Meet our dedicated board members!
Born in Pampa, Texas, Andis Applewhite currently commutes between her home/studio in Houston to her farm north of Lubbock, Texas where she is learning how to grow wine grapes. She received her education in Graphic Arts at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. Applewhite’s work explores abstract symbolism and the dualities in life. Her interest in woodblock printing began in making furniture with her father using leftover scraps of mesquite, mahogany, and pecan wood from the woodshop. She is an elected Member of the Los Angeles Printmaking Society and California Society of Printmakers. Her screen prints and woodcuts are found in the collections of the Library of Congress, Capital One Financial Services, Texas Tech University, and St. John’s College.
Kevin Cromwell was born in a chemical plant on the Texas Gulf coast, and raised in a small town south of Houston. He received his Bachelors of Fine Arts at University of Houston – Clear Lake. While attending university, he was able to travel to several countries in the promotion of international printmaking arts exchange. Kevin has been involved in print exhibitions in the United States, Mexico, and Serbia. Currently his work is on display regularly at the Archway Gallery in Houston, TX. Connecting with artists from other places, and the exchange of ideas within the global art community is a motivation for his work in arts organizations. Also, Kevin is an educator that enjoys engaging with artists and non-artists alike about the history and techniques of art.
A native of Kansas, Bryan has resided in Houston for nearly 40 years where he works (surprise) in the oil and gas industry. An avid collector, he frequently acquires works in his travels as well as local Houston galleries and enjoys meeting artists in their studios. Bryan supports local arts and theater and attends 100+ performances per year as well as supporting the Houston Astros in good times and bad. He has previously served on the boards of FreshArts and Theater LaB Houston.
Michel has been a resident of Houston for over 17 years and currently works in Oil and Gas Consulting. He grew up in the medieval city of Bruges, Belgium and has an engineering and business degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium. He has lived in The Netherlands, The United Kingdom, The Dominican Republic and Thailand as part of a long career in Oil and Gas. Before coming to Houston, Michel resided in Washington DC where he worked at the World Bank. He is fluent in Dutch, French, English and speaks Spanish fairly well.
Michel brings with him an inate love of the arts influenced by the many and varied cultures he has experienced and he is an avid collector with more than 100 pieces in his house in Rice Military. He has an eclectic taste and his collection features work across many media, materials and styles and represents established, mid career and emerging artists from around the world. His support to the Houston art scene has taken many shapes through not only his patronage of local artists but also through donations and participation in fundraising activities for a variety of causes.
He is an active artist himself and has produced a broad body of work in a variety of media from drawings, paintings, mixed media, documentary film, etc.. Michel also has a line of silk fashion accessories which is derived from his art work. Michel has also co-curated several art shows featuring several dozen artists over the years.
He is a board member of the Art Colony Assocation (Bayou City Art Festival) and has co-chaired their jury committee for the festival for many years.
A 2007 graduate of the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts from Indiana University, Ken General holds a BFA in Printmaking and a BA in Art History. Before moving to Houston the young curator served as Vice-President of Indiana University’s Fine Art Student Association, gallery assistant for a contemporary Chicago art gallery-The Spurious Fugitive, and interned as an assistant for the Midwest Museum of American Art. General has loved printmaking since the age of 7 years old when he literally stumbled upon an after-school art class meant for older students at his elementary school in Yokosuka, Japan. Those initial crude dinosaurs made by silkscreen stencils eventually led him to be a mixed media artist whose artwork can be found in multiple private and public art collections around the world, including several pieces in the Indiana University permanent collection, The Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest, and the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum.
On an art creation hiatus, General now focuses his energy on helping others achieve their artistic goals. He served for four years as director of a contemporary art gallery in Houston, Texas and Santa Fe, NM from 2010 to 2014. He also served as the creative director for the monthly publication Arts+Culture TX magazine from 2015 to 2018. General has established several businesses within the fine arts and educational fields in Houston, TX and Indianapolis, IN. He has been involved with PrintMatters since 2012 as an advisory board member, board member, and most recently as executive director since 2017.
