John Runnels
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713-229-9760

720 Walnut, Houston, Texas 77002

motherdogstudios@earthlink.net

Born:

June 8, 1949
near Hot Coffee, Mississippi

EDUCATION:

1978 Graduate Study, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia
1975 Selected courses, University of Miami, Miami, Florida
1972 B.F.A.,University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi

GRANTS/COMMISSIONS/COMPETITIONS:

2014-2015 Sculpture Portal, Howard Hygges Co., Woodlands, TX

2014-2015 TIME.LINES, Granite Engraved Text for Sidewaks
Houston Downtown District, Houston, TX

2014 TIME.TABLES, METRO & HRT Stations Granite Platforms Downtown Houston, TX
Main Street / Rusk / Capitol

2013 PORTRAIT OF HOUSTON: IT WASN’T A DREAM – IT WAS A FLOOD,Portal Sculpture;
Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Buffalo Bayou Park Houston, TX

2007-2015 SKY LOOMS, Phoenix Office of Arts and Culture Public Art Program,
Deer Valley Water Treatment Plant, Phoenix, Arizona

2003-2008 Cotswold Portal Project, Downtown District, City of Houston, TX

2005-2006 J R Newman Park, City of Frisco, Frisco, TX
Sabine-Bagby Portals, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston, TX

2004 Artist-in-Residence, Tacoma Contemporary, Tacoma, WA
Wayfinding Project, Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris Co,
Houston Downtown Management, Houston, TX

2003 Old ChinaTown Civic Art Project, City of Houston Conventions and Entertainment Department,
Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris Co, Houston, TX

2002 Artist-in-Residence, Saint Ursula Academy, Cincinnati, OH

1998 George Bush Intercontinental Airport Terminal Design Finalist, Houston, TX
(Jessica Cusick, Public Art Director, Cultural Arts Council of Houston)

1997 City of Houston Wastewater Operations Testing Laboratory, (Finalist) (Finalist)
1995 National Parks Service and Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Hike and Bike Trails, Kiosk Design, Houston, TX
Creative Artist Grant, Cultural Arts Council of Houston, TX

1994 Houston Downtown Management Corporation, Holiday Art Sculptures,
Tranquility Park Reflection Pools, Houston, TX

1993 Houston Downtown Management Corporation, Holiday Art Sculptures, Music Hall, Houston TX Sculptures, Music Hall, Houston, TX

1979 Ford Foundation Scholarship, Cortona, Italy

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2014 Wine.Women.Words ; Redbud Gallery, Houston, TX

1992 Naked, naked; Mother Dog Museum of Modern Art, Houston, TX 1983 Boulevard Gallery, Houston, Texas



SELECTED GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

2004 Scattered Ephemera - Window Dressing: Urban Art Installations, F.W. Woolworth Windows, Tacoma, WA

Erotica, Sippora Gallery, Houston, TX

38 for XXXVIII, Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris Co,

Reliant Energy Plaza, Houston,Texas

Year of the Monkey - TALA GALA ; Texas Acountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Houston, Texas

2003 16 th Annual Day of the Dead, Lawndale Art Center, Houston, TX

Art & Soul - TALA GALA; Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Houston, TX

2002 I-45 Combined; Lowell Collins Gallery, Houston, TX

Watermelon Flats + 15: The BBAP Board Show, Buffalo Bayou ARTPARK and The Art League of Houston, Houston, TX



Buffalo Bayou Public Art Projects, Buffalo Bayou Partnership, Houston, TX

2002 Through the Looking Glass - TALA GALA; Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Houston, TX

Project Phoenix, Redbud Gallery, Houston, TX

2001 Sextablos; Augen Gallery, Portland, OR

Space Odyssey - TALA GALA, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Houston, TX

2000 Sextablos; Redbud Gallery,Houston, TX

Puff! "No butts About it"; Redbud Gallery, Houston, TX

Miniatures; Hooks-Epstein Galleries, Houston, TX

1999 Out of the Closet, Clothing as imagery in contemporary art; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah

1997 Time Travelers - TALA GALA; Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Houston, TX

1996 FotoFest; Naked.naked, Mother Dog MOMA, Houston, Texas

1995 Public Art 95; Art League of Houston; Houston, Texas

4th Annual Erotic Art Show, Summer Street Studios, Houston, TX

Houston Open Studios; Lawndale Art & Performance Center, Houston, TX

Westheimer Arts Colony, Artist-in-Residence, Houston, Tx

3rd annual warehouse artcrawl; Mother Dog Studios, Houston,TX

1993 Frostfree; Sears, Roebuck and Co.; Houston, Texas

Buffalo Bayou Art Park; Houston, Texas

1991 Creative Partners; Sewall Hall; Rice University; Houston, Texas

1990 Photoworks - FotoFest: Mother Dog Studios, Houston, TX

1989 Third Annual Invitational Plate Show; Judy Youens Gallery, Houston,TX

Third Annual Invitational Plate Show;Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Beaumont, TX

