Garage Sale, And So Can You
On view: July 9-10, 2016 | 10AM-6PM

Suplex H.Q.
2619 Arbor St, Houston, TX 77004

For our final Houston presentation, Suplex will present Garage Sale, And So Can You, a group exhibition featuring works by Texas-based artists who are motivated by the urgency to eject one’s self and work into the world; to discover opportunities in forgotten or lost work, and avoid otherwise compounded debts. 

A literal fire-sale of artworks and lifestyle commodities, Garage Sale, And So Can You showcases the act of resisting the compulsion to allow artwork and personal artifacts to collect dust, laying dormant in one of Houston’s massive storage centers, closets, or the garage of a close friend. The exhibition is a demonstration of the act of moving on–the life performed–taking form as a complete exhibition and garage sale.

Artworks on display include artists’ back catalogues of work, forgotten series, sketches, and drawings, and fully realized works that otherwise would go without being shown in an institutional context. Each artist has been asked to present their work at prices that are both affordable for the buyer and which allows each artist the ability to afford their art practice. In an art world consumed with the act of giving, this exhibition asks the public to give a little to get back, and then some. Along with the presented work, Curator Max C. Fields will present a garage sale of lifestyle commodities collected during his time spent living in Houston. As a bonus for collecting works, select items from Fields’s collection will be offered at no cost. Does this mean every artwork is a diptych? Does that lamp go well under this painting?

Artists will receive 100% of the purchase price made from the sale of artworks. Sales made from the purchase of Curator Max C. Fields’ private collection will support the Curator; these funds will allow Fields’ the opportunity to pursue a hoity-toity art world education in the fall of 2016.

Artists featured in Garage Sale, And So Can You include: Regina Agu, Debra Barrera, Michael Bise, JooYoung Choi, Joseph Cohen, Danielle Dean, Nathaniel Donnett, Barry Elkanick, Kenya Evans, David Feil, John Forse, Francesca Fuchs, Lane Hagood, Ryan Hawk, Sarah Hill, Hillerbrand + Magsamen, Otis Ike, Erin Joyce, Bradley Kerl, Melinda Laszczynski, Emily Link, Gabe Martinez, Ayanna Jolivet McCloud, Cobra McVey, Dennis Nance, Jessica Ninci, Lovie Olivia, Angel Oloshove, Emily Peacock, Mark Ponder, Robert Pruitt, Bret Shirley, Michael Simmonds, Amy Beth Wright, and Brandon Zech.

About the artists

Regina Agu is an interdisciplinary artist based in Houston, TX. Agu was born in Houston and was raised traveling overseas throughout Africa and Europe. In 2003 she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Policy Analysis and Management from Cornell University. Agu has participated in numerous residencies across the country including Artist in Residence at the School of Latitudes, labotanica (Houston, TX), Associate Artist in Residence at the Atlantic Center for the Arts (New Smyrna Beach, FL), and is currently attending the Open Sessions program at The Drawing Center (New York, New York). Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions are Lawndale Art Center, Box 13, Darke Gallery, and at Fresh Arts in Houston, TX. Agu’s Group Exhibitions and performances include Southern Constellations at the Allcott Gallery, curated by Jennie Carlisle and Jina Valentine, at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, NC) in 2015, 12 Minutes Max at Diverseworks, (Houston, TX) in 2015, Organized Love: Ideas on Non-Violence, curated by Danielle Burns at The African American Library at the Gregory School (Houston, TX). You can read her writing in issue 4 of Sugar and Rice Magazine, in On|Off published by onestar press, and Visible Unseen published by Goldsmiths, University of London, UK.

Debra Barrera lives and works in Houston, TX where she is represented by Moody Gallery. She received her Masters of Fine Arts in painting from the University of Houston and her Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and in English from the University of Texas at Austin. In 2014 Barrera was featured in a solo exhibition titled Avalon at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. She also recently completed a permanent installation for Rice Public Art and the Department of Physics and Astronomy and upon its completion is included in the permanent collection of Rice University. Her work was recently mentioned in Curator Bill Arning’s survey of the Houston art scene found in the May issue of Art in America. The Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Art Museum of Southeast Texas are among many other institutions that collect Barrera’s work.

