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FotoFest Programs and Events

FotoFest’s CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES exhibitions are accompanied by six weeks of associated programming, including forums and dialogues on the relationship of human society and the environment. 

The programs include artist talks and video presentations, film programs, concerts, artist-curator exhibition tours, and a special school curriculum developed in relation to the Biennial theme. 

The 2016 Biennial programs are curated by the Biennial curators, Wendy Watriss, Steven Evans and Frederick Baldwin.

The FotoFest 2016 Biennial opens Friday, March 11, with a Grand Opening Night Party, 7-11pm at two of it central exhibition venues - Silver Street Studios, and The Silos at Sawyer Yards. The free public party is one of the city of Houston's most popular, and most anticipated arts events.

An Evening with National Geographic Artists

National Geographic photographers David Doubilet, David Liittschwager, and Joel Sartore share their work, and history working with National Geographic. March 16, 2016 at the First Unitarian Universalist Church.

Marfa Dialogues/Houston

FotoFest is partnering with Ballroom Marfa and the Public Concern Foundation to present Marfa Dialogues/Houston as part of the 2016 Biennial. Events will be hosted at The Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, March 24-26, 2016..

Artist Talks and Dialogues

FotoFest CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES artists speak about their work in these free public events

Artist and Curator Tours

FotoFest CHANGING CIRCUMSTANCES artists engage in short informal discussions with international curators and others in these free public dialogues which precede the Evening with the Artists open portfolio nights.

Environmental Film Series

FotoFest is working with the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) Film Department at the Museum’s Brown Auditorium, and with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital at MATCH (Midtown Arts and Theatre Center Houston) to present two series of prize-winning films addressing environmental concerns.

Earth Music

An evening of music and art. Contemporary classical music ensemble Musiqa and composer Marcus Maroney will present a new original composition of ekphrastic music inspired by the works of artist Edward Burtynsky, and presented in the gallery.

The Colorado: A Film Oratorio

With the renowned chamber music and jazz organization Da Camera, FotoFest is co-commissioning the Houston premiere of The Colorado: a Film Oratorio, a multidisciplinary film performance with live music and chorus that explores water, land and life in the Colorado River Basin.

Eco-Creative Learning

FotoFest’s Literacy Through Photography (LTP) education program has a number of free learning resources for teachers and families, including resource guides for teachers and parents, and and accompanying curriculum for students in grades 3-12.

Evenings with the Artists

FotoFest invites the public to join the artists at its International Meeting Place Portfolio Review at the four Evenings with the Artists. Guests are encouraged to speak with the hundreds of international artists in attendance, and view their work, much of which may be for sale.

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