Monday - Friday, June 6 - July 1, 2016 (20 days)
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This four-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. Led by established local, national, and international 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 share stories and provide insight into the art world.  Participants will spent two days visiting various art spaces around Houston (including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Contemporary Arts Museums, Houston, The Menil Collection, and the Houston Center for Photography), 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.

2016 Instructors

Lucinda Cobley
Lucinda Cobley, has a visual arts practice that includes both painting and printmaking. Originally from the UK, she moved to Houston 16 years ago. She has a Post Graduate Diploma in Illustration from the University of Arts in London, preceded by a BA (Hons) in Glass Design from Staffordshire University. Lucinda is a qualified teacher from The Institute of Education at the University of Central London in 1998 and has worked as a visiting teacher at the London College of Fashion, where she taught drawing and visual studies including color theory. She has exhibited her work in the UK and USA and has been selected for juried publications that include, ‘Images 20: The Association of Illustrators’ and New American Painting. She is a member of Burning Bones Press and PrintMatters. Her work is represented by Wade Wilson Art Santa Fé, New Mexico and is part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) permanent collection.

Benjamin Clark
Benjamin Clark is a visual artist in Houston who has an interest in drawing people embedded in Houston – from figure drawing classes (which has taught at multiple venues across Houston), to coffee shops down the street, he is interested in rendering the human figure from life.

PatricIa Vazquez Gomez
Patricia Vazquez is an artist, educator and community worker originally from Mexico City and based in Portland OR. She holds BAs in Graphic Design and Education and a MFA in Social Practices from Portland State University. Her practice includes a range of media, from painting and murals to video and socially engaged art projects, and it is deeply informed by her experiences working in the immigrant rights and social justice movements both in content as well as in the methodologies she uses. Her work has been shown at the Portland Art Museum, the Reece Museum and the Autzen Gallery at Portland State University, but also in more accessible spaces as apartments complexes, community based organizations and schools; reflecting her commitment to a practice that makes art available to diverse audiences. She is the recipient of the 2013 Arlene Schnitzer Visual Arts Prize and has received grants from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC), the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (PICA), Portland’s Jade and Midway Districts and the Oregon Community Foundation.

Hillaree Hamblin
Hilaree Hamblin is an artist working out of Houston, Texas and a recent MFA graduate from Houston Baptist University and co-founder of Birch & Goldberry. Using geological mimicry and a conglomeration of experimental processes, her work uses intense remembered emotions as the catalyst to create works that represent the essence of a memory or event.  

aría-Elisa Heg is a cartoonist, organizer/part time amazon with Zine Fest Houston, and feelings haver. Current interests include (but are not limited to): cats, warm weather, small potted herbs and succulents, and making the same kale salad recipe for like, three months.

Anastasia (Stacy) Kirages (ZINE FEST HOUSTON)
nastasia (Stacy) Kirages is a Zine Fest Houston co-organizer and works on an open-ended art zine project called Modernizm. Zines created under the Modernizm umbrella range far and wide, and have covered topics such as mail and street art, found photography, gourds, kawaii things, plants, and receipts from New York City, to name a few. Fun fact about Stacy: she can’t decide if she likes cake or pie better. 

Melinda Laszczynski
Melinda Laszczynski received her MFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Houston in 2015 and her BFA in Painting from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 2010. She recently had solo shows at galleryHOMELAND and Cardoza Fine Art in Houston, TX. She has participated in group shows at multiple venues across Texas, including Galleri Urbane (Dallas), Lawndale Art Center (Houston), and was recently included in the 2015 Amarillo Museum of Art sculpture biennial. She has also shown at Forum Artspace in Cleveland, OH and SOHO20 in NY, NY. Her work is included in the collections of University Hospitals in Cleveland, Ohio, and UT Tyler in Tyler, Texas. Laszczynski was featured in New American Paintings MFA Annual #111 (2014) and #123 (2016).

Lovie Olivia
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.

