Very Artsy News: Fresh Arts, HCP and more

A weekly brief on what’s happening in Houston’s arts and culture scene.

By Amarie Gipson January 5, 2022

Fresh Arts kicks off its 20 year anniversary celebration this month with the Unbelieve-A-Ball. Image from the 2018 gala. 

2022 is finally here! Beloved art and music venue AvantGarden celebrated 25 years on NYE and we’re keeping an eye out for developments on Houston’s COVID-19 surge. This is the last week to catch Kana Harada’s imaginative exhibition at the Asia Society. Don’t forget to register for the CAMH’s upcoming virtual art talk on music and slab culture and an encore presentation of Fresh Art’s What Works/What Doesn’t workshop this evening. Here’s more art news for your week: 

Fresh Arts Unbelieve-A-Ball 2022

Local arts advocacy hub Fresh Arts is kicking off its 20-year anniversary celebration with a gala honoring local philanthropists and artists including Mark and Rachel Austin, Robert Hodge, and more. The gala will also feature an auction, immersive installations, costumes, and live entertainment. 

For more information and tickets for the gala, visit here

Houston Center for Photography Fellowship and Annual Exhibition 

The Houston Center for Photography has extended the application deadline for its annual fellowship awards to Sunday, January 9. Two artists working in photography and new media are selected for the award. Each artist will receive $3,000 in addition to a solo exhibition and a profile in HCP’s magazine. All applicants must be members of the HCP. 

For more information, visit here

Awardees of Black Box Press Foundation’s 2022 Grant 

Visual artists Aaron Coleman and David Clemons were announced as the recipients of the Black Box Press Foundation’s Art As Activism grant. At the intersection of art and social change, the Houston-based organization has supported the work of artists making strides toward social change. 2022 marks the second iteration of the grant, whose inaugural winners were Nastassja Swift and Rashaun Rucker. 

For more information on Black Box Press Foundation, visit here

CAMH Expands its Artist-in-Residence Program CAMHLAB

In response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston founded CAMHLAB, a residency and collaboration initiative to support the practices of local artists. This year, CAMH announced a new partnership with real estate development firm Random Capital to bring the residency to its 150,000 square foot complex, Montrose CollectiveFour residencies staggered through the summer will be held by Eepi Chad (Dec 15-Jan 30), Two Star Symphony (Feb 2-Mar 27), Frame Dance (Mar 30-May 25), and Dana Caldera (June 1-30). 

For more information on the residency program, visit here


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