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2018 Conversations @ The Center
News Release
Friday, March 02, 2018

Artists as Activists
John Pluecker and Carrie Marie Schneider Present: Creative Artists Tactics

Galveston Arts Center (GAC) presents next Conversations @ The Center on March 22, 2018 with artist and activists John Pluecker and Carrie Marie Schneider. The series features artists and other arts professionals who speak about and show images of their work, practices, professions, or discuss timely issues in contemporary visual art. March’s Conversation will focus on creative artist tactics, using Pluecker and Schneider’s work and projects as examples. The overall 2018 theme is Artists as Activists, including artists whose work engages communities, is political in nature, and acts as agents for social change.

2018 Conversations @ The Center Schedule

John Pluecker and Carrie Marie Schneider

Creative Artist Tactics

Thursday, March 22, 2018, 6:30 PM

Lisa E. Harris and Prince Varughese Thomas

Thursday April 12, 2018, 6:30 PM

About the Speakers

John Pluecker
Artist, Writer, Poet, and Language Justice Worker

John Pluecker is a Houston based writer, translator, interpreter, and artist whose work is informed by experimental poetics, radical aesthetics and cross-border cultural production. Known for his frequent collaborations with other artists, organizations and communities,

such as the language justice and literary experimentation collaborative Antena he co-founded with Jen Hofer in 2010, Pluecker also created That Idea of Everything, an audio piece included in Carrie Marie Schneider’s Hear Our Houston. His texts have appeared in journals in the U.S. books from the Spanish, including most recently Gore Capitalism (Semiotext(e), 2018.

and Antígona González (Les Figues Press, 2016). His most recent chapbook is An Accompanying Text (She Works Flexible, 2015). His book of poetry and image, Ford Over, was released in 2016 from Noemi Press. He is a member of the Macondo Writing Workshop.

Carrie Marie Schneider

Carrie Marie Schneider is an artist interested in people’s ability to reimagine their space. Her moist recent project was as a 2017 Fellow at the University of Houston’s Center for Art and Social Engagement (CASE) and Project Row Houses, where she examined the idea of Survival Creativity, amending the adage that the greatest creativity comes from the direst of circumstances, to consider the support that allows silence to break. Past projects include Care House, a temporary installation that transformed the suburban home she grew up in into a memorial for care and loss; Hear Our Houston, which offers the public free downloads of audio walking tours of the city, and the Sunblossom Residency a pilot program in which seven artists shared creative skills with refugee youth resettled in Houston. With Jennie Ash, Schneider co-organized Charge, a Houston convening of local and national presenters to platform artist-led models, advocate for equitable compensation of artists, and consider artists’ work in the larger economy. With Susan Rogers of the University of Houston Community Design Resource Center, Schneider worked with five teen residents of a Houston Housing Authority complex to design and build new play spaces for all ages in apartment complexes originally meant for young professionals.

Her work has been featured by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Houses, Diverseworks, Alabama Song, Labotanica, and many places outside of arts institutions. She has organized and hosted public conversations including the Art of Equity panel for the Rothko Chapel's Confronting Inequality Symposium, and dialogues between artists and experts in a range of other disciplines for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Her visual work and writing have been featured in Gulf Coast, Temporary Art Review, and Cite Magazine.

Shchneider earned her BFA in Fine Arts and Culture and Politics from Maryland Institute College of Art and has engaged in a self-constructed MFA program by auditing courses at local universities.

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