2021/22 Artist Studio Program Exhibition featuring Ryan Crowley, Jamire Williams, and Loc Huynh

Curated by Tyler Blackwell, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Associate Curator at the Blaffer Art Museum

February 12, 2022 – April 30, 2022 John M. O'Quinn Gallery

About the Exhibition

The Lawndale Artist Studio Program (ASP) awards artists with dynamic support to develop their creative practice and make new work for an exhibition in the spring. Lawndale is pleased to announce the 2021/2022 Artist Studio Program participants: Jamire Williams, Loc Huynh, and Ryan Crowley.

Established in 2006, the Lawndale Artist Studio Program offers residencies to Texas-based artists who are developing a practice in the visual and performing arts. Once selected, residents receive a monthly stipend, materials allowance, and 24-hour access to a private studio. Lawndale also awards residents with access to a welcoming and vibrant community of working artists, curators, critics, and patrons of contemporary art. Throughout the nine-month residency, the artists work closely with each other and Lawndale staff on the development and production of new work that will be exhibited at Lawndale in the spring.

Major support for the Artist Studio Program is provided by Kathrine G. McGovern/The John P. McGovern Foundation.

About the 2021/2022 ASP Participants

Ryan Crowley is a sculptor who likens his process of making sculpture to dancing with an off-kilter washing machine. He has exhibited nationally at institutions including Hometown Gallery, Brooklyn; Coustofwaxman, Manhattan; Wayfarers, Brooklyn; TSA Chicago; Julius Caesar Gallery, Chicago; 4th Wall Project, Boston; 1708 Gallery, Richmond; Mass Gallery, Austin and TANK Space, Houston. In 2014, he was the recipient of a Virginia Museum of Fine Arts Fellowship grant. Crowley studied sculpture at Massachusetts at Massachusetts College of Art and Design and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Loc Huyhn received his MFA in drawing and painting from the University of North Texas in 2020 and his BFA from Texas State University in 2016. Huynh has exhibited work at numerous venues nationally, including Baby Blue Gallery in Chicago; Wilkinson Gallery (New York Academy of Art) in New York; Inpost Gallery in Albuquerque; among many more. He is the recipient of the Voertman-Ardoin Fellowship, Hixson-Lied Fellowship, and Vermont Studio Residency Fellowship. His work has been featured in New American Paintings and Glasstire.

Jamire Williams is a multidisciplinary artist whose practice spans experimental jazz, performance, and sculpture. His work is grounded in an investigation of the Black diaspora and driven by a deep faith and sense of the immaterial. He has performed and presented nationally and internationally at venues including The Whitney Museum of American Art, Lawndale Art and Performance Center, Bim Huis, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Montreal Contemporary Art Museum, Stony Island Arts Bank, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Michael Todd Gallery, Theatre des Bouffes du Nord, and Brookfield Place. In his music and performance, Williams has collaborated with such luminaries as Solange Knowles, Kara Walker, Jason Moran, Dev Hynes, Robert Glasper, Julie Mehretu, Moses Sumney, Kahlil Joseph, Jamal Cyrus, Ari Marcopoulos, Christian Scott, and Chassol. 

About the Curator

Tyler Blackwell is the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Associate Curator at Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. For the Blaffer, he has organized or co-organized exhibitions that include Jagdeep Raina: Bonds (2021); Carriers: The Body as a Site of Danger and Desire (2021); Rodney McMillian: Historically Hostile (2020); Jacqueline Nova: Creación de la Tierra (2019); Beatriz Santiago Muñoz: Otros Usos (2019); Yoshua Okón: Oracle (2019); and Rebecca Morris: The Ache of Bright (2019). Blackwell also organized the Houston presentation of the traveling survey exhibition Paul Mpagi Sepuya (2019). Prior to his time in Houston, Blackwell served as a curatorial assistant at the Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago and the Art Institute of Chicago’s Department of Modern and Contemporary Art. He is currently curating the first museum survey dedicated to the work of American artist and writer Molly Zuckerman-Hartung, set to open in October 2021.