Site-Specific Moving Image Exhibit in Houston:

Re: Houston

Re:Houston is an exhibition about rebuilding, remembering, rejuvenating, and reinventing. Houston. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, the whole world saw the destruction, resilience, and sacrifice of Houston. As the city works on the difficult task of arising from that disaster. Re:Houston gives artists from all over the globe, an opportunity to commemorate those places within this great city that they love, remember those places that have been lost or damaged, and celebrate the heroism of Houston. The Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts at Texas Tech University has given $5000 for awards for this exhibition. The specific award sizes are at the discretion of the jurors, but these awards will be reserved for works from artists who live in the areas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

The exhibition will be displayed on the Popwalk phone application. This app allows artists, musicians and performers the ability to virtually exhibit video, animation, music or performance in specific geographic locations. Using Popwalk, artists will be able to exhibit their works of art in those corners of the city that they want to remember. Artists and performers will be able to celebrate those specific corners of the city that that they love, commemorate the lost or damage parts, and reimagine a better, stronger Houston, after the flood.

Popwalk will act as a catalyst for artists to commemorate this great city and for people to come back, remember, celebrate, heal, and imagine Houston. Popwalk will become a tool for celebrating the city, and for bringing people back to remember.

The Exhibition

This exhibition will focus on a specific geographic region within Houston (see attached map) and the artists can choose to create a work for any location within that region: any public place that is legal and safe for the audience to view the work.
The exhibition will work through the Popwalk smartphone application. Popwalk allows video artists, animators, performers, etc. to exhibit their work in specific places. This means that the artist submits the work as well as the specific location in which the work needs to be exhibited. Popwalk is a project created by artists, for artists.

Exhibition Dates and Timeline

The call will open in November 1, 2017 and will be open through May 1, 2018 Some of the submitted works will be posted and available on the Popwalk app as the call progresses, and some works will be reserved for the opening of the exhibition. The exhibit will officially open in May 1, 2018 and works will be exhibited for at least 12 months from that time. Works can be added to the exhibit any time after the deadline, but only those works submitted by the deadline will be eligible for the prizes.


Creatives, 18 and older

Entry procedure

Go to, register as an artist, then go to the artists tab and look at the Submission Instructions page and then Submit Artwork page. Follow instructions on the Submit Artwork page to submit your work

Work specifications and restrictions

The work may be animation, video, sound art, performance, etc.; anything that is site-specific, shorter than 3 minutes, and uploaded to youtube. The works, once uploaded to youtube, must be “unlisted”. The artist must exhibit all original material, including audio and video; no copyrighted material will be exhibited without the approval of the owner.

Entry fee



Lisa Volpe, Associate Curator of Photography at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Previous to her position at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Volpe was the Curator of the Wichita Art Museum where she oversaw all areas of the museum's collection. Additionally, she held various curatorial roles at the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA), and fellowships at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Sara Kellner, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Director of Civic Art + Design
Kellner has served Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) as Director of Civic Art + Design since 2015. She supervises the department’s administration of the City of Houston’s Civic Art Program by way of permanent commissions, temporary art projects, and conservation of the City of Houston Art Collection. Recent projects include two major commissions, for Houston First Corporation, at the George R. Brown Convention Center: Ed Wilson’s Soaring in the Clouds and Wings Over Water by Joe O’Connell and Creative Machines. She also worked with Southwest Airlines and the Houston Airport System to develop seven commissioned works—as well as the acquisition of several pieces by Houston-area artists—for William P. Hobby Airport.

A native of Buffalo, New York and Houston resident since 1999, Kellner originally moved to Houston to lead DiverseWorks Artspace as Executive Director. Prior to the post she served as Visual Arts Director for Buffalo’s Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center. She has curated and co-curated over 80 exhibitions, many of which traveled nationally, including William Pope.L:eracism, Cecilia Vicuna’s solo exhibition cloud-net, and Contemporary Erotic Drawing. Kellner holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Painting from the Rhode Island School of Design.

Jurying criteria:

It is important that the works create a serious and thoughtful connection to the place in which they are exhibited. This means that the location in which the works are exhibited enriches and establishes the idea, meaning, and/or interpretation of the artwork. The viewer should see the location through new eyes after having seen your artwork, and the artwork should be enriched by being viewed within the location.

The Opening Event



$5000 will be awarded to the artists at the discretion of the curator, in amounts ranging from $2000 to $500 Furnished by the Texas Tech University, Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts. Awards will be reserved for those artists who live in the areas that were affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Map of the exhibit: