Art democracy

Cast your ballot for the Houston Arts Month cover artist

Cast your ballot for the Houston Arts Month cover artist

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Pablo Gimenez Zapiola, "Truth Meaning" Courtesy of the artist
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Bexar Olivier, "Lofy Blur" Courtesy of the artist
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James Glassman, "Dome Ceiling" (detail) Courtesy of the artist
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May 2011 will bring a slew of significant art events to Houston, including 10 world premieres. Locals now have the chance to decide the face of what the Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has dubbed Arts Month by voting on an artwork that will grace the cover of the spring Official Visitors Guide and newspaper insert (which will find its way to one million households in newspapers around Texas).

In excess of 40 artists submitted, which were narrowed down to three candidates by curators Diane Barber of DiverseWorks, Christine West of Lawndale, Rainey Knudson of Glasstire and Matthew Lennon from Houston Arts Alliance.

Among the three vying for the coveted cover (as well as an $1,000 stipend) are James Glassman (arguably discovered by CultureMap), Pablo Gimenez Zapiola and Bexar Olivier. Drawing on his CultureMap installation, Glassman has depicted the ceiling of the Astrodome in its original configuration.

"The Astrodome itself is a constant reminder of what Houstonians can achieve through our unique combination of know-how and bravado," he says.

Gimenez Zapiola presents a more conceptual, text-based entry, in which the words "truth" and "meaning" are projected upon a racing train car, drawing allusions to the city's insignia, which features a locomotive. "The projected words promote and provoke reflection yet call for renewal, regeneration and expansion," he explains.

Lastly, Olivier has combined circuit boards, glue and paint into a symbolic work that mirrors actual networks between artists. Explains Olivier, "My piece illustrates this network and mirrors the links we all have to each other." 

So who's it going to be? Log onto VisitHoustonTexas.com to cast your vote before the virtual ballot box closes on Dec. 24.