Visual Arts

Liz Alexander Visual Art Grant Doubles in Monetary Size

Attention, Houston artists: Don't leave the (now) two grand on the table.

Houston Arts Alliance recently announced that its Liz Alexander Visual Art Award has swelled, thanks to private contributions, from $1,000 to $2,000. The one-time grant is named after the late Alexander, who passed away on April 23, 2010.

Alexander worked for HAA, where she started as an intern and then elevated herself to grants coordinator, for a dozen years. Her sudden death at the age of 41 shook members of the community, including Mayor Annise Parker, who proclaimed April 27, 2010 "Liz Alexander Day."

"I found her to be a breath of fresh air in the Houston art world," said artist John Pluecker at the time. "Her strong voice and her commitment to fostering art production and artists' development are sorely missed."

The final grant amount will be finalized in August 2011 while the winner will be announced sometime in the fall.

Houston artists ages 20 to 35 are eligible to apply by 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 8 (additional guidelines can be swooped at this page of the Houston Arts Alliance website). According to HAA, "the award money may be used for a specific artistic project, for professional development or education in the field of visual or media arts. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply."

For details, check out Houston Arts Alliance online.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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