Fisterra Studio Shows

Austin Design Week Fisterra and Design Institute for Health

Monday, November 7th 3 – 5 PM

1200 E 2nd Street, Austin Texas 78702

Organized by the Design Institute for Health & the University of Texas at Austin

Free with registration – Register Now!

For the full Austin Design Week schedule, check out

A collaborative project between the Design Institute for Health, Fisterra Studio, the Thinkery, ThinkEAST, and Johnson & Johnson – to develop new approaches to improving health in a community. This project uses a creative process to combine visual arts, learning and exhibit design, and new approaches to data visualization to create new health capabilities in a planned community for East Austin. This studio tour will feature proposed solutions to change the context in which people engage with their health – to raise their health consciousness and literacy, to empower and enable them to act on their own behalf, to develop new insights into the priorities and behaviors of community members, and ultimately to create offerings that have significant impact on their collective health.


East 2016 postcard Shows

East Austin Studio Tour 2016

Bienvenidos!  Fisterra StudioFree and open to the public:

November 12-13, 11:00am – 6:00pm and again

November 19-20, 11:00am – 6:00pm

1200 E 2nd Street, Austin Texas 78702

More info about other stops at East Austin Studio Tour.

Austin visual artist Jennifer Chenoweth hosts her annual Austin party at her home and art studio during the 2016 EAST Austin Studio Tour. Enjoy refreshments and taste Jennifer’s homemade posole as you see her artwork in the context of where she makes the art. Fisterra Studio’s event is unique every year in that a new group of guest artists will be present and their work on display. Their collective body of work ranges from 2D, 3D, photography, video, and installation. Check out their individual websites:



Austin Chronicle

EAST Side Magazine

Austin American-Statesman’s Jeanne Claire van Ryzin


Art Alliance Austin

And last year, Edible Austin’s writer Anne Marie Hampshire wrote a great piece about the Green Chile Posole that I will be cooking for you each day of the event.
Edible Austin: The Art of Hospitality

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City of Austin Cultural Arts
This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.
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Awarded Mid-America Arts Alliance Artistic Innovations Grant

July 14, 2016

For Immediate Release
For more information, contact Beth Maggard at or 816-800-0924.

Mid-America Arts Alliance Awards New Artistic Innovations Grants, Totaling More Than $230,000

(Kansas City, MO) Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA), a regional arts organization, has selected its next recipients for its esteemed Artistic Innovations Grants, awarding up to $15,000 to individual artists and arts organizations throughout M-AAA’s region. In total, more than $230,000 has been awarded to seventeen grant recipients for the creation of new, original artworks that result in public engagement. With generous support from the Windgate Charitable Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, grants of up to $15,000 are distributed after review and selection by a panel of artists and arts professionals.

Mary Kennedy, CEO of Mid-America Arts Alliance, said, “We are committed to fostering creativity and to providing the direct support that artists need to flourish. We are delighted to announce that through the generous support of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Windgate Charitable Foundation, we are fueling some of the best creative endeavors in the region.”

Dallas Black Dance Theatre ($15,000) – Dallas, TX

Post Modern Jukebox is a new dance work from one of the group’s senior dancers, Sean J. Smith, to be presented during the 40th anniversary season of the company. The dance investigates and sensationalizes the traditional stereotypes of men and women in relationships throughout various decades of the twentieth century. Opening with the barbershop classic “Hello My Baby,” the section features male dancers in the throes of desperation. For a complete contrast, the female dancers take the stage for the second section in a slow classic jazz standard, “Tea for Two,” sung by Eydie Gorme. From there, the back and forth continues.

Oklahoma City Ballet ($15,000) – Oklahoma City, OK
Our Private Rooms is a new contemporary ballet by Artistic Director Robert Mills. The piece will utilize eight dancers performing in flat shoes, exploring two different types of personas that relationships portray. One is for the public eye, and one is revealed behind closed doors. The outreach program will tie into this performance the organization’s BalletReach program. BalletReach provides ballet training to students at underserved public schools in the Oklahoma City and Ada areas.

