upcoming exhibitions


Color Up/Color DOWN
Art Installations Opening March 15, 5-7pm
Russ Pitman Park – 7112 Newcastle, Bellaire 

How does an artist respond to the theme: COLOR UP/COLOR DOWN, within the context of a nature conservancy? Now a sixth year tradition, this evolving group of artists called Municipal Dirt, will explore materials as media which translate the statement of nature and that of artist into a visual public experience for ‘Art in the Park’.


Take a detour from traffic to the calming ambience of a stroll through this 4 acre oasis, Russ Pitman Park. Enjoy the tranquility of leaves rustling under your footsteps, fluttering wings, and then silence as you pause to hear the laughter of children on their own exploration of nature’s abundant curiosities and glimpse into the artists’ world of COLOR UP/COLOR DOWN. 


In keeping with the mission of the Nature Discovery Center, the artists celebrate the function of observation and understanding of nature, while exploring the systems that create form, surface and color within the park, whether it is by natural formation or artist’s impetus. The following internationally recognized visual and performing artists have been invited to participate: Karen Brasier-Young, Margaret Braun, Vachu Chilakamarri, James Ciosek, Jordan Dupuis, Daniel Esquivel-Brandt, Tonatiuh Esquivel-Silva, Orna Feinstein, Jeff Forster, Mikey Georgeson, Lydia Hance, Mark Hirsch, Kathryn Kelley, Ann Johnson, Mari Omori, Loueva Smith, Carol Scott, Paul Tecklenberg, Justin Varner, June Woest, Jo Zider(curator), and Grace Zuniga. 


Opening reception for “COLOR UP/COLOR DOWN” art installations and performance by Frame Dance will happen from 5 -7 pm on Saturday, March 15, 2014. The Exhibition runs March 15 – May 1, 2014.
There will be an artists’ walk and talk on Saturday, March 22, starting at 4:30 pm. Also you may join the Nature Discovery Center Adult Lecture Series for a guided tour, with curator, Jo Zider, Wednesday, April 2, at 7 pm.
Russ Pitman Park is located at 7112 Newcastle, just north of Evergreen, in the City of Bellaire and therefore no pets, alcoholic beverages or smoking are allowed on the grounds or parking areas. Park hours are 6 am – 9 pm, every day. For more information, contact the Nature Discovery Center 

And if the light came in [solo exhibition] 
Capitol Street Gallery, Houston, TX
May 17, 2014

Details coming.



The Trojan BOX 

Opening 6-9, Friday, August 16, 2013
Art League Houston

Artist Talks
Saturday, August 31 Artist Talk I 4 – 6 PM
Saturday, September 14 Artist Talk II 4 – 6 PM

Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present ‘The Trojan Box’, an exhibition in the ALH Front and Hallway Gallery by current residents of Box 13 Artspace, a local artist run nonprofit innovative located on Harrisburg Blvd in the East End. The exhibition will feature a diverse selection of sculpture, photography, painting, and installation/video by an exciting group of Houston-based emerging and established artists including Elaine Bradford, Karen Brasier-Young, Michelle Chen-Dubose, Monica Foote, Dennis Harper, Michael Henderson, Janine Hughes, Kathy Kelley, Jonathan Leach, David McClain, Jennifer McNichols, Tudor Mitroi, Kristy Peet, Mark Ponder, J. Michael Stovall, Quinn Hagood and Daniel Bertalot. The opening reception is Friday, August 16, 6 – 9 PM in the Art League Front and Hallway Gallery.
Artists talk at 7:00 PM

The artists participating in the show would like to expose the many artistic experiments and talents found within the building at 6700 Harrisburg Ave. and also raise awareness of the art space. Artists will discuss the BOX13 mission and highlight some previous exhibitions during the artist talk at the opening.