Michael Bise was born in Flagstaff, Arizona and moved to Dallas, Texas in 1990. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in drawing and painting at the University of North Texas in 2001 and his Masters of Fine Art in drawing and painting at the University of Houston in 2005. In 2012 he was awarded The Hunting Art Prize, an Artadia Finalist, and a Nominee for the TX Contemporary Award. He has exhibited at the McKinney Avenue Contemporary, Dallas, Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU, and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. He regularly contributes criticism and reviews for the online art journal Glasstire. Bise’s work consists primarily of large-scale graphite drawings that combine autobiographical narrative with labor-intensive attention to detail, creating a disorienting relationship between personal psychology and formal picture making concerns.

JooYoung Choi, born in Seoul, South Korea, immigrated to Concord, New Hampshire in 1983 by way of adoption. While completing her BFA at Massachusetts College of Art and Design, she returned to South Korea and reunited with her birth-family. Since receiving her MFA from Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Choi's artwork has been exhibited in such venues as The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience, Seattle, Washington; The National Museum of Mexican Art, Chicago, Illinois; and Lawndale Art Center, Houston, Texas. Choi's work has been featured by numerous media groups and publications, including the Korean Global News Network YTN, Houston’s PaperCity, Nat. Brut, and Huffington Post.

Joseph Cohen lives and works in Houston, TX. Since graduating with his M.F.A. in Painting from the University of Texas San Antonio, his work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions around the globe including The Search for the Real, curated by Brian Alfred, De Buck Gallery (New York, NY), Outside the Lines, Curated by Bill Arning, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and Art Miami (Miami, FL).  His solo exhibitions include Joseph Cohen: Dasein at Debuck Gallery (New York, NY), Ten propositions at Peveto Gallery (Houston,TX), and Proposizioni at Carlo V Castle (Lecce, Italy). In 2011, Cohen was an artist in residence at the Martignano International Artists Residency in Leece, Italy and he recently returned from a residency in New York City.

Born to a Nigerian father and an English mother in Alabama, U.S.A., and brought up in a suburb of London in the U.K., Danielle Dean’s work draws from this multi-national background in her interdisciplinary practice. Danielle studied Fine Art at Central St Martins in London and received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts. She has been a Whitney Independent Study Program Fellow in New York City and a participant at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in Maine. Solo exhibitions include Hexafluorosilicic and PTL (Part Time Lover) at Commonwealth and Council, Los Angeles; and Confessions on a Dance Floor, The Bindery Projects, Minnesota. Group shows include Made in L.A. 2014, The Hammer Museum; Demolition Woman, Guggenheim Gallery at Chapman University, Orange County; and Auto Italia South East, London.

She has received grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Rema Hort Foundation, and most recently a Visual Art Award from Creative Capital, 2015. Dean is currently working on a multi-channel video that takes Nike’s True Red, the Vampire Sneaker, as the protagonist of a vampire film shot in Alief, South West Houston. She recently completed The CORE artist residency program at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Nathaniel Donnett lives and works in Houston, Texas and studied at Texas Southern University. Donnett is the founder of the website blog Not That But This. He is the recipient of the 2015 Idea Fund/Andy Warhol Foundation Grant and a 2015 Houston Downtown Vehicular Way finding Signs Project public art commission. He's also received the 2014 Harpo Foundation Grant, 2011 Houston Arts Alliance Established Individual Artist Grant, 2011 Idea Fund/Andy Warhol Foundation Grant, 2010 Artadia Award.  Donnett’s work has been exhibited at The Kemper Contemporary Arts Museum, Kansas City, MO, The Theresa Hotel, Harlem, NY, Harvey B Gantt Art Center for African American Arts and Culture, Charlotte, NC, The Mattatuck Museum, Waterbury CT, The Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX, Redline Milwaukee, Milwaukee, WI, Project Row Houses, Houston, TX, Texas Southern University Museum, Houston, TX, The New Museum, NY, NY, The National Museum in Lima, Peru and The Modern Museum of Peru among many others.

