We invite artists, animators, performers, musicians, and film makers everywhere to participate in the first site-specific moving image festival in Houston, Texas. This festival 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.
Exhibition Dates and Timeline
The call will open in October 1, 2017 and will be open through March 31, 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 on a date to be announcend in the spring of 2018 and works will be exhibited for at least 12 months. 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
Go to www.popwalkapp.com, click on the artists tab and follow the link to Submit Artwork.
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.
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.
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 Art
Map of the exhibit: