March 11 - June 4, 2023
From Project Row Houses:
“Round 55: The Drive By II, curated by Danielle Burns Wilson, is a historic reflection of the first Artist Round titled The Drive By, created by our co-founder Jesse Lott, staged in 1993-94. Our signature Rounds have played an integral role in maintaining the momentum of ongoing social justice art practices. As an ode to the legacy of our Artist Round program, The Drive By II will only activate the exterior of the houses.
About the Artists:
Ray Carrington was born in Austin, Texas on June 25, 1948. His family moved to Corpus Christi, Texas when he was in the third grade. At the time, he was the middle child with four siblings. After his parents divorced, they moved to Corpus Christi, Texas and his mother remarried and had a baby girl. His family lived a simple life of home, school and church. As he grew, he eventually fell in love with tennis. That was a rare and beneficial experience as he was recruited by the University of Houston (UofH) and Texas Southern University (TSU) to play on their tennis teams. He was eventually recruited by Herbert Provost, TSU’s tennis coach. He became a star tennis player in the SWAC and grew a close fatherly bond with Coach Provost. Carrington feels that he owes so much of his success to Provost and his wife, Georgia Provost. Carrington is now retired from a career as a photography instructor and is married to Regina Carrington with two children and two grandchildren.
Gregory Michael Carter is a Houston born artist and community activist. He lives and works between St. Louis, MO, and Houston’s Third Ward. He attended Morehouse College, in Atlanta, Georgia and studied Fine Art, Art History and Computer Science. Gregory is fascinated by culture, as well as history. Those tenets are two driving factors in his practice. After leaving Morehouse he traveled to 30 countries and visited more than 50 UNESCO world heritage sites. The influence of those experiences on his work cannot be understated. Gregory is an interdisciplinary artist working primarily with drawing, printmaking, painting, collage, and photography. The community activism/social practice aspect of his practice has held many forms over the years, but most recently it has manifested itself in the form of an arts nonprofit he’s developing in St. Louis. Gregory is also the Co-founder of Thirdwardsfinest.com, an online retailer dedicated to supporting and uplifting the neighborhood he grew up in and loves so much. The brand donates half of its revenue to local nonprofits like Project Row Houses, Shape Community Center, and others.
Danielle Fanfair is a writer, teacher, and director of integrated well-being and self-mastery. For over sixteen years, she has written, created curriculum, and taught and trained youth, adults, and professionals of all disciplines. Her Confusion to Clarity™ curriculum is a collection of interdisciplinary practices and strategies for creating psychologically safe spaces of belonging and trust. The result: individuals, communities, and companies who deepen their relationships, increase their productivity, sustain their flow states and expand their creative innovation. She holds a B.A. in Journalism and Public Relations from Baylor University and has experience curating and leading interdisciplinary arts experiences, vocational incubators, film production, performance coaching and professional development, and moderating arts exhibitions, healing retreats, and experiences. She’s penned articles for Arts + Culture Texas, Houstonia Magazine and published a series of workbooks called Go From Confusion to Clarity.
Acclaimed photographer Earlie Hudnall, Jr. is a graduate of Texas Southern University (TSU) with a degree in art and a concentration in photography. Hudnall served as University Photographer at TSU from 1980 until his retirement in 2019. Hudnall was inspired by his mentors Dr. Thomas Freeman and Dr. John Biggers to document the communities of Third and Fourth Ward while celebrating the moments of spirituality and humanity amidst the daily lives of his subjects. Known for the beauty of his black and white prints, the photographs of Earlie Hudnall, Jr. are included in the permanent collections of the Hampton University Museum of Art; the Amon Carter Museum; the University of Texas at Dallas; the Smithsonian National Museum of African American Art and Culture; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH); the Art Institute of Chicago; and the library of Congress as well as countless international collections. In 2019, he was honored with an eight-page spread of his images in Time Magazine edited by Paul Mobley, and he was recognized by Fotofest Houston for his contributions to the field of photography both in the Houston community and internationally. It was recently announced by Art League Houston that Earlie Hudnall, Jr. will be awarded the 2022 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Art.
Cat Martinez is a mixed media artist with a BFA in sculpture and is a current MFA candidate at the University of Houston. As an artist she created the Zin Memorial, a sculpture of an Ankh that utilizes crystals and stones from and for the community of Third Ward. Martinez has exhibited work in Houston at Lawndale Arts Center’s 2021 Big Show and The Station Museum Contemporary Art’s group exhibition and symposium, In the Sun. She is a recipient of the University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Art’s 2021-22 Graduates Scholarship and is a lecturer for Convergence Research, a platform for interdisciplinary research, experimentation, improvisation, and performance. Davila-Martinez is also a founding member of the Black Woman’s Road Trip Collective.
Israel McCloud is a multi-disciplinary artist whose creative track-record transcends conventional categories. A third-generation artist, his professional palette of visual art, design, performance and literary arts encompasses forty years of prolific productivity. McCloud has exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Lawndale Art Center, Meredith Long Gallery, as well as abroad in Paris, France and Amsterdam, Netherlands. He performs spoken word poetry and literary readings throughout Houston, while actively pursuing a full-time commitment to public art and creative art design services.
Irene Antonia Diane Reece identiﬁes as a contemporary artist and visual activist. Born and raised in Houston, Texas. She earned her BFA in Photography and Digital Media (Houston, TX) and MFA in Photography and Image-making (Paris, France). Reece’s photographic works, Black family archives, appropriated ﬁlms, usage of text, and found objects create an insight into her world. The topics surrounding her work are racial identity, African diaspora, social injustice, family histories, re-memory, mental and community health. Reece’s objectives are to continue to take up space, be outspoken about the white-centric art world, and create forms of racial equity within her communities.
Houston-based ceramic artist and muralist Jesse Sifuentes was born in Kingsville, Texas and grew up in Galveston, Texas, where he attended Ball High School. With the support of a Moody Scholarship, Sifuentes enrolled in the prestigious art program at Texas Southern University founded by nationally renowned artist and muralist Dr. John Biggers and sculptor Carroll Simms, becoming the first person in his family to attend college. Another scholarship allowed him to travel to Mexico City where he studied the work of the great muralist Diego Rivera. He has exhibited his ceramics in numerous exhibitions, has created 8 murals, and assisted with many public art projects. He is currently an instructor at Texas Southern University’s Art dept.”
On View: March 11, 2023 | 3–7 pm
Houston, 77004 TX