Request for Proposals: Immersive Art Installations at The Fresh Arts Glow Ball Gala 2019

Do you have an art concept that you would like to bring to life at the Fresh Arts Glow Ball gala? Please read the Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines before applying.

  • Submittable URL:

  • Submission Deadline:11:59pm on Monday, February 11, 2019

  • Budget:$1,000 (including design, fabrication, installation)

  • Five (5) proposals will be selected

  • Opportunity is open to:Houston-area artists/creatives of all disciplines from emerging to established. Previous experience in art installations is not required, but preferred. Individuals as well as artist collectives or teams are welcome to apply. All applicants MUST be over the age of 21 and live within a 50-mile radius of Houston.

  • Applicable art forms include, but are not limited to: projections, site-specific installations, and/or performances that create interactive experiences.

Request for Proposals: 

Immersive Art Installations at The Fresh Arts Glow Ball Gala 2019

Fresh Arts is seeking proposals from artists, creatives, or collectives to create five (5) works of art to be showcased at the Fresh Arts Glow Ball gala held on Friday, March 29, 8pm – Midnight and during a public pop-up event on Saturday, March 30, 11am – 5pm. Proposals should incorporate visual elements relating to the “Glow Ball” theme which is open to creative interpretation. Glow theme elements may include, but are not limited to use of neon colors, exploring luminescence and things that glow or involve blacklights, a play on the 80s GLOW wrestling show, etc. Works that create an immersive art experience are preferred. 


A total of five (5) proposals will be selected. The selected artists will each receive $1,000 to complete the project, including design, materials, equipment rental, site preparation, and installation.

Artworks/Installations are to be loaded in and installed on Thursday, March 28. Installation must be completed no later than Noon on Friday, March 29 with deinstallation taking place Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 5:30-midnight. Please review the project timeline for more details.


The deadline for applications to be received is 11:59pm on Monday, February, 11, 2019. All applications must be submitted through the provided Submittable portal

 Applicants will be notified of their status onFriday, February 15, 2018 by 5pm. Please do not call for results.

About the Glow Ball gala

Fresh Arts is pleased to announce our Annual Gala fundraiser, the Glow Ball on Friday, March 29 from 8pm – 12am at Silver Street Studios. The Glow Ball experience will culminate with a pop-up event the following day on Saturday, March 30 from 11am–5pm. 


Houston’s biggest artistic party supports the professional development of our community’s vibrant, passionate creatives, raising key funding needed to continue work in strengthening the Houston arts community by supporting the artists who create it. Thus, Fresh Arts leverages the gala as a platform to showcase a wide range of Houston’s artistic talent through performances, live painters, a silent art auction, and wild costumes.


Funds raised from the Glow Ball support Fresh Arts and the development of professional skill-building opportunities for local artist entrepreneurs.  It also supports programming to gain new audiences for rising artists, designers, performers and makers for the benefit of the Houston community.  

View the 2018 gala photos HERE.



Eligibility Requirements and Guidelines


Artist Eligibility

-Open to artists/creatives of all disciplines.

-Artist collectives or creative teams are welcome to apply.

-Artist(s) must live with a 50-mile radius of Houston.

-Artist(s) must be over the age of 21.

-Previous experience in art installations is not required, but preferred.

-Applicable art forms include, but are not limited to, projections, site-specific installations, and/or performances that create interactive experiences.

Project Guidelines

The selected works will be located indoors at the Silver Street Studios event space which is a 20,000 sq. ft open warehouse with concrete floors, metal sheeting walls, and 26 ft high open beam ceilings. 

Each art installation must encompass a space that is 10’ to 15' wide x 10’ deep with no height restrictions. 

Artists will have access to electrical wall outlets, a scissor lift (signed waiver required to operate), and downlighting will be made available, if needed, to better highlight the artwork/space. All other lighting elements and structures, including design, fabrication, and installation and breakdown are the artist’s responsibility.

