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.

Save the Date: Fifth Ward Jam

Saturday, October 1, 2011
3705 Lyons Avenue

Mark your calendars for the celebration of Fifth Ward Jam, a piece of temporary public art by the Houston artistic team of Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. Help launch this unique pocket park and awesome architectural artwork by joining in the festivities and enjoying the fall weather, fine refreshments and fabulous performances.

Gather your family and friends to hear music and storytelling that reflect the vibrant cultural roots of Fifth Ward. Presentations will feature Texas Zydeco Prince Jabo, legendary Duke Peacock house guitarist Texas Johnny Brown, Stella-nominated gospel quartet Endurance and more. All will perform and share stories of their life and work in this historic part of the Bayou City.

Theater District Open House

Sunday August 28, 2011  

Karen Stokes Dance performs excerpts from The Secondary Colors at 2:45 pm as part of the Uniquely Houston performance series 12-4pm, Zilkha Hall in the Hobby Center.

KUHF Front Row featured KSD and Theater Day on yesterday’s program, here is a link if you missed it:  The Front Row

For the full schedule of this year’s Theater District Open House click here.


20 Amazing TED Talks for Art Majors

Art majors often face a lot of teasing about the uselessness of their major and the difficulties they’ll face finding a job after graduation. For many students, it proves a disheartening phenomenon detracting from some of the pleasure of learning and creating. While cautions about finding a job post-graduation do have their place, it’s important for students to remind themselves of art’s value in society and remember why they were so inspired to initially pursue the path. These 20 TED Talks will do just that, showing off some impressive artwork, exploring the deeper meanings of art in culture and even showing the amazing impact creative pursuits have on the world. Among these 20 talks from artists, scientists and thinkers, students are bound to find something that strikes a chord and makes them proud to be an art major.

Staff Hiring for Fall 2011

Gulf Coast is currently accepting applications for the positions of Assistant Editors in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction.

 Founded in 1986, Gulf Coast is here to give UH graduate students the experience of editing a nationally distributed literary journal.  Assistant Editors are selected for one year, and they are expected to work closely with genre editors to screen unsolicited manuscripts for the magazine.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Ian Stansel in via email at to learn more. All CWP students are invited to apply.

Applicants must submit a cover letter and CV/résumé to the above email address no later than Monday, August 29, 2011 at 4:00 p.m. Please be sure to provide contact information, as interviews will be scheduled as soon as possible.

The Idea Fund announces its third round of grants. Bring on the ideas!

The Idea Fund provides cash awards of $4,000 to 10 Texas-based, artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify the unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices that occur outside the traditional framework of support.

Visit for more information and application guidelines.

 DEADLINE: Application and supplement materials are due October 15, 2011

Karen Farber explains UH Mitchell Center’s bold ideas to shake up Houston’s arts scene

Karen Farber, Executive Director of the UH Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, and Nancy Wozny, Houston’s art-scape CultureMap contributing editor-extraordinaire, discuss their favorite artists, trends, and the upcoming Mitchell Center season.

We are interested in showing what art can be — a powerful, direct and personal encounter with something new. We take on bold projects that provide new challenges for both artists and audiences. We are interested in the provocative artists who defy conventions and challenge the status quo.

Read the full article on CultureMap Houston here.

Glassell Fall 2011 Catalogue and New Classes

Registration and faculty counseling for new students will run August 10-11 from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Late registration runs August 15-17 and is by appointment only. Please call 713.639.7500 for an appointment or more information.

Head first: How dance gets made


Molly Glentzer writes for about Secondary Colors,  a new collaboration presented by the Mitchell Center and Karen Stokes Dance  with composer Bill Ryan. The piece contains three dances – Green,Orange and Purple, the first two of which are older restructured work, all tied together with Ryan’s music and new costumes.



BELIEF is the first in a series of five videos documenting the creation of red, black and GREEN: a blues. The work’s central collaboration—between Marc Bamuthi Joseph and Theaster Gates—exemplifies new directions in socially engaged, hybrid arts practice and presentation.

BELIEF is made possible by the Contemporary Art Centers (CAC) network, administered by the New England Foundation for the Arts (NEFA), with major support from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation. CAC is comprised of leading art centers and brings together performing arts curators to support collaboration and work across disciplines, and is an initiative of NEFA’s National Dance Project.

Video footage by Eli Jacobs-Fantauzzi
Photos by Bethanie Hines
Editing by Mike Taylor


Check out today’s blog discussing Shrimp Boat Projects on art21.

KSD on Great Day Houston

Karen Stokes Dance will be a guest on Great Day Houston with Deborah Duncan tomorrow, July 14.
In Houston, you can see the show live on Channel 11 (CBS) from 9 am – 10 am. The show will also stream live at 9am Central Time here.

University of Houston receives grant from National Endowment for the Arts

Grant supports transforming Third Ward into cultural center, enhancing Houston’s Civic Revitalization Effort

The University of Houston (UH) has received a prestigious Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), one of only 51 grants of this kind awarded nationwide. The university will receive $100,000 to support a series of public art installations, new media initiatives and cultural planning activities. Read more here.

Fatigue in the Arts World

Why it’s okay for arts groups to downsize, take a break, or even go away

A wise and fresh perspective from Nancy Wozny on an old, but rarely discussed topic. Don’t let your labors of love turn into a labors of dread.

Rachel Hecker: Artist Profile from Eric Jarvis on Vimeo.