Upcoming Educational Programs


  • Sat
    04
    Jan
    2020
    11:00 am - 12:00 pmWinter Street Studios, Studio 10, 2101 Winter St, Houston, TX 77007
    Program events

    Will Henry is a visionary artist based in Houston.  VAA will visit his studio, which is rarely open to the public. He and arts writer Garry Reece will discuss the current works Henry is readying for his next exhibition at the Galveston Arts Center in May. VAA members and guests will be the first to see these new paintings. The studio visit will be Saturday, Jan 4, 11:00 a.m., at Winter Street Studios, Studio 10, 2101 Winter St, Houston, TX 77007.

    Will Henry says of his work, “The paintings have a strong sense of narrative and the landscape functions almost as a backdrop to the drama that unfolds. Growing up in a rural area the landscape really imprinted on my psyche and noticing a sense of sparseness of melancholy or loneliness.”

  • Wed
    05
    Feb
    2020
    6:30 - 7:30 pmRSVP for address.
    Program events

    THIS EVENT & THE WAITING LIST HAVE REACHED CAPACITY.
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    Leslie and Brad Bucher Mandell Artspace


    Designed as a private retreat and housing a major collection of contemporary and Latin American art, this converted plumbing supply warehouse is tucked away in Houston’s eclectic Montrose neighborhood. The collectors are strong supporters of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and in addition to an outstanding selection of modern and contemporary Latin American Art, have added a special balcony room focused on the works of alumni of the Museum’s Glassell Core Program. The collection tends towards minimalism and most pieces reflect a strong geometric component, including works by Kelly, Judd, de Kooning, Nevelson, and Eliasson and a strong Latin American emphasis with works by Soto, Cruz-Diez, Oticica, Kuitca, Crespin, Saraceno and Neto. Site specific installations by James Turrell, Soo Sunny Park and Henrique Oliviera round out the collection.

  • Sat
    07
    Mar
    2020
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Cherryhurst House, 1603 Cherryhurst St, Houston, TX, 77006
    Program events

    Limited attendance: RSVP to vaa.rsvp@gmail.com with "Cherryhurst House" in the subject line.

    Join VAA for a private tour of the current exhibition at Cherryhurst House, "The Art of Music."

  • Sat
    04
    Apr
    2020
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.The Printing Museum, 1324 W Clay St, Houston, TX 77019
    Program events
    This event has been canceled.
    A conversation between collector and art consultant.
    Presented by Judy Nyquist and Lea Weingarten.

    A self-proclaimed civic arts activist, Judy Nyquist believes that the transformative power of art has the ability to expand understanding, communication, expression and tolerance between generations, ethnic groups and socioeconomic divides. Through longstanding board work and support, she has strengthened more than two dozen arts organizations in Houston, as well as supported many of Houston's cultural, historic and educational institutions.

    Judy's primary philanthropic activities have focused on emerging artists, arts education and public art, particularly in green spaces. She has served on the Boards and committees of the Contemporary Arts Museum, the Menil Collection, the Museum of Fine Arts, the Glassell School of Art, the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Rice University Public Art Program, the Blaffer Gallery, the Asia Society, Hope Stone Dance, Gulf Coast Journal, the Houston Arts Alliance, The Houston Seminar, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Hermann Park Conservancy, and Discovery Green. Her roles in these organizations have been aimed at bolstering education, exposure and availability to wide audiences. An art historian and curator, Judy received her B.A. in art history at the University of Michigan and her M.A. in Northwestern University.

    Lea Weingarten began the Weingarten Art Group in 2006, after more than fifteen years’ experience of working with public and private art collections in achieving their collecting goals. Lea has an extensive private client clientele and travels nationally and internationally throughout the year to art fairs, galleries, and artist studios to provide the best and most knowledgeable access for her collectors.