Barry Elkanick is an artist living and working in Houston, TX. Elkanick’s artwork combines process-based abstract painting with conceptual narratives that explore inner subjectivity, personal histories, and contemporary cultural phenomenon. His work has been featured in numerous group exhibitions at venues including Barbee Manshun, the University of Houston, and most recently in the exhibition J-Card at ATM Gallery (Austin, TX). In 2014 Elkanick’s paintings were featured in a solo exhibition titled No Nonsense curated by Travis Kent and Mikaylah Bowman at Farewell Books (Austin, TX).  His most recent solo-exhibition, Proceed to the Nearest Exit, held at She Works Flexible (Houston,TX), featured a series of new works on canvas, a fully illustrated catalogue complete with essays by Max Fields and Rachel Vogel, anda series of curated programs. Elkanick is an accomplished musician and has toured with his band Back to Back across the country since 2012. He is also a member of the much-lauded Austin-based band Institute (Sacred Bones). His artwork is due to appear on the upcoming record covers of bands including Secret Prostitutes and the critically acclaimed psych-rock band Destruction Unit (Sacred Bones). 

Kenya Evans is an artist living and working in Houston, TX.  He makes paintings and sculptures convey an intentionally didactic message about history’s tendency to repeat itself. In their sampling of diverse references, these pseudo-historical collages, which combine texts from children’s books with popular toys, and comics with Islamic proverbs, comment on the reductive simplicity of history books, while asserting their own critical analysis of the foundations on which the United States was built. Evans has exhibited at the Menil Collection, the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and various other museums and arts spaces. His work was most recently featured in a group exhibition at Project Row Houses titled Round 42 curated by Sally Frater. He is also a member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates.

David A. Feil earned his BA in English from Rice University and his MA in English from New York University. An avid learner of languages, David has spent time studying around the world and has participated in programs in Reykjavik, Paris, and Vienna, where he also assisted in ESL classrooms. He currently works as an after-school tutor, a college professor, a writer-in-residence, and a creative music instructor, helping Houston students with a wide variety of subjects. David has a diverse portfolio of personal and collaborative work that includes writing, visual art, interactive media, and gallery installations. Feil is also an accomplished musician who has previously performed with internationally renowned artists and in such unique spaces as the Menil Collection's Rothko Chapel and Richmond Hall as well as at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

John Forse graduated from the University of Houston in 2015 with an M.F.A. in Painting. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at Box 13 Art Space (Houston, TX), College of the Mainland Art Gallery (Texas City, TX), and at 409 Gallery for the exhibition Kunst Ohne Hass in 2014. Forse’s work has been shown in numerous group exhibitions across Texas at institutions and galleries including Box 13, 4411 Montrose, Lawndale Art center, Rice University, Blaffer Art Museum, and The Joanna Gallery among many more.

Francesca Fuchs lives and works in Houston, TX. Her work has been featured in several one and two person exhibitions including Xmas Trees at Talley Dunn Gallery (Dallas, TX) and Francesca Fuchs: Selected Paintings 2004-2015 at the Galveston Arts Center (Galveston, TX) in 2015, and (Re)Collection: Paintings of Framed Paintings, Prints, Photographs, and Drawings at Texas Gallery (Houston, TX) in 2013. Her work has also been included in group exhibitions at the Galveston Artist Residency (Galveston, TX), Sala Diaz (San Antonio, TX), Silas Marder Gallery (New York, NY), and Lisa Cooley (New York, NY). She is the recipenet of the 2006 Hunting Art Prize, the 2012 Artadia Award, and an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance. Her work has been reviewed in publications including Art Ltd., ArtForum, Art in America, among many others.

Lane Hagood is a visual artist currently living and working in Houston. He received his Bachelor of the Arts in Sculpture from the University of Houston in 2008. His work has been shown in solo exhibitions in Houston, Austin, and New York City as well as selected group exhibitions hosted locally, nationally, and internationally. In 2010, Hagood received both the Huntington Art Prize and an award from the Idea Fund. Focusing consistently on the written word, he often finds inspiration and drive for his work in the literature he references in both his work and its titles.

