New DiverseWorks Head Honcho Elizabeth Dunbar Making Changes

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Elizabeth Dunbar, who was recently hired as the executive director of DiverseWorks ArtSpace, is making things happen at her new post.

Along with creating new jobs at one of Houston's top art venues, the former associate director/chief curator at Austin's Arthouse has made some hefty changes to its annual fundraising event, "Luck of the Draw."

For one, the moneymaker has been moved up a few months to May and transformed from a one-night-only shebang to a two-week exhibit featuring artists handpicked by Dunbar and the organization.

Also, the artworks on display will be at a standardized size of seven-by-nine inches and feature contributions from locals Elaine Bradford and Rachel Hecker as well as Graham Hudson of London, Fritz Haeg of Los Angeles and Karen Yasinsky of Baltimore. The work created for "Luck of the Draw" will be site- and show-specific, meaning that the art pieces haven't been showcased at another exhibit.

Jennifer Gardner, who holds down the newly created director of external affairs position at DiverseWorks, explains that the silent auction has been 86'd.

"Works not sold on May 18 will be available for purchase to the public for $125 each," says Gardner. "Therefore, there will be no 'discount' art chances as there has been in the past -- experiencing that was not a nice experience for the artists."

"In general, the changes were made in order to increase the quality of the exhibition, and to greater benefit all of the participating artists," adds Gardner, who worked with Dunbar at Arthouse as special projects manager.

The opening reception and fundraiser for "Luck of the Draw" starts at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at DiverseWorks, 1117 East Freeway. The exhibition hangs through June 2. Admission tickets start at $25. For more information, call 713-223-8346 or check out the DiverseWorks Web site.

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