    Ms. Weingarten co-founded The Menil Collection’s popular Contemporaries and has served on numerous Menil Committees, including as Chair of the Menil Society.  She has served on the boards of the Prints and Drawings Acquisitions Committee of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Glassell School Core Committee, and Civic Arts Committee for the Houston Arts Alliance. She has served multiple terms on the boards of the Contemporary Art Museum Houston and the Holocaust Museum Houston. Lea holds a Bachelor of Arts from Tufts University and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

    *AA: Art Addiction

  • Sat
    13
    Jun
    2020
    11:00 amWebinar
    Program events

    Curator Kelly Montana, the Assistant Curator at The Menil Drawing Institute and artist Erik Hagen explore the intersection of art and science in front of Hagen’s 48” by 72” painting. Using augmented reality, the painting transforms into a video in which the viewer virtually flies through a ghostly Houston-on-the-sea, set in the year 2550.

    Erik Hagen is a professional engineer and artist with work in the Houston Museum of Natural Science. Kelly Montana most recently organized the Menil’s Brice Marden exhibit, and is interested in the intersection of art, history, and politics. They will discuss the artist’s practice of layering work atop previous work as a metaphor for deep time and exploring humanities place in the cosmos through painting and video.

    The VAA program will occur as a live webinar with time for Q&A on June 13 at 11:00 A.M.  The video will be broadcast live to The Visual Arts Alliance's Facebook page and all to their YouTube page.

    To watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/NfcL2-e4o8A 
    To watch on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/visual.arts.alliance/live/

     

  • Wed
    05
    Aug
    2020
    6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.https://bluejeans.com/711620209
    Program events

    Join VAA live on the BlueJeans network at https://bluejeans.com/711620209, Wednesday, August 5, at 6:00 p.m. for a virtual presentation by Jason Dibley, Collections Manager for Prints, Drawings, and Photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH). Dibley began identifying images of protests and marches in the MFAH photography archives a few years ago.

    By looking at photographs of protest, Dibley will explore the interaction of event and observation, discussing the ways such images are viewed, published, and understood. Photos will span decades and come from many countries, with a focus on the 1960s Civil Rights Movement in the USA.

  • Sat
    05
    Sep
    2020
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.LIVE on Facebook
    Program events

     Revisions in Representation: Artists Working to Decolonize Art History

    In discussion with Cindy Lisica, PhD

    Join VAA as art historian and curator Cindy Lisica discusses the works of Guillermo Gomez-Peña & Coco Fusco, Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, and more. She will highlight the role of the artist, the public, and the institution in significant works like Wiley’s portrait of President Obama and Fusco & Gomez-Peña's performative artwork. Cindy dives into details and symbolism in their work as it relates to colonial histories, its acceptance by the general public, and the rethinking of public art monuments, justto name a few! This program will be live streamed our Facebook page.

    Cindy Lisica is an independent curator, writer, and art history professor at The Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah,GA. She holds a PhD in History and Theory of Art from the University of the Arts London, MA in Modern and Contemporary Art from California State University, Long Beach, and BA in Integrative Art from The Pennsylvania State University. She has previously taught at University of Pittsburgh, University of Houston, and Houston Baptist University, operated two commercial art galleries, and worked in museums including The Andy Warhol Museum and Tate Britain.

  • Sat
    03
    Oct
    2020
    11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.Facebook Live
    Program events

    Join the Visual Arts Alliance Saturday, October 3 at 11:00 a.m. as Susana Monteverde sits down with Venezuelan-American visual artist Luisa Duarte to discuss recurring themes in Luisa’s work, including territoriality, Luisa’s cultural background, and her professional career as an architect. Luisa will reflect on the challenge of separating the influences of geometric abstraction from her work as an architect. This program will be live streamed on VAA’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/visual.arts.alliance/live/.

    Luisa Duarte currently lives and works in Houston. As an artist with formal training in architecture, Duarte found early inspiration in the geometric abstraction movement, which is loosely referenced in her work. Line and color provide structural bases for explorations around fragility, the space(s) we inhabit, and its limits. She holds a degree in Architecture from the University of Zulia, Venezuela, and has followed independent studies in printmaking, digital art, painting and art history.

    Duarte's work has been exhibited in the US and abroad. Selected achievements include being Artist of the month for April 2019 at the Museum of Geometric and Madi Art in Dallas, Texas, and receiving a Houston Arts Alliance and the City of Houston Initiative Grant.

    Susana Mondeverde is currently the Program Director at the Katherine G. McGovern College of Arts at The University of Houston. As Principal of Art Indulgence, LLC, Susana has a passion for expanding the audience for contemporary art and cultivating clients for art education.