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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Summit Kickoff + Reception

Join Fresh Arts for an evening kick-off to the first annual Fresh Arts Summit! Featured presentations include a performance by Son Kiss'd Dance Theater, an artist talk with famed Houston artist GONZO247, and a dynamic talk on the state of today's artists. with featured Keynote Speaker Diane Scott.  

This event is FREE and open to the public.

About the Keynote Presenter:

Described by artists she’s worked with as a “goal fairy,” Diane Scott uses the power of artists’ stories and community to take the magic out of the “non-art” part of a successful artist’s practice. Diane creates processes, systems, networks and carefully curated experiences to help collegiate arts faculty employ her tools in their personal artistic practices and then mentor the processes with their students. Founder and designer of the nationally recognized Artist INC artist professional development program, Diane now focuses on bringing her tools into the undergraduate arts arena both as an Associate Professor of Arts Management at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and through her writing, research, and workshops.

Jul 19, 2019
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
5:30PM - 7:00PM, Free

Open Studio summer morning,

Open studio, abstract art , emancipation park , third ward , Tatiana Escallon , Houston Artist , Colombia

Morning Open Studio, 

Art and Colombian Coffee .  
Colombian-American artist studio located in theHistoric Thirdward at emancipation Avenue, just a few block from the Emancipation Park.
Jul 20, 2019
10:00 am to 1:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
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Arts Resource Expo

Arts Resource Expo

Friday, July 19, 2019


Silver Street Studios

2000 Edwards St. - Building entrance #1, Houston, TX 77007

Free and open to the public.

Get in touch with local arts resources! 

Featured organizations and professionals will share their resources in an open networking format. The Arts Resource expo is geared towards artists and other creative entrepreneurs looking to tap into local resources.


Powered by Fresh Arts the Arts Resource Expo is hosted in conjunction with the 1st annual Fresh Arts Summit and in partnership with Houston Arts Alliance Disaster Resources Expo & Symposium.


Featured organizations:


Fresh Arts

Sawyer Yards

Houston Arts Alliance

Jerry’s Artarama

Higginbotham Insurance


Additionally, Houston Arts Alliance is sponsoring the expo and facilitating the following resources:

TX-CERA (Texas Cultural Emergency Response Alliance) teach artists how to recover their assets after a flood.

Performing Arts Readiness will provide sample documents to help entrepreneurs develop a plan to ensure their safety in case of emergencies large and small.

HAA will provide Hurricane Preparedness Guides specific to artists and arts organizations, as well as the CERF+ Studio Safety Guide.

Galveston Historical Foundation will also be in attendance to share their resources and information.

Jul 19, 2019
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
12Pm = 2PM, Free

Restorations and Revivals: Babylon

The incendiary Babylon has been finally released in the U.S., playing to packed screenings and hailed as a true discovery. Raw and smoldering, it follows a dancehall DJ (Brinsley Forde, front man of the British reggae group Aswad) in South London as he pursues his musical ambitions, battling against the racism and xenophobia of employers, neighbors, and police. The blistering soundtrack features Aswad, Johnny Clarke, Dennis Bovell, and more.

"CRITIC'S PICK. Babylon is a 39-year-old nugget of a movie about young British Jamaicans and their itinerant reggae scene built around sound systems, freestyling and parties with rich, low lighting. Just as seminal an entry in the English “angry young man” sweepstakes as the plays, novels and movies about alienation made in the 1960s. Babylon amounts to something that still feels new. You’re looking at people who, in 1980 England, were, at last, being properly, seriously seen." — The New York Times
"Assertive and ebullient, Babylon is as alive as a movie can be to the everyday mesh of liberating art, humorous camaraderie and hazardous political reality. Dennis Bovell’s reggae a master class of mood — a sonic heartbeat full of joy, pain and fury, the needle drops like matches struck and the music an insistent, scented flame you hear, see and feel." — Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times

"Like the reggae music that pulses through it,Babylon is rich, rough and real. And like the street life of the young black Londoners it portrays, it's threatening, touching, violent and funny. This one seems to explode in the gut with a powerful mix of pain and pleasure." — Variety

"Invaluable. Spills over with killer reggae on its soundtrack. Nearly four decades after its Cannes premiere, the pic is finally getting US distribution... it deserves a robust welcome." — The Hollywood Reporter

"Babylon does more than borrow the music, fashion, or world view of reggae. It embodies the ethos of the music—and it feels like a song, swaying from a clever joke to fire and brimstone, conveying a message less through language than through the passage of sound waves through bodies." —The New Yorker

"A STORY WITH LITERALLY EPIC STAKES. It's no surprise why the film may resonate now—its themes of finding community through art and trying to exist in a society that doesn't want you are unfortunately both timeless and extremely current." — GQ

"Babylon is a British cult classic [with an] irresistibly danceable dub soundtrack...a beautiful time capsule that shines a light on the vibrant underground culture that existed in early 80s south London." — BFI

"The 1980 cult classic considered by many to be the great U.K. reggae movie." — Rolling Stone

"It became a cult hit, resonating with reggae heads and black Londonites far before America experienced similar honesties with Do the Right Thing." — Vice

Read reviews here and here.

