After 40 years of working as a Houston based artist, I have moved back to my hometown to be closer to my aging parents. For eight months I’ve been hanging out in the historic Ramsower warehouse in Plainview Texas and assessing how to restore the building and initiate an "art experience” in this small Texas Panhandle town. With your help the Contemporary Art Museum of Plainview (CAMP) will become a reality.
The Ramsower Warehouse in the Higginbotham Compound has been a landmark building in Plainview Texas for almost 100 years. The warehouse is described by the Texas Historical Commission as "a fine example of early 20th Century commercial architecture". Rumor has it that it has one of the oldest freight elevators in the state.
In order to meet the Americans with Disabilities Act regulations, we need to install a wheelchair ramp and entrance and redo one of our bathrooms to be wheelchair accessible. This is one of our major challenges and expenses. It will be necessary for the museum to succeed.
"Plainview, Texas... some say as pioneers first crossed the plains, a man, overcome by the call of nature, finding few trees and shrubs, just went. From the new settlement came the remark "Look at him, he's goin' in plain view!" Another anecdote tells the story of a young man trying to ride out far enough to kiss his gal without her parents being able to see him. He eventually gives up and decides to kiss her in plain view. Miles and miles of wind farms, wheat and cotton fields, and an occasional vineyard surround Plainview.
The plains in the Texas panhandle are perfectly perched on top of some of the most beautiful canyons in the US. Palo Duro Canyon, Caprock Canyon and Ransom Canyon, where once Comanche traded captives with the New Mexico Comanchero. The plains, just east of Plainview, as part of Caprock Canyons, are currently being repopulated by the official Texas State Bison Herd which represent the last remaining examples of the Southern Plains variety..
The East End community in Plainview includes the new skate park which attracts skaters from the entire region, the “Broadway Brew” coffee house where you can expect to stand in line in the diner made famous in the 1992 Steve Martin film “Leap of Faith” and even Plainview's own Roller Derby team "Down and Derby.
Kelly Alison Project Manager for Houston International Performance Art Biennale 2012 and 2014, founding member of HIVE Houston and instructor at Art League Houston, Alison's artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally, most notably at the Shanghai Art Museum in China, the National Museum of Art in Lima, Peru and The Fine Arts Museum in Houston Texas. She has been published in books, catalogs and magazines such as Art in America and Texas Monthly. Alison is currently living in Plainview Texas.
Joe Diaz Collector of an astonishing number of contemporary art masterpieces by Chicano, Latino and other American artists with roots in Southwest and Hispanic culture. Works from his collection have been seen in over twenty exhibitions including the San Antonio Art Museum, Oklahoma City and South Texas Institute for the Arts and at the National Cultural Center in Chicago. Collections include Luis Jimenez, Mel Chin, Sharon Kopriva and Benito Huerta among others.
BC Gilbert Born and raised in the Texas Panhandle, Gilbert creates paintings, block prints, and drawings that are inspired by the wild west and cowboy life. The Wichita Falls-based artist was recently named the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Great Plains Art Museum 2016 Artist-in-Residence where he created a new piece for the museum’s permanent collection. In the past few years, Gilbert has shown at The Louise Hopkins Underwood Center For The Arts in Lubbock and Grindstone Gallery in San Antonio.
Jeff Wheeler Pioneer and mentor artist of Lubbock, Texas. He is now the Co-Director of the legendary studio compound owned by James Surls and Charmaine Locke in Splendora Texas called Splendora Gardens. He will run it alongside their daughter Ruby. Jeff and his brother Brian are well known for their collaborative traveling exhibitions called Ulterior Motifs which began in 1999 and feature Texas artists. They just launched the 14th in the series.
Chloe Rizzo Nationally exhibited Figure Sculptor and Art Educator. Chloe currently teaches and lectures at Amarillo College and West Texas A&M University. Teaching previously at University of Colorado, in Seattle at Pratt Fine Arts Center, Seward Park Art Studio and St. Georges Parish and in New Jersey at Perkins Center Summer Youth Program. In 2007 she developed a new body of work in a women’s ceramic art studio in the Czech Republic.
Justin and Heather May Owners of the old Gebo’s/Marse & Son building which operated briefly as Studio 623 in downtown Plainview. The May's have enthusiastically petitioned the Plainview Main Street/Tourism Board with ideas for making Plainview a destination city. They are also the founders of the Plainview Repertory Theater with six productions under their belt. The Mays live in Lubbock but plan to move to Plainview soon.
Chad Holliday Assistant Professor of Art at West Texas A&M University (WTAMU) in Canyon Texas teaching and leading all three curriculum in glass ceramics, sculpture, design and professional practices. He also led two successful study-abroad courses to the Czech Republic. Honored as a featured emerging artist in “American Style” magazine, Holliday received a Fulbright Award for the academic year 2007-2008 studying at the SUPSS, recognized as the first and oldest glass school in the world.