Additionally, Fresh Arts will provide:

-Prominent signage with the artist’s name and bio

-Marketing and promotion of the artist’s participation through social media, email blasts, and placement on the Fresh Arts website

-(4) complimentary tickets to the Glow Ball gala (a $400 value)

-A 1-year Fresh Arts Membership (a $65 value)

-$1,000 project stipend (includes design, fabrication, installation and materials) 


Criteria for Selection

Proposals that integrate the following elements will be preferred:

-Fits with the Glow Ball theme

-Shows well in both day and night

-Suitable for indoor display

-Soundly and professionally constructed 

-Appropriate for viewing by visitors of all ages

-Works that creative interactive experiences are preferred

-Cross-disciplinary and/or multimedia collaborative efforts are encouraged 

Project Timeline

Applications open                               Monday, January 21

Applications due                                 Monday, February 11 by 11:59pm

Selected Artists notified                     Friday, February 15 by 5pm

Artist Agreement signed                    Wednesday, February 20

50% Payment                                       Friday, February 22

Installation period                               Thursday, March 28 – Friday, March 29

Balance Payment                               Upon completion of installation

Installations complete                       No later than Noon on Friday, March 29

Event times                                         Friday, March 29, 8pm – Midnight 

                                                  and Saturday, March 30, 11am – 5pm

Deinstallation                                      Saturday, March 30, 5:30pm – 11:59pm


Artist Responsibilities

-Artists are responsible for both the installation and the deinstallation of their work.

-Additionally, artists are responsible for materials and all elements of design, construction, operation, and maintenance of their installation for the entire duration of the event period. Fresh Arts is not responsible for any damage or losses to an installation during the event.

-Artists must allow Fresh Arts to publish videos or images of the installation process, in addition to advertised photography of people interacting with the installed art through the event period. Promotion of the installed works will be provided by Fresh Arts with appropriate attribution to the artist(s).


How to apply

Submit the following information and materials via the Submittable application portal no later than Monday, February 11 by 11:59pm CT 

-Artist/Team info

          -General contact info

          -Names and bios of all participants (250 words or less per bio)

          -Websites, social media links

          -Description of Qualifications + Past Experience

-Detailed Project Description that addresses the following:

          -Overall vision for the project

          -How will you incorporate the Glow theme?

          -Other themes or images presented in your proposed work

-Describe your qualifications for this project

          -Relevant experience with art installations including type, location(s) and length of display

          -Other notable experiences, awards, etc.

-A basic construction or installation plan that includes

          -Method for assembly or construction

          -Dimensions of any structures

          -Electrical or technical specifics

          -Materials and tools used

-Attachments should include:

          -Photos of past work or installations

          -Provide a sketch, photo, or rendering of the proposed art installation. The more visual 

           representations you can provide, the better.

          -Image list with descriptions

About Fresh Arts

Fresh Arts mission is to champion local artists and creative entrepreneurs to succeed in the business of art.

Our programs help advance the careers of local artists and creative entrepreneurs by complementing their artistic practices through carefully cultivated communities that facilitate shared resources, knowledge, experiences, and audiences. We achieve this through resource sharing, skill building initiatives and through our artist-centered communities’ programs.

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8th Annual May the 4th Art Festival!

warhous, dandee warhol, star wars, may the 4th

Another revolution has passed around the sun! War'hous, the city's premier artistic event organizer is bringing back their highly anticipated, May the 4th Art Festival on its 8th year! The heavily-promoted, family-friendly event will take place on the weekend of May 3-5, 2019. Over 100 participating artists & artisan vendors | Live DJ sets | gracious sponsors | volunteers | food trucks | and cosplays!

Facebook Event Page

Event Times:

Friday (May 3rd) VIP Preview Party - 6-10pm | Saturday & Sunday (May 4-5) - 12-6pm both days

$10 at the door, kids 12 and under are FREE to enter! Tons of artwork to see and vendors you can buy souvenirs from. Complimentary drinks will be provided by our gracious sponsors!

Sponsored By:

Super Happy Incredible Toys | Deep Eddy Vodka | Topo Chico | Saint Arnold's Brewery 

Music By:

Hiram | Brandon Duhon of Night Drive | Grrrl Parts

Curated by: Dandee Warhol

May 3, 2019
$10 door, kids 12 and under FREE
6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Friday Time & Price:
6-10pm $25 VIP Opening
Saturday Time & Price:
12-6pm, $10 door (kids 12 under FREE)
Sunday Time & Price:
12-6pm, $10 door (kids 12 under FREE)

CounterCurrent19 Preview Party

Decatur Bar and Pop-Up Factory
2310 Decatur, Houston, Texas 77007


Join us at Decatur Bar and Pop-up Factory for the official #CounterCurrent19preview party! There you'll have an opportunity to meet some of the artists, mingle with the organizers of CounterCurrent, and receive this year's festival guide hot off of the press, plus other giveaways! 

Decatur Bar's master mixologists will be serving "Everything is Illuminated," a custom cocktail created exclusively for CounterCurrent19, plus light bites and a cash bar throughout the evening.

Valet parking will be available on site. 

