The Core Residency Program awards residencies to exceptional, highly motivated visual artists and critical writers who have completed their undergraduate or graduate training but have not yet developed professional careers. Established in 1982, the Core Program encourages intensive studio practice as well as an intellectual framework for understanding that practice. Residents engage in ongoing dialogue with one another and with a wide range of leading artists, critics, art historians, and curators who visit throughout the year. The Core term starts in September and ends in May; residents may apply for a second term.
Residents receive an $11,000 stipend, health insurance coverage, 24-hour access to a private studio or office, and borrowing privileges at the museum’s Hirsch Library and Rice University’s Fondren Library. Critical-studies residents are also provided a networked computer and may submit a proposal to curate a show at the Glassell School of Art during their second year. In March, a yearbook featuring essays by the critical-studies residents is published and the artists mount a group show of their work in the main gallery of the Glassell School. In their second year, artists become eligible to receive the Long Prize, a $10,000 unrestricted grant.
Joseph Havel, Director, Glassell School of Art
Joseph Havel, director of the Glassell School of Art, has exhibited his art across the United States and abroad, including solo shows in Dallas, St. Louis, Barcelona, and Paris. In 1992 he curated, with Project Row Houses founding director Rick Lowe, Fresh Visions/New Voices: Emerging African-American Artists in Texas for the Glassell School of Art. Havel's bronze sculpture Exhaling Pearls, from the MFAH collection, was included in the 1995 exhibition Twentieth-Century American Sculpture at the White House. Havel was selected to participate in the 2000 Whitney Biennial and the 2001 Phoenix Triennial, and in 2006 the MFAH hosted the exhibition Joseph Havel: A Decade of Sculpture 1996–2006 and published an accompanying catalogue. In addition to the MFAH, Havel’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Dallas Museum of Art, and the Musée d’art et d’industrie in Roubaix, France.
Mary Leclère, Associate Director, Core Program
Mary Leclère works with the critical-studies residents to develop individual curatorial projects, and she facilitates critical dialogue between the artists and critics. She also oversees the Core Residency Exhibition Program, which resulted from merging the Glassell School of Art's contemporary art exhibition program with that of the Core Program in 2006. An art historian and critic herself, Leclère is a PhD candidate at the University of Virginia. Her publications include an essay on art criticism in the journal Afterall and a catalogue essay for Nothing Is Neutral: Andrea Bowers. She has also contributed essays to exhibition catalogues for artists Jasper Johns and Richard Serraand for Sam Durant's work at the Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) in Belgium.
Project Row Houses
The Core Program has forged a partnership with Project Row Houses (PRH), a community-based arts/cultural/public-service center located in Houston's Third Ward neighborhood. Core residents entering their second year are invited to apply for a dual residency with the Core Program and PRH. The selected Core resident lives on site at PRH, participates in programming activities, and creates a project that incorporates PRH’s mission.
The Core Program has established a collaborative teaching partnership with the Department of Visual & Dramatic Arts at Rice University. As guest instructors, selected Core residents offer undergraduate courses in art and art theory on the Rice campus.
The Core Program at the Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from:
The Joseph and Sylvia Slifka Foundation
Andy Warhol Foundation
The National Endowment for the Arts
The following donors have underwritten a 2012-2013 Core fellowship:
Allison and David Ayers
The Dickson-Allen Foundation
Hamptons Expo Group, LLC
Joan and Stanford Alexander
Leslie and Brad Bucher
The Francis L. Lederer Foundation
The Powell Foundation
The Arch and Stella Rowan Foundation, Inc.
Additional support is provided by:
Barbara and Michael Gamson
Karen S. Pulaski
Heidi and David Gerger
Penelope Gonzalez and Lester Marks
Rick and Nancy Rome
Leigh and Reggie Smith
Reid Sutton and Brad Nagar
Cheri and Andrew Fossler
Nancy Powell Moore
Beverly and John Berry
Kelli and Eddy Blanton
Ms. Clare Casademont and Mr. Michael Metz
Victoria and Marshal Lightman
Judy and Scott Nyquist
Louis H. Skidmore, Jr.
Raymond F. Stainback
Hiram Butler and Andrew Spindler-Roesle
Karol Kreymer and Robert Card
Gail Merel and Chris Dack
The Core Program receives endowment income from funds provided by:
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Eliza Lovett Randall
The children of Eliza Lovett Randall in honor of their mother
The Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation
Herbert C. Wells and gifts in his memory
Gifts in memory of Warren A. Hadler
The Estate of Margaret H. Gillingham
Gifts in memory of Laura Lee Blanton
(as of 3/6/13)
Support the Core Program
The Core Program is sustained entirely through annual contributions, which provide for the basic needs of Core residents while also underwriting related activities, travel, exhibitions, symposia, and lectures.
Contributions of any amount are welcome; however, for those who have a passion for supporting emerging artists, there are two levels of giving that offer exclusive benefits.
$10,000 (FMV $1,000)
All of the benefits of CORE SALON plus:
A limited-edition work of art by a former Core Fellow
Past works have been contributed by Amy Blakemore, Trenton Doyle Hancock, Aaron Parazette, Karyn Olivier, Francesca Fuchs, and Demetrius Oliver This year’s edition is produced by Mark Allen.
$1,500 individual (FMV $100) or $2,500 couple (FMV $200)
Invitations to up to three events at a sponsoring venue
Two events featuring discussion about local exhibitions
One special event featuring a guest artist
- An invitation to a CORE SALON breakfast at an international art fair
- An invitation to the annual Core Open Studio
- Recognition at the annual Core exhibition and in the annual Core publication
- A copy of the annual Core publication
For more information or to contribute, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 713.639.7559.