St. Louis ArtWorks ($15,000) – St. Louis, MO
This Is How We Roll: Stepping Off the Tracks
is a collaboration between St. Louis ArtWorks and MADCO (Modern American Dance Company) to create, choreograph, and perform at least three pop-up performances near the University of Missouri–St. Louis campus, the Regional Arts Commission, and an area near Loop East Delmar Boulevard that St. Louis ArtWorks now calls home. With teaching artists identified by Stacy West, MADCO’s executive and artistic director, ArtWorks apprentices aged 14–19 will perform, bringing awareness to the economic divide that Delmar represents in the St. Louis region through transportation, specifically public transportation, bridging and dividing communities.

Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Inc. ($15,000) – Tulsa, OK
Emerging Choreographers Showcase
offers a unique experience for choreographers and dancers alike, featuring new works by budding choreographers from within Tulsa Ballet’s main company. All works are set with the dancers of Tulsa Ballet II.

Timothy DePaepe ($15,000) – Kansas City, MO

AB refers to the moniker of the little known Missouri-born painter and poet Albert Bloch (1882–1961). This is the first documentary film about the lone American of the revolutionary art movement Der Blaue Reiter (The Blue Riders) that originated in Germany (1911–14). The film project is moving into its final phase of production and post-production. Screenings of the final cut will take place in March 2017, before implementing a strategic film festival submission process.

Tulsa Symphony Orchestra, Inc. ($15,000) – Tulsa, OK

Muskogee Song Cycle is the creation of a new work by Chickasaw Nation composer Jerod Impichchaachaaha’ Tate. The work will be written for children’s choir and orchestra. The premiere performance will take place during the 2017 OK Mozart Festival in Bartlesville and will feature a children’s choir, including youth of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation, singing hymns in the original Creek language. Community engagement workshops and presentations will be held at a variety of educational and cultural institutions in the weeks leading up to the premiere.

Conway Symphony Orchestra ($7,900) – Conway, AR

The Halloween Tree
Conway Symphony Orchestra (CSO) is requesting $7,900 to cover commission fees, artist fees, space rental, outreach, and other activities for three shadow puppet and orchestral music performances of Ray Bradbury’s novel, The Halloween Tree. Through live music, spoken word, and puppetry, this experimental production follows a group of four children on a journey along the border between life and death as they seek to find and save their dying friend Pipkin on Halloween night.

TheatreSquared ($15,000) – Fayetteville, AR
2017 Arkansas New Play Festival
Engaging more than thirty local and regional professional theatre artists, the 2017 Arkansas New Play Festival is the state’s only dedicated professional laboratory for the development of new plays. TheatreSquared (T2) presents two full weekends of performances both in Fayetteville and in Little Rock, including four staged readings and a fully produced premiere. In addition to work by professional playwrights, T2 produces a showcase of ten-minute plays written by high school students from across Arkansas.

Tricycle Theatre for Youth ($15,000) – Bentonville, AR
Adelita Rodeo: A Cinderella Story
Tricycle Theatre for Youth (Trike Theatre) will create a new, original bilingual play, Adelita Rodeo: A Cinderella Story (Adelita). Key to its Spanish language and culturally nuanced development is the partnership with Al Lopez (better known as Papa Rap) and his organization One Community, a local non- profit dedicated to bringing communities together. The project will culminate in ten performances and pre- and post-show workshops with first through third grade students and their families in five Northwestern Arkansas schools (Bayyari and Sonora in Springdale; Eastside Elementary and Arkansas Arts Academy in Rogers; and Apple Glen Elementary in Bentonville). In 2017–18, Adelita will be fully produced in Walton Art Center’s Colgate Classroom series.

337 Project on behalf of Sandhills Institute ($12,500) – Omaha, NE

Blowout Residency, Workshops, and Exhibition is a continuation of the socially engaged artistic research commenced by artist TJ Edwards with the support of the Sandhills Institute in the summer of 2015 surrounding the issue of blowouts in the Sandhills. Blowouts—depressions in sand dunes caused by destabilized root systems and wind—are a problem for ranchers, who lose valuable grazing area as a result of this natural action. Many ranchers will attempt to arrest the erosion by dumping tires and other junk into the blowouts, simply to hold the sandy soils down. Edwards proposes to work with local ranchers and range management scientists to examine blowout remediation through art interventions, both as an aesthetic undertaking and as a pragmatic alternative to tire dumping for ranchers looking to prevent blowout expansion.

