HOUSTON ARTISTS: Art Lab at Discovery Green 2024-2025

  • Commissioning Entity

    Weingarten Art Group

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  • Location of Commission

    Houston, Texas, United States

  • Commission Portal

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  • Contact Name

    Ady Avivi

  • Contact Email

    [email protected]

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  • Brief Description

    Response Deadline: July 14, 2024

    On behalf of Discovery Green Conservancy, Weingarten Art Group invites Greater Houston-based artists, architects, and designers to submit qualifications for participation in a pioneering public art incubator program called Art Lab (https://www.discoverygreen.com/artlab).

    Art Lab marks a pivotal moment in Discovery Green’s renowned public art program which is known for engaging artists from around the world to create site-specific and interactive temporary installations. As a scalable public art incubator, Art Lab aims to reshape the landscape of public art in Houston by supporting local underrepresented artists, fostering diversity and spurring innovation within our community.

    Through mentorship and hands-on experience, Art Lab will empower Greater Houston creatives who aspire to expand their professional practice into large scale, interactive public art projects by providing critical skills and resources needed to realize their ambitions.

    Two Fellows will be selected for the inaugural year of Art Lab, which runs September 2024 through January 2025.

    What is Art Lab?

    Program Description

    Art Lab is an incubator program designed to equip participating Greater Houston artists with the skills and experience to realize artworks in the public realm. A dedicated team of mentors will work closely with each Fellow to develop a proposal for a temporary, interactive public artwork that meets professional standards and is competitive with those of established public artists.

    To achieve this goal, Art Lab provides the necessary resources to take each Fellow’s idea from concept to design, guidance on crafting and presenting compelling proposals, and aiding in building a credible track record for future opportunities.


    The team of mentors for Art Lab includes

    1) Art Lab’s annual “Lead Artist”, who will be commissioned by Discovery Green to create its annual winter art installation.

    2) Weingarten Art Group, co-curators and co-administrators for Discovery Green’s public art program since 2014 and for Art Lab.

    3) Metalab, a prominent Houston-based architecture and design firm with an extensive public art track record.

    The inaugural Art Lab Lead Artist is Jen Lewin, a widely respected public artist based in Brooklyn known for her interactive light landscapes using innovative technologies. Over her nearly 30-year career, Jen Lewin has honed her artistic and technical expertise to design and fabricate large-scale interactive public sculptures across the world, both temporary and permanent, that encourage community interaction and play. Her work unites nature and technology to create connected human experiences and underscores the ripple effects that individuals have on their community and habitat. With experience in mentoring artists, Jen is exceptionally suited to serve as the inaugural Lead Artist and mentor for Art Lab.

    Please see commission portal link for full project information and application instructions.