Short Video on eState Sale
By Hillerbrand+Magsamen
At Art League Houston 

Largest exhibition of work by teenage artists ever on Montrose Blvd.  Exhibitions open during regular business hours of the Art League and Texas Art Supply

Largest exhibition of work by teenage artists ever on Montrose Blvd.  Exhibitions open during regular business hours of the Art League and Texas Art Supply

Videos presented at the Art League by Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Videos at the Art League by Hillerbrand+Magsamen

Harris County Scholastic Art Award Exhibitions

Art League Houston

Scholastic Gold Key Awards Exhibition with 144 Artworks

January 13 - February 9, 2012 

Reception for Gold Key Winners at Art League Houston

Saturday, January 21, 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.

Texas Art Supply

Scholastic Silver Key Awards Exhibition with 201 Artworks

January 7 - January 29, 2012 

Award Ceremony for Silver Key Winners

January 22 and 29, 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Texas Art Supply

Locations:  Adjacent Buildings at Willard St and Montrose Blvd, Houston, TX

In the galleries at Art League Houston and Texas Art Supply on Montrose Blvd, the public is invited to see the tremendous artistic talent of 345 teen artists living in Harris County.  Only once a year for the Scholastic Art Awards of Harris County does the community have the opportunity to see the student artwork produced in the Houston metro-area and celebrate the young artists.  These exhibitions are free and open to the public.

Between January 13 and 29, the Gold Key and Silver Key work can be seen in both galleries during regular business hours and during the special events for the winners, their families and the public.  The official award ceremonies for the Silver Key winners will take place at Texas Art Supply, 2:30 p.m. on consecutive Sundays, January 22 and 29, 2012.  A reception for Gold Key winners will be held at Art League Houston on Saturday, January 21, 2012, between 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.  The official award ceremony for the Gold Key winners will be held on Monday, February 13, 2012, 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Harris County Department of Education. 

Each year over 2,500 students from public, private and home schools in Harris County participate in the competition.  Gold Key artworks from Harris County will be forwarded to compete at the national level of The Scholastic Art Awards.  National winners are announced March 15, 2012.  Last year, 42 Harris County artists received national recognition.  

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards celebrates 86 years of presence in classrooms across the nation as it identifies and documents outstanding achievements of young artists and writers. Yearly, 75,000 students in grades 7-12 participate through regional programs.  Some of nation’s most celebrated writers and artists have been recognized in this competition such as Richard Avedon, Truman Capote, Robert Indiana, Bernard Malamud, Joyce Maynard, Joyce Carol Oates, Phillip Pearlstein, Sylvia Plath, Robert Redford and Andy Warhol. About 25,000 students advance to national competition in New York City. At the national level, Gold Portfolio Award recipients take home $10,000 in scholarships. Harris County Department of Education is a regional sponsor of the Scholastic Art& Writing Awards.

Harris County Department of Education 

Harris County Department of Education provides education services to the general public and 26 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. We’re HCDE: your education connection! Visit us at

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Hillerbrand+Magsamen at Art League

eState Sale


Opening Reception - Friday, January 13, 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Artist talk at 6:30 p.m.

Exhibition on view January 13 – February 24, 2012

Main Gallery


Art League Houston presents eState Sale, a video installation by Hillerbrand+Magsamen amid a mass of used consumer products filling the gallery space.  All Houston residents and businesses are invited to participate in the artwork by donating used items, attending a discussion with the artists, and then joining the live auction that is both performance and actual auction benefiting the Star of Hope.   The exhibition opens with a free public reception between 6:00 - 9:00 pm on Friday, January 13, 2012 and runs through February 24, 2012 in the main Art League Gallery.

Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen, a Houston-based collaborative husband and wife team, have created a new multi-channel video installation. Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s experimental video projects explore their relationship, family and everyday activities reflecting about the contradictions of suburban family life.  They use their own family and home for the characters and set to playfully and poetically explores perceptions of the contemporary American family’s emotions, interactions, consumerism and media.  

For the Art League the artists have produced video portraits of their family.  Each member of their family: Father, Mother, Daughter and Son have a video where they are engaging individually in an action. These actions are given an unexpected twist of surrealism such as the daughter getting sucked up by stuffed animals, the son smashing a stack of plates, the mother walling herself into her closet with bricks and feathers and the father standing idle with a garden hose while the barbeque grill ignites.

Surrounding the nearly floor-to-ceiling video projections will be piles of stuff from their home and from the homes of visitors to the gallery who are invited to bring items that will be auctioned off at the end of the exhibition.  The artists explore these ideas of excess, emotional and physical connections to material goods and family dynamics.

Their video, Accumulation, will also be playing in the reception area.  In this video their daughter dangles in a dark void and then they pile up tons of stuff from their garage: lawn mower, toys, tools, Christmas lights, and more into a mountain that they climb up as a means to get to another space.  Similar to the auction on February 18, an auctioneer rambles away and the viewer is left to decide if the couple is buying or selling their material, physical and emotional accumulation.

Schedule of Events
Donation Collection and Filling the Gallery:  January 9 - February 10
Exhibition Opens:  January 13, 6 PM with Artists’ Talk at 6:30 PM
Artist Conversation with the Public, February 4, 1 PM
Auction Preview:  February 13-17
Performance and Live Auction of Donations :  February 18, 11 AM
Exhibition Closes and Delivery of Check to Star of Hope:  February 24, 5 PM.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s live and work in Houston, Texas, where Mary Magsamen is the curator for the mirco-cinema Aurora Picture Show and Stephan Hillerbrand teaches in the University of Houston Photo/Digital Media Program.  Hillerbrand+Magsamen are represented by Linda Darke Gallery, Houston, TX.

