the Design District is Very Close To the Epicenter

 

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Via CBS Dallas

 

11:11 a.m. Wed. Okay, they keep on coming, so no more updates from me. Keep an eye on this DMN blog courtesy the intrepid Robert Wilonsky if you like watching the unfolding of this “swarm” (official seismology term), a.k.a. all quakes emanating from the “Jerry Jones Fault” stack up around here.

11.02 a.m. Wed: update.

9:11 a.m. on Wed: So it was nine, or eight plus one after midnight.

 

9:08 p.m.: It was four. See?

Geez, louise. DO WE FEEL THE EARTH MOVE UNDER OUR FEET OR WHAT, FOLKS? (Still no biggie to Californians…).

Update 8:56 pm. There are officially three quakes today, so far. I felt four. So did everyone else. I will have a hard time sleeping tonight, of course, and my dog and cat’s distress isn’t helping. Murray has been vomiting.

Update 6:52 p.m.: Yes, folks, that was another one. We all felt it.

6:56: Aaaaaannnnd, another.

Update 4:30 p.m: There is damage around town, and I’ve seen posted (thus far private) video footage of it, but more to come… .

4 p.m.: Dallas just enjoyed its 17th earthquake in nine weeks. This one was felt much more widely than the previous ones, with people in high-rise office towers up and down the Arts District and, of course, everyone in the Design District, reporting via social media that they were really rattled around. Also reports from Fair Park, Deep Ellum, downtown, Lower Greenville, East Dallas, Oak Cliff, the Park Cities, North Dallas, etc. If you are an artist or working in the arts in any capacity or a collector in Dallas county, you probably felt it. There’s my tie-in.

The epicenter is around where the old Texas Stadium was–it has been for most of the quakes–which is east Irving, which is the border of the Design District.

Welcome to fracking country, art people.

Call your art pals in Los Angeles for moral support, or jeers.

 

 

 

Another update and map of epicenters of the various quakes thus far. Comments give you an idea of who felt the latest one and how.

 

 

 

 

 

Soup’s On and Democracy Rules! Two Artist Grants to be Announced at GalleryHOMELAND

homeland_soupBesides networking and absorbing the interesting lectures and sessions, participants in the two-day seminar charge: practicum—which took place in early November at Art League Houston (ALH)—were invited to apply for a project grant. As of today, the 23 artists who applied are awaiting votes from their fellow charge participants; votes will be received until midnight on January 10. The $10 registration fee for charge and the cash bar from the dance party raised $889 for grant and the winner will be announced this Sunday evening at GalleryHOMELAND.

This democratic style of grant-giving is reflected in the 23 straightforward proposals (now posted on ALH’s website). The artists don’t have to invent some complicated algorithm about how their project will enhance tourism or make up some numbers about the demographics involved. There are just a couple of paragraphs and an image to describe what each artist wants to do.

In conjunction with the charge grant announcement, GalleryHOMELAND will host HOMELAND SOUP, part of the international Sunday Soup Network Micro Grant project. For the price of admission (sliding scale $5-10), guests will receive homemade soup, drinks, music by Daniel and the Thunderheads, and a vote for the HOMELAND grant winner who receives all the proceeds from the evening. The HOMELAND grant nominees are Sebastian Boncy, Angel Oloshove, and Don’L Nicol/Mystic Crystal Revelations Movie Club.

Austin Is Bananas For Printmaking!

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Ken Wood “Written Words Fly II-b” Relief, 44 x 40 inches

PrintAustin, a non-profit outfit dedicated to raising awareness of Austin’s impressive status as a hotbed of printmaking, begins its third annual month-long showcase of prints. Beginning January 15 and hosted by a number of studios, institutions and galleries across the city, think of this as a kind of burgeoning SXSW of printmaking.

As of this writing there are 31 spaces signed up to host exhibitions, demos, and events centered on prints and printmaking, including the Harry Ransom Center, Big Medium, the Blanton, and of course Flatbed. In conjunction with the month-long showcase, on Saturday, February 7, PrintAustin is launching its first PrintExpo, held outdoors at Canopy, where local prints will be for sale; it’ll also include a juried print exhibition and other crowd-pleasing, print-tastic shenanigans.

