Monday - Friday, June 16-27 (10 days)
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This two-week summer program was a rigorous, in-depth experience for fifteen high school students, ages 13-17, in studio art. Students received six hours of coursework each day in various medium , with an emphasis on drawing and painting. Led by established Houston artists and educators, projects went beyond techniques traditionally taught in high school art classes, teaching students practical skills necessary to develop as artists. In addition to studio classes, students met with guest speakers (practicing artists, curators, and arts administrators) throughout the program that will share stories and provide insight into the art world. The program concluded with a final exhibition and celebration of student work for friends, family, and instructors. Students also received individual portfolio sessions to help prepare for portfolio reviews when applying to colleges and art schools.

2014 Instructors

Rabea Ballin

Born in Germany, raised in southern Louisiana, Rabéa Ballin moved to Houston to pursue her MFA in drawing and painting at the University of Houston. She earned her BFA in Fine Art from McNeese State University. During her years at McNeese she returned to Germany to attend the Göthe Institute, subsequently studying Art History in Rome and Florence, Italy. Currently a professor of fine arts, Rabéa is living and working in Houston’s historical Third Ward community and exhibiting nationally.

Lisa Qualls

Lisa Qualls received her BFA and BA from the University of Texas at Austin.  She continued her studies in Fine Art and Design at Partsons and FIT in New York, NY and CISIM in Ravenna, Italy.  Her work is represented by Gallery Jatad and Baton Rouge Gallery. 

Carrie Marie Schneider

Carrie Marie Schneider is an artist, writer, and educator based in Houston, Texas.  She has presented projects with Alabama Song, Art League Houston, Box 13, the Center for Contemporary Craft, Diverseworks, labotanica, Project Row Houses, and Skydive in Houston; Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum in San Antonio; and Elsewhere in Greensboro, NC. Her recent projects include: Care House, an installation of sound, video, and material interventions that transformed the suburban home she grew up in into a memorial for care and loss that was open to visitors as an individual experience, Hear Our Houston, public generated audio walking tours, The Human Tour 2013, a series of public walks with Alex Tu tracing the 40-mile route laid out in 1987 by Art Guy Michael Galbreth; and Sunblossom Residency, a pilot residency in which seven artists share creative skills with refugee youth resettled in Houston. Schneider’s previous projects have been supported by grants from the Houston Arts Alliance, the Idea Fund, and the Awesome Foundation.

Beth Secor

Beth Secor is an artist and writer living in Houston, whose work has been represented by Inman Gallery since 1992. Secor has exhibited her work in museums and galleries across the United States, as well as Russia, Mexico, and the U.K. Her awards include an NEA Interdisciplinary Fellowship Award, a MidAmerican Art Alliance Award, and both Emerging and Established Fellowship Awards from the Houston Arts Alliance. She teaches art at the University of Houston Downtown, Houston Community College Central and the Glassell Studio School.

Kelli Vance

Kelli Vance is an artist and adjunct professor, most recently at University of Houston and Houston Community College. She recently moved back to Texas after spending 4 years in Los Angeles where she taught at Long Beach City College and prior to that, completed the Roswell Artist in Residency program in New Mexico.  She has had numerous solo shows and has been in many group shows in cities throughout the U.S., including Houston, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and New Mexico. Kelli earned her BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of North Texas in Denton and completed her MFA at the University of Houston in 2008. She is represented by McClain Gallery in Houston, Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas and by Sam Freeman in Los Angeles. 

Jason Villegas

Jason Villegas is a multi-media visual artist born in Houston, TX where he has been actively exhibiting since 2001. He has exhibited artwork across the country and internationally including world renowned museums and non-profit spaces such as the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Ruffino Tamayo Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and Exit Art. Villegas’ art has been published in Art in America, Art Lies, Glasstire, Cantanker, Houston Press (Best Artist 2005), Paper City, Los Angeles Times, Houston Chronicle, Austin American Statesman and Dallas Observer. He has been awarded the Nadine Goldsmith Fellowship, Socrates Sculpture Park Emerging Artist Fellowship, and was an Artadia Houston finalist in 2004. Jason was also selected to participate in various esteemed artist residencies such as the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and Vermont Studio Center.


Jennie Ash, Visual Arts Director at Art League Houston

Jamal Cyrus, artist and Education Associate/Teen Council Coordinator at The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston

Jo Ann Fleischhauer, artist

Rosine Kouamen, artist

Peter Lucas, artist

Patrick Renner, artist


Jennie Ash, Visual Arts Director at Art League Houston

Dan Havel, 2014 Texas Artist of the Year (Havel Ruck Projects) at Art League Houston

Rachel Hecker, 2013 Texas Artist of the Year at Art League Houston