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Karyn Olivier - Inbound: Houston

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The Mitchell Center is proud to announce a bold new project from artist-in-residence Karyn Olivier. Using 13 billboards along the city’s downtown freeways, Olivier will replace the usual advertisements with images of the urban landscape that would be visible if the billboard did not exist - the sky, trees, and buildings obstructed by the ads will now be “revealed.”

Olivier will also work with UH students enrolled in the Mitchell Center’s IART course Mitchell Center Mentorships, taught by artist J. Hill, to produce individual and collaborative projects in the community. Presented in collaboration with the UH Moores School of Music, Creative Capital, DiverseWorks, and CBS Outdoor.

LOCATION: Houston’s major freeways including Highway 59 (Southwest Freeway), Interstate 10 (in between I-45 and Hwy 59), North Beltway 8 and Loop 610 North.
INFORMATION: 713.743.5548

About Karyn Olivier

Karyn Olivier, who was born in Trinidad and Tobago, received her M.F.A. at Cranbrook Academy of Art and her B.A in psychology at Dartmouth College. Last year Olivier participated in the Gwangju Biennial (Korea) and in 2009 will mount two public art projects. Olivier will also participate in exhibitions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, Momenta Gallery (Brooklyn), the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT) and the Uferhallen in Berlin. Her work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Time out New York, The Village Voice, Art in America, Mousse, Frieze, among others. Olivier’s work is in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She is currently an assistant professor of sculpture at Tyler School of Art.

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