On Saturday, June 14, 2014, the University Museum at Texas Southern University will host its third biannual Wearable Art Competition and Fundraiser. Chaired this year by Cheryl Elliott Thornton and Peter B. Thornton, the gala event is a unique and exciting tribute to both fine art and high fashion.
The originality of the completion serves to not only highlight works from the museum’s stellar permanent collections of African American, African and American art, but also creates an opportunity for some of the region’s most creative artists and designers to have their work judged and critiqued by fashion industry experts, while being viewed by an audience of art collectors and fashionistas alike. Fifteen semi-finalists have selected a work of art from the collections as inspiration for their wearable art creations. The designs will be presented runway style at the gala, followed by conversations with the judges to determine the grand prize winners. Judges for For the Sake Of Art (FSOA) 2014 are fashion icon, philanthropist, and Best Dressed Hall of Fame award recepient Lora Clemmons; Dallas textile and fashion designer Elizabeth Anyaa, who serves an international clientele; and award winning designer Cesar Galindo, a Houston native currently based in New York. Moderators for the evening are Joy Sewing, fashion writer for the Houston Chronicle and Phillip Collins, an independent curator from Dallas and Director of the Memnosyne Foundation. Serving as Honorary Chairs for the event will be Mrs. John (Hazel) Biggers and Mrs. John (Drucie) Chase, renowned arts advocates and cultural icons of the Houston community.
In addition to the runway competition, a silent auction featuring the art of some of Houston’s most talented and exciting contemporary artists will be featured. On view will also be the exhibition Playing By Dragon Rules, which focuses on the art of Abidemi Olowonira and Gregory Michael Carter, two artists who have worked extensively in China and Japan respectively. Music for the festive evening will be provided by the Horace Alexander Young Trio.
Major sponsors to date for the fundraiser For the Sake of Art 2014 include Academy Awards; Atwood Oceanics; Chasesource; Gerald and Anita Smith; Houston Endowment; Smith Graham & Co; Wendy Adair: Annette and Arthur Bracey; Reginald and Deena Buford; Herman Burroughs; Anthony Chase and Dina Alsowayel; John and Lora Clemmons; Percy and Cheryl Creuzot; James and Tanya Douglas; Jerome and Saundria Gray; Harry Johnson; Tina Knowles; Betty Moody; McConnell Jones Lanier & Murphy LLP; Danille Taylor; Peter Thornton and Cheryl Elliott Thornton; Sylvester Turner; The Advisory Board, University Museum; The Volunteer Circle of the University Museum; and James Wesley Ward.
For further information, contact Bonita Cutliff at 713-313-1164