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pop-up paint partyPop-Up Paint Party

September 10, 2015
6 - 8PM
Student Center - Heights Room (224)

$5 admission includes all painting materials, snacks and refreshments

Join us for a fun evening where you get to make your own masterpiece.  We provide the materials and instruction and snacks, you get to have all the fun.

SLB thumbStudent Leadership Board

Nominations Due
September 15, 5pm

Join the great and growing network of artists, leaders and movers & shakers.  Check out the details and application forms.


MoransMitchell Artist Lecture featuring Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran

September 16, 2015
6:00pm reception, 7:00pm lecture

Reservations suggested

The University of Houston Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts presents two speakers who are revered artistic and life partners, Alicia Hall Moran and Jason Moran. Their recent projects have been celebrated internationally in both visual and performing arts spheres. The current Venice Biennale includes the Morans’ collaborative performance, Work Songs.  In their Mitchell Artist Lecture, the Morans will discuss their 20 year partnership, improvisation, composition, race, gender, parenthood, and the tensions of making art that matters in today’s landscape.

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School of Art and Blaffer Art Museum present: Claire Bishop

Déjà Vu: Contemporary Art and the Ghosts of Modernism
September 17, 6:30 pm, Dudley Recital Hall (Fine Arts 132)

Claire Bishop is a Professor in the PhD Program in Art History at the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Bishop's talk offers a critique of this historicist tendency and asks how we might imagine more politicized modes of engagement with twentieth-century modernism.

UH School of Art debuts The Contemporary Project, a forum for discussion and debate on contemporary art and design and its place in our culture. The Contemporary Project will launch in Fall 2015 with a series of lectures and studio visits by esteemed art historians, critics, artists, designers and curators who analyze fundamental questions about what it means to be contemporary and how we think differently about the arts of our own time. 

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Beyond the Building: Performing Arts and Transforming Place - Director Sixto Wagan participated in this NEA/ArtPlace America sponsored convening to develop a better understanding of how performance-based organizations, and the artists they engage, transform places through their artistic practices. 

Dinner Vention 2: Center Director Sixto Wagan was selected as one of eight leaders "who have already achieved a level of success and renown, but who have not yet reached the zenith in their career trajectories" to participate in Barry's Blog and WESTAF's Dinner Vention 2.  Watch the whole video of it, read the initial briefing papers, or see who else was on the guest list.

Arts+Culture:TX covered the 2014 Summit: Sixto Wagan, All Together Different

Daiily Cougars's coverage of the 2014 Summit: Directing Change in Houston Art Scene

Profiles in Leadership launches in Arts + Culture: Texas.  Inaugural interview with Selven O'Keef Jarmon can be seen in print or online.  A few of the photos from the reception can be seen here.

Center Director Sixto Wagan was interviewed by Kyoung H. Park, leader of the Cultural Democracy and Representation Team for The Brooklyn Commune Project, one of a series of interviews to address issues of diversity and social inclusion in contemporary performing arts.

UH is the Houston Screening Site for the 2013 Creative Time Summit.

Video of the UH Arts 2013 Open House - A Taste of the Arts which included the Center for Arts Leadership.

Fleurette Fernando, director of the M.A. in Arts Leadership, and Sixto Wagan, director of the Center for Arts Leadership are quoted in Culture Map Houston’s article on the College’s Arts Leadership Initiative, University of Houston launches graduate program to train leaders in the arts. Glasstire's take on the new initiative.

Announcements for the Center and the appointment of Director Sixto Wagan appeared in The Daily Cougar, Houston Culturemap, Houston Chronicle and on Glasstire.  

Read The Daily Cougar's article about The Houston Endowment $1.5 million investment in UH Arts and the Center for Arts Leadership here.