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Mayor Sylvester Turner Announces the Recipients of the 2016 - 2017 Individual Artist Grant

April 3, 2017

HOUSTON (April 3, 2017) – The City of Houston is proud to announce the 37 recipients of the 2017 Individual Artist Grant. Awarded on an annual basis, Individual Artist Grants support the development and presentation of new artistic works. Since 1985, this city grant program has awarded more than $4.5 million to over 780 Houston artists.

“When you are moved by a play, inspired by a piece of music or surprised by a mural on the street, that is an artist’s influence,” said Mayor Turner. “Artists are a big part of what gives our city its soul and why it is such a great place to live and visit. I enthusiastically congratulate this year’s class of outstanding awardees.”

Houston Arts Alliance distributes the grants each year, on behalf of the City of Houston, with the goal of improving Houstonians’ quality of life and promoting cultural tourism. Grants are awarded using a competitive and rigorous process—based on nationally recognized best practices—including external peer-review panels.

Each year award recipients are selected in one of two categories: emerging artists, who have pursued their profession for no more than five years; and established artists, with more than five years of professional experience. The grants are awarded to artists from a range of genres—music composition, literary arts, choreography, film, and visual arts, craft, sculptural and media arts—thanks to funding from the City of Houston Hotel Occupancy Tax (HOT).

“We are proud to support these Houston artists,” said Philamena Baird, Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) Chairman of the Board. “Their work reminds us that this city is already filled with world-class talent and creative energy worthy of investment.”

The 2016 – 2017 Individual Artist Grant recipients are:


Neiman Cately – Film - $10,000
Ashlei Edwards – Film - $10,000
Daniel Levin – Film - $10,000
William Moore + Sandy Ewen– Film - $10,000
David Politzer – Film - $10,000
Stephanie Saint Sanchez – Film - $10,000
Stacey Summers – Film - $10,000
Cressandra Thibodeaux – Film - $10,000
Trent Wittenbach – Film - $10,000
Claire Anderson – Literary Arts - $10,000
Peter Turchi – Literary Arts - $10,000
Laura Harrell - Multidisciplinary/Performance Art - $4,290
Stephan Hillerbrand + Mary Magsamen- Multidisciplinary/Performance Art - $10,000
Rathna Kumar – Multidisciplinary/Performance Art - $10,000
Teresa Chapman – Choreography - $10,000
Jacqui Sutton – Music Composition - $10,000
Reginald Adams – Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Jessica Alvarenga - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $5,000
Keliy Anderson - Staley - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Rebecca Braziel - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $5,000
Joseph Cohen - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Dominic Clay - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Margaux Crump – Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Jamal Cyrus - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $9,500
Nathaniel Donnett – Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Erik Hagen - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Clara Hoag - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Masumi Kataoka - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Jacob Margolin + Nick Vaughan- Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Tami Merrick + Nicola Parente - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Susannah Mira - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Syd Moen - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Laura Spector + Chadwick Gray - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Sarah Sudhoff - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Patrick Turk - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Kelli Vance - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $10,000
Sarah Welch - Visual Arts, Craft, Sculptural & Media Arts - $5,000

For more information on the Individual Artist Grant program, visit

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