Houston Fine Art Fair In keeping with tradition, HFAF has acknowledged and recognized several of the city’s most visible and respected art leaders. The 2015 Arts Patron of the Year was awarded to the esteemed collector Lester Marks. The 2015 Lifetime Achievement Award was dedicated to Galveston Arts Center most admired Curator Clint Willour. During his 45 years in the Houston art world, the omnipresent Mr. Willour has held every possible position from collector, curator, gallery owner, to museum advisor and has greatly contributed to the arts in Houston.
Clint Willour The 2015 Illumination Award in Arts Education went to Michele Barnes: co-founder and operator of the Community Artists Collective for 28 years. The Collective provides the cultural link among African American artists and all communities, thus inspiring creativity. The opening night preview on September 9th, benefited FotoFest International with 3,500+ elegantly attired art supporters. International in scope, the 2015 HFAF featured 50+ respected art galleries from across the globe.
Houston Fine Art Festival Discovery Green
The Houston Fine Art Festival will be held at Discovery Green in downtown Houston, TX. Discovery Park, recipient of numerous awards for design and construction, is a unique urban and sculpture park located downtown across from the George R. Brown Convention Center. Discovery Green hosts numerous concerts and festivals throughout the year. October 31 - November 1, 2015
HISTORIC RENOVATION ON SCHEDULE The Alley Theatre
The Alley Theatre’s historic renovation is on budget and on schedule to celebrate the first performance in the renovated Alley Theatre on October 2, 2015. The first extensive renovation since the Theatre’s opening in 1968 is being funded by private and public contributions to the Alley through the Extended Engagement Capital Campaign. “The outstanding reception from the Houston community toward the Alley Theatre’s Extended Engagement Capital Campaign has enabled us to raise over $53.5 million to date, on our way to raising $56.5 million before the Alley begins its inaugural season back in the renovated theatre on October” said Roger Plank, Co-Chairmen of the capital campaign.
Grant Opportunity for Houston Artists Artadia Award
Houston is one of the city that Artadia chose this year to fund artists that demonstrate a commitment to contemporary art. Artadia: The Fund for Art & Dialogue is a national nonprofit organization that gives unrestricted, merit-based awards to visual artists in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Awards are granted in participating cities on a rotating basis and it’s Houston’s turn. Artadia Awards range from $5,000 to $20,000, and are unrestricted. The award money can be used however the artist sees fit. In the past 15 years, Artadia has awarded over $3 million to more than 300 artists throughout its participating cities. Applications are now being accepted for Houston/ Harris County artists. You can qualify If you have lived in Harris County for two years or more and are not currently enrolled in an art-related degree program. The deadline for applications is October 15, 2015. Artadia.org
Renovations began in July, 2014 and include the following major improvements: installation of a new four-story fly loft, the space above the stage where scenery, drapery and equipment can be suspended out of the view of the audience; a fully trapped area below the stage floor so people and scenery can rise from below the stage; an expanded backstage area, and a more intimate relationship between the audience and the stage. The Alley Theatre, one of the nation’s leading nonprofit theatre companies and housed in one of Houston’s most iconic buildings, has been called by The New York Times “a triumph of the Brutalist style.” Currently the Alley is performing their 2014-2015 season at the University of Houston main campus. For more information about Alley Theatre performances, visit alleytheatre.org.
Museum of Fine Arts Houston Photographer Duane Michals will speak at the Museum about his career as a photographer, writer, and filmmaker. One of the great photographic innovators of the last century, Michals is widely known for his work with series, multiple exposures, and text. Michals first made significant, creative strides in the field of photography during the 1960s. In an era heavily influenced by photojournalism, he manipulated the medium to communicate narratives. The sequences, for which he is widely known, appropriate cinema’s frame-by-frame format. Michals has also incorporated text as a key component in his works. His handwritten text adds another dimension to the images’ meaning and gives voice to Michals’s singular musings, which are poetic, tragic, and humorous. September 24, 713.639.7300