Ryan Hawk is a visual artist and arts organizer currently based in Austin, TX. Working through video, performance, and site-specific installation, his projects address corporeality and embodiment as they relate to art­ history, sexuality and the politics of desire. His work has been exhibited at: Art League Houston; Grace Exhibition Space, Brooklyn; Pioneer Works, Brooklyn; The Museum of Fine Arts, Nagoya; Difibult8r Gallery (Chicago, IL); as well as several other venues and international performance art festivals. Most recently, he had a solo exhibition at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum as part of the UMLAUF PRIZE award in Austin, TX, and is a recipient of the 2016 Traveling Fellowship from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Ryan Hawk received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and is currently a MFA candidate in studio art at the University of Texas, Austin.

Sarah Hill lives and works in Austin, Texas. They have shown nationally and internationally. Sarah has performed at Le Lieu e Contemporary Art Center in Québec, Canada, at the International Performance Platform Festival in Lublin, Poland at Gallery Labirynt, and at Performatorium 2014: Festival of Queer Performance Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada. Sarah received their MFA from the Museum School in partnership with Tufts University, Boston. They have studied with Black Market International at the Festival of Live Art in Glasgow, Scotland. They have performed at Mobius, Proof Gallery and Anthony Greaney in Boston, Grace Exhibition Space in New York, little berlin in Philadelphia, Living Arts Space in Tulsa, Waterloo Center for Arts in Iowa and The MACC in Austin. They have screened videos in Australia, Berlin, Canada, London (FRINGE! Queer Film & Arts Fest) Miami, New York ( The Armory Show) Portugal, San Francisco (SFTFF San Francisco Transgender Film Festival), and Scotland. Sarah has worked on projects with William Pope. L (Cusp) and Roderick Buchanan (Swim).

The artistic team of Hillerbrand+Magsamen is the collaboration of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. Together they create sculpture, installation, performance, video and photographic works they call “Suburban Fluxus”. Often including their two children, Madeleine and Emmett in their work, the family critiques and playfully scrutinizes contemporary suburban life.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen have presented their videos in international film and media festivals including Houston Cinema Arts Festival, London SciFi Film Festival, WAND V Stuttgarter Filmwinter, New York Underground Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Festival, Boston Underground Film Festival and MonkeyTown. Their cinematic based installations have been exhibited at the Everson Museum (Syracuse, NY), Center for Photography Woodstock (Woodstock, NY), Diffusion Photography Festival (Wales, UK) and Houston Center for Photography (Houston, TX).

They have received grants from Sustainable Arts Foundation, Austin Film Society, Experimental Television Center, Ohio Arts Council, Houston Arts Alliance and Houston Center for Photography. Their project HIGHER GROUND was a commission from the Houston Airport System and received 1st prize from juror Richard Linklater in the CineSpace program at the Houston Cinema Arts Festival.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen have participated in residency programs including: Lower Manhattan Cultural Council (New York, NY), Experimental Television Center (Owego, NY), Elsewhere (Greensboro, NC), Santa Fe Art Institute (Santa Fe, NM). Stephan Hillerbrand is a recipient of two Fulbright Fellowships (Germany) and MacDowell Colony (Peterborough, NH) residency.

Mary and Stephan live and work in Houston with their two children, Madeleine and Emmett.

Otis Ike is a photographer, documentary filmmaker, sustainable designer and builder. From 2003-07, Ike worked as a fabricator for artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee (a.k.a. Twist), aiding in the creation of new work for their exhibitions. His architectural work includes disaster relief housing on the Gulf Coast, cottages for the homeless in Austin and structures for his photo and video installations. In 2010, he was awarded the top grant from the 2010 Texas Filmmakers Production Fund for his film VIETNAM APPRECIATION DAY. In 2016, Ike co-directed The Send-Off with Ivete Lucas, which was recognized as an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival, took home the Documentary Short Jury Award at the San Francisco International Art Festival and the 2016 South by South West Film Festival. He holds a Masters degree in Sustainable Design from the School of Architecture at the University of Texas. 

Bradley Kerl is a Houston-based painter. Since graduating from the University of Houston's MFA program in 2014, he has exhibited frequently across Texas, including solo presentations at both Art Palace Gallery and Alvin Community College. When he isn't in his studio, Bradley helps raise his newborn son and also teaches drawing and painting at area colleges and universities. 

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 Cardoza Fine Art and galleryHOMELAND in Houston, TX. She has participated in group shows at multiple venues across Texas, including Galleri Urbane (Dallas, TX), 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).

