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Remembering the Artist Behind Houston’s Police Memorial Sculpture

Posted on · A prominent Gulf Coast artist died this month. Jesus Moroles had a collection of honors, including the National Medal of the Arts, the Texas State Artist Award and was known for producing works for several major museums and memorials, including his largest work: the Houston Police Memorial sculpture in Buffalo Bayou Park. Paige Phelps has […]

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Artist Carlos Hernandez Talks About Making a Career in Screen Printing

Posted on · We learn about the artwork of screen printer Carlos Hernandez, co-owner of Burning Bones Press. Hernandez’s work can be seen on many concert posters and in places like the packaging for St. Arnold’s Santo beer and the boxes at Pink’s Pizza.

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Artist Mel Chin Returns to Houston and Reflects on His Eclectic Works

Posted on · Artist Mel Chin is a Houston native known for works that span the media of paint, sculpture, video and performance. You've probably seen at least one of his works, "Seven Wonders," a set of 70-foot-tall, shiny metal pillars along the back wall of the Wortham Center, which highlight Houston's history. These days, the artist lives […]

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New Mural is a Giant Selfie of the 3rd Ward

Posted on · When artist Anat Ronen was asked to paint a mural on the side of the Third Ward's Blackshear Elementary School, she knew she wanted the painting to depict everyday members of the community. As a result, a variety of residents now find themselves painted 15 feet tall on the school's exterior. The mural, which is […]

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Winners and Losers of Low Fuel Prices: Houston Matters for Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015

Posted on · Oil prices Monday fell below 50 dollars a barrel for the first time since 2009. That’s a drop of more than 55 percent since June. Sure, gas prices are low, but in a city like Houston, where the oil and gas industry is such a strong economic driver, plunging oil prices are met with hand-wringing. […]

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The Art of Japanese Noh Theater Masks

Posted on · We learn about an exhibit featuring carved wooden masks from the Japanese tradition of Noh theater, where actors would wear these elegantly hand-crafted masks. The exhibit, Traditions Transfigured: The Noh Masks of Bidou Yamaguchi, runs Oct. 25, 2014, through Feb. 15, 2015, at the Asia Society Texas Center. We hear from curator Bridget Bray and […]

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Houstonians Are Using Crowdfunding to Launch Businesses and Ideas

Posted on · The Internet has become a valuable tool for many people, including plenty here in Houston, to raise funds for everything from schools to business ideas. So-called crowdfunding sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo allow users to tap into potential capital from around the world to launch a new product or funds to complete an art project. […]

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What Do You Want to Do Before You Die?

Posted on · An interactive art installation is coming to Houston that asks passers by to complete this sentence: “Before I Die I Want To…” The piece was created by artist Candy Chang after the loss of a loved one and has appeared all over the world. We hear from Jeff Friedman, owner of Distinctive Life Cremations and […]