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.
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 + DesignKellner 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.