For more info on all of the above, go to PrintAustin’s website and click around.

 

 

 

Cool Show in Marfa on a Weeknight: “Damn!,” Say Most Texans

To most Texans, Marfa is just really, really far away. But too often, there is something going on out there that makes us wish for a bullet train to West Texas. So those who can make it to Marfa on a weeknight should really check this out:

bodycast2Performance/installation artist Suzanne Bocanegra will present a self-portrait in the form a one-hour slide lecture entitled Bodycast this Wednesday, January 7, 7pm, at the Crowley Theater. This is not the regular academic slide lecture, though; it’s directed by actor/writer Paul Lazar (known as a regular in Jonathan Demme films). And Bocanegra does not play herself. “I use an actor to portray me, in my own story,” she explains, “in order to highlight the difference between who we are and who we feel we are supposed to be.” In this case, she feels she is supposed to be portrayed by award-winning actress Frances McDormand. Based on the artist’s childhood church experiences and teenage years spent in a bodycast, Bocanegra adds, “Most of all it is an exploration of how art teaches us to learn the criteria we use to judge ourselves.”

The performance is free and is followed by an after party at Marfa Contemporary.

Rebecca Bass first HISD Dedicated Art Cartist

bassHouston Independent School Distirct has finally hired a teacher just to build an art car with students. Longtime art car specialist Rebecca Bass is in residence at Reagan high school in Houston Heights this spring. As yet the program is informal- there’s no classroom, no grades as it is after school, but Bass, on facebook, is hopeful for the future: “if I can pull this off then the door will swing wide open for other art car artists and students to merge back behind the school by the trash dumpsters and make cool mobile stuff together all across the city.”

Simek’s New Year’s Wish List for Dallas artists: become musicians!

Laure de Margerie of UTD's French Sculpture Census

Laure de Margerie of UTD’s French Sculpture Census

Along with more grants, more galleries, and more artists, Peter Simek’s wish list for the Dallas art scene‘s new year in D Magazine included a couple surprises: he mentioned the continuation of UTD’s intellectual investments in Rick Brettell and the Edith O’Donnell Art Institute, and the French Sculpture Census, a database of every sculpture, 1500-1960, by French artists in US public collections.

On the downside, Simek hoped that “more artists will realize music is more fun than art.”

If New Houston Gallery Has Its Way, 2015 is the Year for Transcendence and Swimming Hole Dreams

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From Stock Rooms 5, by Ian James

Self Actualization, a Houston gallery that opened only a few months ago, has some big plans for the new year. Founded by Houston-based artist Monte Large and writer Jon Lindsey, they claim, “Our interest is open-minded exploration of the transubstantiative properties of the physical spaces we occupy.” On January 9, they will open the exhibition, In the Caverns of Your Mind, a show by Ian James of “mixed media and transcendence.” The show sounds as baffling as the gallery’s mission statement; here is a paragraph from the exhibition description:

WE seek to experience in our existence, to rendezvous with our higher self. Through concentrated body movements, meditations within the blackness of our neutral psyches, and conversations with technology we seek a stair-stepping transformation process that will render our former selves unknowable to our future self.

Self Actualization’s Monte Large is also one of the folks behind “Houston Needs a Swimming Hole,” a push to create a large swimming hole near downtown Houston. They seem to be serious and, with only nine days left of their Kickstarter campaign, they are coming close to their goal.

If we get to have a “rendezvous with our higher self” and a quick dip in a downtown swimming hole, it might turn out to be a pretty good year!

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Houston Artists Make Artnet’s “50 Most Exciting Artists” List

No one can resist putting out the obligatory year-end listicle, so yesterday Artnet News published “The 50 Most Exciting Artists of 2014.” Art critic/curator Christian Viveros-Fauné states that his selection was chosen from “important (and enduring) artists who were active in 2014, with no apologies and in no particular order.”