The exhibit will also include two slide show events at the Art League, where 8-10 artists from Box 13 will show examples of there work via slide presentation and describe their individual practice in more detail. There will be time for questions and answers also. Each artists will get 8 minutes to present and talk about the work they are showing, with 2-4 minutes for questions.

ABOUT BOX 13 ArtSpace
BOX 13 ArtSpace is an artist run nonprofit innovative environment for the creation and advancement of experimental contemporary art in Houston. BOX 13 artists create this environment through the offering of affordable workspaces for emerging and established artists, dedicating five interior spaces to the exhibition of artistic explorations, a window gallery for installations and an outdoor courtyard space. BOX 13 promotes dialogue among artists and the art community on current trends affecting the arts.

We take in new residents as studio spaces open up on an ongoing basis. We review new member applications as a group. We evaluate applicants both on their work and on their ability and attitude to participate within the BOX 13 community.

The founding members of BOX 13 are Elaine Bradford, Woody Golden, Michael Henderson, Young-Min Kang, Kathy Kelley, Teresa O’Connor, Whitney Riley and Mat Wolff.

BOX 13 ArtSpace is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization. BOX 13 ArtSpace relies on individual donors and its resident artists for funding to cultivate creation, appreciation and accessibility of contemporary experimental visual art within the community for its cultural enrichment.

Past and DONE

Open Studios | Vermont Studio Center

June 2013
Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, Vermont.

the uncontrollable nature of grief and forgiveness (or lack there of) [solo exhibition]

Art League Houston
Opening January 11 [through February 22] 2013

Helpers needed: January 7-10 for install labor (dirty, sweaty, heavy + pizza) email me at kellstirl @ gmail.com

panel (date TBA) on the interplay between grief and forgiveness (or
lack of). The panel will be composed of social psychology researcher
(head), therapist (heart), lawyer (wallet), faith based professional
(spirit), widow (lived), and artist (hand).
1953 Montrose Blvd, Houston 77006

the barren plains of back turned could have beens
(monsters in the attic)
[solo exhibition]

College of the Mainland Art Gallery
September 4-27, 2012
Reception + Artist Talk 2 pm, 9/12
1200 Amburn Road
Texas City, Texas 77591

i dissolve these fabricated mind musings

the bruise of soul

6-8 pm, Friday, March 30, 2012
refreshments served

March 30-May 12, 2012

Blinn College, Sealy Campus
3701 Outlet Center Drive
Sealy, TX 77474


Big and Excessive [3D group exhibition] February 17 through March 17 
Artist Talks Thursday, Feb 24 5:30 pm
Opening Reception Thursday, Feb 24 6:30 pm

2000 NASA Parkway (corner of Upper Bay Road)
Nassau Bay, Texas 77058
Regular Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturdays, 10am-2pm
Phone: 281.335.7777

If you didn’t get to Austin to see the Texas Biennial
October 14-November 19
opening October 14, 6-9 pm
Darke Gallery

DARKE | gallery is pleased to present If you didn’t get to Austin to see the Texas Biennial, featuring Matthew Bourbon, Catherine Colangelo, Kathryn Kelley, Richard Martinez, Marcelyn McNeil, Kia Neill and Hillerbrand+Magsamen.  We are fortunate to represent 8 of the artists included in the Texas Biennial by curator Virginia Rutledge. The opening reception is Friday, October 14, 6-9 PM.  The exhibition continues through November 19, 2011.

Artists’ Talks
Looking at Art, October 18
Plus at closing reception November 18

the edge of my unreadiness (solo exhibition)

Darke Gallery
Opening September 2, 2011
Resident Artist Open Studio August 2011
5321 Feagan St, Houston 77007

Open studio (drinks and snacks)
Thursdays in August 4-7 pm
Come watch the work take form.

Artist Talks
Looking at Art, September 7

Looking at Art, September 22
Closing reception and talk, October 8

the right to assemble (BOX 13 artists’ collaborative)
Galleries within the School of Art & Design
Feb-March 2012
Texas State University – San Marcos