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TWELVE HOUSTON ARTISTS AWARDED INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANTS

TWELVE HOUSTON ARTISTS AWARDED INDIVIDUAL ARTIST GRANTS

CONTRIBUTORS: 
Dominique Estevez - Grants, Programs + Services Coordinator
Deidre Thomas - Grants Coordinator


Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is pleased to announce the 2016 Individual Artist Grant Awardees! The Individual Artist Grant (IAG) is open to artists living in the City of Houston working in all media and at any stage of their careers, established or emerging. As always, our panels were peer review style and made up of a diverse group of expert artists from the Houston community. The Individual Artist Grant promotes engagement among the Houston arts community, strengthens the local creative economy, and offers vital financial resources to one of our city’s most valuable cultural assets – its artists. Have a look at the awarded artists and projects below.

FILM: Travis Johns
“The Trouble With Ray” – Feature-length documentary spotlights Houston “Citizen Provocateur” Ray Hill’s 50 years of activism in shaping a Texas LGBT community and contributing to the greater national movement. The Trouble With Ray documents the history of LGBT heroes in Texas, of all places, and provides a lively overview of a life lived courageously in a world where fear and shame ruled. Thanks to a small group of activistswith Ray Hill’s shocking mouth at the megaphonea thriving LGBT community was born in the heart of ultra-conservative Texas and proudly marched its concerns to the national stage.  
Award Amount: $10,000

VISUAL ARTS: Bill Davenport
“Big Concrete Vegetables” - A selection of enormous vegetables sited near one of Houston’s many farmer’s markets. A permanent roadside attraction and wayfinding tool in everlasting steel-reinforced concrete.
Award amount: $10,000

VISUAL ARTS: Pablo Gimenez-Zapiola
“Eastext”- The project consists of performing large-scale projections of words, literary passages, poems and images, from a moving automobile onto the environment (houses, trees, buildings, fences, warehouses, light poles, et cetera). Each performance will finish in a park, gallery space or parking lot with projections, poetry recitation and artist talk.
Award Amount: $10,000

VISUAL ARTS: Emily Peacock
“The Likelihood of Future Improvements”The Likelihood of Future Improvement is a solo exhibition and film screening scheduled for July 2016 at Hello Project Gallery. The exhibition will feature a series of new photographs and video sculpturesbased on Peacock's family’s photographic archiveas well as a screening of her recent autobiographical short film, August.
Award Amount: $10,000

VISUAL ARTS: Ricardo Rivera
“Family Photographs” – The proposed project is an intimate collection of photographs, documenting the home-life of an immigrant family living in Houston. The collection will be comprised of approximately 40 pictures, to be displayed in exhibition with the working title of “Family Photographs.”
Award Amount: $5,000

VISUAL ARTS: Rachelle Vasquez
“Strange Animal Pelts & Tessellations” – "I will create a series of crocheted pelts of animal phenomena to be displayed as stand-alone and as more functional objects, like afghans and dollies. I’m playing off of the way animals have been used by humans throughout history."
Award Amount: $9,700

 

VISUAL ARTS: Jessica Kreutter
“A Firefly was Once a Passing Shadow” – The creation of a new sculpture installation using existing domestic fixtures and structures of the gallery, discarded objects, porcelain clay (both fired and unfired) and collected sound recordings. The piece will address memory in domestic spaces, beauty and violence, encroaching nature, and the vulnerability of the body.
Award Amount: $10,000

MUSIC COMPOSITION: Kurt Stallmann
“A Light-Sound Event in Twilight Epiphany” – "I propose to create a site-specific event for Twilight Epiphany, the James Turrell Skyspace on the Rice University campus. This event will integrate newly composed music, custom-designed light sequences, multi-channel synthesized and environmental sound, and live performance."
Award Amount: $10,000

MULTIDISCIPLINARY/PERFORMANCE ART: Nicole McCloud
“Score: Field Recordings” – “Score: Field Recordings” is a multidisciplinary installation that interweaves text, image and sound of forgotten landscapes and historic African-American sites in Houston, Texas. “Score” will take on two forms: a publication of text and imagery framed as a graphic score, and the interpretation of the publication as a sound installation.
Award Amount: $10,000

CHOREOGRAPHY: Harrison Guy
“Between Two Worlds”Between Two Worlds (BTW): A hymn for black gay men on rainbows, race, religion and rites of passage. BTW is a contemporary dance project that explores the dualities, crossroads and intersections that exist withinand often conflictblack gay men.
Award Amount: $10,000

CHOREOGRAPHY: Annie Arnoult
“Bout a Stranger” – “Bout a Stranger” is an evening length, multi-media, environmental dance theater performance inspired by the life and work of Woody Guthrie, conceived and developed by choreographer Annie Arnoult in collaboration with Open Dance Project and Houston roots musician Garreth Paul.
Award Amount: $10, 000

CREATIVE WRITING: Andy Campbell
“Houston Postmodern Map and Bus Tour” – The Postmodern Houston Map and Tour is a 40” X 28” folding map/essay detailing Houston’s postmodern commercial architecture. Distributed for free at two key venues (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and She Works Flexible Gallery), the map will be used in a series of interactive bus tours in May of 2016.
Award Amount: $8,000

We would also like to give our sincerest thanks to all of our Individual Artist Grant review panelists: Nic Allen, Jennie Ash, Shannon Buggs, Rachel Cook, Karen L. Farber, Elijah Gibson, Leamon Green, Marlon Hall, Stephan Hillerbrand, Autumn Knight, Alecia Lawyer, Marian Luntz, Ayanna McCloud, Dennis Nance, Collen Reilly, Armando Silva, Giuseppe Taurino, Alison Weaver, Dianne K. Webb and Shizu Yasuda. 

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