Studio One Archive Resource works with members of the Houston arts community to preserve its history, so the stories of those who built the community may be captured, shared and never lost.
Studio One Archive Resource is named for William Steen’s studio and artist run space located at 1511 Congress in downtown Houston during the late 70's and 80's. Steen’s Studio One was one of the earliest alternative arts spaces in the city, presenting exhibitions, lectures, film screenings, musicians, and performances. Studio One inspired Charles Gallagher to open DiverseWorks in 1982. Steen served as "master framer" at the Menil Collection for more than twenty years. William Steen died on December 20, 2008, in New York City.
Our goal is to preserve and share the stories of artists like William Steen, who contribute to the vibrancy of our thriving arts community and ultimately, the cultural legacy of our city. Through community partnerships and work with individual scholars, we will facilitate the preservation and promotion of artist histories that might otherwise remain tucked away and undiscovered. We will sustain an ongoing effort to ensure these histories are not forgotten.
We will help artists who serve to inspire future generations of creators through their successful practice, their role as educators, as founders of organizations or through long term affiliations with organizations, and as agents of social change through community activism. We aim to work with artists in all disciplines as well as artists of diverse cultural and economic backgrounds.
Because Houston has a flourishing community of nonprofit alternative arts organizations, we will offer assistance and guidance to their staff and board members to ensure the evidence of their success is not lost and to help share their organization's history so it may inspire younger artists, tomorrow's board members, and help build their next generation of audiences.
As many artists and organizations rely heavily on technology to document and share their activities, Studio One Archive Resource will help both artists and organizations assess their needs and uses of technology so they may better understand how to optimize their resources and prevent the loss of critical information.
Patricia Hernandez is a visual artist, arts educator, archivist and native Texan. She moved to Houston in 1985 to attend Rice University, earning her BA in Art and Art History in 1989 and a BFA in Painting in 1990. She received her MFA in Painting from the University of Houston in 2000. Over the years, she has taught Drawing, Life Drawing, Painting, Design, Art Appreciation and Art History within Houston's community college systems, the Glassell School of Art and the University of Houston, Clear Lake. She is a member of Archivists of the Houston Area, the Society of Southwest Archivists, and the Society of American Archivists. In 2013, she presented The Basics of Archiving: Solutions for Nonprofit Arts Organizations to Space One Eleven in Birmingham, Alabama.
Since 2011, she has worked closely with the Joan Mitchell Foundation in New York to develop a local version of their Creating A Living Legacy (CALL) Program to assist Houston artists with career documentation and preservation.