2016 Host Committee

Anne Olson

Anne Olson is President of Buffalo Bayou Partnership (BBP), an organization overseeing revitalization activities along Houston’s Buffalo Bayou. During her tenure, Anne and the BBP board have raised $200 million for the waterway’s redevelopment...

Beverly and John Berry

Beverly and John Berry are avid collectors and supporters of many art organizations including the Museum of Fine Arts Houston’s Glassell School of Art, Art League, DiverseWorks and several other art organizations over the past years. Beverly currently serves on the Glassell committee and has for several years...

Bridget and Patrick Wade

Bridget and Patrick Wade are the parents of three college and high school-aged children who literally grew up surrounded by art. Their art collection contains paintings, sculpture...

Catherine D. Anspon

Since 1998, Catherine has covered the Texas art scene for PaperCity magazine, where she is currently an Executive Editor, based in Houston. Her PaperCity beat includes monthly columns for Houston and Dallas magazines, studio visits and artist profiles...

Chris Davies

Chris Davies received her Bachelors Degree in Interior Design from the University of Texas and has been involved in design and the arts since moving to Houston in 1980...

Deborah Colton

Deborah Colton is a patron of the arts in the United States and internationally. Having served as a Board Member of Exit Art and the Advisory Committee of Artadia in New York, Colton has been a Board Member of the Dallas McKinney Art Contemporary (MAC)...

Duyen Huynh and Marc Nguyen

Duyen Huynh and Marc Nguyen is a husband and wife team who have been actively involved in the Houston community since moving back in 2000. Both are working in healthcare industry...

Eddie Allen and Chinhui Juhn

Eddie Allen and Chinhui Juhn are active supporters of many Houston cultural groups. Eddie is on the board of the Menil Collection and past President of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston...

Eleanor and Dan Gilbane

Eleanor and Dan Gilbane are high school sweethearts and the parents of three young children. They balance parenthood with Eleanor’s law practice and Dan’s business as a fifth-generation family leader of Gilbane Building Company...

Fabené J. Welch

Fabené J. Welch is Senior Vice President and General Counsel of EnerVest, Ltd., an oil and gas company based in Houston, Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in languages from Rice University and her law degree from the University of Houston Law Center...

Franci Neely

Franci Neely graduated with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin School of Law. She was a business litigator for over twenty years and, until her retirement from active law practice, a partner at Susman Godfrey L.L.P.

Frederick Baldwin

Frederick Baldwin is Co-founder and Chairman of FotoFest International, and a photographer and teacher of photography for many years. As co-founders and directors of FotoFest, he and Wendy Watriss created the first international Biennial of photographic arts in the U.S...

Jereann Chaney

Jereann Chaney has been a patron and advocate for the arts for many years. She truly believes one’s life is solidly enriched by being involved and surrounded by the arts in some form or fashion...

Judy Nyquist

A self proclaimed civic arts activist, Judy Nyquist believes that the transformative power of art has the ability to expand understanding, communication, expression and tolerance between generations, ethnic groups and socioeconomic divides...

Karla Cisneros

Karla Cisneros is a proven leader who gets things done. She was appointed to the HISD Board of Education in 2000, was elected to a full 4-year term in 2001, and served as Board President in 2004. As Board President, Karla led the search effort that resulted in the selection of HISD’s first Latino school superintendent...

Keiji Asakura ASLA

Keiji has devoted himself to landscape architecture and its value to humanity through a profusion of meaningful and compelling service projects. He personally realizes the energy existing between people and places, and embraces human-infrastructure...

Lester Marks

Lester Marks, President of LCM Partners, Ltd., and a represented artist himself, has been collecting contemporary art for 25 years. He has served as a trustee for both the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, among others...

Mady and Ken Kades

Mady and Ken Kades, business executives, advocates of the arts, and community leaders and philanthropists own and operate 31 McDonald’s restaurants in the Greater Houston Area. They motivate each other to collect edgy art glass, sculptures...

Mary Talley and Peter Bowden

Peter is co-head of energy at Jefferies and Mary Talley is an otolaryngologist who is currently working for four young boys.

Melanie Lawson and John Guess, Jr.

Melanie Lawson and John Guess, Jr. have been involved in the arts and culture community in Houston for many years. Journalism has always been in Melanie Lawson’s blood. As a Channel 13 anchor she has covered virtually every city...

Mariana and Robert Debes

Art psychologist, gallerist and collector of modern and contemporary Mexican art, Mariana Valdes Debes has worked since 1999 in the creation ande development of projects that promote the understanding and cultural value of Mexican art...

Natalye Appel

Natalye Appel established her firm in 1987, following her education at Rice University’s School of Architecture and the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. Natalye Appel + Associates Architects’ projects range from public art and art studios...

Paola and Arturo Creixell

Arturo Creixell was born in Mexico City and has resided in Houston since 1986. Arturo is founder and managing director of Adkisson Development Group, Axis CGM and A&R Capital...

Perry A. Price

Perry A. Price is executive director of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. Price received a BA in the History of Art from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown...

Phyllis Childress

Recently retired from 22 years of service at one of Houston’s largest independent residential real estate brokerages, where she held the title of Creative Director, Phyllis participated in the development of the company's marketing and advertising strategies...

Sara Scholes Morgan

Sara has been involved in non-profit, civic and political organizations for over 50 years in seven different cities, including Washington, D. C., and in four states (MO, VA, FL, TX). She is the co-founder and past president of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft...

Sharon and Gus Kopriva

Gus Kopriva is a curator/owner of the Kopriva Collection of over 1800 works. His expertise lies in the areas of German Expressionism, French Symbolism, American WPA...

Steven Evans

Steven Evans is an artist, writer, curator and executive director of the award-winning arts organization FotoFest International, which founded and sponsors the first and longest running international Biennial of Photography and New Media Art in the U.S...

Susannah Parnin Mitchell

Susannah Parnin Mitchell earned her bachelor’s degrees from North Carolina State University in Art and Design and in Political Theory. She has since accumulated over a decade of experience in gallery management and arts administration...

Thomas Roupe

Tom is co-founder and Managing Partner of Aqueduct, based in Houston. Prior to starting the firm in early 2006, he was a Managing Director at Goldman Sachs & Co., and Regional Manager of their Private Wealth Management group in Houston from 2000...

Victoria and Marshal Lightman

Victoria and Marshal Lightman have been active in the Houston art scene for over 25 years as advocates, collectors, and fund raisers. They have worked with various organizations over the years, including Lawndale Art Center, DIFFA...

Wendy Watriss

Wendy Watriss is a photographer, writer, curator and co-founder of the award-winning arts organization FotoFest International, which created and sponsors the first and longest running international Biennial of Photography and Photo-related Art in the U.S...