1988 Furniture As Art; Domus International, Design Center; Houston, T 1987 Anatomy of Drawing;Hooks-Epstein Gallery; Houston, Texas

Blood Ties & Other Knotty Issues; Diverse Works, Houston, TX

Plate du Jour; Judy Youens Gallery; Houston, Texas

1986 Urban Animals; 21'st Century History Museum; Lawndale Art and Performance Center; University of Houston; Houston, Texas

Seventeenth Annual Juried Photography Exhibition; Curator - Van Deren CokeDeutser Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center, Houston, Tx

1985 The New Nude; Midtown Art Center, Houston, Texas

1984 The NudeFigure; O'Kane Gallery; University of Houston, Texas

Dimension Houston '84; Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

Alternative Exhibition, Curators: Lucas Johnson, Derek BoshierArt League of Houston, Houston, TX

1983 Erotic Show; Center for Arts & Performances; Houston, Texas

Figuratively Speaking, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

1882 Body Heat; elan, Houston, Tx

Untitled Art; Lawndale Annex, Houston, TX

XVI Annual Art Exhibit; Baytown, TX

3rd Annual Small Works, Boulevard Gallery, Houston, TX

Houton Arts Calendar Show, Sakowitz, Houston, Tx

Light, Shade and Color; Kaffie Gallery, Corpus Christie, TX

Works on Paper, Art League of Houston, Houston, TX

37 Hour Show, Glassell School of Art, Houston, TX

Quisie's Table & Traveling Brown Bag Lunch Company, Houston, TX

1982 Tri-State Exhibition, Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas; (Second Place), Brown and Scurlock Galleries, Beaumont, TX

Houston Photographers '82; Boulevard Gallery, Houston, TX

1981 Fourteenth Annual Juried Photography Exhibition; Curator - Lee Witkin, Deutser Art Gallery, Jewish Community Center, Houston, TX

New Works; Three-person Show; Boulevard Gallery, Houston, TX

Houston Photographers '81; Juror: Clint Willour, Boulevard Gallery, Houston, TX

Houston Premiere; 3 person show; Boulevard Galery, Houston, TX

XV Annual Art Exhibition; (Third Place), Baytown, TX

5 X 7; Boulevard Gallery, Houston, TX

XVI Dimensions Houston; Art league of Houston, Houston, TX

Heart Art; 40 Walls Gallery, Houston, TX

Small Works; Boulevard Gallery, Houston, TX

1980 Italia '79 University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia

1979 Mostra di Artisti American; Palazzo Vagnotti; Cortona, Italy

CATALOGUES:

2004 Scattered Ephemera - Window Dressing: Urban Art Installations, F.W. Woolworth Windows by Judy Wagonfeld, Tacoma, WA (inpress)
1999 Out of the Closet, Clothing as imagery in contemporary art, by Emily Stauffer; Salt Lake Art Center, Salt Lake City, Utah
1985 The New Nude , by Trudy Sween, Mid Town Art Center,
Houston, TX

BOOK JACKET DESIGNS:

2000 The Art of Texas Children&'s Hospital, Herring Press and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

The Poisoning of Eros: Sexual Values in Conflict by Raymond J. Lawrence, Jr., Augustine Moore Press,

1990 Days of Summer Gone by Joe Bolton, Galileo Press, Baltimore,MD

SELECTED WRITNGS by JOHN RUNNELS:

2000 The Art of Texas Children's Hospital, Herring Press and Texas Children's Hospital, Houston, TX

"Hidden In Plain Sight", ARTLIES, Texas Art Journal, Houston, TX, Spring, No. 26

"Out Beyond-Urban Spaces", 18th International Sculpture Conference, Sculpture Houston 2000, Houston, TX, May

1997-2000 Editor, Buffalo Bayou ARTPARK Newsletter, Houston, TX

1993 "The Secret Curve: Art on the Banks of the Buffalo Bayou", Newsletter, The Cultural Arts Council of Houston, Houston, TX, June

BIBLIOGRAPHY:

2004 "Street to Bayou Portals", Buffalo Bayou Partnership Newsletter, Houston, TX, Fall 2004

"Tacoma Contemporary: Scattered Ephemera", Art Access, Seattle,

WA, September

"Summer travels: Tacoma" by Andrei Codrescu, National Public

Radio, "All Things Considered",KUHF, Houston, TX, September 1 "Woolworth Memories", by Alec Clayton, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma, WA, August 16

