The City of Houston is rich in creativity, and now we're taking that same ingenuity across the world. The Center for Art and Social Engagement or (CASE) at the University of Houston Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts has partnered with the American Academy in Rome (AAR) to launch a fellowship program in Rome, Italy, and now Houston-based artist Lisa E. Harris is headed abroad.
To launch the new program, CASE worked with a group of local artists, curators, and arts organizers to identify potential fellows who reflect the diversity of Houston, and of 40 candidates, Harris was the perfect fit. She was selected through a panel of three judges—Abinadi Meza, 2015 Rome Prize Fellow and associate professor in the UH School of Art; Kelly Montana, assistant curator, Menil Drawing Institute; and Alison de Lima Greene, Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
Harris is an artist who's worn many hats—filmmaker, creative soprano, performer, composer, improviser, and writer, the press release notes. Harris founded the art collective Studio Enertia, which produced her project, Cry of the Third Eye, an opera film in three acts, and was also the recipient of the Dorothea Tanning Award for Music/Sound, awarded by the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, and a 2021 Texas Vignette Artist Grant.
Harris was selected as the inaugural Houston Regional Affiliate Fellow and will spend eight weeks next year on the AAR campus. While in Rome, the multidisciplinary artist will have access to a studio and stipend to fund her work and residency. As per a press release, Harris will be pursuing her work and research against the inspiring backdrop of historic buildings and gardens on Rome’s Janiculum Hill.
"I am elated to return to Italy, albeit my first time to Rome, as the inaugural Houston Regional Affiliate Fellow," Harris said in a statement. "It brings me joy to put on for my city around the world. It’s a gift to be supported in doing so. Grazie mille!"
The program is set to begin in January 2022 and will last through July. For more information on the Houston Regional Affiliate Fellowship in Rome, visit uh.edu.