Fresh Funded: Sculpture Month Houston

Submitted by mstarkey on Fri, Sep 28th at 5:56 pm

 Fresh Funded: Sculpture Month Houston

by Micah Starkey

Fall is upon us, and the Houston art scene is hustling and buzzing with much anticipation!

One of the most anticipated exhibitions of the fall is Fresh Arts fiscally sponsored project, Sculpture Month Houston (SMH), who is gearing up for their 2-month-long feature starting in October.  We caught up with SMH guru, Antarctica, to learn more about their project before the big debut. 

Antarctica first told us that SMH was founded in 2016 to create a forum for sculptors to exhibit, and the citywide festival is the result: 

"Taking it back to our original and current sentiment: Installation art has become a popular and internationally recognized medium where contemporary issues are explored with passion. Many artists have chosen the installation medium because of the inherent ability to go beyond traditional conventions.

 SMH’s series of site-specific installations tie into this current body of ideas that is percolating throughout the art world in places like Documenta and the Venice Biennale. We provide artists with the access to weigh in on this with their creative responses in order to enrich and shape the visual dialogue. SMH is participating in this dialogue by providing artists with an opportunity to be challenged to create site-specific installations in unique architectural venues."

And SMH’s home at SITE Gallery Houston, located in the old rice Silos off Sawyer St, is definitely a unique architectural space! 

Since 2016, the festival has gained momentum and is excited to announce that this year’s exhibition, titled Peak Shift, will be expanding into 2 additional venues, including the 1940 Air Terminal Museum at Hobby Airport and a defunct control tower designed by I.M. Pei at Bush Intercontinental Airport. The first will feature a group show by 7 sculptors, including Tommy Glassford from Mexico City, and the latter will showcase an installation created by Jo Ann Fleischhauer. 

Of course, the SITE Gallery exhibition will be a grand display, completely transformed into a new atmosphere with 14 artists’ works. Antarctica shared, “This year, more of our artists have been asked to fill multiple silos, expanding the overall experience for our visitors. Sound will again be incorporated alongside video installation and performance. We are so excited to launch this multi-sensory exhibition for Houston!”

Antarctica also told us that with Fresh Arts as their fiscal sponsor, SMH has had opportunities to apply for grants that wouldn’t have been accessible otherwise. “With Fresh Arts’ guidance, we have successfully been awarded two separate City of Houston grants through the Houston Arts Alliance,” said Antarctica. We are celebrating with you, SMH, and congratulate you on your grant awards and another year of intriguing sculpture!

We are thrilled to be a part of this unique art experience and can’t wait to see the final installations!

 Want to join us? Details are as follows:


SITE Gallery Opening: October 13th, 2018 // 6 PM – 9 PM // food truck, beer and wine

On view until December 1st, 2018

1940 Air Terminal Museum Opening: October 20th, 2018

Control Tower at Bush Airport Opening: November 1st, 2018

*The opening will take place at Terminal A Parking Garage Rooftop rather than at the actual tower.

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