Artists’ Talk, 35th VAA Juried Membership Exhibition

Spring Street Studios

Dec. 2, 2017, 02:00 am

1824 Spring Street

On December 2 from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. the artists in the 35th Juried Membership Exhibition will talk about their work and answer questions from the audience. The participating artists will be Susan Budge, Angela Corson, Luisa Duarte, Nell Gottlieb, Jimmy Hines, Pat McEnery, Ami Mehta, William Reed, Narinder Sall, A M Schaer, John Slaby, Laura Sprague and Stacy Tracy.

The exhibition was juried by Dr. Cindy Lisica, owner and director of Cindy Lisica Gallery. Over the last 15 years, Cindy Lisica has taken her curatorial research and professional work to cities throughout the world. In addition to championing artists’ careers through gallery shows, she has worked in museums including The Warhol and the Menil Collection. She regularly presents at international speaking engagements and conferences. As an Asian-American scholar, she continues to teach Art History courses on East Asia, as well as symposiums and guest lectures at museums. She is currently part-time faculty at the University of Houston, where she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in the “Art and Architecture of India” and “Modern and Contemporary Asian Art”.

According to Dr. Lisica “Out of over 300 remarkable submissions, I was able to focus the final selection to 44 distinct and powerful works. Driven initially by an academic curatorial process, I sought thoughtful “smart” art with clear content and ideas, as well as successful execution. I hope that the resulting exhibition finds a balance, as it includes both simplicity in form (with evidence of a healthy dose of intellectual exertion) and more laborious physical processes (with meaning in the method), all imbedded within the layers and textures.” The works on exhibit are in various mediums by the following 29 artists: Daniel Brents, Susan Budge, Angela Corson, Luisa Duarte, Rei Egusquiza, Steve Fisher, Terry Fromm, William Gerrish, Lisa Goodrich, Nell Gottlieb, Leslie M. Guzmán, Jillian Hakala, Jimmy Hines, Martin Holmes, Padaric Kolander, Rona Lesser, Rennie MacKay Quinn, David Mann, Pat McEnery, Ami Mehta, Judith Meyer, Ellen Ray, William Reed, Nariner Sall, A M Schaer, John Slaby, Laura Sprague, Stacy Tracy and Jennifer Traina-Dorge.

Visual Arts Alliance (VAA) is an educational organization for serious practitioners of the visual arts and interested members of the general public. Founded in Houston, TX in 1981, VAA is an all-volunteer-run, 501(c)3, nonprofit organization. In addition to educational and recreational programs, VAA also produces professionally juried art exhibitions providing opportunities for members and non-members to have their work professionally judged and viewed by the general public.  For membership details and more information, visit

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