18 May
Fri / 2018

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90-35-1: The Glassell School of Art from Start to Present

“Students of all ages will have first-class facilities on the campus of a major museum. Can you think of a more inspirational environment to discover and develop your own expression?” —Joseph Havel, director, Glassell School of Art

This month, the Glassell School of Art celebrates three exciting milestones: 90 years of art instruction, 35 years of the prestigious Core Program, and one new building—opening to the public this Sunday, May 20.

In the 1920s, the Museum offered its first painting classes for adults. A few years later, classes for children were added, and by 1930, more than 30 students were enrolled. Now, 90 years later, the Glassell School of Art offers studio art and art history for children and adults in multiple disciplines. The first classes in the new Steven Holl Architects–designed building begin with the Junior School’s summer semester on June 4. Studio School classes for adults launch in the fall.

The Core Program, established in the early 1980s, has offered postgraduate residencies for art critics and visual artists for the past 35 years. The program brings emerging artists, critics, and curators to Houston, energizing the local art scene. (Read about one Core Program alum!)

In the next year, the Glassell School of Art—now united in one building—will host student exhibitions, family programs, outdoor concerts in the BBVA Roof Garden amphitheater, and much more.

“The new Glassell School building is both an incredibly student-friendly facility and an instantly iconic expression of contemporary culture. Students of all ages will have first-class facilities on the campus of a major museum. Can you think of a more inspirational environment to discover and develop your own expression?” said Joseph Havel, director of the Glassell School of Art. “The 21st century deserves a vanguard art school looking toward the future. Now, we have one!”

Learn more about the Museum’s campus redevelopment project.


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