Building a more equitable Houston in Harvey’s aftermath Panel discussion focused on rebuilding after the storm Thursday, April 19

In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston has a chance to rebuild, to become a more equitable city.

Artist Molly Gochman wants to help inspire forward momentum – and is hosting a panel discussion on the subject from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Deborah Colton Gallery, 2445 North Blvd., in Houston.  

Panel members include the Texas Organizing Project’s Ginny Goldman and Michelle Tremillo, who both serve as executive directors. The Texas Organizing Project promotes social and economic equality for low to moderate income Texans through community and electoral organizing.

Also on the panel are Joe Carlos Madden, Head of Policy at Commissioner Ellis’ office, and Marianela Acuña Arreaza, executive director of Fey Y Justica Worker Center, a safe space for low-wage workers to learn about their rights in the workplace and to organize to improve conditions on the job.

Event attendees will learn more about what's been done over the past several months to build a more equitable Houston, along with what plans are in the works for the future.

The panel will be held in conjunction with Gochman’s exhibit "Drenched," an examination of life in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. The work also explores life in India after extreme flooding. By looking at both environments, the artist is able to show the myriad ways water works to build, destroy, connect, devour and grow.

"Drenched" combines three series by Gochman – "Before," "Waterfalls Wept" and "Surrogates." Together, these works seek to explore, in the context of both Houston and India, the myriad ways water works to build, destroy, connect, devour and grow.

“Before,” is an examination of life in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and in India after extreme flooding. Harvey was the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting nearly $200 billion in damage all over Houston. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and resulted in 100 deaths.

As a result of heavy monsoon rains that led to flooding in South Asia, more than 1,200 people died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In addition, more than 40 million people were immediately affected by the devastation, and 1.8 million children were left out of school. The numbers continued to grow with time.

The images Gochman created for “Before” are memorials to the emotional loss caused by flooding. The artist combined images of flood-damaged personal items and parts of homes that became piles of trash with images of fabric, and transferred them onto aluminum.

“All of the images I saw of flooded towns and cities in India depicted brown water – the same color as the water in Houston, Port Arthur, Galveston and Rockport,” Gochman said. “The fabric you see reminds me of the colors of India, these disasters and of water.”

Gochman is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist and activist based in New York. She founded Red Sand Project in 2014, and the organization’s installations and events have taken place around the U.S. and across the globe.

The exhibit will run through the FotoFest 2018 Biennial, ending on Sunday, April 22. This show is a product of Commune Projects Foundation.

Apr 19, 2018
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NASA’s Jerry Woodfill discusses his discovery of divine at Rothko Chapel How “Houston, We have a problem” shaped his “Concept of the Divine” Tuesday, April 17

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Former NASA Houston engineer Jerry Woodfill was monitoring Apollo 13's warning system, when the vehicle exploded on April 14, 1970. 

At the time, he said that he experienced a number of “divine acts,” ones that rescued the space mission and convinced him of a divine presence in his life. 

Woodfill will share his story at the Rothko Chapel at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. The “pay what you can event” has a suggested donation of $15 to attend. The Chapel is located at 3900 Yupon St.

The Chapel’s director of programs and community engagement Ashley Clemmer said the conversation is an ideal fit into its series, “Concept of the Divine.” 

“This program provides the opportunity for speakers to explain how their personal concept of God has changed over time and shaped their lives, their service to the community and their understanding of their own identity,” she said. 

She explained that an important part of our mission here at the Chapel is the notion of spirituality – and understanding that belief is not always static. 

“Diving into the evolution of faith is fascinating,” she said. “And listening to Jerry Woodfill’s journey will be a treat for the Chapel and our guests.”

Woodfill has worked as a NASA employee at the Johnson Space Center for more than 52 years. 

He was awarded a Rice Basketball Scholarship as a Hoosier – and arrived in Houston in 1960. After receiving a degree in electrical engineering, he was so impressed by President John Kennedy’s 1962 Rice Stadium Moon Race speech that he joined NASA in 1965 and became the Apollo Moon Program’s spacecraft warning system engineer, the only NASA employee to serve in this role. 

Woodfill contributed to the designs of both Neil Armstrong’s Columbia and Eagle spacecraft warning systems as their warning system engineer.

He was monitoring both at the time of the Lunar Landing – and was at this station the evening of the explosion of Apollo 13. He was the one of the first to hear, “Houston, We’d had a Problem.” After all, it was his warning system’s alarm that alerted Mission Control to the grave situation that might have resulted in the death of the crew.

Woodfill was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom as a member of the Apollo 13 Mission Operation’s Team. For sharing the account scores of times yearly for NASA as a volunteer, Jerry was designated as educational outreach volunteer of the year as well as recipient of NASA’s Power of One Award.

