News & Press


KHOU 2, September 2023 | “Insiders, the Bayou City Art Festival is back 🖼️” by Krisna Menier

Culture Map Houston, September 2023 | “Inaugural event invites Houstonians to ramble through art-filled wonderland” by Culture Map

Houstonia,  September 2023 | “Zine Fest Houston’s Nebulous History Is All Part of Its Legacy” by Daniel Renfrow

Paper City Mag,  September 2023 | “Houston arts and cultural organizations get $5 million in funding” by Caitlin Shu

365 Things to do in Houston,  August 2023 | “5 Must Do Things near Washington Avenue” by Brooke Viggiano

Houston Chronicle,  August 2023 | “Houston artists can win $1,200 in Midtown sign design competition for Hispanic Heritage Month” by Ryan Nickerson

The Leader,  August 2023 | “Art Valet: Outdoor markets move inside for one big event” by Mitch Cohen

Houstonia, July 2023 | “Our Guide to the Best Weekend Ever in Houston” by Geneva Diaz

The Dance Dish, July 2023 | “Dr. Lindsay Gary Connects Places of Home in Space Taking Residency” by Adam Castaneda

USA Today 10 Best, July 2023 | “Immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of these 10 amazing arts districts in the US”

The Leader, July 2023 | “Art Valet: Tour of arts district happening Saturday” by Mitch Cohen

Houston Public Media, July 2023 | “Cultural arts group looking for artist to design “midtown” sign for Hispanic Heritage Month” by Nicolas Pinto Houston Public Media

City Cast Houston, June 2023 | “Meet Houston’s Salsa Teacher” by Brooke Lewis

Houston Public Media, June 2023 | “Houston’s first mayoral candidate forum discusses economic impact of the arts community” by Ariel Worthy

Culture Map Houston, May 2023 | “Fresh Arts presents Artist Inc. Houston 2023 Presentation Night” by Fresh Arts

Paper City Mag, March 2023 | “James Bond Is Brought Back to Life in Houston’s Zany Arts Gala — Fresh Arts Brings the Thunder” by Caitlin Hsu

Paper City Mag, February 2023 | “Houston’s Beloved Fresh Arts Gala Is Finally Returning With More Super Costume Zaniness — Get Ready for Thunder Ball” by Catlin Hsu

FOX 26, February 2023 | “Fresh Arts raises more than $165K with Thunder Ball fundraiser for studio building destroyed in fire” by Ahmed Sharma

Houston CityBook, February 2023 | “Weathering Three Years of Cancellations — and a Devastating Fire — the Fresh Arts ‘Thunder Ball’ Rolls In” by Chris Becker

KPRC 2, February 2023 | “Winter Street Studios fire update: Houston donates $250K to Emergency Relief Fund for artists” by Ninfa Saavedra

FOX 26, February 2023 | “Fresh Arts to hold fundraiser gala as studio building recovers from fire” by Ahmed Sharma

The Leader, January 2023 | “Art Valet: Art fundraiser for Winter Street Studios Saturday” by Mitch Cohen

KHOU2 , January 2023 | “Pop-up art show and fundraiser held for artists who were affected by the fire at Winter Street Studios” by Re’Chelle Turner

PaperCity , January 2023 | “Inside the Winter Street Studios Fire Bombing and How the Houston Arts Community Is Already Rallying to Help Devastated Artists” by Catherine D. Anspon


KHOU2, December 2022 | “Artists hoping to salvage work after fire intentionally set to Sawyer Yards studios, firefighters say” by Anayeli Ruiz

Paper City Mag, December 2022 | “Inside the Winter Street Studios Fire Bombing and How the Houston Arts Community Is Already Rallying to Help Devastated Artists” by Catherine D. Anspon

Culture Map Houston, December 2022 | “Here’s how Houston can draw up support for artists who lost everything in the Winter Street fire” by Holly Beretto

FOX 26 Houston, November 2022 | “Houston nonprofits to support during GivingTuesday 2022” by FOX 26 Digital

Houston Food Finder, October 2022 | “Annual Art Festival in Houston Offers Food Trucks, Chef Demos and More” by Minh Truong

Houstonia Magazine, September 2022 | “5 Women Changing Houston’s Art Scene From the Top” by Amarie Gipson

Houston Arts Journal, February 2022 | “Meet Angela Carranza, Fresh Arts’ New Executive Director” by Catherine Lu

Preview Houston Chronicle, February 2022 | “Fresh Arts names Angela Carranza executive director after she led them through the pandemic” by Andrew Dansby

Houston Press, February 2022 | “Fresh Arts Has a New Executive Director and a New Considerations in its 20th Anniversary Year” by Margaret Downing

Paper City, January 2022 | “Two Art Auctions Bolster the Healing Arts and Fresh Arts in Houston — Making a Difference With Beautiful Works” by Vivian Phillips

CultureMap, January 2022 | ‘UNBELIEVABLE’ ART SALE – Longtime Houston arts nonprofit unveils ‘unbelievable’ pop-up auction in lieu of annual gala

Houston Press, January 2022 | “Pivoting Because of COVID-19, Fresh Arts Cancels Its Ball and Opens an Auction”

Houstonia, January 2022 | “Very Artsy News: Pop-Up Art Auction, Grants and More” by Amarie Gipson

Houstonia, January 2022 | “Very Artsy News: Fresh Arts, HCP and more” by Amarie Gipson

Culture Map, January 2022 | “Longtime Houston arts nonprofit unveils ‘unbelievable’ pop-up auction in lieu of annual gala” by Steven Devadanam


Houston Chronicle, September 2021 | “Fresh Arts takes a fresh approach, making connections between artists” by Andrew Dansby