Kathryn Kelley Founding president of BOX 13 ArtSpace in Houston, her solo exhibitions include Art League Houston, Women and Their Work, Lawndale Art Center and she was Invited to create an installation for the Texas Biennial in 2011. Numerous fellowships for artist residencies include Vermont Studio Center, I-Park and Darke Gallery and she has shown work in Mexico, Peru, and Spain. Kelley holds a MFA from the University of Houston and currently inhabits the Fine Arts Doctoral Program [Critical Theory + Artistic Practices] at Texas Tech University in Lubbock
Josiah and Debbie Herrera Josiah is a Mastor Mason serving as a Senior Deacon and proud member of the Plainview Masonic Lodge. At 27 years old Josiah has worked with area youth and the City of Plainview to design the Plainview Skate Park. Herrera also runs a social media platform for a professional skateboarding brand called Toy Machine. Debbie is a mixed media assemblage and piercing artist with experience operating local art venues. She has two giant tortoises that hibernate in her refrigerator !
Michael Roque Collins Represented by LewAllen Galleries in Santa Fe New Mexico, Redbud in Houston, Virginia Miller in Miami, Norwood Flynn in Dallas and Galerie K in Paris. Reviewed in Art News Magazine, Art In America, Art Lies, and Art World Magazine with works seen in 17 museums in the U.S., and curated in more than 250 group exhibitions in the U.S., Cuba, Peru, Germany, China, Mexico, France, Greece and Istanbul. He currently teaches at Houston Baptist University in Houston.
Blair Willson Native of Plainview Texas and 1980 Texas Tech graduate, Willson has thirty years of experience in project management, industrial, commercial and residential construction with skills in architecture and engineering. Recently Blair and wife Gayle have seen the need to give back to their hometown, and have established a philanthropy dedicated to restoration of buildings and businesses in downtown Plainview called Plainview Downtown Restoration. They are currently working to restore the old Skaggs Building.
Jonathan Whitfill Received a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from Texas Tech University in 2006, following a Bachelor of Science with a focus in Biology and Chemistry from Wayland Baptist University in 2000. Whitfill exhibits his work primarily in his native Texas habitat, but has also exhibited nationally and internationally, spanning seventeen states, France and China He is a founder of many artist-run collaborative organizations including the RJP Nomadic Gallery, Earthbound Moon, Culture Laboratory Collective, The Button Project, and the Free Range Creatives. In addition to his work as an artist and sculptor, he currently teaches AP Physics, Astronomy, and coaches Chess at Estacado High School in Lubbock Texas.
Preston Alison Collector for over thirty years with collections including names like James Surls, Luis Jimenez, The Art Guys and Dorothy Hood just to name a few. "CAMP was Preston's idea" says Executive Director, Kelly Alison. He just thought we would start with his collection and see where that took us. Alison's other projects include a 12 pod studio compound in the Near Northside area of Houston Texas.
OPENING NOVEMBER 10, 2017
running until the end of February 2018
"BIG ART in small town” will bring BIG name visual artist from around the state to exhibit their work and to spend opening night in the small West Texas town of Plainview Texas. Exhibiting Artists include Daniel Anguilu, Sherry Owens, Kelly Moran, Katy Anderson, Sharon Kopriva, Dandee Warhol, Emily Peacock, Emily Sloan, Ben Tecumseh DeSoto, Patrick Medrano, Joe Barrington, Steven Kraig + Patrick Renner and Benito Huerta. The exhibition will be in conjunction with the 2017 Texas Biennale.
Daniel Anguilu On almost any inner city corner in Houston and you can find work from painter and muralist Daniel Anguilu. Recent work includes murals for Houston METRO, Texas Art Asylum, The Station Museum, The Glassell School of Art, Lawndale Art Center and the Houston Bahá'í Center. A self-taught street artist, Anguilu also shows in several fine art galleries across Texas. https://www.flickr.com/photos/weah/
Sherry Owens is a native Texan who lives and works in Dallas. She was chosen as the West Texas Triangle artist of the year in 2010 with a comprehensive survey at five west Texas museums and she recently completed a large public art project for the Love Field Modernization Program at Love Field Airport in Dallas. Former president of the Texas Sculpture Association, her work has been shown throughout Texas and the southwest and internationally in Peru, Greece, Turkey and India. http://www.octaviaartgallery.com/artists/sherry-owens
Kelly Moran is Artist in Residence summer 2017 at Aterlierhas Hilmsen Residency in Himsen Germany culminating in an exhibition at Monchskirche, Salzwedel, Germany. Moran has a BFA in painting from Lousianna Tech University. She is part of the artist Collective Little Egypt Enterprises and was associate director of Texas Collaborative, a place where National and International artists collaborate to produce their own prints. http://kellymoranart.com/
Katy Anderson My life and the events that have led up to my becoming a photographer begin in Lovelady, Texas which is two hours Northeast of Houston..I was born upon the same land that my mother was raised. At a very early age my mother introduced me to a photography as a result of a house fire which destroyed our home in 1984. We lost everything including two generations pictures and family history. http://www.katyanderson.com/about