Amarillo Art Center Association, known as Amarillo Museum of Art ($15,000) – Amarillo, TX
Plexus: A Gabriel Dawe Installation
Growing up as a boy in Mexico, Gabriel Dawe was forbidden to explore the artistic elements of textiles and embroidery, a discipline thought to be reserved only for women. Nevertheless, the color and intensity of his culture began appearing in his artwork. Now based in Dallas, Dawe is enjoying a career of creating mind-bending thread installations that comprise a series of works titled Plexus. Dawe will install his site-specific work at the Amarillo Museum of Art and speak about his work at the opening of the exhibition.

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston ($14,000) – Houston, TX
Teen Council Exhibition is a teen-focused program led by Jamal Cyrus, Teen Council coordinator, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (CAMH). The Teen Council, a group of 12–15 motivated teenagers employed by CAMH, create programming for their peers. In addition to their regular meetings, studio and gallery visits, discussions with individuals in the arts industry, and hands-on programming, every two years Teen Council organizes an exhibition in the museum’s Zilkha Gallery that premieres the original artwork of Houston-area teens. The next exhibition is on view from February 3–April 30, 2017.

DiverseWorks ($15,000) – Houston, TX
House of Wahalaa
The artist Wura-Natasha Ogunji has been commissioned to create and present a live collaborative performance. Ogunji, a Nigerian-born visual and performance artist based in Austin, TX, is best known for works that use her own body to explore movement and mark-making across water, land, and air. This is the second Artistic Innovations Grant for DiverseWorks.

Fisterra Projects ($15,000) – Austin, TX
The XYZ Atlas: The Experience Map of Bryan/College Station
The XYZ Atlas is Texas artist Jennifer Chenoweth’s way of mapping emotional experiences that create meaning in people’s lives. Project participants share the most powerful emotional events—their highest highs and their lowest lows—experienced in the city. The responses are collated and condensed into data points that convey critical pieces of information: the GIS coordinates that map the precise locations where these extreme emotions were experienced (X and Y axis), and the “height” or the magnitude of the felt emotions, with “up” representing a positive experience and “down” for a negative experience (Z axis). At the invitation of Texas A&M University, she has created gallery talks, an exhibition, and a mapping event to bring the project to the Texas cities of Bryan and College Station to explore the historical relationship between the two abutting cities. The project aims to show how experiences can be literally mapped onto the landscape, not just into our hearts.

Calder Kamin ($5,500) – Austin, TX
Calder Kamin: A Call to Action at Women & Their Work
This exhibition, Calder Kamin: A Call To Action, is the artist’s largest and most ambitious solo endeavor to date. The exhibition includes all new works in multiple mediums across the 1,800-square-foot space of Women & Their Work in Austin, Texas, September–November 2016. Thematically focused on climate change, synthetic materials in the environment, and how we can be better stewards of the earth and its animals, Kamin will present and collect content for this exhibition during the SXSW Interactive, Darwin Day at Texas A&M, National Citizen Science Day, and the 45 Fest at Cunningham Elementary.

Tara S. O’Nay ($11,000) – St. Louis, MO
Dysfunctionalware: White Privilege Dinner Dialogues is an innovative mass-collaboration that partners with local organizations, groups, and businesses to instigate real conversation about race and privilege by welcoming local people to the table, literally. The project involves a set of handmade fine china, used as a symbol to represent racial privilege. This fine china, used to spur conversations on local racial inequities in the St. Louis area, is called Dysfunctionalware. The physical artwork serves as a reminder of the disruption often caused when members of white families attempt to discuss racial issues and privilege at the dinner table. Twenty local artists will be commissioned to create one to two black-and- white illustrations each, in their own aesthetics, to be reproduced on the handmade dishware and used during dinners hosted by various organizations throughout the St. Louis metro area.

Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts ($15,000) – Lubbock, TX
Los Latinos de Tejas is a dynamic group of exhibitions organized to mark the Underwood Center for the Arts’ 20th anniversary year. Featuring Latino artists from Texas, these exhibitions will include a variety of art media and stylistic approaches and will be co-curated by Linda Cullum, curator at Underwood Center for the Arts, and Tina Fuentes, artist and professor at Texas Tech University.

About Mid-America Arts Alliance

Mid-America Arts Alliance (M-AAA) strengthens and supports artists, cultural organizations, and communities throughout our region and beyond. We achieve this primarily through our national traveling exhibition programs, innovative leadership development, and strategic grant making. We are especially committed to enriching the cultural life of historically underserved communities by providing high quality, meaningful, and accessible arts and culture programs and services. Each year M-AAA’s programs reach more than one million people. We believe in more art for more people. Additional information about M-AAA is available at



Office of Public Art logo News

Awarded Wilkinsburg PA Public Art Project



Contact: Presley L. Gillespie

412 471 3727



Pittsburgh, PA July 6, 2016: Neighborhood Allies and the Office of Public Art are pleased to announce the community based organizations and artists who have been selected to participate in their Temporary Public Art and Placemaking Program. The program, designed to jumpstart art and cultural projects that have the potential to revitalize neighborhoods, has brought together community organizations and artists to work in concert with local residents to develop a temporary work of public art in six communities in Pittsburgh and first-ring suburbs. The artworks will be located in each of Neighborhood Allies’ target neighborhoods including the Hill District, Homewood, Larimer, Millvale, Wilkinsburg, and the Southern Hilltops.

The community organizations were selected through a Request for Proposal process, and the artists were chosen by selection committees, made up of members from each of the community organizations through a Request for Qualifications process, which attracted not only local Pittsburgh artists, but also artists from across the country. The teams are:

“This process has paired community organizations and artists who are excited to genuinely collaborate to create positive change in a community, says Presley Gillespie, Neighborhood Allies President, “Together, these teams will be developing temporary public art projects and engaging residents to celebrate and enjoy their community.  This process is designed to inspire future placemaking projects in these neighborhoods. We hope to inject new creative energy, and we’re excited to see the full impact that this project will have in our communities.”

This August, the artists and organizations will begin the process of developing a proposal for the design and implementation of a temporary public art project that will be a catalyst to do one or more of the following: animate public and private spaces; rejuvenate structures and streetscapes; support local businesses; enhance public safety; and invite people of all ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds together to build relationships and develop a shared commitment to transforming a space through sincere collaboration.  Artists are expected to have conceptual designs to be reviewed in each community in by November.  Each team will participate in monthly Placemaking Academy meetings, where they will learn about best practices in placemaking and public art and serve as sounding boards and resources for the projects as they develop.

This program is generously funded by Hillman Foundation and The Heinz Endowments.

About Neighborhood Allies

Our mission is to support the people, organizations and partnerships committed to creating and maintaining thriving neighborhoods. Our vision is a Pittsburgh with healthy neighborhoods that are thriving, resilient and livable for all. For more information, visit 

About the Office of Public Art

The Office of Public Art raises awareness of and builds capacity for public art in the Pittsburgh region through technical assistance and educational programs. Founded in 2005, they are a public private partnership of the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council and the City of Pittsburgh Department of City Planning.  For more information, visit

Vertex at SXSW Eco Press

Philadelphia Style: “11 Innovative Artists Who Are Redefining the…

Jennifer Chenoweth’s XYZ Atlas was recently featured in Philadelphia Style’s list of the “best, the boldest, and the buzziest” artists from 11 cities across the US.

“This spring, artist Jennifer Chenoweth unveiled the final installment in her collaborative multimedia project XYZ Atlas, which employs art, technology, and psychology to illustrate how Austinites feel about places around their city. Over a three-year period, 500 people responded to her surveys, which asked questions like “Where did you fall in love?” and “Where did you have your worst night?” Inspired by Robert Plutchik’s color wheel of emotions (lemon yellow for joy, dark green for terror, and so on) and using geospatial information systems technology, Chenoweth created The Hedonic Map of Austin, which depicts where residents have felt their highs and lows. The happiest point is a lemon-yellow peak right over Barton Springs and Zilker Park, the urban oasis in this outdoors-obsessed city.”

