Local Talent To Fuel New
Sculpture Month Houston
A citywide celebration and survey of sculpture
HOUSTON, TX – Houston is home to artists of all performance and visual disciplines. Frequently represented and felt through their work yet rarely acknowledged as a whole are the sculptors behind Houstonʼs memorable, monumental and spatial works.
In response to this occurrence, Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery director Volker Eisele, director
Sean Rudolph and manager Antarctica Black—alongside Tommy Gregory, artist and Public Art Program Curator at the Houston Airport System—announce Sculpture Month Houston, a citywide celebration and survey of the Houston sculpture scene.
Houston last celebrated sculpture 16 years ago with Sculpture 2000. In presenting Sculpture Month Houston across a variety of spaces throughout the city—from Saturday, October 15 through Saturday, November 19, 2016—its organizers look to showcase the sculptural medium, its notable masters and the shear talent of local sculptors.
“This project will showcase the emergence of a talented generation of young sculptors alongside our established ones in a wide variety of styles, reflecting the diversity of the city of Houston,” says campaign director Volker Eisele. “It will also illustrate the journey of the sculptural medium in Houston, as it has also happened in other art locales – from singular, volumetric object to the dissolution of the object and the exploration of space that directly engages the viewer and resonates at multiple sensory levels.”
The month consists of more than 35 participating venues including commercial galleries, nonprofit spaces, educational facilities and museums. While participating venues will coordinate their own programming of three-dimensional art, organizers plan to present four curated exhibitions featuring a cross-section of Houston and Texas-based sculptors. Participation in the month and its curated exhibitions is by invitation.
Central to the celebration is SITE Gallery Houston at The Silos at Sawyer Yards, an industrial space consisting of 34 igloo-like rooms representing the end terminals of the original rice silo towers. In advance activation of this flagship exhibition site, a preview of the month will coincide with Houston Art Fair. Following the fair, a Sculpture Month Houston VIP preview party, public kick-off and subsequent programming will be presented onsite. Additional exhibitions, opening receptions and events are scheduled for Capitol Street Gallery, Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery and Decorative Center Houston.
Sculpture Month Houston looks to further Houstonʼs reputation as an art mecca and joins a succession of existing art festivities, namely FotoFest, PrintMatters Houston and Houston Art Car Parade. Besides showcasing the work of local talent, the celebration aims to provide participating venues and featured artists a needed, income-generating opportunity. For Houston residents and visitors alike, the month offers an opportunity to explore, experience and celebrate a scale of sculpture rarely seen in the Greater Houston region.
The campaign is currently crowdsourcing funds to bring sculptures to several participating Sculpture Month Houston venues, fund featured artists and cover installation costs. Individuals are invited to give at sculpturemonthhouston.org/sponsor or buy tickets to the monthʼs VIP Preview Party via Indiegogo.
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Sculpture Month Houston exhibitions will be accompanied by artistsʼ talks, open studios and demonstrations. Tours of the SITE Gallery Houston exhibition will be offered throughout the month, Saturdays, 2 – 3 p.m.
All events beginning Saturday, October 15, 2016 are free and open to the public. The current schedule of events includes:
Thursday, September 29 – Sunday, October 2, 2016 Sculpture Month Houston Preview at Houston Fine Art Fair Silver Street Event Space, 2000 Edwards St.
Thursday, October 13, 2016, 10:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Portraits at the Memorial: A Photo Shoot for Houston Police Officers & Houston Sculptors Houston Police Officerʼs Memorial, 1300 Memorial Dr.
Friday, October 14, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Sculpture Month Houston VIP Preview Party
SITE Gallery Houston, The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St.
Saturday, October 15, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Sculpture Month Houston Kick-off Party / SITE Gallery Houston Opening Reception SITE Gallery Houston, The Silos at Sawyer Yards, 1502 Sawyer St.
Friday, October 21, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Sculpture Month Houston Opening Reception: Capitol Street Gallery Capitol Street Gallery, 6701 Capitol St.
Saturday, October 22, 2016, 6 – 9 p.m.
Sculpture Month Houston Opening Reception: Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery, 1836 Richmond Ave.
Thursday, October 27, 12 – 3 p.m.
Sculpture Month Houston Opening Reception: Decorative Center Houston
Decorative Center Houston, 5120 Woodway Dr. #3002
For updates to this calendar, visit sculpturemonthhouston.org/events.
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Anya Tish Gallery
Art League Houston
Barbara Davis Gallery
BLUEorange Contemporary Art Gallery
BOX 13 ArtSpace
Capitol Street Gallery
Cindy Lisica Gallery
City of Houston Parking Management Division
Clarke & Associates
Decorative Center Houston
Devin Borden Gallery
George Bush Intercontinental Airport
Gspot Contemporary Art Space
Havel Ruck Projects (Dan Havel, Dean Ruck) Sponsored by Seeds of Sharpstown
Houston Community College – Central Art Gallery
Hiram Butler Gallery
KCAM Contemporary Art Museum Fort Bend
Meek Studio & Gallery
Nicole Longnecker Gallery
Project Row Houses
Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery
SITE Gallery Houston at The Silos at Sawyer Yards Sonja Roesch Gallery Inc.
Station Museum of Contemporary Art
William P. Hobby Airport
Williams Tower Gallery Zoya Tommy Gallery
For more information, visit sculpturemonthhouston.com.
About Sculpture Month Houston
Sculpture Month Houston is a citywide event celebrating and showcasing Houston sculpture. The campaign is hosted in a variety of spaces throughout the city—from Saturday, October 15 through Saturday, November 19, 2016—directing attention to the work, creative energies, diverse expressions and shear talent of Houston sculptors. For more information, visit sculpturemonthhouston.com.
Sculpture Month Houston is a sponsored project of Fresh Arts, a nonprofit arts service organization. Contributions for the purpose of Sculpture Month Houston must be made payable to Fresh Arts and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.