Two of Houston's most notable creatives have been named to the list of 50 Most Exciting Artists of 2014 by international art website ArtNet. The exclusive list of international art notables, which ranges from Pussy Riot to Ai Weiwei, counts these Houstonians on the list:
Rick Lowe is the first name on the list, although writer Christian Viveros-Fauné writes that it was compiled "in no particular order." Known for founding and maintaining Project Row Houses, a community-based arts and culture non-profit organization in the Third Ward, Lowe was one of only 21 Americans selected selected for this year's prestigious MacArthur Fellowship.
Reknowned visual artist Mel Chin, who was born in Houston, was singled out for landing a four-decade survey at the New Orleans Museum of Art. He is well known for 'The Manila Palm' sculpture, the only permanent exhibit at the Contemporary Art Museum, Houston, as well as for his 'Cabinet of Craving' installation at the Asia Society Texas Center, an homage to French artist Louise Bourgeois.