Writing an Effective Project Proposal- Workshop & Curator Panel

NOTE:  (2-23-15) Given the enthusiastic response to this topic, but limited seating, unfortunately, we are now sold out. 

Writing an Effective Project Proposal
Workshop & Curator Panel
For individual artists
Wednesday, February 25
6 - 8 p.m. 
Fresh Arts (Studio #B11, Winter Street Studios, 2101 Winter St., Houston, TX 77007)

It's 'open call' season for visual arts in Houston! Are you planning to apply for one of the many local "Calls for Exhibition Proposals" in the coming months? Before you do, Fresh Arts invites individual artists to sit down with a few of Houston's art directors to talk about ways to improve your project proposal. This workshop and curator panel will cover: the basics of writing an effective project proposal, some examples of successful proposals, what reviewers are looking for in an exhibition submission, common pitfalls, what local opportunities are currently available to individual artists. There will also be an informal Q&A session when participants can ask specific questions. Panelists include Ryan Dennis, Public Art Director at Project Row Houses, Dennis Nance, Exhibitions and Programming Director at Lawndale Art Center, and Sarah Schellenberg, Exhibitions and Program Manager at Fresh Arts.

Deadline: before noon, Tues., Feb. 24
$5/members :: $10/non-members

Late registration: (after noon, Tues., Feb. 24 or at the door)
$10/members :: $20/non-members

Ryan N. Dennis joined Project Row Houses in Houston as the Public Art Director in October 2012. Her interests include African American and international contemporary art, with a particular focus on socially engaged practices in all media, site-specific projects, and publicinterventions. At Project Row Houses, Ryan has organized exhibitions and programs including, Round 41: Process and Action: An Exploration of Ideas (2014); Round 40: Monuments: Right Beyond the Site (2014); Social Practice. Social Justice Symposium (2014); Round 39: Looking Back, Moving Forward (2013). She has written for the 2014 Prospect 3 catalogue and the Studio Museum in Harlem Magazine. Prior to Project Row Houses she worked in New York City at the Museum for African Art as the traveling exhibition manager, working on exhibitions which included but not limited to El Anatsui: When I Last Wrote to You about Africa, Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art in Ancient Nigeria, and Jane Alexander: Surveys (from the Cape of Good Hope). She received her master’s degree in Arts and Cultural Management from Pratt Institute where her research focused on the role of the artist as the administrator and cultural producer through residencies, and collaborative programming. Prior to moving to New York City, Ryan worked as a community organizer and a curatorial assistant at The Menil Collection inHouston, TX.

Dennis Nance joined the staff of Lawndale Art Center as Exhibitions and Programming Director in October 2007. Nance manages Lawndale's exhibitions, programs, marketing, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program and serves on Lawndale's Programming Committee. Nance is a native Houstonian and has extensive experience working with artists and exhibitions for Houston-area arts organizations. He was a member and served on the board of BOX 13 ArtSpace from 2010-2011. He received a BA from Austin College in Sherman, TX with a concentration in Fine Arts and French. Prior to joining the Lawndale staff, Nance worked for the Cultural Affairs Section at the Consulate-General of Japan at Houston and spent three years working in Gifu, Japan as an Assistant Language Teacher on the Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET).

Schellenberg joined Fresh Arts in 2012 with a background in fine art and non-profit arts management. After graduating with a bachelor's degree in fine art, she worked as the Education Coordinator and Exhibitions Manager at Art League Houston for several years. She currently manages the exhibitions, Community Supported Art Program, Winter Holiday Art Market and workshops at Fresh Arts. She is also on the exhibitions, Community Supported Art, and Winter Holiday Art Market selections panel.

Feb 25, 2015
$5/members :: $10/non-members (fees double at the door)
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Wednesday Time & Price:
6 - 8PM, $5/members :: $10/non-members (doubles at door)

PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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