Hillerbrand+Magsamen’s work has been included in film festivals, galleries and museums internationally including Ann Arbor Film Festival (2009 & 2006), Boston Underground Film Festival (2010 & 2009), Stuttgarter Filmwinter (2008), Center for Photography at Woodstock (2005), Light Factory Contemporary Museum of Photography and Film (2008), Butler Institute of American Art (2005), Houston Center for Photography (2008  & 2007) and Dallas Contemporary (2007). They have been awarded residencies with Lawndale Art Center, Houston TX (2010), the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York  (2003) and Experimental Television Center, Owego, NY (2004 & 2005) as well grants from Austin Film Society’s Texas Filmmakers’ Production Fund (2010), Ohio Arts Council (2005), Houston Arts Alliance (2009) and a Carol Crow Fellowship from the Houston Center for Photography (2008).

Star of Hope Mission
Star of Hope is a Christ-centered community dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless men, women and their children. Positive life changes are encouraged through structured programs which focus on spiritual growth, education, employment, life management and recovery from substance abuse.  More information at  

Gallery Hours
Weekdays, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Closed on Sunday. Gallery Exhibitions are always FREE

1953 Montrose Blvd between West Gray and Westheimer.  Next to Texas Art Supply.

Professional Volunteers ….. or …… Internships

Art League Houston offers several new opportunities for professionals or university students to help move Art League Houston in the future.  All volunteer positions are designed as interesting and creative tasks for the professional with available time or the highly skilled student looking for class credit and to build a portfolio.
Contact Executive Director, Glenn Weiss, at for more information.

Graphic Design

  • Develop new standards and templates for our graphic production for printed matter (postcards, posters and brochures) and online eblasts, evites, banners and posts.
Website Design
  • Build an entirely new Art League website to contemporary standards for ease of posting and mobile devices. A great resume builder. Look here
Event Planning
  • Join the team to produce the 2012 Texas and Patron of the Year Gala and the spring 2012 “Marty” art auction to support the healing art program. Self produce several art openings and workshops.
Elementary Art Education
  • Develop education standards and promotional systems for the summer Kid’s Art Camp.  Visit other Camp operators and make recommendations for Art League Camp. Assist us promote the Art Camp.  Could result in a position as paid Camp Counselor in summer 2012.

Texas Artists of the Year Website and Future Book
  • For thirty years, the Art League Houston has awarded the Texas Artist on the Year. The Art League needs public website to celebrate the artists and the program. The project includes gathering all materials, contacting the artists, creating a simple 30 page website with descriptions, images and links.
  • The website should be convertible onto a pdf as a downloadable book. The project could continue into a P.O.D. book with fiscal support and commissioned essays.

Adult Education Business Expansion Plan
  • The Art League has been very successful at offering art classes for more than 60 years. We believe that our model of a comfortable, friendly environment for learning and sharing skills might be expanded to other locations.. The Art League needs a professional evaluation of our current adult education management/profitability and then a proposed business plan to expand number of people making art in Harris County through Art League programs.  

After Christmas Second Hand Project ……….. Bring Art League your Replaced Electronics.

Nam June Paik brings his old TVs

Art League Houston wants to be your first choice for Second Hand donations.

Send us your replaced electronics for the After Christmas Second-Hand Project. Art League is open 9-5 this holiday season to receive your 2011 & 2012 donations.

Did you receive a new laptop, DVD player, HD television? Are you wondering what to do with the old one? Donate it to the Art League.

Did your office upgrade? Donate the old monitors, desktop computers, laptops and projectors to us. 

The Art League is looking for the following in working condition:

  1. Computer Flat Screen Monitors
  2. Laptops
  3. Desktop Computers
  4. Portable Digital or Video Projectors
  5. Big Old Televisions
  6. Flat Screen Televisions
  7. DVD Players
  8. WiFi Routers
  9. Cables, Keyboards, Mice, External Hard drive
  10. Digital Video and Still Cameras
  11. DVR
  12. Scanner
  13. Color Printer

Your older equipment will help us

  • Add workstations for young interns
  • Wire the Kid’s Studio
  • Upgrade our very old workstations
  • Display the history of the Art League on TV’s and Monitors in the lobby.
  • Provide equipment for unusual artist installations

Ruin by Nam June Paik

Don’t worry about the quality as long as it still works. The Art League will use the best donations. The remaining donations will become part of the “eState Sale” installation by collaborative team of Stephan Hillerbrand and Mary Magsamen. The equipment will join many other types of donations in giant growing piles between January 9 and February 11, 2011. At the end of the exhibition, the artists will hold an auction to benefit The Star of Hope, serving homeless people in Houston. Anything remaining will go the Goodwill or the appropriate recycling agency. 

The After Christmas Second Hand Project is your best opportunity to guarantee a positive use for your old equipment. Every donation will receive a donation receipt from Art League Houston that is a tax deductible donation. 

Art League wants to be your first choice for Second Hand donations.

Just bring them by.  9-5 Monday-Friday.  11-5 Saturday.  
The Art League is not open: Christmas & New Years Weekend.

Send us an email if we need to pick it up.