We can pretend there was some sort of order, since Houston artist Rick Lowe tops the list. Lowe won a MacArthur Fellowship this year for his work with Project Row Houses, which Viveros-Fauné refers to as “the Demoiselles D’Avignon of social practice.”

Photo via NolaVie/courtesy of Linda Friedman

Photo via NolaVie/courtesy of Linda Friedman

Also making the list is Houston artist Mel Chin, who is enjoying his four-decade survey, which originated at the New Orleans Museum of Art (and curated by ex-Houstonian Miranda Lash, now at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville.) The exhibition Mel Chin: Rematch will take over Houston in mid-January, showing at the Blaffer Art Museum, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, the Asia Society Texas Center, and the Station Museum of Contemporary Art.

Congrats to Rick and Mel!

PRH Artists Celebrate Kwanzaa Tonight

kwanzaa-candles2001zThe holidays aren’t over yet! Let’s keep it going because now we’re in the midst of Kwanzaa (December 26 to January 1), an African American and Pan-African holiday that celebrates family, community, and culture.

Houston’s Project Row Houses (PRH) is taking the opportunity to present this month’s market day as Kwanzaa Community Market + Talent Showcase tonight from 4-9pm. There will be children’s activities from 2-4pm, while local vendors and performers set up. Evening activities begin at 5pm with a Kwanzaa ritual from 7-7:30pm.

Don’t forget to check out PRH’s Round 41: Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas and hang out with some of the exhibiting artists: Rabéa Ballin, Julia Brown, Vanessa Diaz, Akua Holt, Rosine Kouamen, and Monica Villarreal.

Matisse IMAX: Cutouts Come to the Big Screen Jan. 13

matissebluenudeiiWhen Henri Matisse began his famous cut-paper works in the 1930s, he noted that “It is no longer the brush that slips and slides over the canvas, it is the scissors that cut into the paper and into the colour. The conditions of the journey are 100 per cent different.”

More different still will be the new one-night cinematic re-creation of the blockbuster exhibition Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs from the Tate Modern, which hits theaters across the US on January 13. The movie takes audiences on a virtual guided tour of the exhibitions, and adds archival footage of the artist at work, interviews with Matisse’s friends, Tate director Nicholas Serota and MoMA director Glenn Lowry, and new footage from The Museum of Modern Art, where the exhibit is currently on view through February 8, 2015. Performances by Royal Ballet principal dancer Zenaida Yanowsky and jazz musician Courtney Pine which reflect the color, the freedom and the innovation of Matisse’s work.

The audience-blending film was produced by Phil Grabsky’s Exhibitions on Screen  and is organized here  through “event cinema” company Fathom Events, which does screenings of one-time events like boxing matches and theatrical productions. Matisse From the Tate Modern and MoMA is showing at IMAX and XD theaters everywhere, with an especially long list of Texas venues.

MFAH Curator Edgar Peters Bowron to Retire

bowronEdgar Peters Bowron, Curator of European Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston will retire at the end of the year. During 18 years at the Museum, Dr. Bowron has overseen the MFAH’s Beck Collection of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings; the Samuel H. Kress and Edith A. and Percy S. Straus Collections of European Old Masters; and the Museum’s rest of the museum’s collection of European art from the Middle Ages to 1900. Bowron is a leading specialist in Roman painting of the 18th century.

Freedom of Expression Wins Out: TX Indie Film House Has Big Hand in Xmas Screenings of “The Interview”

interview_theaterSure, some people actually wanted to see the generally-panned, raucous comedy with Seth Rogen and James Franco, but when Sony decided to cancel the release of “The Interview” last week, many people were simply outraged by the assault on the American ideals of freedom of speech, including President Obama and George Clooney. Then, when the Alamo Drafthouse announced that it would show “Team America” as a replacement, the joy at the ironic consolation prize was short-lived as Paramount Pictures almost immediately cancelled those screenings as well. That made folks even madder, including Glasstire’s own Christina Rees (read her plan of attack here).

Suddenly, though, Sony has reversed its decision and is allowing a limited release of “The Interview.” The film is being shipped overnight to over 200 theaters for Christmas day showings. Many people believe that a group called Art House Convergence had a lot do with the decision since the group sent a letter/petition to Sony (read here) a few days ago. Many people also think that the Alamo Drafthouse was instrumental in the reversal since the Drafthouse was the first to sign up to hold screenings.

