Monica Fuentes joined Houstonia as associate art director in October 2016. Previously, she was art director at the Houston Press. Over her long career designing publications in Houston, Monica has developed working relationships into lasting friendships. She’s excited to bring her experience and passion for graphic design and photography to the team.

Monica grew up in Katy (go Tigers!) and attended the University of Houston (go Coogs!). She and her fiancé, both avid sports fans, happen to live with the greatest dog on the planet.

Ice House

Out of Catastrophe, a Wild New Opportunity at the Houston Arboretum

In the aftermath of a great tree-mortality event, the Arboretum has created a new master plan.

10/30/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Editor's Note

When Bad Dates Go Good

Here's to weird beginnings and happy endings.

10/30/2017 By Catherine Matusow

Dept. of Optimism

What the City of Houston Will Do, Post-Harvey

The city's going to change now, right? Right?

10/02/2017 By Roxanna Asgarian

Fall Arts Guide

Da Camera Looks Back at a Tumultuous Decade with an Evening of Jazz

“Songs of Freedom” pays tribute to Abbey Lincoln, Joni Mitchell and Nina Simone.

08/21/2017 By Chris Becker

Bulls on Parade

5 Things You Must Do This Weekend, August 18-20

The Texans are back, the Houston food fest, and a new idea for date night.

08/17/2017 By Julia Gsell

On the Table

Say Yes, Please to These Local Goat Cheeses

August is National Goat Cheese Month, and we're celebrating the creamy fromage from local farms.

07/18/2017 By Alice Levitt

Editor's Picks

Veterans Memorial Drive: Houston's Unheralded Food Crawl Destination

Already worked your way down Bellaire Boulevard and Westheimer? This third expanse of asphalt spanning both sides of the Beltway is the new hot dining spot.

05/25/2017 By Alice Levitt and Katharine Shilcutt

Ice House

Meet the Houston Woman Compelled to Rescue "Homeless" Heirlooms

“If you love history, genealogy can swallow you whole,” says Janet Foster.

03/21/2017 By Elise Rambaud Marrion

News

CultureMap Acquired by Houston-Based Gow Media

The digital publication was last sold to ViewMarket two years ago.

02/15/2017 By Katharine Shilcutt

Pour

Amid an Onslaught of Openings, Local Breweries Fight to Stand Out

Overwhelmed? Begin a pilgrimage along the new brew trail with our top picks.

01/23/2017 By Jenna K. White

Ultimate Guide to Buffalo Bayou Park

Here's Houstonia's Handy Annotated Map of Buffalo Bayou Park

We've got the inside track on where to find the top picnic spot, best wildlife-viewing area, most dramatic skyline views and more.

01/23/2017 Illustrations by Tanyia Johnson and Monica Fuentes

Ice House

In Defense of Houston's Strip Malls

Their aesthetic merits are dubious; their environmental impact, baleful. Yet we argue there’s no purer distillation of Houston itself.

12/30/2016 By Katharine Shilcutt

Ice House

Those Million Mattress Firms Aren’t Going Anywhere—for Now

Wondering what will change with the Firm’s purchase by a South African furniture giant? So were we.

10/24/2016 By Roxanna Asgarian

Insider’s Guide

Best of International Houston: Pakistan

Desi radio, chaat and, of course, cricket

09/01/2015 By Katharine Shilcutt