Isela Aguirre, Piece Palm Play, 2021, cyanotype on cotton, 32 x 49 in. Courtesy of DiverseWorks. 

Image: DiverseWorks

HSPVA is a Houston gem. It was created in 1971 to train students for careers in the arts. And this year, the Kinder High School for the Performing and Visual Arts is bringing back some of its best and brightest alumni for a special 50th-anniversary celebration.

DiverseWorks partnered with the school to organize the exhibition entitled The Happening, inspired by the student-led performance event/creative incubator that would take place during lunchtime at the school. 

Over 40 artists were selected from an open call to the alumni pool and juried by DiverseWorks’ executive director alongside two HSPVA alumni, curator Laura Mott (‘97) and artist Anthony Suber (‘98). 

“For me and for many of us, our time at HSPVA invaluably shaped our lives,” says Mott. “This anniversary exhibition presents a multi-generational view of artists whose widely diverse practices share the same beginning.” 

Interdisciplinary artist Robert Hodge reflected on the deeply impactful experience saying, “HSPVA made me the artist that I am. My awareness. My technical skill. My critical thinking. All those things came from HSPVA. I took it for granted until I left and went to college where I realized I was so much more advanced. It made me a professional artist really early on and I really appreciate that about it.”  

HSPVA is home to a number of talented Houstonians working across all dimensions of the arts, from musical giants like Beyoncé and Robert Glasper to actress Chandra Wilson and Poet Laureate Gwendolyn Zepeda. 

The school’s anniversary exhibition opens with a reception and performances by Y.E. Torres (‘94) and a DJ set by Peter Lucas (‘91).  

A panel discussion featuring Isela Aguirre, Will Michels, Lovie Olivia, and Lordy Rodriguez will commence Saturday, October 30 at 1 p.m. 

Here are all the artists included in the exhibition: 

  1. Isela Aguirre (’95)
  2. Chris Bexar (’79)
  3. Gregory Michael Carter (’97)
  4. Christopher Cascio (’95)
  5. Jimmy Castillo (’94)
  6. Dylan Conner (’07)
  7. Amy Cousins (’09)
  8. Margaux Crump (’07)
  9. Jamal Cyrus (’91)
  10. Chandler Dean (’14)
  11. Amy Evans (’89)
  12. Andrew Flanders (’13)
  13. Ryan Francisco (’07)
  14. Janice Freeman (’77)
  15. Dan Gordon (’02)
  16. Mykiah Goree (’20)
  17. Dani Stinger Hammack (’07) &
  18. Olivia Morrow (’17)
  19. Mary Howe Hawkins (’75)
  20. Daniel Heimbinder (’91)
  21. Donna Hill-Wiley (’83)
  22. Robert Hodge (’98)
  23. Gaby Hurtado-Ramos (’12)
  24. Sofya Karash (’05)
  25. Lauren Kelley (’93)
  26. Jennifer Lindberg (’89)
  27. Will Michels (’86)
  28. Marie Bannerot McInerney (’98)
  29. Jason Moran (’93)
  30. Lovie Olivia (‘95)
  31. Josh Pazda (’03)
  32. Patrick Renner (’00)
  33. Lordy Rodriguez (’94)
  34. Hector Serna (’01)
  35. Brian Sikes (’74)
  36. Mina Silva (’18)
  37. Kaneem Smith (‘91)
  38. Anthony Suber (’98)
  39. Y.E. Torres (’94)
  40. Joel Valdes Ponce (’17)
  41. Jacques Louis Vidal (’00)
  42. Liz Ward (’77)

The Happening opens tonight at DiverseWorks with a reception from 6 p.m to 8 p.m and will be on view through November 27, 2021.

 

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