Join the cast and crew of Dionysia 2012, produced by the Center for Creative Work at the University of Houston Honors College, directed by Mitchell Center Artist in Residence Aaron Landsman, as they rehearse and prepare for Aristophanes’ The Frogs.

Karen Stokes: Artistic Director, Karen Stokes Dance (formerly Travesty Dance Group), Head of the Dance Division, University of Houston

“It’s been said that the university ranks as one of the chief supporters of the arts in the United States. With the migration of more and more working choreographers into university environments, it’s clear that artists are able to continue to create both inside and outside of these institutions. While the halls of academia offer some distinct advantages, most particularly to oft-itinerant and nearly always-struggling dance artists, other challenges and demands can sap their time and energy in their new environment. For this special Dance/USA report, I spoke with six choreographers navigating the academic terrain about both the rewards and sacrifices they face in giving up some independence for the Ivy Tower.”

Read the full report to learn more about UH’s Karen Stokes and her artistic life in academia here Safe House: Dancing in the Ivory Tower, Part 1, by Nancy Wozny.

Read more about The Frogs and Mitchell Center artist in residence Aaron Landsman.

Help Pave the Way to the New Blaffer Art Museum

April 13, 7-9pm
Private Hard Hat Tours and Cocktails Event

Join the list of supporters who have helped pave the way to Blaffer Art Museum’s grand reopening. This is the final opportunity to purchase a paver in time for the grand re-opening gala taking place September 21, 2012.

If purchased today, receive an invitation to the exclusive sneak-preview event this Friday and enjoy hard hat tours of the space midway through completion, along with cocktails and music.  Click here to purchase a paver and gain lifetime recognition as a supporter of the biggest museum makeover in Blaffer Art Museum’s history.

Lawndale Art Center Design Fair 2012

Design Fair 2012
April 25 – 29

Design Fair 2012 features vintage modern objects of the 20th century as well examples of cutting-edge contemporary design. A wide selection of carefully curated items will be available for purchase as part of the Design Fair, including furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion. Visitors to the Fair will be able to meet the designers and exhibitors for an up-close and personal look at the pace-setting designs of today and the mid-20th century.

The Texas Co-Op, a special section of the Fair, features individual Texas-based designers. 2012 Curator Garrett Hunter invited individual designers to offer specific products. These new and emerging product lines currently are in small-scale production and represent innovations in industrial and object design today.


Free Lecture
April 25, 6:30PM

Important Design from the 70’s and 80’s
Evan Lobel, designer and founder of Lobel Modern NYC, discusses the ground breaking designs of Karl Springer, Philip and Kelvin Laverne and Ward Bennett. For over 14 years, Lobel Modern has served as an invaluable resource for the finest new and mid-century furnishings to designers and architects world-wide.

Brown Auditorium, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Caroline Wiess Law Building, 1001 Bissonnet
followed by a reception


Special Exhibition – Simple, Beautiful & Usable
April 27–29

Sophomores enrolled in the Industrial Design Department at the University of Houston display innovative objects for the home and classroom in their first ever museum exhibition.

Exhibiting Students: John Capps, Laura Fernandez, Lindsay Lahaug, Jose Martinez, Elizaveta Morris, Seluga Sekanwagi, Trevor Wood, Troy Zinsmeister.

Fair Days
April 28 & 29
Lawndale Art Center
10 AM–5 PM

General Admission: $5

Shop among a special selection of vintage modern objects of the 20th century, as well as cutting edge contemporary design.  Specialist dealers will offer furniture, glass, ceramics, lighting, books, metalwork and fashion for sale to collectors and enthusiasts alike.

For more information, click here.

CORE Program Presents

Lecture by Andrea Geyer
Friday, April 6, 2012
5:30 p.m.

Freed Auditorium
Glassell School of Art
5101 Montrose Blvd.

Andrea Geyer lives and works in New York. She uses both fiction and documentary strategies in her image and text based works. Her works are temporal translations of specific social and political situations that address larger concepts such as national identity, gender and class in the context of the ongoing re-adjustment of cultural meanings and social memories. Recent works include Comrades of Time a group of seven video vingettes in which young New York women speak texts from the 1920s Weimar Republic Germany. Reflecting on that historic post-revolutionary moment, the work contemplates the need of a political imaginary to instigate true social change. Criminal Case 40/61: Reverb, a six-channel video engaging the historic trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem (1961) and the questions it raised about the relationship of truth and justice and about the responsibility an individual carries within a nation state. AndSpiral Lands, a photographic and textual historiography of the ongoing dispossession of lands from Indigenous people by colonization, governmentality, capitalist development that constitute one of the longest struggle for social justice in North America. Her collaborative work9 Scripts from a Nation at War is currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art, New York. Her work has been exhibited most notably at Tramway, Glasgow, 29th Sao Paulo Biennale, UAG Gallery Irvine, RedCat/Los Angeles, The Whitney Museum of American Art, TATE Modern, Serpentine Gallery London, Generali Foundation, Secession Vienna, and documenta12 Kassel. This May, she will do a performance in the context of Arika´s curated A Survey as a Process of Listening at the 2012 Whitney Biennial. Geyer is an Assistant Professor in the Parsons Fine Arts program at the Parsons the New School for Design.

red, black & GREEN: a blues COLLABORATION

red, black & GREEN: a blues COLLABORATION from MAPP International on Vimeo.

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.


Hillerbrand+Magsamen | House/Hold 
Beau Comeaux | Periphery

digital photography and video

Opening Reception | Thursday, March 15  6-9 PM

Artists Talk | Saturday, March 17  2 PM
valet parking | refreshments

DARKE | gallery is proud to participate in Fotofest 2012 with two exhibitions of work created for this event.  The Fotofest Biennial, is the first and longest running photography Biennial of its kind in the United States, and one of the largest photography events in the world. The exhibition continues through April 7.

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.