Raised in Albuquerque, NM, and recently transplanted to Houston, TX, Deborah’s art is constantly attempting to bridge the gap between the two places. The Southwest is a region where Latino culture thrives and economic development seems to have stagnated after 1950. The South is an area where old traditions are well-maintained, but keeping up with Jones’s is a must. She has been a commercial fine art silkscreen printer for four years, and is currently pursuing her BFA in Printmaking from the University of St. Thomas. Printmaking’s diversity aids her expression by lending itself so well to many different processes and outcomes and adding a unique layer of contextual value. The diversity within printmaking is the perfect tool for combining old world techniques with the newest processes of digital media.
Henry Hunt, a native Texan, is an academically trained art historian and professional graphic designer. He received a bachelor of arts in English and fine art from East Texas State University (now TAMU-Commerce) and pursued graduate studies in art history and museology at the University of New Mexico and Montana State University–Bozeman. While at UNM, he co-curated major exhibitions, in conjunction with Tamarind Institute, of lithographic work by both Garo Antreasian, Tamarind’s first technical director and master printer, and Clinton Adams, dean of fine arts, at the UNM museum, among other projects. Hunt joined the faculty of the University of Montana, teaching art history and serving as director and chief curator of the university museum. While there, he developed a robust program that included challenging contemporary exhibitions garnering national attention, a visiting artist series, and interdisciplinary projects with the dance, literature, and anthropology departments.
After moving to Houston in the early 1980s, he founded the design and branding firm New Pencil Design. He is a longtime member and supporter of Houston’s art community and serves as co-chair of the Bayou City Arts Festivals’ judging committee. A sometime curator, Hunt’s most recent effort was a group show of artwork by more than 20 artists titled “Wet: Fresh Fictions” for Williams Tower Gallery.
Born and raised in Pahoa, Hawaii, Liv Johnson earned her BA at the University of Hawaii at Hilo where she began her printmaking education in their acclaimed print studio. While at UH Hilo Liv became the Print Studio Assistant and a printer for the Visiting Artists Print Collection, working with artists such as Karen Kunc, Yuji Hiratsuka, and Khalid Kodi in developing and printing their editions. In 2015 she moved to Lubbock, TX where she earned her MFA at Texas Tech University in printmaking and sculpture. She is an active member of the contemporary printmaking community, participating in conferences, symposiums, print fairs and exchange portfolios. Over the years she has curated exhibitions, organized and volunteered for numerous community art events and has taught courses and workshops at universities and community studios. Her work has been shown across the country as well as internationally and is in private and public collections. While her primary emphasis is in printmaking, her work branches into multiple media, developing pieces that explore sound, light, installation, and combine a wide variety of materials. She now lives in Houston where she continues to develop her studio work at Burning Bones Press and is an instructor at the Glassell School of Art.
Texas based artist, Delita Martin, picked up her first drawing pencil at age five and discovered her love for creating stories with drawings. She pursued her passion throughout her childhood and began her formal art education at Texas Southern University, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Drawing and continued her studies at Purdue University earning a Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking. She is a former member of the fine arts faculty at the University of Arkansas and she currently works as a full-time artist in her studio, Black Box Press, in Huffman Texas. She is a printmaker that utilizes a multitude of mediums and layering techniques, exploring the power of the narrative.
Martin’s process of layering various printmaking, drawing, sewing, collaging, and painting techniques lend to her creative portraits that fuse the real and the fantastic. In her work she combines signs and symbols to create a visual language that powerfully captures the identity, spirit, and narratives of women of color. She often looks to vintage and family photographs as a source of inspiration. Each work uniquely speaks to the complexity of spirit, race, gender, beauty, and in some ways deals with empowering transformations, captivating and commanding attention.
Martin has become an internationally known artist appearing in several publications and images of her work have appeared on the cover of several books. She has exhibited in nineteen solo shows and participated in over twenty group exhibitions, nationally and internationally. Her love for collaboration and her passion to continuously elevate her work has taken her abroad, working with artists to share and create new techniques. Most recently Martin’s work was included in the State of the Arts: Discovering American Art Now, an exhibition that included 101 artists from around the United States. She was also included in International Review of African American Art as one of 16 African American artists to watch who are gaining national and international attention in 2015.