"Art and History (at this moment)", by Andrei Codrescu, Downtown Express, New York, NY, July 30-August 5

"How Did We Get from Woolworth's to Walmart", by Jen Graves, The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA, July 25

"Scattered Woolworth's", by Alec Clayton, Weekly Volcano, Tacoma, WA, July 15-21

"Scattered Ephemera", by Judy Wagonfeld, Toby Room, Tacoma, WA, July, Issue #9

"Fleeting History", by Jen Graves, The News Tribune, Tacoma, WA, July 18

"Scattered Ephemera featuring Andrei Codrescu debuts in Tacoma", Tacoma Weekly, WA, July 8

2003 "Brother, Where Art Thou", by Craig Malisow, Houston Press, December 11-17

"Beautification projects are giving new life to downtown Houston", by `Christine Hall, Houston Business Journal, Houston, TX, December 5

"Off the Wall", by Keith Plocek, Houston Press, Houston, TX, Oct. 2-8

"Make China Town More Beautiful, Jade Gate Project is recommened" by T.C. Hu, World Journal of Texas, April 30

2002 "Analog Island", by David Glen n Rhinehart, Stare ,Visual Information Inquiry, http://www.stare.com, No. 807

"Ten Years and Still Crawling", by Darryl Lauster, Houston Review, Houston, TX, Winter 2002-2003

"Ten Years of Crawling", by Shelby Strudler, 002 Magazine, Houston, TX, November

"ArtCrawl 2002", by Molly Glentzer, Preview, Houston Chronicle, Houston, Tx, November, 21

"Colors of the Bindu: Strong show by Indian photographers", bySam Naidu, India Herald, Houston, TX, April 12

"Mother Dog Studios", Tribune, Houston, TX, March

2001 "Side.Walk.Poem by John Runnels", Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, June 7

2000 The Art of Texas Children's Hospital, Herring Press Houston, TX "Saints, Sacrilege and Retablos", by Steve McVickers, Houston Press, Houston, TX, December 7 -13

"Controversial art exhibit", by Patricia Johnson, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX November 26

"Reviews" (Sextablos) by Randy Wodck, Bad Press Books, http//www.badpressbooks.com, November 8

"....out beyond, Urban Art Spaces", byNorm Wigington, Forum, Newsletter, Texas Department of Transportation, Vol 7, No. 3, 2000

"Sculpture in Houston", by Victoria Hodge Lightman, Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, June

1999 "On Art", by Meat & Bones, The Other, Houston,TX, November 24

"Warehouse District art tour set Nov. 20" by Carol Vaughan, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, November 17

"art crawl", by Sara Owen, 002 Magazine, Houston, TX November



"A lofty idea: Artists' studios worth stepping into", Cathy Hainer, USA Today, November 6

1997 "Trains of thought; Artist's railroad is a lesson in word play", by Vicki Bomke Thomson, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, Novemeber 27

1996 "Betty Polifka", photograph by John Runnels, i.e. magazine, Houston, TX, No. 12, Spring

1995 "ArtPark offers sculptures on the bayou" by Alisha N. Park, Houston Chronicle, Houston TX, September 9

"Awards Grants...",Cachh-up, Newslatter of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, May/June

"Catherine Colangelo, Noah Edmundson, Jo Ann Fleischhaue, Laura Kellner", photographs by John C. Runnels, i.e. magazine, Houston, TX, No 11, Summer

"Westheimer Art Festival", Houston Chronicle,Houston, TX, April 8

1993 "A Walk on Art's Wild Side", by Peter Mayes, Downtown, inc., Hoston, TX, August

"Letter from the publisher", byTeresa Wong, Museum and Arts Magazine, January

1992 "Mother Dog Museum of Modern Art", Houston Press, Houston, TX, December 31

"From wasteland to artist colony: transforming the Warehouse District", by Susan Freeman, Downtown, inc., Houston, TX, August

"Difficult subject matter" is dangerous only as a political term", by David Rigsby, Public News, Houston, TX May 13

"This month", Museum & Arts Magazine, Houston, TX, p. 7, June

"John Runnels"; by Jana Vander Lee, i.e. magazine, Houston, TX, No. 4, Summer

"Cancer Society throws festive fling for foodies", by Frenchy Falik, Houston Post, Houston, TX, April 25

1991 "Off the Wall Art Spaces: Creative spaces for creative work", by Patricia Johnson, Zest, Houston Chronicle, Houston, Tx, October 20

"Art by collaborators, couples offers contrasts", by Patricia Johnson, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, September 11

"Creative Partners Tops Gallery Attendance Records", Newsletter, Sewall Art Gallery, Fall, Vol 2, Number 1