Cary Reeder
Cary Reeder, a Miami, Florida native, has lived in Houston for the past seventeen years. She worked for more than a decade as a graphic artist and typesetter and received her fine art training at the Glassell School of Art at the MFAH. Her work has been included in numerous juried exhibitions in Houston and Texas, and most recently had a solo show at Lawndale Art Center and a two-person exhibition at UH-Downtown.

Carrie Schneider
Carrie Schneider is an artist interested in collapsing moments across time and the ability of people to reimagine their space. Her projects include Hear Our Houston (2011), an online hub of public generated audio walking tours, Care House (2012) an installation of sound, video, and material interventions that transformed the suburban home she grew up in into a memorial considering the roles of caregiving/caretaking and the bodies of mother/home, The Human Tour 2013, a series of public walks with Alex Tu tracing the 40-mile route laid out in 1987 by Michael Galbreth; and Sunblossom Residency (2009-2015), a pilot residency in which seven artists share creative skills with middle school students who are refugees resettled in Houston, and Incommensurate Mapping, an exhibition at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston included re-presentations of the museum's archives and past visions of the museum's potential futures. Through CAMH shaped models including a 40’ balloon and a Jungian sand tray, visitors were invited to play with/in the institution. Informed by a family history that tracks intimately with the oil industry, Schneider’s current project imagines citywide booms and busts as manic depressive cycles by compositing 3D models of cathartic carnival games onto drone footage of a defunct oilfield services campus. Exhibited in a real estate fly through video, the “features” are absurd but earnest, imagining the “support services” required for a rollercoaster workforce. With Jennie Ash, Schneider co-organizes Charge, a convening at Art League Houston of local and national presenters to platform artist led models and consider artists' work in the larger economy.

Delaney Smith
Delaney Smith is a visual artist working primarily with paper and bookmaking to create sculptures and interactive books. She received her BFA in Graphic Communications from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2007 and her MFA in Fibers from the University of North Texas in 2013. Delaney was an artist-in-residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in 2013, and is currently an artist member of Box13 Artspace and a featured artist at Hunter Gather Project in Houston, Texas.

Alexander Squire
Alexander Squier is a conceptual artist, working across media including printmaking, drawing, photography and installation. Squier earned his BFA from the University of Rochester, and his MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston (Tufts University) in 2013, where he also taught screen printing before returning to his hometown of Houston. Currently, Squier works out of his home and Northside studio, pursues installation opportunities in non-art spaces throughout Houston, and works as the Exhibitions Coordinator at Houston Community College Central Art Gallery.

Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community, & Environment (TRACE)
eens Re-imagining Art, Community & Environment (TRACE) is a teen leadership program run by the Chicago Park District’s Department of Culture, Arts, and Nature. TRACE promotes civic engagement and social justice, and strives to cultivate creative, environmentally aware, and community-focused youth activists. Through its process of Creative Activism, TRACE uses the arts to engage, inspire and persist around youth-driven advocacy projects that enact positive change for a better world.

arah Welch is an artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. She regularly publishes prints, zines, and comics with Mystic Multiples, a Houston-based print shop specializing in letterpress and risography. As of 2016, Welch is the newest member of the Zine Fest Houston organizing crew. She love-hates on the swamp and can’t get enough of that Hot Bagel.


Pia Agrawal, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts
Jessica Anderson, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Jennie Ash, Art League Houston
Debra Barrera, Artist
Hayley Berkman, The Menil Collection
JooYoung Choi, Artist
Caroline Docwra, Houston Center for Photography
Brad Epley, The Menil Collection
Clare Hulfish, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Clara Kang, Art League Houston
Gabriel Martinez, Artist
Janet O’Brien, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Cindy Pena, The Menil Collection
Jason Poland, Artist
Jamie Robertson, Houston Center for Photography
Althea Ruoppo, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Katrina Rush, The Menil Collection
Michael Simmonds, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston
Christina Taylor, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Rachel Vogel, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston


Emily Link, Lawndale Art Center
Jason Poland, Artist
Kelli Vance, Artist