Born in Syracuse, NY, in 1985 and raised in rural Pennsylvania, Emily Link spent her youth immersed in wilderness, remnants of the Civil War and Native American legend. Since being transplanted to Houston, Texas, she has worked to build an enriched cultural past in an environment that exists only for the future. In 2008 she received her BFA from the University of Houston. Recent exhibitions include MOONMILK at Box 13 (Houston, TX) and Widhewa at the J. Palmer Exhibition Space at the College of the Mainland (Texas City, TX) in 2016. In 2015 Link was featured in the exhibition Space Puppet Relay Team at Rice University and in 2014 her work was shown in Scryer’s Club at The Front in New Orleans, LA.

Gabriel Martinez received his MFA from Columbia University in 2009 and has participated in renowned artist residencies around the country including the International Art in Residence Program at Artpace (2015), the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston CORE Fellowship program (2010-2012), Project Row Houses Artist-in-Residency Program (2012), and the Whitney Independent Study Program (2010).  Martinez ’s art primarily exists outside the gallery environment and takes the form of interventions in sites as varied as public seating, city water drainage, unused plots of land, parks, bootleg markets, and sidewalks. For Martinez, what connects these spaces is the fact that they are occupied and used by many different types of audiences, none of which will experience his work in the same way. As a result, the broad and often unnoticed structures that regulate social behavior and determine public access are opened up for contestation and potential change. He has served as an arts instructor and lecturer at the Glassell School of Arts, the University of Houston, and at Rice University in Houston, TX.

Ayanna Jolivet Mccloud is an artist based in Houston, Texas. Her work takes on many forms, primarily painting and writing, and occasionally sounds. While minimal, her work is driven by explorations in sensation, physicality, and materiality. She has participated in exhibitions and residencies throughout the Caribbean, Latin America and in the U.S. She is the founder of labotanica, a collaborative studio scheduled to relaunch this year.

Cobra McVey uses found objects and recycled synthetic materials in combination with traditional art making techniques to create futuristic environments that reference contemporary culture. She is the lead singer and guitarist for Winelord, a female punk rock trio hatched from the same B-movie aesthetic that influences her visual art. She is also co-founder, costume maker, and a major dancer of The Bar-B-Que Gang Dance Troupe, an enterprise that combines design and performance. McVey received an MFA from the University of Georgia in 2012 and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Vermont Studio Center and Houston’s Post-Studio Projects. Currently, she is one of three artists in the Artist Studio Program at Houston's Lawndale Art Center. She has lived in Massachusetts and Arizona, but now considers Texas home. Her work has been screened at festivals and exhibited nationally. Winelord’s album, III, is available online and at record stores across the United States.

Dennis Nance received his B.A. from Austin College in Sherman, TX with a concentration in Fine Art and Fench. He recently got into sewing and makes clothing and costumes for both everyday wear and special occasions. Nance is a native Houstonian and currently serves as the Exhibitions and Programming Director at Lawndale Art Center. Nance is a recipient of a 2015 Idea Fund Award and 2015 Individual Artist Grant funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Jessica Ninci is a Houston-based artist that creates minimalist abstract paintings, sculpture, and collages. Ninci has been featured in numerous exhibitions at venues including the Lawndale Art Center, 4411 Montrose, The Brandon, and the Blaffer Art Museum. Her most recent solo exhibitions include Recent Work at Alvin Community College (Alvin, TX) and Dance on the New Track at the University of Houston Project Gallery. She earned her M.F.A. from the University of Houston in 2013 and is currently an instructor at various colleges in and around Houston.

Lovie Olivia is artist living and working in Houston, TX who employs fresco, digital fresco, and sgrafitto, to create paintings, objects, installations that consider issues of gender, sexuality, race, class, and power. Her recent exhibitions include True Colors at Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA), SUGA at BLUEorange Contemporary (Houston, TX), Coming Through the Gap in the Mountain on an Elephant at Texas Southern University (Houston, TX) curated and organized by artist Robert Pruitt. Her work has also been included in exhibitions at Jam Gallery (Brooklyn NY,) Pillow (Brooklyn NY), 36 Steps Gallery (Pittsburgh PA), The Art League Houston (Houston, TX), Darke Gallery (Houston, TX, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Houses, and the Arthello Beck Gallery in Dallas as well as Houston Museum of African American Culture among others. Olivia’s work hangs in numerous private and public collections and her decorative interior and restorative painting applications can be found in many homes and businesses, throughout Houston.  In addition to her multifaceted approach to visual art, she enjoys teaching drawing at Art League and painting at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She continues to volunteer and collaborate with organizations like Project Row Houses, Houston Arts Alliance, Art League and Diverse Works to name a few. Olivia is also a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award 2009 and 2014 which is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

