Very Artsy Houston News: Station Museum and Artist Residencies

Houston’s ART scene this season is stacked with action-oriented events. From the Houston Art Alliance annual gala this Wednesday, October 13 at the Black Theater Coalition and Broadway Across America joining forces in search of scholarship applications, the city is in full philanthropy mode.

Here’s more art news for your week.

The Musée d’art contemporain de la Gare presents an inspiring new exhibition

In support of the Collectif Artistes Solidaires avec la Palestine and the Palestinian Youth Movement, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art presents, In the sun, a group exhibition and symposium featuring 17 local artists whose work explores community and liberation. The exhibition will be commemorated with a concluding artist talk and reception on October 17, 2021.

For more information about the exhibition, visit here.

A new mural honoring the historic leader of the Mexican-American community has been unveiled in Houston’s North End

In honor of Hispanic Heritage Month, local artist Gelson Danilo Lemus honored the late Justice Alfred J. Hernandez (1917-2010) with a memorial mural in Houston’s Northside. Hernandez was the first Latinx judge elected to the Houston bench and served as the leader of the Mexican-American community throughout his career. The mural is an active tribute to the life and legacy of Hernandez, with a portrait of the judge and accompanying images that tell the story of the Northside community.

The mural is located on both sides of the Judge Alfred J. Hernandez Tunnel (North Main Street @ Daly Place).

Fresh Arts is seeking proposals from Houston artists for the Space Taking Artist Residency

Fresh Arts, a local arts advocacy organization, is seeking proposals from artists in the Greater Houston area for their Space Taking Artist Residency. Two selected projects will receive a $2,500 stipend and access to an 1,800 square foot gallery to support for eight weeks. Local artists and creative collectives are encouraged to apply until Sunday, November 14.

For more information on application and guidelines, visit here.

PVAMU announces Melina Abdullah as first Activist-in-Residence

Researcher, professor, and co-founder of the Los Angeles Chapter of Black Lives Matter, Melina Abdullah, is heading to Prairie View A&M University to teach and empower students in their 2021-2022 Activist-in-Residence. Born in Oakland, Calif., Abdullah is a leading figure in race studies, social movements and has also had his mark in the film world.

For more information on Melina Abdullah and PVAMU’s Center for Race and Justice, visit here.

MFAH Core Residency Program Announces Public Lecture Schedule

Since 1982, the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston has granted postgraduate residencies to visual artists and critics as part of their core residency program. The program, which is hosted by the Glassell School of Art, recently shared its 2021-2022 public speaking program which kicks off this Thursday, October 14 with Iranian director Anahita Ghazvinizadeh. The schedule also includes a virtual talk with curator Meg Onli (who was recently named director of the Underground Museum in Los Angeles), Houston artist Jamal Cyrus, and more.

For more information on the 2021-2022 residents and programs, visit here.