ArtHouston Magazine, September 2021 | “Interviews of “A Single Thread Weaves a Future” Artist Residency” by John Bernhard

Houston Press, August 2021 | “Best Bets: Psycho, A Golden Jubilee, and An Afrofuturist Affair” by Natalie De La Garza

The Leader, July 2021 | “Art Valet: Experience collection of creativity at Sawyer Yards” by Mitch Cohen

Houstonia, July 2021 | “This New Sawyer Yards Art Installation Spotlights Black Women’s Unapologetic Femininity” by Adrianne Reece

Houston Chronicle, June 2021 | “Fresh Arts’ residency gives opportunities for underrepresented Houston artists” by Ryan Nickerson

The Leader, March 2021 | “Art Valet: Fresh Arts launches new residency” by Mitch Cohen


Chron, July 2020 | “Fresh Arts in Houston focuses on diversity and equity” by Ryan Nickerson


Chronicle, March 2019 | Wild costumes light up Houston’s art world at ‘Glow Ball’ gala” by Alison Medley


Chron, February 2018 | “Houston Fresh Arts crowd brings their costume, fundraising A-game to “Crystal Ball” gala” by Amber Elliott 

Chron, February 2018 | “Fresh Arts Ball 2018”

Houstonia Magazine, February 2018  | “Fresh Arts Gala Shines Bright Like a Diamond”

Houston Culture Map, February 2018  | “Houston’s glitterati gather to raise record amount at Fresh Arts Crystal Ball”

New Haven Register, January 2018 | “Crystal Ball” co-chair Stephanie Cockrell models a custom Miles David frock”

Paper City, January 2018 |  “Houston’s Biggest Costume Reveal: Fresh Arts’ Wild Gala Themes Command the Spotlight, Create Major Buzz”

Houston Chronicle, January 2018 |  “Fresh Arts looks to future with Feb. 2 Crystal Ball Gala”


Paper City, December 2017  |  “Houston Artists Band Together to Recover from Hurricane Harvey: Vulnerable Community Shares Harrowing Stories, Hope for the Future”

Art & Object, October 2017 | “Houston’s Art Scene Recovery Efforts Post-Harvey” by Barbara Basbanes Richter

Paper City, September 2017 | “Houston’s Most Rollicking Art Party Looks to the Future: Next Year’s Theme is …” by Catarina Williams

Free Press Houston, September 2017 | “Visual Vernacular: The Strength of Texas Through Art” by Megan Hendley-Lopez

HyperAllergic, August 2017 | “Texas Arts Groups Gather Resources for Artists Impacted by Hurricane Harvey” by Benjamin Sutton

Houston Chronicle, August 2017 | “Fresh Arts takes over management of Texas’ ‘largest creative community'” by Molly Glentzer

Houston Press, February 2017 | “Costumes and Revelry at the Fresh Arts’ Cineball” by Jack Gorman


KHOU 11, November 2016 | “Previewing in the Winter Holiday Art Market” by KHOU 11

Houston Press, May 2016 | “Jenni Rebecca Stephenson and Fresh Arts Reach Settlement” by Steve Jansen

Glasstire, March 2016 | “Dimpled, Twisted, and Buried at Fresh Arts” by Betsy Huete

Houston Press, February 2016 | “Jenni Rebecca Stephenson Sues Fresh Arts, Alleges A Firing “Scheme” [UPDATED]” by Steve Jansen


Houstonia, December 2015 | “Erik Estrada and the Fate of the Free World” by Andrea Siso

Glasstire, December 2015 | “Top Five: December 10, 2015” by Glasstire

Fresh Arts, November 2015 | “Winter Holiday Art Market 2015 FOX 26”

Chron, November 2015 | “Shop Fresh Arts’ Winter Holiday Art Market this weekend” by Joy Sewing

Texas Standard, September 2015 | “Houston Artist Pays Tribute to Black Panther Party With 1980s Cartoons” by Amy Bishop

Free Press Houston, August 2015 | “Ultimate Justice and Art About Town” by Harbeer Sandhu

Houstonia, July 2015 | “Into the Furnace” by Nick Esquer

Houston Press, May 2015 | “The Five Best Things to Do in Houston This Weekend: “Shadow Monsters,” Comicpalooza 2015 and More” by Olivia Flores Alvarez

Culture Map Houston, May 2015 | “Fresh Arts supporters have a sweet time at Gum Ball in crazy Candyland fashion” by Clifford Pugh

Houston Press, May 2015 | “The Fresh Arts Gum Ball 2015: A Willy Wonka Themed Gala” by Daniel Kramer



The Cougar, Febuary 2015 | “UH alumna debuts “troublewithwords” art exhibit” by Mitchell McCluskey


Glasstire, December 2014 | “Top Five, Dec. 4, 2014” by Glasstire

Arts and Culture TX, October 2014 | “GYN AT FRESH ARTS” by Kelly Montana


Houston Public Media, August 2014 | “Transitional Artifacts: An Art Exhibit Constantly in Flux ” by Michael Hagerty


Houston Chronicle, November 2013 | “Fresh Arts ushers in holiday spirit with 8th Annual Winter Holiday Art Market”

Houston Chronicle, July 2013 | “‘No Matter How Hard I Try I Can’t Look The Same as I Did Yesterday’ Fresh Arts August 29 – September 27”

Chron, April 2013 | “American Festival for the Arts at Fresh Arts’ Cultured Cocktails”

Houston Chronicle, Febuary 2013 | “Fresh Arts and Spacetaker toast nuptials at the Ball ‘N Chain Gala” by Lindsy Love


Houston Press, April 2012 | “Fresh Arts Coalition and Spacetaker Get Hitched” by Steve Jansen


Houston Chronicle, January 2011 | “Blackball fundraiser benefits Glasstire, Fresh Arts”