Born in 1981 in Temperance, Michigan, Angel Oloshove is an artist currently living and working in Houston, TX. She is a graduate of the painting and drawing program at the California College of Arts. Her most recent exhibition Floating Worlds was selected as a Critic’s Pick for the April 2015 issue of ArtForum. Oloshove’s ceramic works have appeared in exhibition spaces such as the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Menil Collection Bookstore, The Brandon, OtherWild, and Hand Job Gallery/Store in New York City.

Mark Ponder creates playful, self-reflexive drawings and installations that critically address the potential empowerment and perils that come from positive thinking. His subversive, brutally honest take on his quest for happiness and success reminds one of self help posters gone extremely wrong. Often gaudy and sometimes slightly icky, his visuals seek to tease out the duality embedded in our deepest feelings and emotions. The works are cute, sarcastic, but perhaps most oddly, highly austere. Ponder’s work has been featured in exhibitions including a solo exhibition at Gallery Homeland (Houston, TX), G Gallery (Houston, TX), and at the Wythe Hotel (Queens, NY). In 2014, Ponder was awarded the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant.

Robert Pruitt was born in 1975 in Houston Texas. He received his BFA from Texas Southern University and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin. He is a founding member of the artist collective Otabenga Jones & Associates. Pruitt creates sculpture, drawing, video, and installation works about the dichotomy of the black experience in America, and the impact of black cultural production on the global landscape. He has exhibited his work at The Pennsylvania College of Art & Design, The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, PA, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, The Dallas Museum of Art, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and was a participating artist in the 2006 Whitney Biennial and the 2010 SITE Santa Fe Biennial, which traveled to MoMA PS1 in New York. Pruitt is a recipient of the Artadia Artist Award, a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation award, and most recently a Joan Mitchell Foundation award in 2013. Pruitt’s work is in the collection of The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, The Studio Museum of Harlem, NY, the Dallas Museum of Art in Dallas, TX, the University Museum of Texas Southern University in Houston and the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston TX.

Bret Shirley was born in 1980 and received his BFA in photography from the Pratt Institute in New York City. Since relocating to Houston, Shirley has shown extensively around the globe. Recent exhibitions include Material Art Fair (D.F., MX), Rising Through the Infinite for the Blaffer Art Museum series Windows into Houston (Houston, TX), and Typically Esoteric at Gallery Homeland (Houston, TX). His work can be found at Cardoza Gallery in Houston.

Michael Simmonds is an artist and arts educator living and working in Houston, TX. His sculpture-based work has been featured in numerous exhibitions around Texas, but he is currently focused on pursing a career in arts education at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, where he holds the position of Teen Council and Public Programs Coordinator. Simmonds holds an B.F.A. from the University of Houston.

Amy Beth Wright was born in Arkansas in the early 80s and received her masters in painting from the University of Houston in 2014. Her thesis paintings were published in New American Paintings 2015 MFA Annual as well as selected by critic Jerry Saltz to exhibit at the Chautauqua Institution in New York. She attended artist residencies at Painting’s Edge in California and New York City’s Cooper Union. Amy has a bachelor’s degree from Savannah College of Art & Design and currently teaches undergraduate painting in Houston. Her work is part of numerous private collections throughout the United States and appears in the textbook Discovering Drawing by Davis Publications. Wright currently works and lives in Houston, TX.

Brandon Zech graduated from the University of Houston’s Art History program in the fall of 2015. He is currently working as a tireless editor at the Texas-based online arts newspaper and at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston as a member of the Museum’s FAQ Team docents. Zech’s work has been featured in venues around Houston including DiverseWorks, Box 13, Art League Houston, and Alabama Song.