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.



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 in the fall, which has featured artists such as Sean Scully and Eric Fischl, and the Booker-Lowe Lecture in the spring, with past speakers that include Karyn Olivier and Albert Paley. Lectures are free, open to the public, and usually paired with hands-on events with the guest and a small reception.

Sixth Annual Booker-Lowe Lecture
Namita Gupta Wiggers

April 5, 2014, 4 p.m.
Freed Auditorium

Fourth Annual Naomi Turner True Lecture
John Alexander
November 8, 2014, 4 p.m.
Freed Auditorium


Annual Student Exhibition

Annual Student Exhibition
May 23
–July 27, 2014
Opening reception: Friday, May 23, 6 p.m.

The Studio School's Annual Student Exhibition is a juried selection that celebrates outstanding student work from all departments. Students are encouraged to submit one piece a year to be considered by a panel of faculty. Certificate of Achievement graduates' works are also presented in this exhibition.

Upstairs in the Studio School's Perimeter Gallery, the Fundamentals show highlights work done in the entry-level and prerequisite courses. Faculty select work for the exhibition from their classes. 

Annual Student Exhibition: Award Winners
August 1–September 26, 2014
This year, the Award Winners exhibition features the jurors’ selections for awards of excellence and merit, chosen from the Annual Student Exhibition. The winning pieces, as well as additional works by Marky Dewhirst, Debi Martin, Jong Nim D’Andrea, William Isbell, Gwendolyn McLarty, Aleksandra Roszko-Yoder, and Damon Thomas, are on display.


Annual Student Sale

The annual Studio School Student Sale is an outlet for students to sell work created over the course of the school year to an eager and enthusiastic public. The 2013 sale took place on December 13 and 14. 

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