Read the full list at Philadelphia Style.


East Austin Studio Tour 2015 More Photos


Photos by Ariana Freitag



East Austin Studio Tour Photos 2015


Photos by Glen Vigus – Thank you Glen!



TWC News: “Initiative Underway to Improve Life in East…

Time Warner Cable news recently highlighted Fisterra Studio’s collaborative project Drawing Lines in a video news segment.

“Art is in Jennifer Chenoweth’s blood. The visual artist is working on a project that maps people’s experiences throughout Austin. A project she says is just as special is called “Drawing Lines.” “What we wanted to talk about was how creativity is so much a part of what Austin is, and to use it to talk about social and political change in Austin,” said Chenoweth.”

Watch the video at Time Warner News. 


10 Year Journey, Merry Fisterra Christmas

Christmas 2015 is a new experience. My kids are happy, the presents are under the tree, and we are enjoying the break from the school-day rush. That’s not new. What’s new is that I am at ease, the opposite of anxious. Steady, solid equanimity; even in holiday traffic or out in marketplace. Happiness is much quieter than stress, no spikes in emotion. No dread of the “dark time of the year,” not cold at night. And its from undergoing a journey that had a difficult launch 10 years ago.

On Christmas Day in 2005, I had an accidental overdose that caused unstoppable flashbacks. These memories were undeniable evidence that my trusted therapist was right. She had been suggesting that I have complex PTSD from multiple experiences that were all rooted in family experiences in childhood and adolescence. After this crisis, I finally asked for her deeper help and diagnosis.

We worked through all of it, and she helped me create a linear narrative that helped me make sense of my experiences and accept my feelings about them, even if I was not ready to embrace the traumas. She showed me how to have compassion for myself, and how I could allow my emotions without being overwhelmed by them.

I committed to be open to change, not knowing the destination – changing my marriage, starting a nonprofit, changing my artwork, collaborating more, being more socially adventurous.

I was busy in the studio. Each artwork was a record of each step of that process, as well as being a practice of process itself. If I had an idea, I created something about it. If I had a problem, I created something about it. I made external records of what was going on inside of me.

I began remembering what had most excited and inspired me – and started working more in that direction. I had more conversations with friends and experts, and started adding to my creative inquiry. My good friend Hart Blanton, a Social Psychologist, helped educate me about different theories of behavior and emotion, and I was able to understand Robert Plutchik’s chart of emotions when I saw it as a color wheel. That helped me understand how to accept what feels unacceptable about trauma, grief, and rage.

For many years, I’ve actively strategized about of how to survive and avoid the holidays. My sons go to California with their Dad for Christmas to rightfully enjoy their great family there. But in early December 2013, I met Robert, my “I won the relationship lottery” life partner. We blended our families and doubled in size.
His love for me created the confidence of being loved that I needed to stabilze my life.

Last year, all of his family members were at our house. It was lovely. And coincidentally, my sons would be in Austin for Christmas, because their Dad Todd’s family were going on a group vacation and leaving the 26th. In an awkward family moment, all four kids, Robert and I went to Todd’s house for Christmas Eve. Christmas morning was easy. Later they left on vacation, and Robert and I went remote camping at Big Bend in a winter storm, he kept me warm.

Over the past year, Todd and Robert have become good friends. They work out together at a gym. We do family activities together. We spent October and November having dinner and a movie at Todd’s to watch the Star Wars episodes in order. At Thanksgiving we had a 2-Dad head of the table. On Christmas we will just be all together.

I am so grateful to all of my family, friends and community to help me on this journey of acceptance. Thanks for hanging in, and giving me emotional and artistic support. There are so many people and experiences to be grateful for, and so much room in my heart now. I deeply appreciate you. I have more than I could have dreamed of. Merry Christmas.