Art in Public Spaces

Art in Public Spaces :  Info Session + Panel Discussion
Wednesday, June 29th, 2016
6:30pm - 8:30pm 
@ Winter Street Studios 2nd Floor Gallery
2101 Winter Street, Houston, TX 77007

Creating art in public spaces, whether it's visual art, music, street theater or another creative endeavor, can be a challenge. Moving creative work out of the gallery or theater can require giving up control over several elements of the experience. Join Fresh Arts for a moderated panel discussion with Piper Faust (Weingarten Art Group), Jimmy Castillo (HAA's Civic Art + Design), and local artist Chris Silkwood who (together with co-curator Gus Kopriva) has successfully traversed the public art red tape to organize three grassroots public art projects on Heights Blvd. 

UPDATE:  Debbie McNulty, (Director of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs) will be in attendance to discuss the City of Houston's role in Civic Art and explain how the Cultural Affairs office can be a resource for artist groups wishing to put art on City property.

The workshop will focus on how to find local opportunities, the difference between RFQ’s and RFP’s, the application and artist selection process, policies + contracts, plus tips on how to secure permissions for your work and anticipate the unexpected to successfully create art in public spaces. While the emphasis will be on percent-for-art programs, other models of public art projects including privately funded projects and Silkwood’s grassroots neighborhood approach will be discussed.

NOTE: This presentation will not focus on how to craft a public art proposal or how to fund public art projects; however, proposal and funding tips will be briefly discussed. Fresh Arts hosts both an in-depth proposal writing workshop and grant writing workshop on a yearly basis. Please refer to Fresh Arts' Workshop Schedule for calendar dates or signup for the monthly Artist Resource Newsletter to stay-up-to date on future events.



Seating is limited so please register early to secure your spot!

Early registration: (before noon, Mon., June 28)
$5/members :: $10/non-members

Late registration: (after noon, Mon., June 28 or at the door)
$10/members :: $20/non-members

For more information about becoming a Fresh Arts member, visit our Membership page.


Debbie McNulty  | The Director of the Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs, The Mayor's Office of Cultural Affairs 

Debbie McNulty served as Lead Consultant for the City’s Arts and Cultural Plan. Her extensive experience includes work in philanthropy, public-private partnerships, community-based organizations and the arts. She was a program officer with Houston Endowment Inc. from 2008 to 2014, working primarily in the areas of arts and culture and community and economic development. From 2004 to 2008 Ms. McNulty was Executive Director of Art League Houston, a nonprofit art school and gallery, coordinating the development and construction of their expanded facility. From 2000 to 2004 she served as Director of the Civic Art and Design Program at the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County (now Houston Arts Alliance), having worked with the program from its inception in 1994 and throughout the effort that resulted in the adoption the Houston percent-for-art ordinance in 1999.

Piper Faust  | Project Manager, Weingarten Art Group

Piper specializes in managing permanent and temporary public art projects for both public and private clients from initial planning stages through installation completion. Piper earned her Master’s in Contemporary Art from Sotheby’s Institute in London, where she traveled Europe while researching her dissertation on community activation in public art practices. Prior to that, Piper received her Bachelor of Arts in International Communications from Texas Christian University. She has held positions at Eric Kuhne & Associates architectural firm in London, the Rothko Chapel, and most recently was the Civic Art and Design Project Manager at Houston Arts Alliance.

Jimmy Castillo  | Project Manager, HAA Civic Art + Design Collection

Jimmy Castillo is the Civic Art + Design Collection Manager/ Project Manager for the Houston Arts Alliance.  He has worked as the Assistant Director, Exhibitions and Programming and Lawndale Art Center, and is also an artist whose work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Harry Ransom Center.  As a member of BLAFTCO, a collaborative artist team who met at the High School for Performing and Visual Arts in Houston in the 1990’s, he has contributed to projects and exhibitions working through MECA and collaborating with Project Row Houses, Lawndale Art Center, DiverseWorks, and The Museum of Fine Arts Houston.  He has a BFA in Studio Art from the University of Houston.  Jimmy is a native Houstonian; born and raised in Houston’s Near Northside, where he and his family still live.

Chris Silkwood  | artist and co-curator of Heights Blvd "Trail of Art" public art exhibition

Chris Silkwood is a dedicated and enthusiastic mosaic artist. Her work has been featured in the Houston Chronicle, Houston House & Home, Gloss, Origin and OurBlok magazines. She has shown at the Fairmont Gallery in Dallas, Ariodante in New Orleans and Vaughn Christopher in Houston. She has also been featured in a major exhibit at the Nave Museum. Her unique art style was discovered by Hollywood and featured in the film “Puncture”, starring Chris Evans of Captain America fame. Her work was also seen in a popular television series, The Lying Game on the ABC Family network. In addition to her personal work, Chris has co-curated with Gus Kopriva of Redbud Gallery, three major public art exhibits along the esplanade of Heights Boulevard.

Chris' public art projects include “Trail of Art” (2016) a temporary public art exhibit of sculptures placed on eight locations along the esplanade of Heights Boulevard from the 400 to the 1800 block. “Trail of Art” is the followup to the successful “True North” (2014) and “True South” (2015) projects on Heights Blvd. curated by Chris Silkwood and Gus Kopriva (Rebud Gallery). “Trail off Art” (on view until December 15, 2016) includes work by Robbie Barber, Keith Crane and Chris Silkwood, Kelley Devine, David Graeve, Alex Larsen, Patrick Renner, Ariane Roesch, and Kaneem Smith. All artworks are on sale.

Past participating artists have included  "True North” artists:  Pat Medrano, Steve Murphy, Paul Kittleson, Dan Havel, Dean Ruck, Lee Littlefield, Ed Wilson, and Carter Ernst. “True South” artists:  Tim Glover, Joe Barrington, Sharon Kopriva, Emily Sloan, Hans Molzberger, Kermit Eisenhut, Tara Conley, Mark Bradford.

Pictured: Dan Havel's Wildlife Sanctuary from "True North" 


Fresh Arts  // 2101 Winter St., Houston, TX 77007  (map)

Winter Street runs tightly parallel to the train tracks. Our gallery door is accessible from the north facing loading dock which faces the tracks. 

Free parking is available along the loading dock with additional parking in the lot on the East side of the building.





Jun 29, 2016
Registration + networking from 6-6:30pm; presentation begins promptly at 6:30pm.
$5/members :: $10/non-members (fees double at the door)
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
Door registration + networking begins at 6:00pm

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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