"Creative Partners", by Ellen Rosenbush, The Herald-Voice, Houston, TX, September 5

"ART" by Susan Chadwick, Houston Post, Houston, TX, August 25

"Exhibit on collaborative art projects worthwhile", by Susan Chadwick, Houston Post, Houston, TX, September 18

"Old warehouses lure redevelopment; Mother Dog Studios an artistic survivor", by Pat Rosen, Houston Business Journal, Houston, TX February 25

1990 "Photoworks", by Victoria Lightman, Houston Press, Houston,TX, February 22

1988 "Watermelon Pickle", by Eric Gerber, Editorial Page, Houston Post, Houston TX, April 26

1986 "Lawndale Artists'; Advisory Board Overcomes predictable art", by Carol A. Gerhardt, Spot/A publication of the Houston Center for Photography, Houston, TX, Winter



1987 "Houston Letter" by Elizabeth McBride,ARTSPACE, Southwestern Contemporary Arts Quarterly, Albuquerque, NM, Winter 1987-88

"Exhibition can't untangle "Knotty Issues" of title" by Patricia Johnson, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, October

1985 "Exhibit farewell showing at Heights gallery", by Betty Ewing, Houston Chronicle, Houston, Tx, January 26

1984 "Art Cetera" by Lois Abron, ?, Houston, TX, October

"Art", by Mitchell M. Bartlow, TWT magazine, Houston, Tx, September 14-20

"Transco Tower art exhibit a moving experience" by Carol J. Everingham, Houston Post, Houston, TX, August 19

"Critic's Choice: Through the artist's eyes", by Carol Everingham, Houston Post, Houston, TX, March 16

"Duel at Boulevard Gallery", by Mel McCombie, ArtScene, Houston, TX, Spring 1984

"These artists are accomplished...", by Particia Johnson, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, August 31

1983 "New one-man show opening" Tim Fleck, Houstown, Houston, TX, October 26

"Pleasant surprises....at Galleries" by Patricia Johnson, Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, December 17

1981 "14th Juried Photography Exhibit at Jewish Community Center" by Mimi Crossley, Houston Post, Houston, TX, December 18

"Dimension Houston XVI': more a reflection of the judge's tastes" by Patricia Johnson, Houston Chronicle, Houston TX, November 19 "Ars Brevis", by Chris Alexander, Performing Arts Magazine, Houston, TX, August

"Laurel Artist Exhibits in Houston", Laurel Leader-Call, Laurel. MS, February

1975 "Annual Student-Faculty Show", by Griffin Smith, Herald Art Editor, Miami Herald, Miami, FL, July 13

CURATOR:

2004 Bound to Nothing, Fotofest, Mother Dog Studios, Houston, TX
2000 Fragments for a Memory of the Human Body, photographers & sculptures, Fotofest & Houston Sculpture 2000, Mother Dog Studios, Houston, TX
Out Beyond-Urban Spaces, 3 Women Sculptors, 18th International Sculpture Conference, Buffalo Bayou ARTPARK, Houston, TX, May
1998 Hotel Naked, Fotofest 98, Mother Dog Studios, Houston, TX
1992 Naked.naked.photographs, Mother Dog Studios, Houston, TX
Location/Dislocation, MotherDog Museum of ModernArt, Houston, TX
1990 Photoworks, MotherDog Museum of ModernArt, Houston, TX
1990 - 2000 Buffalo Bayo ARTPARK, Houston, TX

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY:

1994-2005 Installation consultant, Christ Churcch Cathedral, Houston, TX

2001 Art and Culture Delegation to China, Bellevue Community College,

Bellevue, WA

1995- 2003 Executive Committee, Annual Artists Warehouse ARTCRAWL,

Houston, TX



2000 Creative consultant,"The Art of Texas Children's Hospital",Houston, TX

1995- 2000 Co-Director, Buffalo Bayou Artpark, Houston, Texas

1996 I.E. Magazine, Art Co-editor, Houston, Texas

TALA-GALA , Art co-chair, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Houston, TX

1995 Vice President; Buffalo Bayou Art Park; Houston, Texas

1994 Board of Directors; Buffalo Bayou Art Park; Houston, Texas

1985 Co-Founder; Mother Dog Studios and Mother Dog Museum of Modern Art , Houston, TX

1983 Artist Board of Directors; Art League of Houston, Texas

COLLECTIONS:

Joe Coulter
Judy Fatjo
Phoebe Muzzy Gray
Barbara Coffman
Meg Poissant
Dixie Friend Gay
Charlie Jean Sartwelle
David Sussman
Rob Greenstein
Linda Talley

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