Aug 2, 2019 to Aug 9, 2019
General Admission $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
7:00 pm
Friday Time & Price:
7PM $9. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $7
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Dana Caldera: Visual Anthropology

Art exhibition at the new Forth and Nomad Gallery

Forth and Nomad Gallery is proud to present Houston artist, Dana Caldera, in their second

Visual Anthropology is Dana's first career solo exhibition, coming after participation in a group
show at Alexandria Museum of Art in 2019. In this collection, Dana continues to work with found images
to create texture rich, mixed-media pieces that incorporate collage, painting, and drawing. Working
mostly with images of strangers, each work of art is a kind of individual artistic ethnography where Dana
attempts to create a visual representation of the stranger's thoughts, feelings, hopes, and fears. She
aims to build a piece of art where the viewer is compelled to empathize with the unknown subject. Her
smart compositions and abstract mark-making obscure the original portraits while expanding on the
emotional story behind the figures. Many of the found images in
Visual Anthropology are sourced locally,
connecting the past and present in this nostalgic collection of contemporary artwork. Her work is
haunting and captivating.

“Standing in front of my artwork, you are left to wonder about the figures you see,” said the artist, Dana
Caldera. “I hide details within the layers, and as you uncover more elements in the painting, you begin to
learn more about the strangers before you. Spending time with one of these pieces feels like genuinely
getting to know someone for the first time.” 


Forth and Nomad 

731 Yale Street, Houston, TX 77007

Exhibition Dates: July 13 – Aug 4, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, July 13, 2:00-4:00PM 

Artist’s Talk: Thursday, August 1, 6:00-7:30 PM 

Gallery Hours: Monday – Saturday 10:00AM–7:00PM, Sunday 11:00AM-6:00 PM

Jul 13, 2019 to Aug 5, 2019
2:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Monday Time & Price:
10-7 Free
Tuesday Time & Price:
10-7 Free
Wednesday Time & Price:
10-7 Free
Thursday Time & Price:
10-7 Free
Friday Time & Price:
10-7 Free
Saturday Time & Price:
10-7 Free
Sunday Time & Price:
11-6 Free
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Forth and Nomad

731 Yale Street
77007 Houston , TX
United States
Texas US

Mon - Sat, 10am -7pm
Sunday, 11am - 6pm

Forth and Nomad is a contemporary, curated shop with all the hand-crafted goods and accessories you need - and want.

Forth and Nomad operates under several missions: to connect makers with their consumers; to get Houstonians more intimately involved in the city’s maker community through maker-hosted workshops, classes and live events; and to serve as a creative hub for the vibrant, scrappy, one-of-a-kind city they call home. Forth and Nomad supports handmade, small batch, and locally crafted goods.

While the vast majority of Forth and Nomad’s goods come from local artists, the store carries goods from brands located all around the U.S. Every product in Forth and Nomad is carefully curated by Andy and Morgan, and has a strong connection to Houston’s culture and artistic community. And everything in this store – from its wallets to its jewelry to its home goods – will help you tell the world a little bit about who you are.

Welcome to Forth and Nomad. Welcome to the community, where we encourage you to seek inspiration and live authentic.

Selfie Interactive Art Wall Contest

Calling all creatives and artistic students for selfie art wall!

Submit your sketches and ideas for a selfie art wall.

FOR: Bayou City Art Festival (Downtown on
October 12 & 13)

DEADLINE: Sunday, August 25, 2019


The creative with the best idea will have the opportunity to
produce the art wall and have it displayed at the Downtown festival, which is
attended by 15,000 art enthusiasts throughout the weekend.


Think big! Picture perfect art murals, colorful walls and
mesmerizing backdrops. Houston, we have dozens of Instagramable spots around
town, but can you help us bring something to life at Houston’s largest art


The winning artist will receive:

  • $1,000 + cost of materials
  • 10 tickets to Bayou City Art Festival Downtown 
  • A shout out on social media and e-blast to over 60,000


Send submissions to
with “Selfie Art Contest” in the subject line by Sunday, August 25, 2019. 


#BCAF staff
will choose one winner and the chosen artist will be notified and announced by
Friday, September 6, 2019.

Due Date: Aug 25, 2019 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.

QFest: Why Can’t I Be Me? Around You


Renowned art car artist Harrod Blank's camera-covered van breaks down near Albuquerque, NM. The only mechanic capable of fixing it is local drag racer, and machining savant, Russell “Rusty” Tidenberg. Rusty recently began to transition by getting breasts. While Rusty works, Harrod learns that Rusty's boss (father) cut his pay, his biker friends rejected him, and women won't date him now. Struck by his story, Harrod films Rusty for eight years. Other gender-non-binary art car artists that Harrod meets shed further light on gender identity in America. The film follows Rusty on this difficult journey of embracing and exhibiting both genders, while still hoping for acceptance, and love.

Jul 31, 2019
General Admission $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $8
7:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
7PM $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $8
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QFest: Pasolini

This provocative biopic chronicles the final hours of Italian filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (Willem Dafoe) before his brutal murder in 1975. When he transposed the Marquis de Sade’s Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom from an 18th-century German castle to 1944 Fascist Italy, Pasolini faced resistance from the public, politicians, and press. For Pasolini—now in its first U.S. release—Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant; King of New York) focuses on Pasolini’s search for new material following the release of Salò. 

“It’s profane and it’s precious and it glows like the moon.” —The Guardian

“An absorbing portrait, particularly compelling when relying on Pasolini’s own words, which we hear verbatim through original letters and interviews.” —The Film Stage

Watch an interview with the director and star.

Jul 27, 2019
General Admission $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $8
7:00 pm
Saturday Time & Price:
7PM $10. MFAH members, seniors (65+) & students with ID, $8
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Houston, TX 77266-6494


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