This is your first official announcement for Lawndale Art Center’s biggest show of the year: THE BIG SHOW. Artists living within 100 miles of Houston are invited to submit their artwork for a chance to be included in the show and a shot at one of three cash prizes. Click here to download the entry form.
We are counting down now with only 5 weeks left until TEDxHouston 2011. There are some exciting speaker and sponsor announcements on the horizon so please keep an eye out for more news in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, we’re continuing to challenge our community to consider the question: Where do we go from here? We want you to think about how you can leverage the connections made possible by where you are and where you’ve come from. Consider where we are as a society, and where we’re all headed.
TEDxHouston aims to reach a diverse audience and create opportunities to meet fellow Houstonians who are also passionate about the power of ideas to create positive change. If you know others who you’d like to attend, please forward this link. It wouldn’t be a community powered event without your help!
Chuck Ivy, a 2nd year Master of Fine Arts student in the Interdisciplinary Practices & Emerging Forms (IPEF) at the School of Art, came to the University of Houston with a background in music, computer science and photography. Ivy is blazing a trail of firsts within the Arts at UH. He is the first graduate student in the IPEF program and also the inaugural Artist in Residence at the Texas Learning & Computation Center Visualization Lab (TLC²) where he is researching 3D visualization technology for the creation of art.
Ivy describes himself a “new media, research artist”. He explains, “new media art is a moving target, each year there’s something new, and some new technology to make it. So a big part of my artistic practice is the ability to teach myself new technologies as they are needed.” While working with faculty from the School of Art last semester on sound art and interactive environments, a new format for artistic collaboration emerged. Working with Arts Professor Abinadi Meza, Ivy created an online radio station for sharing sound art; such as spoken word, field recordings, “noise” and other experimental music. This personal radio project expanded this semester, and the station he created with Professor Meza is the platform for the course ‘Collaboration Among the Arts: Transmission Arts’. This class is part of the IART curriculum offered by the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which emphasizes interdisciplinary collaboration between students. About the collaborative experience Ivy says, “I can work with another creative student, with different skills and interests, and what we create together has the potential for being so much more than either of us could have done individually.” Ivy’s student leadership was acknowledged by a Scholarship from the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts.
Upon graduation, Ivy would like to teach new media art at the University level, while also working with local arts organizations in Houston such as Aurora Picture Show, Houston Center for Photography, Fotofest, and Lawndale Art Center. He will present his 3D artistic research from the TLC² Artist in Residence reception on May 6 at 6:00PM in the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Wortham Theatre lobby.
Only 20 people are admitted to the graduate program each year, chosen from about 400 applicants, Kastely said. Half of those are in the doctoral program.
Franco’s soon-to-be status was first reported Wednesday by Burn Down Blog, which linked to a newsletter for the creative writing program that listed Franco as among incoming students for fall 2011.
Kastely said the actor originally planned to enroll then but has asked to defer for a year.
Franco, who turned 33 earlier this week, hosted the 83rd Academy Awards with actress Anne Hathaway in February.
Reviews of that performance were mixed, but he was nominated for an Oscar for his portrayal of hiker Aron Ralston in the 2010 film, 127 Hours.
He’s probably best-known for his role as Harry Osborn in the Spiderman trilogy. But last fall, he published Palo Alto: Stories, a book of short stories named for the California city where he was raised.
Kastely said UH accepts graduate students based on a writing sample, letters of recommendation and a personal statement. Doctoral students also must submit “a strong piece of critical writing,” to demonstrate scholarly abilities, he said.
Although he’s the best-known and most prolific composer of his generation, Philip Glass does a lot more than just write music every day. Read about his first annual Days and Nights Festival in Carmel Valley and Big Sur this summer here.
Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Artist Talk Tuesday, April 19, 1:00pm University of Houston, Fine Arts Building Room 110 New York City-based author Jibade-Khalil Huffman discusses his practice, spanning photography and poetry, as well as his new book, James Brown Is Dead. Featuring a performative slide show by the artist. Huffman’s first book of poetry, 19 Names For Our Band, was published by Fence Books in 2008. He has recently presented performances at P.S.1/MoMA and The Tank.
Photo: Kurt Elling on stage this month at the Tower Theatre in Fresno. Credit: Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times.
Over the past 15 years, a good deal of Elling’s best work hasn’t even come under Recording Academy scrutiny. A master of collaboration with a literary bent, he’s worked with Chicago’s Steppenwolf Theater on a variety of shows, including one based on Allen Ginsberg’s poetry and another exploring the artistic currents of L.A., Chicago and New York. More recently, Elling has been the creative catalyst behind several projects by jazz giants looking to stretch into new compositional territory. To read the full Arts & Books profile of Elling, click here.
Clips from Theaster Gates presentation at the Craft Forward Conference that took place on April 3, 2011 in San Francisco, CA. Milwaukee Gospel choir formed singing about the local blue collar craftsmen.