Being Flynn and UH IART Professor Nick Flynn

Being Flynn,  the new movie based on the memoir Another Bullshit Night in Suck City, by IART Professor Nick Flynn.

“Sometimes awkwardly and sometimes gracefully, Being Flynn charts a middle course between the rough honesty of its source and the sentimental triteness of the much worse movie it could have been,” A.O. Scott of the New York Times wrote.

Read Texas Monthly’s coverage here.


New name, same mission


Protecting Houston’s oldest buildings is a full-time job. Preservation Houston, formerly the Greater Houston Preservation Alliance, believes it’s up to the task.  Read what David Bush, Director of Programs, has to say about the name change.

Art, Community & Activism

The Walker Art Center continues the tradition of supporting the most significant visual, performing, and media artists of our time.  Susy Bielak, Walker associate director of education, talks with Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates about their work together and individually, what it means to be an activist who’s also an artist, and the far-flung networks of people who figure in red, black & GREEN: a blues. Click here to read My Hand or My Voice, Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates on Art, Community, and Activism.


Position available: Administrative Assistant

Nameless Sound is seeking to hire an Administrative Assistant

Nameless Sound seeks a temporary, contract Administrative Assistant for approximately 10-15 hours per week (with the potential for 20-25 hours of work, pending need and availability). The contract will be through June of 2012

Responsibilities include:

Updating the website and creating/designing email blasts.
Assisting in marketing of programs through updates on social networking sites.
Coordinating member acknowledgement and letters.
Managing the processing of member donations.

Ideal candidate is a self-motivated individual, with the ability to work independently, be proactive, and multi-task. Candidate must have computer skills and Internet skills. They must possess exceptional organizational abilities, an attention to detail and communication skills. They must be fluent in Word/mail merge, Excel, Bento or similar Database software. They must be fluent in basic HTML and with email marketing programs. They must be familiar with Facebook and Twitter, and must be able to update local user-managed arts calendars.

Please send résumé to

Nameless Sound:

Nameless Sound was established in 2001 to present the best of international contemporary music and to support the exploration of new methods in arts education

Nameless Sound presents concerts by premiere artists in the world of creative music. In addition, Nameless Sound artists work directly with students from Houston’s public schools, community centers, and homeless shelters. Nameless Sound’s educational work helps to nurture a new generation of artists and inspire tomorrow’s creative thinkers.

Houston is the Nation’s Leader in the Job Market

More than 100,000 new jobs were created in Houston since the recession, making it the most prosperous city in the country according to a recent Business Journals study. New Orleans, Austin, Dallas and San Antonio rounded out a Texas-filled top five.  Read the full article here.

Body of a Dancer from Daniel Gallenkamp N.S.C. on Vimeo.

Gulf Coast Staff Hiring Announcement

Applications are currently being accepted for the positions of Editor and Managing Editor.

Founded in 1986, Gulf Coast is here to give UH graduate and undergraduate students the experience of editing a nationally distributed literary journal.  The Editor and Managing Editor will be hired for a minimum of two years (four issues), and they will be entitled to their normal teaching fellowship, summer salary, as well as stipends at the end of each academic year. The year-round positions will begin at the close of the spring semester. Training will be provided.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Ian Stansel in the Gulf Coast office or via email at to request more information.  All Creative Writing Program students are invited to apply.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and c.v./résumé via email to Ian no later than Monday, March 5, 2010 at 5:00 p.m.  Applicants will be interviewed by the Board of Directors on Saturday, March 10.  Application materials will be treated as confidential.  Please be sure to provide contact information.

Follow the Dionysia 2012 Blog and view the Video-Diary of Dionysia, above.

Transforming Communities Through Design

Mike Emery profiles UH Professor and director of the university’s Community Design Resource Center (CDRC) Susan Rogers in his blog, Creative Pride on

Glasstire reports that Diem Jones will begin as the Director of Grants at the Houston Arts Alliance on February 13.

A poet, musician, producer and spoken word artist (aka Drs. H.M. Joy & Fladimir MS Woo) art director, photographer, and teacher, he comes to Houston from an 8 year stint at Arts Council Silicon Valley, where he supervised their Artsopolis program and managed the agency’s grants, arts education and marketing.

Houston’s Notable Urban Spaces

The Houston Chronicle reminds us of some of Houston’s current and upcoming notable urban locations.


Mike Kelley | 1954-2012

Mike Kelley, among the most important international artists to have emerged since the 1980s and whose physically messy and psychologically complex projects laid the groundwork for present-day installation art, has died. He was 57.

Kelley is survived by his older brother George Kelley, who lives near Houston.


Creative Capital is now accepting online Letters of Inquiry for grants in Emerging Fields, Literature and Performing Arts. The deadline for submitting inquiries is March 1 at 4:00pm EST. Visit to learn more about the application process, read the grant guidelines and access the Inquiry Form.

Art Across Campus: Double Physichromie

A new piece of public art by Carlos Cruz-Diez goes up at University of Houston, main campus.

Collecting as a Vocation: the Menil Project

Thursday, February 16

Pamela Smart
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Art History
Binghamton University, State University of New York

This lecture will consider the ways in which John and Dominique de Menil’s practices of collecting diverge from conventional analyses of collectors.

LOCATION: University of Houston, Fine Arts room 110


Thursday, January 26, 2012 | 6:30 – 7:30PM

Join us for a gallery walk-through of The Deconstructive Impulse with Dr. Jenni Sorkin, Assistant Professor of Contemporary Art and Critical Studies, University of Houston. Dr. Sorkin’s work examines the confluence of gender and material culture within modern and contemporary art history, theory, and criticism. Her writing has appeared in the New Art Examiner, Art Journal, Frieze, Modern Painters, among others. In 2010, she co-organized Blind Spots/Puntos Ciegos: Feminisms, Cinema, and Performance for the eight edition of SITAC, the International Symposium of Contemporary Art Theory, held in Mexico City. She has been awarded fellowships from the ACLS/Luce Foundation and the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles, and is the recipient of the 2004 Art Journal Award given by the College Art Association. She is currently completing a book manuscript entitled Live Form: Craft as Participation, which examines the legacy of Black Mountain College, craft pedagogy, and the history of ceramics from 1952 to 1975.