Big Money for 12 Houston Artists!

by Paula Newton April 1, 2016
Bill Davenport knows his vegetables!

Bill Davenport knows his vegetables!

The Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) has announced the 2016 Individual Artist Grant (IAG) awardees. The IAG is open to artists living in Houston, working in all media and at any stage of their careers, established or emerging. The IAG “promotes engagement among the Houston arts community, strengthens the local creative economy, and offers vital financial resources to one of our city’s most valuable cultural assets – its artists.” The artists were awarded between $5,000-10,000 (most towards the 10K side).

Glasstire’s very own Bill Davenport was granted $10,000 for his project called “Big Concrete Vegetables,” which seems to be just what it sounds like, to be erected near a Houston farmers market.

The other grantees:

  • Travis Johns for the documentary film “The Trouble With Ray,” chronicling Ray Hill’s 50 years of activism in shaping Texas’ LGBT community.
  • Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola for the visual arts/literary project “Eastext.”
  • Emily Peacock for a solo show, “The Likelihood of Future Improvements,” which will include her recent autobiographical short film, August.
  • Ricardo Rivera for a photographic exhibition of a Houston immigrant family entitled “Family Photographs.”
  • Rachelle Vasquez for a “series of crocheted pelts of animal phenomena.”
  • Jessica Kreutter for a sculptural installation called “A Firefly was Once a Passing Shadow.”
  • Kurt Stallmann for site-specific event of a musical composition for the Rice University’s James Turrell skyspace, integrating light and environmental sound in a live performance.
  • Nicole McCloud for “Score: Field Recordings,” a sound installation and text publication of forgotten landscapes and historic African-American sites in Houston.
  • Harrison Guy for the dance project “Between Two Worlds,” a “hymn for black gay men on rainbows, race, religion and rites of passage.”
  • Annie Arnoult for “Bout a Stranger,” a multi-media dance theater performance inspired by the life of Woody Guthrie.
  • Andy Campbell for the “Houston Postmodern Map and Bus Tour,” a folding map/essay detailing Houston’s postmodern commercial architecture.

Congratulations to all!

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