Tim_LeagueTim League, CEO of the adventurous Austin-based theater chain granted an interview with Indiewire, which was posted yesterday evening. League, who says he enjoyed the film, clarifies his stance: “But this is more about freedom of expression and the necessity of this to come out as planned.” League explains that, since the Drafthouse is relatively small company, it was able to react quickly and nimbly to Sony’s latest decision. League states that the entire ordeal was more complicated than is portrayed by the media:

It was just so big, so crazy that a giant like Sony fell to this type of attack. I’m glad, looking back on the last couple of weeks, that they took time to regroup, assess and consider the pros and cons before coming back with a strategy. I’m happy they’ve done that and I’m proud to support them.

“This is the best Christmas gift anyone could give us,” he said in another statement. “We, both distributors and exhibitors, have collectively stood firm to our principles and for the right to freedom of expression. Two days til Christmas, and I am proud to be an American.”

Here is the list of Texas theaters that are showing the film, although many report that are already sold out:

Town & Country Drive-In, Abilene
Alamo Lakeline, Austin
Alamo Slaughter, Austin
Alamo South Lamar, Austin
Alamo Ritz, Austin
Venetian 8 Bar & Grill, Carrollton
Pine Hollow 6, Conroe
Look Cinemas Dallas, Dallas
Texas Theatre, Dallas
Galaxy Drive-In 5, Ennis
D-Max 6, Gainesville
Alamo Vintage Park, Houston
Alamo Mason Park, Katy
Alamo, Lubbock
Star Cinema Grill, Missouri City
Mt. Pleasant Southside 6, Mt. Pleasant
Alamo Marketplace, New Braunfels
North Shore Cinema 8, Portland
Alamo, Richardson
Alamo Park North, San Antonio
Alamo Stone Oaks, San Antonio
Alamo Westlakes, San Antonio
City Base Cinema, San Antonio
Mayan Palace 13, San Antonio
Rialto Bistro 9, San Antonio
Silverado 19, Tomball
Star Cinema 6, Webster

(Top image: Tami Chappell/Reuters)

Sorry, We’re Closed! Museums Shut Down for the Holidays

Closed-sign-2Whether you want to bond with your loving family at your local museum during the holiday season, or want to escape the crazy and re-center yourself with some art, keep in mind that most museums are closed on Christmas day and many are closed for extended periods. (Okay, a few look like they are actually open on Christmas, but they probably just never update their websites—so CALL first!)

Here’s a list of some Texas museums that are already closed for the holidays:

The Grace Museum (Abilene) will be closed through December 27.
The MAC in Dallas will reopen its galleries on January 20.
Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art will reopen on December 26.
The UNT Art Gallery in Denton is closed through January 29.
Houston’s Blaffer Art Museum is closed through January 15.
The Rice Art Gallery in Houston will reopen on January 30.
The Longview Museum of Art is closed through January 6.
The Martin Museum of Art at Baylor University (Waco) will reopen on January 20.

Most museums are also closed on Christmas Eve, but here are a few that aren’t:

The Art Museum of South Texas (Corpus Christi)
Fort Worth’s Kimbell Art Museum
The San Antonio Museum of Art

The same thing happens around New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, but Austin’s Harry Ransom Center will be open on New Year’s Day.

Happy Holidays!

Design District Hopscotch: Holly Johnson is Moving Her Gallery, Too

unnamedThe in-district migration of Dallas galleries continues. Holly Johnson Gallery is leaving its Dragon Street space of nearly ten years to take up a new space a few blocks away, at 1845 Levee Street at Turtle Creek Boulevard (still in the Design District). This is the same repurposed building Cris Worley will move her gallery to in the very near future.  We like it when galleries situate themselves close together (convenience!); these two should pair well.

Johnson’s first show in the new space will open next month, though no announcement yet on what the exhibition will be. For more info, go here.

