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UST Alumna Accepted into Project Row Houses Summer Studios

By Brittani Wright

Photograph Credit: Alex Barber; Commissioned by Project Row Houses, Houston, Texas, 2019Recent University of St. Thomas alumna, Katarina Guzman, was accepted to participate in Project Row Houses after her graduation in May 2019.

Guzman’s participation in PRH was with the Summer Studios, which was open to seven student-artists who were nominated by professors and selected by a panel of professional artists. Guzman was nominated by Claire McDonald, chair of Fine Arts, Drama & Dance.

The Summer Studios exhibit, which opened Aug. 10, recently wrapped up installation.

About Project Row Houses

The Summer Studios residency was developed to provide an open space for emerging social justice artists to showcase their art in an urban community setting.

Founded in 1993, PRH is a nonprofit organization with a mission to empower people and enrich communities through engagement, art and direct action. PRH strives to be the catalyst for transforming community through the celebration of art and African-American history and culture. The founders of PRH purchased 22 historic shotgun-style row houses on two blocks in a disinvested neighborhood in Houston’s Historic Third Ward and began using the houses as spaces for thematic art interventions.

“This project was a great opportunity to grow as an artist,” Guzman said. “Project Row Houses is a community based organization, and that appealed to me. I wanted to give back to the community.”

Shaking Up the Houston Community Through Art

Guzman’s installation highlighted the history of Houston’s Third Ward and its inhabitants through the art of printmaking; Guzman’s studio arts concentration at UST.

“The biggest takeaway,” Guzman said, “was the people who came to see it, and witnessed history shake up the community. I was able to talk to patrons and express what I wanted the art to do and become in the future.”

Guzman was born and raised in San Antonio, surrounded by the unique history, art and culture of South Texas, and influenced by her hometown’s public art scene and the printmakers of the Mexican revolution. Guzman explores printmaking in technique and narrative, and her work often collages several techniques together to create the narrative space.

Chalking Up the Future

Guzman is due back in her hometown on Oct. 12 for the Artpace event, “Chalk It Up.” Guzman is invited as an artist to create a mural with the theme “Sustainability”.

“I want to create from the perspective of the community,” Guzman said. “I will feature what makes the economy thrive in San Antonio: food, culture and icons that have been sustained throughout its history.”