The Idea Fund, a Houston-based re-granting program funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and administered through Houston arts nonprofits DiverseWorks, Aurora Picture Show, and Project Row Houses, has announced the 2013 grantees. Ten Texas-based artists and artist collectives selected from 177 applications will each receive $4,000 ($3,500 for the awarded project, plus $500 seed money for future work) to create and showcase innovative artistic projects in the coming year. Three recipients are from San Antonio. The grantees are: The Bridge Club – Art and Performance Collaborative (Huntsville); Erin Curtis (Austin); Bill Davenport (Houston); Esteban Delgado (San Antonio); Everything Records / Robert Hodge and Philip Pyle (Houston), Madsen Minax (Houston); Ryan O’Malley, Joe Pena, Dr. Amber Scoon, and Jack Gron (Corpus Christi); Stephanie Saint Sanchez (Houston); Ethel Shipton and Nate Cassie (San Antonio); and Walley Films – Mark Walley and Angela Walley (San Antonio).
Esteban Delgado's project,Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue, will transform the facades of vacant buildings in small towns in South Texas (including Alice, Bishop, Falfurrias, Riviera and Robstown) through window installations of bright, colorful compositions and vinyl artwork informed by the history of each structure and the surrounding community. Ethel Shipton and Nate Cassie's Vacancy Projects features a single artistic event occurring in a non-art venue, four times a year in the San Antonio area. Each event is held in a new location, which may include such spaces as an unoccupied apartment, a restaurant, or a beauty salon. Walley Films – Mark Walley and Angela Walley, will make Tia Chuck, an experimental documentary film following the life and work of the late San Antonio artist, photographer, and designer Chuck Ramirez. The project is inspired by the visual and conceptual techniques Ramirez utilized and will employ those techniques to create a compelling, ambitious storyline and narrative about the artist, his life, and work.
For more information, visit theideafund.org