For more information about CounterCurrent19 events, programs, and projects, visit

Mar 26, 2019
6:00 pm

First Tuesday Art Event “Houston – New York City Art Scenes in Transition”

Contact Name:
Gus Kopriva
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“Houston – New York City
Art Scenes in Transition”

Tuesday, April 2, 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Our Host: 
Gallery Sonja Roesch
2309 Caroline St, Houston, TX 77004

Special Guest:
Raphael Rubinstein

HAGA invites you to join Sonja Roesch and Gus Kopriva in a conversation with Raphael Rubinstein as he presents his intimate observations and sentiments related to the transitioning art scenes in New York City and Houston. Mr. Rubinstein lives and works in both cities. He is in a unique position to offer his views relating to the two artistic centers.

Attendance is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

Raphael Rubinstein is a New York based poet and art critic who is the author of numerous books. From 1997 to 2007, he was a senior editor at Art in America, where he continues to be a contributing editor. He is currently a professor of critical studies at the University of Houston School of Art. In 2002, the French government presented him with the award of Chevalier in the Order of Arts and Letters. In 2010, his blog The Silo won a Creative Capital/Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.  He and his wife, artist Heather Rubinstein, live and work in Houston and New York.

This experience is a part of HAGA’s ongoing First Tuesday Art Event Program scheduled throughout the year at various member galleries. For more information about HAGA, please visit

Gus Kopriva, HAGA President, 3-16-19
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2019 Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts- Project Row Houses Fellows Lecture

Center for Art and Social Engagement at University of Houston
3333 Cullen Blvd, #120, Houston, Texas 77204


Join us to welcome the 2019 Kathrine G. McGovern College of the ArtsProject Row HousesFellows Sarah Raphael Garcia and Libby Bland. The two Fellows will share prior work and provide guiding questions and ideas about their upcoming Fellowship year.

Libby Bland brings a background in oral history and arts-based community design together with her research on the history of self-planned Black communities throughout the rural South. She previously worked with the Community Futures Lab in Philadelphia, and her research work investigates the narratives that Black people tell (and omit) about our experiences. 

Sarah Rafael García is a writer, traveler and arts educator with an M.F.A. in creative writing with an emphasis in fiction and cognate in media studies. She founded Barrio Writers, LibroMobile and Crear Studios, and published the multi-media project titled “SanTana’s Fairy Tales.” 

The KGMCA-PRH Fellowship invites artists and cultural practitioners to the Third Ward to work alongside urban planners, educators and policy makers, as well as engage in creative collaborations that involve the Third Ward community and address issues important to them.



Mar 20, 2019
6:30 pm

Americans for the Arts - Awards Nominations

Who is eligible to submit a nomination for an award?
Award nominators must be Americans for the Arts members.

Who is eligible to receive an award?
Award nominees are not required to be Americans for the Arts members. See the award page for specific eligibility. Americans for the Arts Staff and Board of Directors are not eligible to receive awards. Only one award will be presented each year and awardees can only be selected for the current year.

How will the awardee be selected?
Each awardee is selected through a unique process from a committee of their peers comprised of Americans for the Arts staff and Americans for the Arts Network Council members. These committees will review nominations based on each nominee’s eligibility and the nominee's contribution to the advancement of the arts and/or their particular specialty area. The winner will exhibit the benchmark of success described in each awards’ criteria. Review the award page to learn more about the specific selection method.

What does the awardee receive?
The awardee will receive national recognition in all of Americans for the Arts media, including print and online publications and social media postings, and are provided a template press release to distribute to their media outlets. Awardees receive one complimentary registration to attend the Annual Convention (travel and lodging not included and will be presented with their award at a plenary session at the 2019 Annual Convention in Minneapolis, MN. Awardees are also encouraged to engage with AFTA members as a means to celebrate your accomplishments and provide opportunities to exchange expertise with other arts leaders. Some engagement ideas include:

-A blog post about your work and how it is reflected in the award you received

-An opportunity for you to talk with Convention attendees, such as a live meet-n-greet event or presentation.

-Participating on the review panel for next year’s award nominations

-An online event such as a webinar or virtual conversation

The staff liaison for your award will work with you to find engagement opportunities that fit your experience and knowledge and support the field.


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Halcyon Arts Lab 2019/2020 Fellowship

What is the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship? 

At the intersection of art and social change, this nine-month residential fellowship is designed to provide support and resources to emerging artists working on projects which address issues of social justice, civic engagement, and community building. Arts Lab fellows strive to expand their practices and grow as leaders in their respective fields.

Adapting the well-honed methodology of the Halcyon model, Halcyon Arts Lab fosters creativity through a supportive environment of space, access, and community. The program accepts six national and international fellows as well as two Washington, DC-based artists in each cohort.

