The 2017 Suzanne Deal Booth Fellows
McGovern College of the Arts–Project Row Houses 2017 Suzanne Deal Booth Fellows: Carrie Marie Schneider and Carol Zou.
Carrie Marie Schneider is an artist interested in people’s ability to reimagine their space. She uses art to invent ceremony and reconfigure memory.
Care House was her temporary installation that transformed the suburban home she grew up in into a memorial for care and loss. Visitors were invited for individual walk-throughs to experience sound, video, and sculptural interventions probing into the roles of caregiver / care receiver and the bodies of mother / home. Her interests in collaboration and community led her to create Hear Our Houston, which offers the public free downloads of audio walking tours of the city, and the chance to record and upload their own; and Sunblossom Residency, a pilot program in which seven artists shared creative skills with refugee youth resettled in Houston while also sharing education and organizing experience with each other. With Jennie Ash, Schneider co-organized Charge, a Houston convening of local and national presenters to platform artist-led models, advocate for equitable compensation of artists, and consider artists’ work in the larger economy. With Susan Rogers of the University of Houston Community Design Resource Center, Schneider worked with five teen residents of a Houston Housing Authority complex to design and build new play spaces for all ages in apartment complexes originally meant for young professionals.
For the CotA-PRH Fellowship, Schneider will examine the idea of Survival Creativity- amending the adage that the greatest creativity comes from the most dire circumstances to consider the support that allows silence to break. She is looking for creative processes in which personal coping strategies are successfully translated into public catharsis, with the aim that the process of transforming a trauma into a speech act can be supported and shared.
Her work has been featured by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Houses, Diverseworks, Alabama Song, Labotanica, and many places outside of arts institutions. She has organized and hosted many public conversations including the Art of Equity panel for the Rothko Chapel's Confronting Inequality Symposium, and dialogues between artists and experts in a range of other disciplines for the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts. Her visual work and writing have been featured in Gulf Coast, Temporary Art Review, and Cite Magazine.
She earned her BFA in Fine Arts and Culture and Politics from Maryland Institute College of Art and has engaged in a self-constructed MFA program by auditing courses at local universities. For more information, visit http://www.carriemarieschneider.com/
Carol Zou is a Texangelena by way of the Chinese diaspora. Her work focuses on human geography, craft as non-western cultural production, and the power of collective voice in community organizing. Her work ranges from facilitated community collaborations to more personally driven, conceptual works. Her work ranges from facilitated community collaborations to more personally driven, conceptual works.
Carol is the current project manager/artist-in-residence for Trans.lation, an arts and cultural platform initiated by Rick Lowe and commissioned by the Nasher Sculpture Center, located in the immigrant, refugee, African American, and Latinx neighborhood of Vickery Meadow, Dallas, Texas. Through resident-led councils, resident-taught workshops, professional development, and pop-up exhibitions, Carol facilitates a space of cultural freedom and self-organization among a diverse and polylingual community.
Prior to Trans.lation, Carol organized the art collective Yarn Bombing Los Angeles, a collective ranging from 20 to 500 crafters that creates public art through crowdsourced, participatory models. YBLA has collaborated with diverse constituencies including: Downtown Women's Center in Skid Row, Braille Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Mayor's Office.
Additionally, Carol is a founder of Michelada Think Tank, a multi-state alliance of creative workers of color that highlights the need for diversity in the creative fields. Michelada Think Tank has presented at 18th Street Art Center, Open Engagement and is currently in residency at San Diego Art Institute.
Carol received her B.F.A. from Cornell University with minors in Urban Planning and Gender Studies, and her M.F.A. in Public Practice from Otis College of Art and Design. She is a 2015 National Art Strategies Creative Community Fellow.