The Glassell Junior School is an art school for young people, devoted to nurturing creativity and dedicated to fostering an appreciation of the arts and an awareness of the world. Classes and workshops for children ages 3 through 18 are offered year-round. A distinguishing feature of classes at the Glassell Junior School is ready access to works of art in the collections of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Classes are designed to accommodate children of all skill levels and interests. Courses range from drawing and painting, to video and animation, to ceramics and fashion design.

The Junior School maintains an active scholarship program and offers two annual scholarship events: a portfolio competition for all school-age children, and a sketching competition for students from age 10 to 12.

Junior School Facilities

The Glassell School of Art
5101 Montrose Boulevard

In May 2018, the Glassell School of Art opened in its new home: a 93,000-square-foot building designed by Steven Holl Architects. The L-shaped building is constructed from a series of sandblasted, pre-cast concrete panels, alternating with panes of glass, in a rhythm of verticals and slight angles.

• Fronts onto to The Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, which provides ample outdoor space for programs and performances
• A street-level coffee bar for students and the public
• For the first time, all Glassell School of Art students are served under one roof, as the building houses both the Junior School and Studio School, as well as Core Program residents
• The BBVA Roof Garden, a sloping, walkable green roof offering dramatic views of the Sarofim campus


Judi Burton
BFA, University of Houston

Jane French
BFA, San Francisco Art Institute;
MFA, University of Houston

David Fulton
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University; 
Core Fellow, Glassell School of  Art

Donna Garoh
BFA, Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Vehishta Kaikobad
BA, University of Karachi, Pakistan

Elena Lopez-Poirot
MFA, University of Houston; 
BFA, University of Texas

Jessica McMahon 
BFA, Pratt Institute

Maureen McNamara
MA, New York University;
BA, University of St. Thomas

Valerie Nevarez
BA, University of Houston – Downtown

Jessica Ninci
MFA, BFA, University of Houston

Eduardo Ortiz
MFA, Savannah College of Art and Design;
M Ed., Columbia University;
BA, University of Houston

Kealy Racca
BFA, University of Houston

J. Michael Stovall
BA, University of Arkansas

Michele Sturtevant
BA, University of St. Thomas

Bonnie Van Hook
MA, Hunter College; 
BA, College of New Rochelle

Rachelle Vasquez
BA, University of Houston

Richard Williams
MFA, BA, University of Houston;
San Jacinto College;
 University of Maryland

Claudia Zopoaragon
AA, Ce-Art, Bogota, Colombia

The Glassell School of Art receives generous funding from:

The Glassell Family
The Skiles Foundation
Leslie and Brad Bucher
Sue and Rusty Burnett
The Coneway Family Foundation
John P. McGovern Foundation
Texas Commission on the Arts
Mr. and Mrs. Jamal H. Daniel
Nena and David Marsh
Ms. Priscilla Angly and Mr. Miles Smith
Ms. Bettie Cartwright
Mrs. Jereann H. Chaney
Barbara and Michael Gamson
Samuel F. Gorman
Mr. and Mrs. C. Robert Palmer
The Powell Foundation
Ms. Beth Robertson
Adrienne and Tim Unger
Cyvia G. Wolff
Ms. Catherine J. Leachman
The Omena Fund
Claire and Doug Ankenman
Karol and Paul Barnhart, Jr.
Ms. Janet M. Bates
Mrs. Karen A. Bradshaw
The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Ms. Karol Kreymer and Dr. Robert J. Card
Mrs. Jerry Ann Woodfin-Costa and Mr. Victor Costa
Mary and George Hawkins
Mr. and Mrs. Meredith J. Long
Marilyn G. Lummis
Mr. and Mrs. William K. Matthews III
Mr. and Mrs. John T. McCauley
Mr. and Mrs. Scott McCool
Mr. and Mrs. Scott Nyquist
Isla and Tommy Reckling
Diane and John Riley
Pauline and Stephen Smith
Mr. and Mrs. William A. Wise

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