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Thought-Provokers: Sugar Land

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 Sugar Land that we hope you will check out, follow and support.

Brenda McMillan

My story and love for photography began decades ago when I started photography in high school and became yearbook editor. Fast forward 25 plus years later and I am still doing something I love on a daily basis. I love being able to freeze moments in time with my camera. Read more>>

Carlotta Baird

I pursued an art degree in college but did not finish and began working and supporting myself on a different path. I continued to dabble in art projects but not with intensity or any sort of consistency. Read more>>

Subramanian PV, Manish Jagannathan

I have been into photography for the last 30 years and Manish for the last 20 years. We are school buddies but lost touch post school. In the mid-2000’s we got back in touch over social media and discovered our common interest in photography. Read more>>

Dustin- Prestige

Came home to Houston, and started rapping about eight years ago. Released several albums which received some local buzz, and recently moved more towards film making as a way to bring together all of my creative abilities into one medium. Read more>>

Celica Ledesma

I started off just painting whatever I thought would look nice but when I got into college my painting just became what some would think is political, but my work just reflected this release of how I felt about certain things, how they can affect someone like me. Read more>>

Ju Fresh

I never thought that these melodies would prepare to be the Music Producer/ Audio Engineer/ Artist that I am today. Read more>>

Mark Maritato

My passion for Civil War history started in at the age of 17 when I watched the movie Glory. That movie was so well done and I found the story so inspiring that it launched a passion for learning more about the soldiers and the battles of that era. The beginning of the movie started with an incredibly bloody battle sequence which depicted the battle of Antietam. Read more>>

Obi Arisukwu

I never lost my love for illustrating, and focused on creating art when I was away from my 9 to 5 job. Soon I began drawing at my desk more and more each day. I became obsessed with drawing. Read more>>

Nel Gaskin

I have always had a passion for art and fashion ever since I was young starting with my grandfather teaching me how to draw due to him being a painter. I would also sketch things from animals to people or even unique doodles. Read more>>


Known by her stage name “Shonnie” Murrell, LaShonda Antrionette Harris was born on July 19 in Jonesboro, Louisiana and raised in Houston, Texas. She has been singing and playing instruments since the age of 3. Read more>>

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