Student Activities

Student Alumni Organization

The Student Alumni Organization (SAO) is a donor group created specifically for the students and alumni of the Glassell School of Art. For current and former students who are passionate about giving back to the Glassell School community, the SAO provides an opportunity not only to connect with other Glassell alumni, but also to contribute to the school’s mission. When you join the SAO, your gift allows the school to continue providing excellent instruction; to keep its tuition fees affordable; and to create an ever-growing community of artists.

Studio $75 (FMV $50)
• Eligibility for entry in the SAO Select Juried Exhibition
• An invitation to the preview party for the Annual Student Sale

Workshop $250 (FMV $125)
All of the benefits of Studio level, and
• An invitation to an exclusive Dean's Reception held at the private residence of a faculty member or donor

Exhibition $1,000 (FMV $150)
All of the benefits of Workshop level, and
• Recognition at the Annual Student Exhibition
• A complimentary copy of the annual Core publication
• One complimentary art history course at the Glassell School

Leadership Circle
• For those who wish to contribute $2,500 or more and receive benefits that reach throughout the Museum, the Leadership Circle offers exclusive access to the MFAH.
• Leadership Circle members who designate a portion or their entire gift to the Glassell School also receive SAO benefits at the level of their Glassell donation.

To become a member of the Glassell SAO, complete the online donation form and choose Glassell School of Art when making your gift. For more information, please call 713.639.7559.


Short-term installations curated by Studio School department heads display outstanding work from a select number of students in each department in the Interspace Gallery, located in the lobby area of the Holcombe facility.

SAO Select 2015: A Student/Alumni Organization Exhibition
September 21–October 18, 2015

Glass Block Building Images: The Photography Students’ Eye
November 16–December 5, 2015

Digital Assist: Works from the Glassell Digital Department
December 14, 2015–January 30, 2016

Beyond Resemblance: Two Takes on the Portrait
Marky Dewhirst and Sarah Fisher

February 8–27, 2016

This Is New, This Is Now
Stephanie Gonzalez and Gerald Syler

March 7–26, 2016

Polly Ruhlman-Epps

April 12–30, 2016

Annual Student Exhibition
May 20–July 23, 2016

Have an idea for exhibition for the 2016–17 school year? Students can submit exhibition proposals for the Interspace Gallery. Applications are due June 1, 2016. Form & info

Studio School Lectures

In addition to the Core lecture series, the Glassell School of Art organizes two Studio School lecture series: the Naomi Turner True Lecture, which has featured artists such as John Alexander and Eric Fischl, and the Booker-Lowe Lecture, with past speakers that include Karyn Olivier and Albert Paley. These lectures are free, open to the public, and are usually paired with a small reception.

The Eighth Annual Booker-Lowe Lecture
“The New Ceramic Absence”
Saturday, April 30, 2016, 4 p.m.
Presented by artist, writer, curator, and educator Garth Johnson.

The Fifth Annual Naomi Turner True Lecture
“Reaching New Audiences with New Formats”
Saturday, January 30, 2016, 4 p.m.
Presented by Anne Tucker, curator emeritus, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Annual Student Art Sale

Preview Party
Thursday, December 10, 2015 (6–8 p.m.)

Regular Sale Hours
Friday, December 11, 2015 (12 noon–8 p.m.)
Saturday, December 12, 2015 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.)

Takes place at the Studio School's temporary facility, 2450 Holcombe Boulevard

The annual Studio School Student Art Sale, held in December, is an outlet for students to sell work created over the course of the school year to an eager and enthusiastic public.

Proceeds benefit students in two ways: 75% from the sale of each object goes back to the student, and 25% goes toward Glassell School scholarships.