An interview with Houston-based artist Carrie Schneider:
CAN YOU SPEAK A LITTLE TO THE IMPETUS OF THE CHARGE PRACTICUM? I KNOW YOU AND JENNIE ASH (VISUAL ARTS DIRECTOR AT ART LEAGUE HOUSTON) WENT TO A WORKSHOP EARLIER THIS YEAR ABOUT WAGE. WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO ORGANIZE SOMETHING IN HOUSTON?
I felt frustrated that the CAMH (Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston) was putting on a show demonstrating how they are supportive of and invested in Houston artists, when actually we were asked to take on the costs of putting on our first museum shows as young artists to balance their budget (which is $3 million annually). I was sharing these thoughts transparently and out loud, and I was told to “watch out” and “be quiet” which is crazy. Why would the engine of an industry — the artist — not even be allowed to have a voice in it?