For registration, and for more information about the “Concept of the Divine” series, the Rothko Chapel and the full calendar of upcoming programs, workshops and events, visit or call 713-524-9839.

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HCCC Curatorial Fellowship

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft seeks a curatorial fellow

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) seeks a curatorial fellow to assist the curator in developing and executing innovative exhibitions of contemporary craft. The ideal candidate is a creative thinker who is organized and able to manage multiple short- and long-term projects, committed to working in a collaborative and fast-paced environment, and excited to support the artistic vision of the institution. Masters Degree in design history, art history, arts administration, craft or curatorial/museum studies, and a working knowledge of the field of contemporary craft is preferred. is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Main Street Projects

3550 Main Street
77002 Houston , TX
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Monday: 9am - 7pm
Tuesaday: 9am - 7pm
Wednesday9am - 7pm
Thursday9am - 7pm
Friday9am - 6pm
Saturday10am - 6pm
Sunday12 - 6pm

Main Street Projects is an artist-run organization in Houston which has hosted over 150 local, national and international artists to date. Founded in 2012, this artists' initiative brings art into urban surroundings, visually engaging the street and the pedestrian. Main Street Projects endeavors to improve the public's accessibility to contemporary art, to beautify and repurpose unused spaces, and to provide support that enables artists to directly impact and shape their community.

2nd Annual Artist Village at Willow Waterhole MusicFest

Now in its sixth edition, the Willow Waterhole 2018 MusicFest is a two-day event happening at the spectacular and naturally beautiful 290-acre Willow Waterhole Greenway in SW Houston on April 21-22, 2018.

The festival features 20 hours of FREE diverse music, provided by 16 Professional Bands and 11 Student-School Bands including an incredible lineup of jazz, blues, and rock bands; food trucks, and other activities, all happening at the spectacular and relaxing 290-acre Willow Waterhole Greenway!

UP Art Studio's second annual Outdoor Art Fair dubbed the "Artist Village", will be back on Saturday and Sunday from 11 AM to 6 PM.  The Artist Village will be the home to artists and artisans, chalk artists, live painters, and cirque performers.  MusicFest is expected to host 7,000+ visitors in a beautiful, scenic location, with transport from parking areas. This event is coordinated and underwritten by the Willow Waterhole Conservancy and Brays Oaks Management District.

Apr 21, 2018 to Apr 22, 2018
We are accepting artist submissions to show and sell in the "Artist Village" adjacent to the music stages. The open call takes places until March 30th. Low Fees benefiting the Willow Waterhole Conservancy --- NO COMMISSION! Reach out to the team at UP Art Studio ( for any more details. This is a 2-day commitment - please be available on both days.  Set up time is at 10 AM. Event opens at 11 AM. Daily taken down at 6 PM.
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Ciming Mei's "My Journey with Cranes"

The Art Institute of Houston is 1 of over 80 participating spaces for FotoFest 2018 Biennial. Stop by to witness the incredible works by photgrapher Ciming Mei from March 23 - April 21, 2018.  The opening reception of Mei's My Journey with Cranes will be held on March 23rd from 6-8pm. The presentation will begin at 7 PM.

Artist Statement:

Cranes are symbols of love and longevity in Asia. There are 15 species of cranes on Earth, only 2 species live in North America, but 9 species can be found in China, where photographer C. Mei is originally from. Currently a Houston resident, Mei has been photographing for more than two decades. In 2015, she was interviewed by the British media for her photograph of a red-crowned crane fighting against an invading eagle in Hokkaido, Japan. The story along with the series of photos appeared in major British newspapers including GuardianTimes, and later was chosen as Editor's Choice on National Geography's web site. She has since been photographing cranes non-stop. In her efforts to capture the beauty of the cranes, she has embarked on a journey to trace her roots back to China while discovering the wonders of nature. 

Mar 23, 2018 to Apr 21, 2018
FAQs   What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event? FREE parking directly across from the main entrance to The Art Institute of Houston.     How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Please email  
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Call for Sculpture Proposals

East End Piñatafest 2018

Apply Today:


  • $1000 | FOLK & FUNK


  • $400 | CRAFT & DESIGN 


  • Patricia Restrepo
  • Exhibitions Manager & Assistant Curator, Contemporary Art Museum Houston

  • Dennis Nance
  • Curator, Galveston Art Center



Piñatas on the Esplanade invites creatives and makers to construct sculptures inspired by the tradition of Piñata making. The Piñata Festival’s vision is to celebrate Houston’s connection to folk art and funk as well as neighborhood cultural traditions.

