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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.

Kizzie Frank

I am a journalist and a poet. I have a complicated past and a complicated present. If I could sum up my story, the best way to describe it is to be a roller coaster of emotion and experiences. Read more>>

Jennifer Pate

I began making art in middle school, my teachers and professors had always shown interest in communicating the importance of a regular art practice while I always struggling to find a subject important enough to communicate. Read more>>

Tran Dang

I’ve always had a major love for photography (really any form of art) and it never crossed my mind to turn it into a business. Until a couple of years ago, it hit me! Why don’t I turn my hobby into a business. And so, I took the leap and Si Creative Photography was born. Read more>>

Sarah Guarino

Photography is not just about a photo, it really is a way to capture emotion and freeze moments indefinitely. I still print a large majority of my work on 4x6s, ask any of my friends or family (they get copies). Read more>>

Ichikara Valdez

I’ve been blessed to produce multiple projects in that time as well as expanding my Dj talents abroad in multiple international trips via the US Embassy. Read more>>

Mariana Barran Goodall

I started stitching when I was a little girl. I was at a catholic school where the nuns taught us how to embroider and I loved it since the very first moment. Read more>>

Sam Robles

Movies have always been my obsession. Hollywood Video was my library and AMC 30 was my Church. As a kid, I’d take my dad’s VHS camera and shoot home movies with speeding hot wheels and Jurassic Park raptors. Movies were my escape. Read more>>

Jake Lloyd

I have spent the majority of my career trying to break down barriers for urban music in my city. Getting recognition in atx for rnb/soul has taken a toll but I’m still here. Read more>>

Daniel Blanco

Later on in my life those skills helped me into becoming a tattoo artist. That meant a lot to me seeing that I didn’t have no type of work permit to be able to make my own money. Read more>>

Yorick Tattoo

I attended a prestigious art school in Belgium, Institut Saint-Luc, for a very short period of time before I left to become a tattoo artist. The principal of my High School actually enrolled me there because I couldn’t stop drawing on the desks, walls. Read more>>

Arthur Yoria

I had no intention of becoming a good guitarist, I only wanted to write songs. I became obsessed with the process so I dropped out of college and I’ve been writing ever since. Read more>>

Rae Davis

Once time went by I invested in new equipment and started to challenge myself more. I started adding concepts to my shoots which involved working with a stylist and make up artist. This is how I fell in love with fashion photography and glamour shots. Read more>>

Rohan Reilly

Reilly uses long exposures to draw out the essential elements of a scene. His images are enigmatic and compelling, inviting us into a monochromatic world of clean lines and powerful shapes. Read more>>

Scribe 23 J. Sam Frankel

Letting go of anything that had held me back internally, fear of the unknown and failure; societal perceptions of what an artist is and how they live their lives. You don’t always have to live life as an artist to be one, but can live life through the eyes of an artist. Read more>>

Mimi Mollica

I risked my life a few times and that made me realise how important is to live a full life putting love always on the very first place. Still though I remained as curious and thirsty of knowledge as I was when I begun. Read more>>

Rachel Klaassen

It’s certainly a journey of self-discovery. I graduated from LSU in 2015 with a degree in Vocal Performance with my eyes set on Broadway. I had been singing for 16 years at this point… Read more>>

Jan Rattia

While my relationship with photography and art in general has always been there, I really didn’t make it my focus until much later, when I left my corporate ambitions behind and went back to school for photography as a grown up in NYC. Read more>>

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