New Guy in Town! Houston’s Menil Collection to Name Drawing Center Director

breslinAlthough it hasn’t been officially announced, several sources confirm that David Breslin will be the new director of the Menil’s upcoming Drawing Institute.

Breslin will be joining Houston’s ongoing art crew of Williams College former staff and alumni. He holds a doctorate in the History of Art and Architecture from Harvard University (with a dissertation on Jenny Holzer), a master’s degree in the History of Art from Williams College, and a bachelor’s degree in English from Amherst College. Breslin has also served as the associate director of the Research and Academic Program (RAP) and associate curator for Contemporary Projects at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, MA.

The Drawing Institute isn’t actually slated to open until 2017 but, if you see Mr. Breslin out in the Houston art scene, give him a high five.

Congratulations to Breslin and The Menil!

Cris Worley Announces New Big Space in the New Big Year

worley galleryCris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas is relocating in 2015, leaving its space on Slocum St.for a new, bigger 3800 s.f.!) place at 1845 Levee Street @ Turtle Creek Blvd. The exact opening date has yet to be announced, but the gallery promised to continue “to weave a colorful web of artists, collectors, curators and critics together in a meaningful conversation that seeks to educate and enhance the lives of all.”

WWJD? Chinati Airs Irwin Plan, Marfa Preservationists Cry Out

marfa hospitalCalifornia artist Robert Irwin’s permanent piece for the old hospital building at Fort D.A. Russell in Marfa has been in the works for years, but as it nears actual construction, a dust storm of controversy has arisen over the extent and intent of the remodel.

On December 5, the Chinati Foundation’s held a public forum on the project. Chinati’s executive director, Jenny Moore, associate director Rob Weiner, and project manager Peter Stanley presented an introduction to Irwin’s work and an overview of Irwin’s plans and drawings for the installation at Chinati.

In a letter to the Big Bend Sentinel on December 17, Hilary duPont outlines concerns that the propsed “re-use” of the historic building amounts to a demolition and rebuilding, primarily because it would be cheaper, and that it’s not WWJD (what would Judd do).

Sarah Sudhoff Named New Executive Director For Houston Center For Photography

Sarah SudhoffHouston Center for Photography‘s board announced today that Sarah Sudhoff, former Time Magazine and Texas Monthly photo editor and founder of Photohive, has been hired as its newest Executive Director. Via the HCP: “Sudhoff replaces Bevin Bering Dubrowski who transitioned to a Creative Director position in July and most recently Alexandra Irvine who assumed the role of Interim Executive Director during the search process.”

Sudhoff is a graduate of UT Austin and Parsons. She has taught extensively at Texas universities and helped “found the Austin Center for Photography,” and “is an award-winning photographer who has exhibited her work in galleries and museums across the world.”

Sudhoff will oversee HCP’s budget, and “oversee all programming aspects including exhibitions, education, publications, fellowships and community collaborations.”

 

 

Idea Fund Announces 2015 Grantees

idea fund logoThe Idea Fund has announced 12 grantees for its seventh round of funding the unfundable in Houston. Jurors for this round of grants were Ben Davis, writer, critic, and Executive Editor of Blouin ArtInfo; Ruth Estevez, Gallery Director and Curator, REDCAT, Los Angeles; and Carrie Marie Schneider, Houston artist and past Idea Fund recipient.

The fund received 64 applications from artists or collaboratives in the greater Houston area. A total of $42,000 will be distributed at three distinct levels: Stimulus ($7,000), Catalyst ($4,000), and Spark ($1,000).

The single Stimulus-level grant of $7000 went to Ayanna Jolivet McCloud to re-launch labotonica online. McCloud will create an online experimental botanica/herberia, and present a series of parallel public programs devoted to arts and ecology. labotanica was originally founded in response to the lack of artist-run project spaces in Houston, and after a recent break it will be reformed with a new economic model at its core pairing experimental art with products grounded in ecology. The online store will sell a small inventory of products and there will be a blog component featuring interviews with artists, scientists, ecologists and healers. At each public program (workshops, lectures, musical performances) labotanica products from the online store will be featured in a mini mobile botanica.

