Sculpture Month Houston was inaugurated in October 2016 at the SITE Gallery Houston at the Silos at Sawyer Yards (and throughout the City of Houston) with sculptural work by mostly Houston based artists. Its title “From Space to Field” highlighted the evolution from sculpture as a single static object to the exploration of spatial concepts with all its tantalizing possibilities. The unique architecture of the Silos, its cave like spaces, its industrial patina, has challenged the artists to create works of art of great ambition and scope.
Sculpture Month Houston (SMH) is a citywide biennial event that showcases sculpture throughout over 40 venues in the City of Houston, directing attention to the diverse creative energies of sculptors. It joins a succession of existing art celebrations, like FotoFest, and adds to Houston's reputation as an art-enthusiastic city.
Before SMH, Houston last celebrated sculpture 18 years ago with Sculpture 2000. In presenting Sculpture Month Houston, organizers Volker Eisele and Antarctica Black (director and manager of Rudolph Blume Fine Art / ArtScan Gallery), alongside Tommy Gregory (Director and Curator of the City of Houston’s Art Collection at the Houston Airport System), look to provide a current survey of the sculpture scene.
This year's festival consists of more than 40 participating venues including commercial galleries, nonprofit spaces, educational facilities and museums. While participating venues coordinate their own programming of three-dimensional art, Sculpture Month Houston also presents their own curated exhibitions—featuring a select number of artists from a wide variety of styles—to highlight a cross-section of international sculpture. Participation in the month is by invitation.
This year's festival and main show at SITE Gallery Houston will be titled, "Peak Shift", and run from October 13 - December 1, 2018!
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SMH’s series of curated site-specific installations tie into the current body of ideas that is percolating throughout the art world in places like Documenta and the Venice Biennale. We provide artists with the ability to weigh in with their creative responses in order to enrich and shape the visual dialogue. SMH is participating in this dialogue by providing artists with an opportunity to be challenged to create site-specific installations in unique architectural venues.
An example of venues we are incorporating into our programming this year:
-SITE Gallery Houston, which is housed in the re-purposed physical structure of the old Success Rice Silos
-The defunct control tower designed by IM Pei at the Bush Intercontinental Airport
-The 1940 Air Terminal Museum along with their vintage airplane hangar at Hobby Airport
For Houston residents and visitors alike, the month offers an opportunity to explore, experience and celebrate a wide breadth of sculpture rarely seen in the Houston region.
For a list of our current participating artists, click here.