Sharon Kopriva a Texas native working in Houston Texas and Hope, Idaho. Since the Fresh Paint exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston in 1985 Kopriva has exhibited nationally and internationally including at The Menil Collection in Houston, the Ogden Museum in New Orleans and The National Museum of Peru in Lima. In the early 1990s, Kopriva’s work attracted the attention of Edward and Nancy Reddin Kienholz who offered her a residency at their schoolhouse program in Idaho. She is currently doing a residency in Italy. https://www.sharonkopriva.com/
Dandee Warhol The Philippines native wasted no time setting up his own little creative community in Houston Texas complete with a Star Wars festival. His contemporary work is a mash-up of modern art with pop art influences. His grandmother moved him and his brother to the US at the age of 8. – “but I didn’t start painting until I got into college, attending business school at UofH. In 2006 midway through business school, I bought paint supplies and started painting. I’ve never stopped since. http://dandeewarhol.tumblr.com/
Emily Peacock is a lens-based artist who lives and works in Houston, Texas. With an emphasis in photograph/digital media, her interests mainly lie in photographing and making short videos of her family and the vernacular aspects of life. Exhibited in numerous group shows throughout Texas with work is in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston permanent collection. http://emilyannpeacock.com/home.html
Emily Sloan Sculptor and performance artist who has left her mark on a number of fleeting but still lasting moments on Houston's cultural landscape. Her unforgettable performances include the Funeral Party for the Living and her Carrie Nation rendition for the Houston International Performance Art Biennale 2012. She is also known for her the long-lasting pieces such as her Burning House on Highway 59 or the Sabine Street Bridge Lamp at Buffalo Bayou Art Park. http://www.houstonpress.com/arts/100-creatives-2012-emily- sloan-6397825
Ben Tecumseh DeSoto For 30 years DeSoto has surveyed those who've lived on the edge, those in poverty and diminishing circumstances. He teaches photography at Houston Community College and Neighborhood Center's Ripley House and is a contributing photographer for Texas Highways. He also spent years as a photo journalist for the Houston Chronicle. https://www.bendesotophotography.com/
Patrick Medrano Self taught artist with no formal arts education, Medrano's vision has taken him and his art as far as museums in Paris and Peru, Istanbul and Greece . "I'm happiest when I exist in all disciplines of fine art . Sculpting , painting , music , film, functional art are all tools for the imagination". Medrano's collaborative work has also flourished, simply known as "ANDERSON+MEDRANO http://www.patrickmedrano.com/
Joe Barrington Born in Throckmorton Texas in 1957, Barrington received his BFA from Midwestern State University and he has exhibited widely throughout the west. Barrington founded the Bone Yard Art Park, a nonprofit outdoor sculpture park in Throckmorton in 2005. His images are drawn from a lifetime of living in rural Texas. http://www.redstarstudio.com/
Steven Kraig + Patrick Renner Tech-happy artist-engineer Steven Kraig collaboration with Houston-based sculptor Patrick Renner. Kraigs mechanical gears, analog tape loops, digital imagery and video technology; Renner's work includes large civic works including the installation of Funnel Tunnel, a 180-ft steel and wood sculpture in Houston and New Orleans and Trumpet Flower in Downtown District’s inaugural “Art Blocks” public art project at Main Street Square. http://patrickrennerart.com/
Benito Huerta Co-founder, Executive Director and Emeritus of Art Lies, a Texas Art Journal. Huerta is Professor/Director/Curator at the University of Texas at Arlington, the recipient of the Dallas Center for Contemporary Art’s 2002 Legend of the Year Award and the first Maestros Tejanos Exhibition at the Latino Cultural Center in Dallas. Solo exhibitions include among others, the Houston Museum of African American Culture, the Amon Carter Museum of American Art and the National Museum of Mexican Art in Chicago. https://flyingchalupaproductions.com/
For a $1000 donation you can be the proud owner of one of Kelly Alison's signed and dated TWEET paintings. (valued at $900 unframed) The Tweet Project: Kelly Alison painted and posted a painting each day..for a year.. in 2011. She gained international recognition for her work inspired by Tweets dedicated to big news and caustic events. Alison covered the tsunami and melt-down in Fukushima, Japan, the deadly tornadoes across the mid-west, the fires in Texas, the Arab Spring, the overthrow of Muammar Qaddafi, the genocide in Syria and the Occupy Wall Street movement which spread across the entire world.
Risks and challenges
We really have a terrific opportunity, a successful and talented team and an enthusiastic local community. Everything seems to be falling into place. We received a grant from the West Texas Community Foundation through the Sybill B. Harrington fund for the Arts which gave us a good start. We got our Non-profit status off the ground with local board members participating in our ideas and plans and we plan to have a great relationship with the downtown and east end city planners. Our biggest challenge is outfitting the building for the Americans with Disabilities regulations and putting in some track lights. We are also planning quite a grand time for the visiting artist and their guest. We are going to show them a GREAT time in Plainview.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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