This summer, the Glassell School of Art welcomes not only the first class of students in its new building, but also art by students, faculty, and alumni. Designed by Steven Holl Architects, the school includes plenty of gallery spaces for exhibitions throughout the year. The Glassell Junior School kicked off the semester with classes for children and the building’s debut exhibition: First Impressions, on view May 20 through August 10. Studio School classes for adults resume this fall, with a trio of summer shows to get a head start.
Annual Student Exhibition
On view June 15–July 22
This juried selection celebrates art by students enrolled in the Glassell Studio School, which serves ages 18 & older. Their work offers a taste of the courses that the school offers—perfect timing, since fall registration opens August 7!
On view August 3–September 23
The Studio School’s instructors are working artists who are active in the community. Curated by Joseph Havel, director of the Glassell School of Art, Futures/Faculty Selections shares a glimpse into the school’s wealth of creativity, as well as the vision that faculty members bring to the new building.
Contemporary Artists in Houston from the Collections of William J. Hill and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
On view August 3–November 11
Presenting a selection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures, this exhibition showcases art from a period of rapid growth in Houston’s art scene. Many of the 28 artists included are former Glassell School instructors or students.
“The works in this show reflect the diversity of Houston’s art scene during the 1970s and 1980s, a time of incredible growth, risk, and opportunity,” said Pete Gershon, Core Program coordinator and curator of Contemporary Artists in Houston. “I think it’s important to remind people of the Museum’s longstanding commitment to collecting work by Houston artists, as well as the patronage of individual collectors like William J. Hill. I hope those who visit this exhibition will come away with a renewed appreciation of these artists, many of whom continue to be active in the city’s art scene today.”
In conjunction with the exhibition, Gershon’s new book, Collision: The Contemporary Art Scene in Houston, 1972–1985, is scheduled for release this September. A display of related ephemera, Creating “Collision,” goes on view at the Museum’s Hirsch Library from August 28 through December 15.