Catalyst-level grants of $4000 went to:

Nathaniel Donnett to expand Not That This his current blog  into a full website providing a platform for critical discourse related to African American artists and artistic production in Houston, as well as other groups whose work is largely overlooked, ignored, or misunderstood by the mainstream arts press. The site will include reviews, commentary, interviews, and poetry, as well as listings of shows and artist opportunities.

Everything Records (Tierney Malone, Robert Hodge) to produce 2 ½ Years: The Story of Juneteenth (LP), telling the story of the holiday story via a full-length album featuring new music by local and nationally known musicians.

Fossilized in Houston (Tony Day, Lina Dib, Matthew Schneider-Mayerson) will fund 50 local artists to contribute drawings of 50 species endangered by climate change for a guerilla campaign of lawn signs, stickers and wheat-pasted posters that will become a visible, regular presence throughout the city.

Gender Reel Houston (Koomah, Jay Mays, Stephanie Saint Sanchez) will organize the The Gender Reel Houston Film Festival 2015, a three-day film and performance festival to commemorate and celebrate the lived experiences of transgender people and their allies and families.

LMR (Randi Long, Gabriel Martinez, James Radcliffe) to create Noise Truck, an interactive community project that will bring the sounds of the avant-garde, free improvisation, poetry, and other sonic projects to the city of Houston from inside an altered commercial van. Noise Truck is intended to provide guerrilla concerts throughout Houston’s landscape while raising questions about the city’s noise ordinance codes, specifically what qualifies as acceptable noise? The unsanctioned use of sound in public spaces is intended to disrupt and destroy internalized behavioral codes and stakes a claim for a more democratic use of public space.

Joy Moore‘s Titanic project will explore and dismantle the myths, stereotypes, and institutional blocks that have contributed to the number of non-swimmers (especially females) in the African American community through interviews with participants and community members and provide swimming lessons to a group of African American women.

TBD (Jamal Cyrus, Tia-Simone Gardner, Jessica Vaughn) for Say It Back to Me, a sound and sculptural installation between two small buildings located at the intersection of Scott Street and North McGregor Way in Houston, documenting  the fluctuating history of black mobility in the United States.

Yatta Zoker‘s The LDR (long distance relationship) Project will be a series of three collaborative art making workshops and a sponsorship for one expatriate or immigrant student at the University of Houston to reunite with their loved ones during summer break. Using a camera and skills acquired in the workshops, the sponsored traveler will document his or her journey. Upon return, the student will work with the Zoker to create a multimedia alternative-literature piece about the experience.

Spark-level grants of $1000 went to:

Sandy Ewen for Future Time Machine. Ewen will invest $1000 in a legal trust for 500 years. Assuming a modest 4% annual return, the investment will be approximately 328 billion dollars in the year 2515, at which point it will be spent on scientific research and the construction of a time machine. First stop for the time machine will be 2015. We will have a reception for the time travelers, with a variety of speakers lecturing on the ethics of time travel and what the future may have in store.

Dennis Nance‘s project Cast of Characters will use familiar holiday celebrations as a departure point to create a series of costumes and garments that will appear throughout the year at public engagements and surprise moments in individuals’ everyday lives.

Sarah Welch‘s Only Humid,the third in Welch’s self-published comic book series, Endless Monsoon. The grant will fund a physical comic book and an exhibition of the found and fabricated objects used to inform the book’s narrative.

The Idea Fund is structured to provide artists with quick access to substantial financial support for projects that might not otherwise have access to funding. Now in its seventh round, The Idea Fund is the second re-granting initiative of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, following the pilot program, Alternative Exposure, administered by Southern Exposure in San Francisco. In addition to Houston and San Francisco, The Warhol Foundation now funds similar re-granting programs in Portland, OR; New Orleans; Miami; Kansas City, MO; Chicago; Baltimore; and the state of Maine.

A public reception honoring the grantees will be held on Thursday, January 29 at Aurora Picture Show, 2442 Bartlett Street, Houston, Texas from 6:30 – 8:30 pm. Each grantee will give a 3 – 5 minute presentation about their work.