Visual and Dramatic Arts
Dean of Humanities
In the Eyes of Our Children:
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 - Friday, March 31, 2017
Houston, an American City
Gallery Rice Media Center
6100 Main St, Entrance #8 via University Blvd & Stockton Ave
Houston, Texas, USA
An exhibition of photography and prints created over a period of six years by Houston-area schoolchildren, highlighting Houston’s diversity and energy, will be on view at the Rice Media Center on the Rice University campus, from March 7-31, 2017.
In the Eyes of Our Children: Houston, An American City, accompanied by a 296-page book, complete with over 300 color plates, presents a panoramic view of Houston, including public parks and gardens, sports stadiums, shopping malls, cultural venues and downtown.
Geoff Winningham, acclaimed Houston photographer and a professor of visual arts and photography at Rice University, along with his wife, artist Janice Freeman, led the project, guiding 132 elementary and middle-school students—of diverse racial, cultural and economic backgrounds—in the art of photography and printmaking. “This exhibition and the accompanying book offer a unique vision of Houston at this moment in its history through the eyes of its children,” states Winningham. Undergraduate volunteers from Rice University pitched in by taking leadership roles at the participating schools and the summer workshops.
The 132 students from Houston-area schools who participated in the project—43% Hispanic, 30% Anglo, 16% African American, and 11% Asian--mirror the diversity of Houston’s population and lend insight into the changing vision of our cities and our nation. “Houston is at the forefront of the epic demographic transition that is taking place in the United States,” according to Stephen Klineberg, noted sociologist and professor at Rice University, and a contributor to the book.
In the Eyes of Our Children: Houston, An American City is sponsored by Pozos Art Project, Inc., with support from Rice University, the Houston Arts Alliance, Houston First Corporation, Blank Rome, LLP, Duncan Genesis Foundation, JBD Foundation, and Liberty Restaurants. The exhibition is free and open to the public. Rice Media Center is open to the public Monday - Friday, 11am-5pm.
The Pozos Art Project, Inc., is a 501 (c)3 non-profit corporation, founded by the photographer Geoff Winningham and the artist Janice Freeman. Since its inception in 2009, the project has providedworkshops in the visual arts to children and young adults in Houston, Texas and Mineral de Pozos, Mexico.