Each applicant accepted will receive a modest stipend to create their sculpture. There is no cost to enter. Accepted sculpture proposals will be exhibited on the iconic Navigation Esplanade in conjunction with family-friendly Piñatafest activities. 

Jurors will announce awards on Saturday, May 5th at 3:00 pm on the wooden deck in front of the Original Niñfas.

Entry is open to individuals as well as collaborative groups. All participants must be 15 years of age or older.

Due Date: Apr 1, 2018
Contact Name: Stephanie Darling
Phone: 8327040437
Fee: FREE | + STIPEND is a free, user-managed website. Posts and comments submitted on do not necessarily serve as an endorsement or reflect the views of FreshArts or its staff.

Conversations at The Center-John Pluecker and Carrie Marie Schnieder: Creative Artist Tactics

Galveston Arts Center Presents "Conversations at The Center"

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents next Conversations @ The Center on March
22, 2018 with artist and activists John Pluecker and Carrie Marie Schneider
The series features artists and other arts professionals who speak about and
show images of their work, practices, professions, or discuss timely issues in
contemporary visual art. March’s Conversation will focus on creative artist
tactics, using Pluecker and
Schneider’s work and projects as examples. The overall 2018 theme is Artists
as Activists
, including artists whose work engages communities, is
political in nature, and acts as agents for social change. 

Mar 22, 2018
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NARS Exhibitions - Call for Proposal 2018-19

NARS invites artists, curators, collectives, cultural producers, and thinkers to propose solo or group exhibitions.

NARS Exhibitions

Call for Proposal 2018-19

March 26, 2018


With the addition of a
new gallery space as well as in response to changing artistic and curatorial
practices, NARS is pleased to invite exhibition proposals for solo and group
curated exhibitions for 2018-9. Exhibition proposals from both artists and
curators will be considered for solo or group exhibitions for our main gallery
space and the project space, designed for smaller and more dynamic programming.

NARS will no longer be
accepting applications for its Juried Solo Exhibition and Emerging Curator Open
Calls as these programs evolve into a new direction for the organization’s
review and reflection of artistic and curatorial developments in its exhibition
and public programming.

In line with our
mission, NARS exhibitions present compelling and innovative ideas and work
being produced on a local, national, and international level by
under-represented and emerging artists and cultural producers. Alongside our
international residency program, these exhibitions create a platform showcasing
artistic developments in contemporary arts and a forum for exchanging ideas.

NARS invites artists,
curators, collectives, cultural producers, and thinkers to propose solo or
group exhibitions that reflect our mission to foster and represent important
artistic directions and critical dialogue in contemporary art and culture writ
large. NARS will invite select applicants to further develop proposals and
provide the space, support, and resources to mount ambitious and compelling
exhibitions. Proposals will be considered and developed for either exhibition
space, for shows running from 3-6 weeks.

Eligibility & Requirements

All artists and
curators regardless of age, gender, and nationality.

Artists who are or
will be enrolled in a college or university art degree-granting program are not
eligible to apply

Artists may submit
proposals for solo shows or as curators for a group exhibition, not including
own work.

Curators may submit
proposals for new curated group shows of 4 or more artists.

Proposed artists must
be contacted by curators prior to application submission confirming their
interest and availability.

Artists and curators
who have previously exhibited at NARS have must wait two (2) full years before
submitting a proposal, but curatorial proposals may include previously
exhibited or NARS residency artists.

Applicants may only
submit one exhibition proposal, whether individually or on a team, per Open


• Contact Information

• Artist/Curatorial
Resume(s) (PDF or Word): Upload a single document containing the resumes of all
of the artists included in the exhibition proposal. Upload up to three (3)
resumes for curators in a single file.

• Proposed Exhibition

• Names of Artists for
curated exhibitions

• Exhibition Proposal
(limit 500 words): Provide a statement describing the concept of your proposed

• Up to 10 Work
Samples composed of Images, text, audio, or video.  Images should be in
JPEG format no larger than 1000 x 1000 pixels @ 72 dpi. Format each file name
as “Artist’s last name_Artist’s first name_1.jpg,” “Artist’s last name_
Artist’s first name_2.jpg,” etc.

• Work Sample
Information List: Provide any contextual or technical information related to
your work sample.

The galleries at NARS
Foundation are located on the second and fourth floor of an industrial building
surrounded by artists’ studios in Sunset Park, Brooklyn. Please review
photographs of previous exhibitions as well as the floors plan,  prior to
developing and submitting your proposal. Please note that budget availability
depends on the year’s funding and will be discussed with each applicant invited
to further develop their proposal.


Due Date: Mar 26, 2018
Contact Name: NARS Foundation
Phone: 7187682765
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