Ars Lyrica Ensemble. PHOTO: ANTHONY RATHBUN.

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) has given the 2012 Meredith J. Long Core Program Award to Gabriel Martinez. The $10,000 prize, presented at the Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction Friday, May 11, was inaugurated in 2008 and is given annually to a second-year Core artist-in-residence in recognition of exceptional artistic merit.

For more info:
www.mfah.org


The Dominic Walsh Dance Theater is thrilled to announce that Dominic Walsh has been awarded Aspen Fringe Festival’s 2012 Award for “Exceptional Choreographer”, and the company will perform Walsh’s Camille Claudel at the festival on June 20 & 21.

For more info:
www.dwdt.org


Brave New Waves has launched a new monthly music series focusing on electronic, electro-acoustic, and other music forms. Performances are held the last Sunday of each month, featuring locals from Houston, and International artists and performers. Programs will include works by many of the field’s electronic pioneers, as well as providing opportunities for composers to have their work performed and heard.

For more info:
www.brightbluebeetle.com


Artistic Director Kelly Ann Vitacca and Artistic Advisor/Ballet Master Phillip Broomhead announced the launch of Vitacca Productions & Company. Vitacca P&C is a dance development organization that provides advanced dance coaching, outreach and mentorship programs, professional performance, and production/creative management services, which bridge the gap between dance artists, career opportunities, and the community.

For more info:
www.vitacca.org


The Landing Theatre Company announced its 2012 production of Rachel Axler’s Smudge, directed by Artistic Director, David Rainey. Performances begin Friday, July 13, and open officially Saturday, July 14, and runs Friday-Saturday through July 28, at the O’Kane Theatre.

For more info:
www.landingtheatre.org


Ars Lyrica Houston announced its 2012-13 season, entitled Anticipations. Highlights for this season include the Bach Magnificat to a “fencing lesson” by Heinrich Schmelzer. Handel’s Acis and Galatea, and Johann Strauss will ring in the New Year with A Viennese New Year and more.

For more info:
www.arslyricahouston.org


Melissa Hough and Connor Walsh in George Balanchine’s Ballet, Jewels. PHOTO: AMITAVA SARKAR.

Houston Ballet promotions include Melissa Hough to First Soloist, as well as Allison Miller, Nozomi Iijima, and Charles-Louis Yoshiyama to Demi Soloists.  Jennifer Steiner joined Houston Ballet as the new general manager.

For more info:
www.houstonballet.org


The deadline to submit for The Big Show at Lawndale Art Center’s annual open-call juried exhibition is June 27. Works in all media completed during 2010-2012 will be accepted. The Big Show is open to all artists living within 100 miles of Lawndale and surrounding counties.

For more info:
www.lawndaleartcenter.org


The 2012-13 Inprint Margarett Root Brown Reading Series includes readings by T. C. Boyle, Junot Diaz, Emma Donoghue, Terrance Hayes, Jonathan Lethem, James Salter, Zadie Smith, and Jesmyn Ward. The 2012-13 season of Cool Brains! Inprint Readings for Young People will include bestselling children’s authors Lois Lowry on October 14th, Jon Scieszka in spring 2013, and more.

For more info:
www.inprinthouston.org


The team of Lake+Flato and Studio Red Architects posted the schematic design for the Independent Arts Collaborative, a 59,000-square-foot community arts complex that will occupy a full block defined by Main, Holman, Travis, and Francis Street, near the Ensemble/HCC stop on the METRORail. The proposed facility consists of four dedicated theater spaces, two rehearsal spaces/classrooms, several gallery spaces, along with back-of-house, support and office space. A message on the IAC’s Facebook page said, “While many elements of the design are still in flux… we would appreciate your feedback, so let us know what you think.”

For more info:
www.iachouston.org


Bryan Miller Gallery, formerly known as CTRL gallery, wrapped up its five-year run in Midtown’s Isabella Court on May 19 with the closing of its group show, CTRL Group Two. In addition to presenting exhibitions by local artists such as Natasha Bowdoin, Jamal Cyrus, and John Sparagana, the gallery introduced a number of out-of-town artists to Houston audiences, including Heimir Björgúlfsson, Sarah Cain, Jackie Gendel, and Anders Oinonen.