Kelly Moran is from generations of Catskill Mountain folks, in New York State. Her family migrated to Florida where she attended Florida School of the Arts. She has a BFA in painting from Louisiana Tech
University, studied ceramics at University of Houston Graduate program, and studied textiles and ceramics for two years in Jakarta Indonesia. Moran has been a traveler all her life with many more places to visit. She worked at Little Egypt Enterprises, a print and ceramic atelier, in Houston during the 80’s. She left Houston in 1986 and returned in 2000. She was associate director of Texas Collaborative 2005-2011, a print workshop. She taught Printmaking at the High School for
Performing and Visual arts 2011 to 2016. She was selected for an artist in residency at Atelierhaus Hilmsen, in Hilmsen Germany in 2017 where she made prints and had a solo exhibition at Die
Monchskirche in Salzwedel, Germany. Her work is in corporate and museum collections nationally and also private national and international collections. Moran presently has a studio in Houston Heights.
Advisory Board Member
Green was born in 1959 in the town of Anniston, Alabama. His education includes a Master of Fine Arts at Temple University, Philadelphia (1985), a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Cleveland Institute of Art, Ohio (1982) and a Studio Arts Degree from Concord College (1977–79). In 2007, he was awarded the Fulbright award to travel to Tanzania, where he lived and taught for a year. He is currently an associate professor of the fine arts department at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Advisory Board Member
Dena M. Woodall is Associate Curator of Prints and Drawings at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Her publications and exhibitions include Line: Making the Mark (2015), Alexander Archipenko: The Berlin Drawings (2014), Looking at the Overlooked: Michelangelo’s Genii on the Sistine Chapel Ceiling (2013), Princes and Paupers: The Art of Jacques Callot (2013), The Art of Exaggeration (2012), Acid on Metal: The Art of Etching and Aquatint (2011), Drawing from Nature: Landscapes by Liebermann, Corinth, and Slevogt (2010), Going with the Grain: Woodcuts from Houston Collections (2009), and a study of double portraiture in Renaissance Italy (2008). She received her Ph.D. in art history from Case Western Reserve University in 2008. Prior to joining the MFAH, Dr. Woodall was curatorial and research fellow in the prints & drawings department of the Cleveland Museum of Art and research associate at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art. She is an affiliated professor in art history at Rice University and a member of the Print Council of America.
Cathie Kayser is a Houston artist whose work is in collections in Houston, Los Angeles, Seattle, Cincinnati, and Tel Aviv. She has participated in numerous local and regional group exhibitions. She is a founder of PrintMatters, an arts organization she began with four other artists in 2009. In 2010, they started PrintHouston and Rockin’ Rollin’ Prints. 2014 was the fourth year. Kayser is the studio manager and printing assistant to master printer Patrick Masterson at Burning Bones Press. She works in a variety of printmaking techniques––lithography, woodcuts, intaglio, and monoprints, and teaches workshops in polyester plate lithography.
Vivian Hordes received her undergraduate and MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an emphasis on Design and Filmmaking before moving back to Houston. After attending an experimental printmaking workshop, she began an engaged and passionate exploration of traditional and non-traditional printmaking techniques. Her prints have been exhibited at “The New Orleans Triennial: A southern Perspective on Prints”, a solo exhibition at The Museum of Printing History: “Meditations & Inspirations” where she was honored as the “Undiscovered Printmaker of the Year”, Williams Tower Visual Arts Alliance juried exhibitions, and numerous galleries and Houston public art events. She is a founding member of Printmatters and PrintHouston. Her studio is located at Winter Street Studios.
Ann Johnson is an artist who paints portraits with her feet. Yes her feet! Born in London, England and raised in Cheyenne, WY, Johnson is a graduate of Prairie View A&M University in Texas, (where she now teaches) and received a BS in Home Economics. She has also received an MA in Humanities from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, as well as an MFA from The Academy of Art University, in San Francisco. In 2010 she received the Teaching Excellence Award at Prairie View A&M University, and was awarded Art teacher of the year in the School of Architecture. In 2011 she received the distinguished Presidents Faculty Of The Year award. Primarily a mixed media artist, Johnson’s passion for exploring issues particularly in the Black community has led her to create series’ of works that are evocative and engaging. such as: The Hoop Dreamin Collection:a series of decorative basketball goals that explores the social issue of a Hoop Dream, and It Is The Not Knowing That Burns My Soul, an investigation of exploratory mixed media works that examine the “Black Indian. The latter was included in an exhibition and catalog for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian titled: Indivisible. She has been invited to teach at Tougaloo Art Colony in Jackson, MS in 2009, 2011 and 2013.