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Galveston Arts Center
News Release
Monday, January 08, 2018

2018 Conversations @ The Center Artists as Activists

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents its annual speaker series, Conversations @ The Center beginning January 25, 2017. The series features contemporary artists and other arts professionals who speak about and show images of their work, practices, professions, or discuss timely issues in contemporary visual art. This year’s theme will be Artists as Activists, including artists whose work engages communities, is political in nature, and acts as agents for social change. The 2018 series will feature six speakers, paired in conversation around their work through three Conversations

2018 Conversations @ The Center Schedule

Darryl Ratcliff and Rick Lowe

Thursday, January 25, 2018, 7 PM

Preceded by a reception at 6:30 PM

John Pluecker and Carrie Marie Schneider

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30 PM

Lisa E. Harris and Prince Varughese Thomas

Thursday April 12, 2018, 6:30 PM

About The January 25 Speakers

Darryl Ratcliff

Social Practice Artist, Cultural Organizer, Curator, Writer, and Poet

Ash Studios


Darryl Ratcliff is a social practice artist based in Dallas, TX. In 2012, Ratcliff co-founded Ash Studios with artist Fred Villanueva, a 20,000 square foot DIY arts center serving communities of color in Dallas. In 2013, Ratcliff became the inaugural artist-in-residence for Rick Lowe’s Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow initiated by the Nasher Sculpture Center. In 2014, Ratcliff initiated Creating Our Future (COF), an art project that focuses on creativity and civic engagement and registered over a hundred millennials to vote for the 2015 city council elections.  COF successfully advocated for $225,000 in cultural equity grants from the City of Dallas in 2016. Currently Ratcliff is working with his art collective, Michelada Think Tank, in the City of Dallas to create pathways for creatives of color from high school to retirement. Ratcliff is also a recent recipient of artist awards from the Dallas Museum of Art, Nasher Sculpture Center, and Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.

Rick Lowe

Artist and Founder

Project Row Houses


Over the past twenty years, Houston based artist Rick Lowe has worked both inside and outside of art world institutions by participating in exhibitions and developing community based art projects. In 1993, Lowe founded Project Row Houses, an arts and cultural community located in a historically significant and culturally charged Third Ward neighborhood in Houston. In 2006, he spearheaded Transforma Projects in New Orleans, a collaborative effort to engage artists and creativity in the rebuilding of the city after hurricane Katrina. President Barack Obama appointed Lowe to the National Council on the Arts in 2013.

His exhibitions include; Phoenix Art Museum, Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, Museum of Contemporary Arts, Los Angeles, Neuberger Museum, Purchase, NY, Kwangji Bienale, Kwangji, Korea, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Glassell School, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Kumamoto State Museum, Kumamoto, Japan, Venice Architecture Bienale. Cittadellarte, Biella, Italy, Nasher Scuplture Center, Dallas, TX.

Community building projects include; Project Row Houses, Houston; Trans.lation: Vickery Meadow, Dallas; Watts House Project, Los Angeles, CA; Arts Plan for Rem Koolhaus designed Seattle Public Library with Jessica Cusick; Borough Project for Spoleto Festival with Suzanne Lacy, Charleston, SC; Delray Beach Cultural Loop, Delray Beach, FL, a project for the Seattle Art Museum in their new Olympic Sculpture Park with David Adjaye. Among Lowe’s honors are; 2014 MacArthur Fellowship; Rudy Bruner Awards in Urban Excellence; AIA Keystone Award, the Heinz Award in the arts and humanities; Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Governors Award; Loeb Fellow at Harvard University, Mel King Fellow at MIT; Skandalaris Award for Excellence in Art Architecture, U.S. Artists Booth Fellow, and the Creative Time Annenberg Prize for Art and Social Change.

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