2018/2019 fellowship dates: September 9, 2019 - June 26, 2020

Mandatory Orientation: September 10th - September 11th, 2019

Mandatory Kickoff: October 7th- 12th, 2019

Location: Halcyon Arts Lab, 1801 35th Street NW, Washington DC 20007

Who should apply?

Emerging artists who are interested in further developing a socially-engaged practice and creating lasting connections and partnerships in Washington, DC.

Halcyon defines emerging artist as early career artist how as demonstrated promising artistic development and demonstrates dedication to their practices but is at a pivotal point in their career where they could benefit from further training and mentorship.

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows should be:

-Self-directed and able to work independently but will benefit from the program elements including, workshops, mentorship and training to further develop their careers.

-Hold a desire to create, grow as leaders and expand their practices.

-Interest in group collaboration including critiques and developing programming with their fellow artist in residence and community members.

-Interested in being a part of and contributing to the wider Halcyon community to including fostering relationships with fellow entrepreneurs in residence in our sister program, Halcyon incubator.

-Interested in expanding the social impact of their projects and creating work that demonstrates critical inquiry into social issues, and actively engages groups and communities, placing collaborative project outcomes at the heart of the creative process.

Eligibility & Program Requirements:

In addition to meeting Halcyon’s definition of socially engaged and emerging artist, all applicants must:

-Be a full time artist

-Be a US citizen, or resident with the legal status to study or work in the US

-Must be 21 years of age or over and not enrolled in alternate full-time education at the start of the fellowship.

-Must complete the application form online by 5pm EST, April 4, 2019

-Must be an individual applicant.

Program requirements

Fellows must:

-Attend mandatory Orientation and Kick-off event

-Participate in By the People Festival

-Participate in civic engagement and volunteer events set up by the Halcyon.

-Commit to using on-site facilities and studios for a minimum of 25 hours a week

-Commit to 5 hours of weekly programing, skill series and events.

-Must engage in the youth mentorship program no less than 1 hour a week

-Have a collaborative nature, sense of humor and a willingness to work and learn in a condensed creative environment.

Travel & Restrictions

Artist must commit to the full length of the residency with no more the 4 weeks of nonconsecutive travel.

Artist must not participate in simultaneous residencies during the Halcyon Fellowship or have full time employment outside the residency.

When is the deadline?

Applications are due by 5PM EST on April 4, 2019. No exceptions or extensions. Apply before the deadline to avoid technical difficulties.

What is included?

Halcyon Arts Lab Fellows have access to the following:

-Dedicated studio space to focus on research, learning, and creative practice

-A competitive financial scholarship to support living and material costs

-Nine months of off-site residential accommodation (eligible for non-D.C. residents only)

-A program of social impact classes, entrepreneurship training, artist talks, studio visits, civic engagement opportunities, and critiques

-Opportunities for mentorship and critique from experienced art professionals

-Opportunity to mentor DC high school students to provide guidance and inspiration in developing the next generation of socially-engaged artists

-Collaboration and networking with fellow artists, social entrepreneurs and our program partner organizations in Washington, D.C.

-Opportunity to participate and present at By the People Festival.

Commitment to Local Artists

Halcyon is committed to the vibrant community of artists living in Washington, DC. We see tangible value in supporting artists whose projects may require ongoing community relationships that last beyond the nine-month residency. For that reason, Halcyon has chosen to allocate two of the eight fellowships to DC-resident artists.

Applying to the Halcyon Arts Lab

Applications to the Halcyon Arts Lab Fellowship are evaluated on areas of artistic excellence, impact, and future potential. Halcyon accepts creatives with bold ideas at their early stages of development, where time, space, and resources can be most beneficial to create impactful work. The fellowship program is based in Washington, DC at Halcyon Arts Lab, but a fellow’s work can focus regionally, nationally, or internationally. Make sure you check out our eligibility requirements and definitions, and selection process and criteria information.

For questions about the application process, please contact the Halcyon Arts Lab team at

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Diverse Discourse: Lecture and Studio Visit Series




Artists must apply to be considered for a Diverse Discourse studio visit with Sonia Guiñansaca. Artists working in all disciplines, including those with performance or multi-disciplinary practices, are encouraged to apply.


Monday, March 18, 2019. 

  • application closes at 11:59 pm on March 18, but staff will only be available to assist or answer questions until 5 pm.
  • Artists who applied in Fall 2018 do not need to reapply but may update their applications if desired. Please email Jenn Gardner at to reopen your application.
  • Artists are chosen for studio visits by the visiting lecturer and will be contacted by DiverseWorks for scheduling. Studio visits will be conducted with selected artists on March 27 & March 28.

