Visit Houston, Texas with the JRA
Tuesday, May 04, 2021 to Friday, May 07, 2021
Category: TRIPS

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The JRA will continue to monitor the situation and act in accordance with public health guidelines for any future events. At this time, this trip is postponed.  Please stay tuned for the new trip dates.

Visit Houston, Texas with the JRA
NEW DATES: May 4-7, 2021
Houston, Texas

Learn all Houston has to offer with its cultural institutions, public art and more. Visit the premier Houston Center for Contemporary Craft and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; tour local artist studios; and have exclusive access to the region's top private craft collections. 


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft
Meet Executive Director, Perry Price, and enjoy a guided tour of the May exhibition and 4 resident artist studios, followed by High Tea hosted by HCCC.

Collectors Tours
The Houston Center for Craft will be arranging 3 or 4 exclusive private collectors' homes.

The Silos & Sawyer Yards, Arts District Houston
Arts District Houston is a state-recognized cultural district in Houston with one of the highest concentrations of working artists in the United States. We will be visiting the craft artists' studios. 

Glassell School of Art
New gallery and building across from HMFA. Studio and gallery tours.

Museum of Fine Art, Houston
Wander through a private guided tour of the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, created especially for the JRA. The MFAH is home to some of the country's most revered craft collections including the Helen Drutt English jewelry collection and the collection of past JRA president Mel and Lee Eagle. 

Asian Center
Tour and lunch at one of the best buildings in the city. 

Foelber Gallery Jurying and Farewell Dinner
Foelber Gallery is the only ceramic gallery in Houston. We are jurying an exhibit of Texas ceramists for the JRA visit. They will also have the opportunity to vote for two artist and the prize will be a solo show at the gallery. Foelber has a back yard and will be having an outdoor dinner for the JRA and a tour of the school and firing area.

 Organized by: Jodi Walsh and Ron Loyd

Jodi is a self-taught artist whose talent emerges in every piece she creates. Inspired by nature, she utilizes a process call “Oritatami Nendo: folding clay”. Her unique style resonates across all cultures and styles. She has experienced overseas residencies in Africa, the Far and Middle East and across Europe. Her work as a visual artist has opened doors for her to become a national curator and juror, and she is represented in Washington DC, Houston, Texas, New York City, Arizona and Oklahoma.  Her recent exhibits include an NECEA exhibit (March 24-April 18, 2020) at Art Works Gallery in Richmond, VA; Solo at the Silos (May-July, 2020) in Houston, TX; Concrete & Clay, an Exhibit by Aberson (June 2020) in Tulsa, OK, and the Affordable Art Fair (September 2020) in New York City, NY.


 Ron Loyd has a BFA and MFA in Painting and Ceramics from Texas Tech University. He has studied Animation at the School for Visual Arts and Film Studies at New York University, New York, NY.  As an educator, he taught numerous Fine Arts programs in the Washington DC Metropolitan Area for fifteen years.  He was selected in 2004 a Fulbright Memorial Fund Teacher and Washington Post Fellow sponsored by the Japanese Embassy.  Earlier in his professional career, he tutored world-renowned artist Philip Pearlstein for his first laser CD “Drawing the Figure”. He coordinated music videos for Andy Warhol’s Factory and Island Record’s Will Powers.  Supervised album covers for CBS Records and MCA’s Joe Ely. As a Director of Corporate Marketing Services, he implemented worldwide corporate identity programs, created product marketing materials, supervised annual reports, coordinated national tradeshow/sales conferences, and managed corporate web sites.