Monday - Friday, June 8-26, 2015 (15 days)
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This three-week summer program was a rigorous, in-depth experience for high school students, ages 14-17, in studio art. Participants received six hours of coursework each day in various mediums, 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, guest speakers (practicing artists, curators, and arts administrators) met with participants throughout the program to will share stories and provide insight into the art world.  Participants will spent one day visiting various art spaces around Houston, gaining insight into the local arts climate in Houston. The program concluded with a final exhibition and celebration of the work produced for friends, family, and instructors. Each participant received an individual portfolio sessions to help prepare for portfolio reviews when applying to colleges and art schools.

2015 Instructors

Daniel Bertalot received his BFA from Sam Houston State University and is an MFA candidate at Southern Methodist University (SMU).  Daniel was a resident at Box13, exhibitions assistant at Lawndale Art Center, and has exhibited in art spaces across Texas.

Trey Duvall is an artist currently working in Houston, TX. Before moving to Houston, Duvall was teaching ceramics, sculpture, and photography in one of Colorado’s premier arts-based high schools.   Duvall received his BA in Art Education from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado, and is an MFA candidate at the University of Houston.   Duvall is currently working as Programming Director for Washington Avenue Arts District.

Jessica Kreutter received an MFA from The University of Tennessee in 2010. For ten years previous to graduate school, she worked as an artist and teacher in Portland, Oregon. She has been a resident artist at ART342, Vermont Studio Center, Anderson Ranch, PlatteForum, The Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Caldera and The Oregon College of Art and Craft. Recently, she designed an ice sculpture in collaboration with the Museum of Contemporary Art (Denver) and created an unfired clay installation for the 2013 NCECA Project Space. Her clay installation work is featured in the January 2014 Issue of Ceramics Monthly. She lives and works in Houston, TX.

Lovie Olivia is a native Houstonian and a visual artist who employs painting, printmaking, and installation to create her works. Although her past includes some formal artistic training, including graduating from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she mostly relies on her independent studies of art, culture, music, literature, and history to influence her work. She has exhibited at many art spaces across the US including, Jam Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Pillow (Brooklyn, NY), 36 Steps Gallery (Pittsburgh, PA), Art League Houston, Darke Gallery (Houston, TX), GalleryM2 (Houston, TX), Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Houses, and the Arthello Beck Gallery (Dallas, TX) as well as Houston Museum of African American Culture.

Shayne Murphy is an artist and adjunct professor at Lone Star College and San Jacinto College. He graduated with an MFA in Drawing/Painting from the University of North Texas in 2013 and was recently part of the Lawndale Artist Studio Residency for 2013-2014. His work has been exhibited in several galleries, most recently Anya Tish Gallery in Houston and Cris Worley Fine Arts in Dallas.

M’kina Tapscott was born in Houston, TX, and received her MFA from the University of Houston in Sculpture with a focus on ceramics. Tapscott’s work is informed by a desire to teach and create. As a community-based artist, Tapscott analyzes the systematic constraints of location- southern conservative values, religion, gender and race. Much of her work strives to juxtapose and contrast those themes of identity and identification as observed in popular culture. M’kina Tapscott currently teaches at Houston Community College and the University of Houston- Downtown and is the Co-Director of Houston Open Studio Tours (HOST).

Monica Vidal is an artist working in Houston, TX. Originally from Erie, Pennsylvania, Monica received a BFA at Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from Tyler School of Art of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She has had solo exhibitions at Women and Their Work (Austin, TX), Box13 (Houston, TX), Lawndale Art Center (Houston, TX), Lawrence Art Center (Lawrence, KS), Living Arts Center (Tulsa, OK), Art League Houston, and the University Museum at Texas Southern University (Houston, TX). Additionally, Monica was an artist-in-residence at Art 342 in Fort Collins, Colorado. Her work consists of large-scale, mixed media sculptures, drawings, paintings, and prints.

Melissa Walter is originally from Concord, North Carolina. She holds a BFA in Metal Design from East Carolina University and an MFA in Jewelry and Metals from the University of Georgia. Her work has been exhibited in Jewelry + Objects, in Midland, Michigan; Ohio Designer Craftsman: The Best of 2011, 20_3_20, an invitational, traveling ring exhibition; and Handcrafted: A Juried Exhibition of Ceramics. Fibers. Glass. Metal. Wood., in Rocky Mount, North Carolina. Melissa was a resident artist at Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and currently teaches at Houston Community College.


Rachel Cook, Diverseworks
Caroline Docwra, Juliana Forero, and Jamie Robertson, Houston Center for Photography
Garland Fielder, Artist and Architect
Clare Hulfish, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Anastasia Kirages, Zine Fest Houston
Emily Link, Lawndale Art Center
Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Filmmaker and Artist
Carrie Schneider, Artist
Travis Smith, Workhorse Prints
Sarah Welch, Artist
Elizabeth White-Olsen, Writespace Houston



Natasha Bowdoin, Artist / Rice University
JooYoung, Choi, Artist
Ryan Dennis, Project Row Houses