Round two

Asia Society Launches Round Two of Artists on Site Series

Meet the four artists.

By Amarie Gipson August 4, 2021


Image of Preetika Rajgariah, Bennie Flores Ansell, Guadalupe Hernandez and Stevie Spurgin courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center.

The Asia Society Texas Center returns with the second installment of their Artists on Site Series, an initiative that provides support to BIPOC artists based in Houston. 

Artist on Site Series 2 features work from Bennie Flores Ansell, Guadalupe Hernandez, Preetika Rajgariah and Stevie Spurgin whose interdisciplinary practices range from painting and sculpture to installation and performance. The ASTC galleries are transformed into public-facing studio spaces for each artist to work in over the course of seven weeks. 

According to the ASTC’s Director of Exhibitions, Bridget Bray, the program was developed in the spring of 2020 in response to the increasing challenges facing artists in Houston and beyond. “Through the project and its related programs, we hope that visitors will have the opportunity to continue to connect with the artists in this current series and their critically important insights," she says. 

Guadalupe Hernandez, Rebeldía de Juventud, Cut Paper, 2021. Courtesy of the artist.

The first iteration of the initiative featured visual artists Ahra Cho, Laura Drey, Brandon Tho Harris, and Royal Sumikat, whose feedback has been vital to shaping the program for future residents.

In addition to studio access, each artist was granted a $1,750 stipend and $500 for materials.  

Visitors can stop in and witness the artists in action for free through Sunday, September 12. For more information on the selected artists and accompanying programs visit here


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