Anticipation grows for the Menil Collection’s dedication ceremony for “The Art Guys Marry a Plant” at 10:30am November 19


The Art of Sustainability

Read the recent Chronicle Blog on red, black & GREEN: a blues, in The Arts in Houston with Jenni Rebecca Stephenson of Spacetaker.


Hemispheric New York Emerging Artist Fellowship

Application Deadline: November 16, 2011

The Hemispheric New York Emerging Artist Fellowship program is now accepting applications from emerging artists in New York City who are at the early stages of their careers but have some track record of creating performance-based work. This competitive one-year fellowship will be awarded to one (1) artist who is committed to art as a vehicle for social change, whose work—even if interdisciplinary—is strongly rooted in performance, and who would value the opportunity to be a part of an Americas-wide network of artists, activists and scholars who focus on the intersection of performance and politics.

The residency period runs from January to December 2012.

The fellowship provides the emerging artist with:

Download the application here.

Questions can be sent to

The Hemispheric New York Emerging Artist Fellowship is a program of the Hemispheric New York Performance Network Initiativesupported by the Rockefeller Foundation’s NYC Cultural Innovation Fund.

It Takes a Village

Read the dancesourcehouston review on The Secondary Colors, an original collaborative contemporary dance and music work by choreographer Karen Stokes and composer Bill Ryan that took place last weekend at the Hobby Center. 


Reality Hardly Bites

Ethan Hawke headlines the third annual Cinema Arts Festival Houston, read the full CultureMap Houston story here.


Celebrated American composer attracts dream-team musicians for dance program

The Secondary Colors
The Secondary Colors is an original collaborative contemporary dance and music work by choreographer Karen Stokes and composer Bill Ryan. This premiere features nine dancers of Karen Stokes Dance and six world-class musicians hand selected by Bill Ryan; David Cossin, percussion, Michael Lowenstern, clarinet, Todd Reynolds, violin, Andrew Russo, piano, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, cello, and Jonathan Nichol, saxophone.
Karen Stokes is Professor and Head of the Dance Division in the School of Theatre & Dance at the University of Houston and founded the UH Center for Choreography.

Bill Ryan is the Director of the New Music Ensemble at Grand Valley State University and recipient of the American Composers Forum coveted Champion of New Music Award for his commitment to bringing new music into the lives of young students and to a wider public audience.

Read the recent write up on

WHEN: 7:30pm Thursday-Saturday
LOCATION: Zilkha Hall at the Hobby Center, 800 Bagby
TICKET INFORMATION: $20-$35, 713.315.2525

“When Life Becomes Art” Ken Johnson reviews Living as Form in today’s New York Times.



Rock Star Patti Smith performed on campus in April of 2010 with our help in conjunction with Voices Breaking Boundaries.  She read from her prize-winning memoir, Just Kids, and performed Because the Night  and My Blakean Years – during which she improvised a verse about her Houston visit.

Fifth Ward Jam


Dedication of Havel Ruck Projects‘ newest public sculpture
Saturday, Oct 1, 4:30 pm
3705 Lyons Avenue, Houston, 77020
Presentations by Texas Johnny Brown, Zydeco Artist Jabo, Gospel Quartet Endurance and Rapper Moon Rue

red, black & GREEN: a blues BELIEF

18th Annual International Symposium on Electric Art

ISEA2012 Albuquerque: Machine Wilderness
September 19 – 24, 2012
The 18th Annual International Symposium on Electronic Art is a symposium, conference and series of events exploring the discourse of art, technology and nature on a global scale.


Click here to apply. Deadline: October 15, 2011.

molecular biologist turned dance artist

Striving for Objectivity, First in Molecular Biology, and Then in Choreography

The New York Times reports on Xavier Le Roy in “Product of Circumstances” at the French Institute Alliance Française.

Quality of Place + Quality of Opportunity = ArtPlace

Read Carol Coletta’s most recent blog post for the National Endowment for the Arts to learn more about ArtPlace,  a new consortium of foundations, federal agencies, and financial institutions charged with driving the revitalization of cities and towns with new investment models that put the Arts at the center of economic development.

POLITIQUEER – Call for Artists

A Voices Breaking Boundaries(VBB) East End Live Art Production
in collaboration with artistic curators Jennifer Tyburczy andSima Shakhsari

Sunday, December 11, 2011
Houston Institute for Culture, 708-C Telephone Rd

Eligible for submission: performance art pieces, dramatic readings, spoken word, and other forms of embodied art that examine the official and everyday dimensions of “queer politics,” understood broadly. Submissions of other visual or aural artworks are also welcome, except for installation.

Submission due date:  October 5, 2011

David Dove speaks about Nameless Sound and Music Education

The 2012 Hunting Art Prize

About the Art Prize
The Hunting Art Prize, which is sponsored by the international oil services company Hunting PLC, is a Texas-wide competition open to established artists, talented newcomers and promising amateurs. The $50,000 award is the most generous annual art prize given in North America for painting and drawing.

The competition is open to Texas-based artists who are 18 years of age (as of August 1, 2011) or older. Artwork submitted for consideration must be a single two-dimensional painting or drawing no larger than 72″ on any one side (including frame, if any).

Sign-Up & Submissions:
Artists must sign up using the electronic form and upload one digital file representing their selected artwork. The digital file must be in JPEG format and no less than 1MB and no more than 2MB.

All entries must be submitted no later than midnight, Tuesday, November 30, 2011.
Email us at For further details on submission criteria, terms and conditions, visit

Media Archeology September 15-17

Take a look at the 2011 Media Archeology Teaser from Aurora Picture Show, and save the dates!


Mel Chin’s first major publication DO NOT ASK ME
Book signing Tuesday, September 6th, 2011 from 6pm – 8pm
The Station Museum of Contemporary Art
1502 Alabama Street
Houston, Texas, 77004


One Amazing Thing

UH Creative Writing Program Professor Chitra Divakaruni’s most recent novel is also the inaugural book of the new One Book, One City reading initiative, Gulf Coast Reads: On the Same Page.

The novel tells the story of a diverse and wary group of strangers caught up in an earthquake who tell each other stories in order to survive their hours of darkness and fear as they face possible death. The act of telling each other their private tales of one amazing thing that happened in their lives transforms them from hostile strangers into a community.

Read the full story on CultureMap Houston.