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HCC Southeast Hosts Panel Discussion

Work of Artist-in-Residence Karen Brasier-Young

HOUSTON (February, 2012) – The Fine Arts and Languages Division at Houston Community College Southeast is hosting a panel discussion entitled “Art, Learning, and Environment” at its Eastside Campus location Wednesday, February 15 from 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The panel discussion will be held in the second floor foyer of the Learning Hub building. A reception will follow from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. in the same location. The panel discussion and reception are a culmination of the work of fall semester Artist-in-Residence Karen Brasier-Young

During the semester, Brasier-Young managed a project titled “Rooms for Rent.” She constructed three mobile architectural units, or rooms; they are a bedroom, kitchen and patio. Each of the modestly furnished rooms is constructed around a 2’6” x 8’ base on rolling casters. The floors are built in modular segments, so they can “fold up” and fit through doors, and onto elevators. The charge for renting a room by students, staff or faculty was an essay. Essays were posted on the artist’s web blog. The three rooms will be on display from February 2 through March 3 along with documents, photographs, and reflections contributed by students and faculty who “rented” the rooms throughout the semester.

Karen Brasier-Young studied architecture at the University of Cincinnati and sculpture at the San Francisco Art Institute. She is interested in how the students and the HCC community react to her work and said, “Whenever you can make something that can question what architecture is or what art is, that is where I want to be. I want to be part of that conversation because it questions our judgments and what we accept.”

The panelists for the discussion are Tonya Reid Creel, Psychology Instructor, Alvin Community College; Elham Mousavidin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management and Marketing, Camerson School of Business, University of St. Thomas; Frank Ortiz, Architect, Workforce Drafting Instructor, HCC Southeast; Charles M. Cook, Ed.D, Vice-Chancellor for Instruction, HCC; Karen Brasier-Young, Artist, Rooms for Rent, Artist-in-Residence, HCC Southeast; and Chris Rice, ESOL Faculty at HCC Southeast is moderating.

Southeast College’s Eastside Campus is located at 6815 Rustic Street, Houston, Texas 77087-2623.

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