Fresh Arts Team
  • marci dallas

    Executive Director

    Marci Dallas has a strong background in arts leadership, fundraising, and financial management. Marci holds an MBA and an MA in Art History. She is a graduate of Christie’s Art and Business program as well as the Leadership Institute for Nonprofit Executives at Rice University’s Center for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Leadership. She has previously held administrative, curatorial and development roles in organizations such as The Museum of Modern Art (New York) and Holocaust Museum Houston. She is adjunct faculty at the University of Houston MA in Arts Leadership program and an active community volunteer, having served on committees for the Association of Fundraising Professionals, Planned Giving Council of Houston, United Way, and the American Alliance of Museums.

  • angela carranza

    Programs + Services Manager

    As Fresh Arts Programs Manager (and former intern), Angela leverages her past business and creative experience to provide career-building support to emerging local artists. She holds a BA in Art History with a minor in Studio Arts from the University of Houston and has a strong background in project management. With nearly a decade in the interior design industry as both a consultant and small business manager, she maintained a focus on art-centric, creative styling solutions and provided a range of services including decorative painting, furniture design, event planning, fine art consulting, and art inventory management.

    Angela is also an active community outreach volunteer for Barrio Dogs, Inc. and currently serves on the Mayor’s Millennial Advisory Board for the City of Houston.  A lover of art adventures, hot dogs, and Tex Mex, she constantly redecorates the East End bungalow she shares with two dogs, a cat, and a baby.

  • reyes ramirez

    Programs Outreach Coordinator

    Reyes Ramirez is a writer, educator, & Houstonian. He received a BA in political science and creative writing from the University of Houston and an MFA in fiction from Texas State University. Reyes has worked and taught with organizations, committees, and schools all over Houston, such as Writers in the Schools, Inprint, BakerRipley, Tintero Projects, Houston Community College, etc., to share his passion for community building, advocacy for marginalized groups, and the arts. Reyes: won the 2017 Blue Mesa Review Nonfiction Contest, 2014 riverSedge Poetry Prize, and has been a finalist for others; received grants from the Idea Fund and Houston Arts Alliance; served on the City of Houston’s Poet Laureate Selection Committee, Texas Commission on the Arts’s Arts Create Grant panel, and National Association of Chicano/Chicana Studies Fiction Awards committee, amongst others; and has poems, stories, essays, and reviews in Deep Red Press, The Latinx Archive, Glass: A Journal of Poetry, Texas Review, TRACK//FOUR, FIVE:2:ONE Magazine, Houston Noir, Gulf Coast Journal, Origins Journal, The Acentos Review, Cimarron Review, and elsewhere. He hopes to: see you at one of his readings; hear what you have to say in creating a stronger artist community; and/or talk about poetry, pro wrestling, craft beer, and/or turtles.

  • Liz Sholar

    Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator

    Liz Sholar brings over eight years of experience in museums and nonprofits to her role at Fresh Arts as the Fiscal Sponsorship Coordinator. Originally from Oklahoma City, she moved to Houston in August 2019 to pursue an MA in Arts Leadership at the University of Houston. She holds a Bachelor of Science from the University of Oklahoma in Liberal Studies, with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. Previously, Liz has held positions at Oklahoma Contemporary, Science Museum Oklahoma, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. She was also a founding member of the Queer Film Continuum, and collaborated in organizing their Lesbian Cinema Series in Oklahoma City in the spring of 2019. In her free time, Liz enjoys cross stitching, spending time with her cats, and the music of Beyoncé.

  • micah moreno

    Operations + Special Projects Coordinator

    Micah is a Houston-area native who received a Bachelor of Science in Economics and a minor in Business Administration at Texas A&M University. After spending 3 years primarily in the oil and gas industry, Micah aspired to make creativity and her career one and the same. As such, she joined the Fresh Arts team as an intern in 2017. Micah is a self-proclaimed numbers and data enthusiast, so naturally she manages the organization’s finances and leverages her passion for problem-solving and strategy to conduct special projects. She also serves on the Fiscal Sponsorship Committee.  A bit of song bird, Micah’s favorite past times include discovering new music, curating perfect playlists for every occasion, and going to concerts.

  • Julia Barbosa Landois

    Grant Writer

    Julia Barbosa Landois is a visual artist and performer with over a decade of experience working in the arts as an educator, exhibitions coordinator, and art-handler. She holds a BFA in Painting with a minor in Women and Gender Studies from the University of Texas at San Antonio and an MFA in Sculpture/New Media from the University of Pennsylvania. Her work has been featured in galleries, museums, and performance festivals in the USA, Latin America, and Europe, and her awards include residencies at the Santa Fe Art Institute, Lademoen Kunstnerverksteder (Norway), and Künstlerhaus Bethanien (Germany). Landois was a 2018-2019 Studio Resident at the Lawndale Art Center and received a grant from the National Association of Latino Arts & Cultures in 2019 to co-create MantecaHTX, the nation’s first online directory of Latinx creatives. Her passion for empowering local artists is why she enjoys writing grants to help Fresh Arts do its vital work in the Houston creative community.

  • Natalya Hutchinson

    Programs Intern

    Natalya Hutchinson is a Houston native freelance artist and graphic designer. She loves to express herself through painting, drawing, printmaking, and other mediums that she seems would fit her idea. Her work has been showcased at local libraries in Missouri City and will be featured in VoyageHouston magazine “Inspiring Stories” series for 2019-20.  She graduated from the University of North Texas in 2015 with a BFA in Printmaking and minor in Entrepreneurship. Since March of 2016, she has been administering classes at Sugarland School of Fine Art. Natalya is now in her second year of graduate school at the University of Houston in the Arts Leadership program in order to help other young emerging artists and art lovers through community building and education.