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 Chron.com.

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 creative-capital.org/apply to learn more about the application process, read the grant guidelines and access the Inquiry Form.

The Core Program awards postgraduate residencies to highly motivated, emerging visual artists and critical writers who have not yet fully developed their practices and share a commitment to critical dialogue.

About the program
Established in 1982 within the Glassell School of Art of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Core artist residencies encourage intensive and innovative studio practice as well as the elaboration of an intellectual framework to understand that practice. In 1998, the Core critical studies residencies were established to provide an opportunity for writers to pursue independent curatorial and writing projects and to promote the discourse necessary for both artists and critics to sustain their practices. Throughout the year, residents engage in ongoing dialogue with each other and with pre-eminent artists, critics, curators, and art historians invited to conduct seminars, lecture, and meet with residents individually.

Program specifics
Each resident receives a stipend, health insurance, and private studio/office space. The residency term is nine months, from September to May. Residents may apply for a second term.

How to apply
For application instructions, please visit mfah.org/fellowships/core-how-apply.

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
4pm

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
ADMISSION: Free

AUDITION NOTICE FOR DANCERS – performers will be compensated

 Stephan Koplowitz’
NATURAL ACTS/ ARTIFICIAL WATER

site-specific performances

Calling adventurous dancers who are technically trained in contemporary movement, skilled in various improvisation practices, partnering and have experience in developing process based work for alternative spaces…

OPEN CALL

Wed, Jan. 25, 6-10 pm
Barnevelder Movement Arts Complex,
2201 Preston St.

The commitment includes:

Rehearsal Residencies:Thu-Mon, March 8-12 & Sat – Fri, May 12-18 
Performances: May 19 & 20

Please RSVP to sixto@diverseworks with a CV and bring a hard copy to audition.

ARTISTS/SCHOLARS TALK: DR. JENNI SORKIN

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.

Regine Basha Named New Artpace Director

Glasstire reports powerhouse curator Regine Basha has been appointed Executive Director of Artpace in San Antonio, beginning March 1. From 2002-2007, Basha was Adjunct Curator at Arthouse in Austin, where she oversaw the first Arthouse Texas Prize, and co-founded fluent collaborative. Some Texas Exhibitions she’s curated include the upcoming  Pfieffer at The Blanton in Austin (Fall 2012); Seedlings at The Dallas Contemporary (2010); The Marfa Sessions, Ballroom Marfa (2009); The Activist Impulse, Women & Their Work (2008); Julieta Aranda at Sala Diaz (2008). If that’s not enough, she’s a graduate of NYU and Bard, and is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian, and Hebrew.  Says Basha, “I look forward to working with such a dynamic organization as it evolves and continues to challenge the role of contemporary art while fostering creative careers and giving access to the public.”

Welcome to Amy Powell, our new Mitchell Center Curatorial Fellow at Blaffer Art Museum!

Creative Pride recently welcomed Powell to Houston and learned more about her role at UH.

CONGRATULATIONS TO TO THE 2012 CREATIVE CAPITAL GRANT RECIPIENTS

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The recipients of the 2012 Creative Capital grants in Film/Video are:  Cam Archer, Robert Bahar & Almudena Carracedo, Amy Belk & Matt Porterfield, Brad Butler, Lucien Castaing-Taylor & Véréna Paravel, Eric Dyer, Daniel Eisenberg, Yance Ford, Brian L. Frye & Penny Lane, Sonali Gulati, Kenneth Jacobs, Nina Menkes, Akosua Adoma Owusu, Brian Pera, Rick Prelinger, Michael Robinson, Mark Elijah Rosenberg, Norbert Shieh, Stacey Steers, Deborah Stratman, Jesse Sugarmann, Christopher Sullivan and Jake Yuzna.

The recipients of the 2012 Creative Capital grants in Visual Arts are: Janine Antoni, Raven Chacon & Nathan Young, Patty Chang, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Theaster Gates, Ken Gonzales-Day, Taraneh Hemami, Tahir Hemphill, Simone Leigh, Eric Leshinsky & Zach Moser, Phillip Andrew Lewis, Carlos Motta, My Barbarian (Malik Gaines, Jade Gordon & Alexandro Segade), The Propeller Group (Matt Lucero & Tuan Andrew Nguyen), Teri Rofkar, Paul Rucker, Connie Samaras, Lisa Sigal, Jim Skuldt, Kerry Tribe, Joan Waltemath, Women (Scott Barry & Neil Doshi) and Amy Yao.

Austin Museum of Art/Arthouse Looking for new Executive Director & CEO

Launching an exciting new chapter for the arts in Austin, the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) and Arthouse at the Jones Center (Arthouse) merged in November 2011.  With a strong vote of confidence, both boards approved the merger along with a vision for an institution that will be a key player on the national art scene and an important reason to visit Austin.  With an annual operating budget of $3.2 million, a $15 million endowment and zero debt, combining the two organizations made both fiscal and artistic sense and has created a newly combined entity with a rich history, dedicated staff and board, strong programs, a successful school, multifaceted physical assets, and enormous potential.

Find the job description here.