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Thought-Provokers: Downtown

Houston has always had an artistic soul.  The culture and heritage of our city, like most great cities, owes a tremendous debt to the arts community.  Supporting local art is something we care deeply about and we’d like to do everything we can to help the local arts community thrive.  Unfortunately, too often media attention is monopolized by corporate interests and tabloid gossip – but culture doesn’t come from a focus on celebrity breakups it comes from a focus on the arts.

Below, you’ll find some incredible artists from in and around Downtown that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Eugene Drake

I never thought that I would photograph couples in love. Self-employment was always something I did on the side while working for other people: designed for magazines and digital retouch for photo studios. I also created my clothing brand and a design market for two years and tried out a lot of ideas to focus on building new projects and things, so I could show the world what I loved to do. Read more>>

Chris Ardoin

I became heavily impacted by the regions art and musical influences and was also fortunate to have a family of artists who also inspired me. Around 2007 I began my studies of Architecture at the University of Louisiana, while also pursuing a musical career, playing drums around town and working at Scott’s Drum Center in Lafayette 2011 brought on heavy change. Read more>>

Jeff Justice

From a young age, I have been passionate about interior design. Throughout my middle and high school years, I worked alongside my grandmother developing skills in upholstery, sewing, flooring and wall treatments. I fondly remember curating items for her West Virginia home. Read more>>

Keith Washington

I enjoyed the photo shoot! I wanted to shoot more!! So I started meeting different freelance models on social media. But it was hard because most models didn’t want to work with inexperienced photographers. Soon I was able to find aspiring and/or freelance models to give me a chance. From there I was able to put two years in and create a good portfolio. Read more>>

Karim Rivera Rosado

Was in church where I had my first encounter with theater, not a traditional church piece I have to say. No one in my family is related to the arts, so it was a total unknown but exciting discovery for me. I kept working, outside of the church with the same people I met there, in their company Taller S&R Inc., doing art workshops, street theater, and music events. Read more>>

Susan Plum

It came as a great shock to learn at that age that I was an American living in Mexico (I now have dual citizenship). All the things that give us a sense of cultural connection a tether to one’s tribe on earth were turned upside down the day I walked ineto the local American School. Read more>>

Steve Brudniak

After the band broke up, I opened Victorian Recording Studios in the Houston Heights. I was quite depressed during this time. I needed something I could do during solitary moments to keep distracted. A friend had given me some clay, and I began exploring sculpture. Read more>>

Eva Schone

The Berlin Wall fell and opened up at the perfect time for me to grow into a new system. At the time I was 16 years old, and I was able to expand into the newly acquired freedom and the opportunities that came along with it. Otherwise, my life would have been completely different. Read more>>

Saint Barto

Graffiti artist, originally from the city of Houston. The artistic origins come from learning from my mother, an artist, eventually abandoning traditionally academically driven art classes to pursue an individual methodology. Now, my art career continues to grow and creating history. Read more>>

Ladi Earth

I even had my own radio show called “Organically Hip” where I interviewed artists and played underground music. College was cool, but I dropped out haha. In January of 2017, I recorded my first “real” song with Baby Blue, “water.” It got more noise than I thought it was going to and everyone loved it. Read more>>

Dominika Dancewicz

I decided to take this plunge into the unknown culture and a humbling state of being at school again, even though my career in Poland had already taken me to concert halls like Concertgebouw in Amsterdam or Carnegie Hall in NYC. Looking at this decision from the perspective of 18 years, I can see that at the root of it was the yearning to not stop learning, to not quit being curious and challenged. Read more>>

Ben Venom

Mistakes are a large part of my artistic process. In 2008 I was asked to participate in a group exhibition in Berlin, Germany and wanted to do something new and big for the show. After seeing the Gees Bend quilts, I decided to push the boundaries of my art and attempt to make a quilt. Read more>>

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