It has been a year, but it feels like she was with us yesterday.
As grants coordinator at Houston Arts Alliance (HAA), Liz Alexander was a dear friend to artists, answering questions and guiding grant hopefuls through the complicated world of applications, submissions and final reports. It was her passion to get things right and help others get things right that marked her 12 years at HAA. She was indispensable in the organization's transition to an online grants administration system.
It came as a shock to everyone who interacted with Alexander that she had passed away from pneumonia at age 41 a year ago Saturday.
Noting that "her extensive knowledge of the Houston arts community could only be matched by her genuine love for her work," Mayor Annise Parker proclaimed last April 27 Liz Alexander Day.
In her memory, HAA has created the Liz Alexander Visual Art Award with contributions from friends, family and fellow professionals as a way to honor and celebrate her ethos and dedication.
Alexander's talents extended beyond photography and visual art. She was a high energy advocate for issues relating to women and minorities. In this spirit, the award made possible by private donations will grant a minimum of $1,000 to an emerging visual artist between the ages of 20-35 who resides in Houston, with priority given to women and minority applicants.
The grantee and the final amount will be announced later this fall. It can be applied towards visual arts graduate education, training and travel to professional development programs, research or a single visual arts project.
Houston Arts Alliance is currently accepting gifts benefiting the Liz Alexander Fund online.