Eligibility requirements:

  • Must reside or work in Harris County
  • Must NOT be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program (ie BFA or MFA)
  • Must be a DiverseWorks member at any level; click here to join today. For questions about membership please email Jenn Gardner at

To apply you will need:

  • Documentation of your work (see application for specific formatting requirements)
  • A resume or C.V.
  • Artist statement (optional, no more than one page or 500 words)


Thursday, March 28, 6:30 pm

Gallery at MATCH, 3400 Main Street, Houston, TX  77002

free and open to the public, seating is first come, first served

Diverse Discourse brings national curators, artistic directors, and critics to Houston to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with selected Houston-area artists, performers, and writers. Diverse Discourse provides a significant opportunity for area artists in
 all disciplines (including performance) to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals, fostering a cultural exchange across the nation between artists and cultural producers.


Sonia Guiñansaca is an internationally acclaimed queer migrant poet, cultural organizer and activist from Harlem by way of Ecuador. Guiñansaca, a VONA/Voices and BOOAT Alumni, has performed at The Met, Brooklyn Museum, The Highline, Joe’s Pub, El Museo Del Barrio, The Nuyorican Poets Cafe, Lehmann Maupin Gallery and  has been featured by NBC, PBS, Latina Magazine, Pen American, the Poetry Foundation, and the United Kingdom’s Diva Magazine to name a few. They have emerged as a national leader in the undocumented/migrant artistic and political communities. Guiñansaca was named as 1 of 10 Up-and-Coming Latinx Poets You Need to Know by Remezcla and is currently leading cultural equity work as the Managing Director of CultureStrike. 

CultureStrike empowers artists to dream big, disrupt the status quo, and envision a truly just world rooted in shared humanity. Their work falls into four overlapping program areas:

1. An Artist Network that supports and connects artists with opportunities to develop their own work and political power.

2. A Cultural Strategy that through research and workshops demonstrates why culture indeed matters.

3. Literary projects such as CultureStrike Magazine, UndocuWriting, and Climate Literary Fellowship that publish and support original works of fiction, journalism, and poetry as well as critical commentary and communications that help us make sense of the role of culture in social change.

4. Cultural Projects & Events, ranging from visual campaigns like Migration Is Beautiful to multi-media festivals like UndocuNationthat bring people together for moments of profound transformation.

Due Date: Mar 18, 2019
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Reception for "Super Sarap" and Artists' Conversation

Celebrating Asia Society Texas Center's first exhibition featuring Filipino American artists

Join Asia Society Texas Center to celebrate the opening of Super Sarap, the Center's first exhibition focusing on food and featuring Filipino American artists. Artists Mik Gaspay, Jeanne F. Jalandoni, Charlene Tan, and O.M. France Viana will be present and participate in a conversation led by guest curator Patricia Cariño Valdez and Bridget Bray.

Mar 14, 2019
6:00 pm
Thursday Time & Price:
6 p.m., Free

Rebecca Morris Artist Talk

University of Houston - College of Architecture & Design
4200 Elgin St, Houston, Texas 77204


Join us for an evening with artist Rebecca Morris! Morris will discuss her practice at length in conjunction with her solo major exhibition "Rebecca Morris: The Ache of Bright," currently on view at the Blaffer Art Museum through March 16, 2019. 

University of Houston
Room 150
College of Architecture and Design Lecture Hall

Since the early 1990s, Rebecca Morris (b. 1969, Honolulu) has explored the vast visual language of abstract painting. Inventing an extensive array of original forms, compositional rules, and improvisational associations, Morris creates highly considered images that simultaneously construct and disassemble themselves. Varying widely in scale and density, her works are both unpredictable and precise, often featuring an ebullient cacophony of hues, patterns, layers, and gestures.

Rebecca Morris’s work is held in a number of major museum collections worldwide, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, among others. Since 1994, she has been the subject of more than 25 solo exhibitions and has been included in over 145 group exhibitions at museums and galleries, including the 2016 iteration of Made in L.A. at the Hammer Museum; the 2014 Whitney Biennial; Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, Netherlands; LAXART, Los Angeles; Kunsthalle Lingen, Germany; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; 356 S. Mission Road, Los Angeles; Galerie Barbara Weiss, Berlin; and Corbett vs. Dempsey, Chicago; among many others. Morris has also been the recipient of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and the Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, among others.

Mar 7, 2019
6:30 pm
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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