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2/23/2010 Houston—The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston’s Core program awards residencies to emerging visual artists and art scholars. Overseen by the Core Program’s associate director, Mary Leclère, the Core fellows annually present an exhibition that showcases work made during that year’s residency. This year’s edition opens Friday, March 5, 2010, with works on view in the Laura Lee Blanton Gallery at the Glassell School of Art through April 16, 2010.

The 2010 Core Exhibition features work by artists-in-residence Nick Barbee; Natasha Bowdoin; Jillian Conrad; Lily Cox-Richard; Steffani Jemison; Julie Ann Nagle; Kelly Sears; and James Sham (please note: artist names link to their bios on the Core web site). Core critical studies residents Regan Golden-McNerney, Kurt Mueller, and Wendy Vogel contribute essays based on their independent research to the Core 2010 Yearbook publication that accompanies the show.

Each nine-month fellowship (renewable for a second year) gives the eight artists and three critical studies residents studio space or an office, a stipend, and access to the school and museum. These resources allow the fellows to further their practices within a dynamic arts community guided by Glassell School of Art director Joseph Havel, and to engage in creative dialogue with each other and with a host of visiting artists and critics. Since the 1980s, Core fellows have been a vibrant presence within the Houston art scene through teaching, engaging in community projects, interacting with other artists, and sometimes making a permanent home here. The Core program has also established itself as an internationally regarded platform, and Core fellows have gone on to show at such prestigious, international venues as the Venice, Whitney, Istanbul, and Lyon biennials or to assume positions at prominent national art publications, among other achievements.

Opening Reception
From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Friday, March 5, 2010, the Glassell School of Art will host an opening reception and publication party. The evening is free and open to the public, and the Core residents will be in attendance.