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Martel Award 2016: Lillian Evans

Lillian Evans has been selected as the recipient of the seventeenth annual Marian and Speros Martel Award of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. The Martel Award is given annually to a graduating senior chosen by the Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston in consultation with the visual arts faculty at the senior’s high school. The selection criteria include: production of a significant and meritorious body of work during the senior year, plans to attend an accredited college, university, or art school, and exceptional promise in the visual arts and attendant professions.

Explaining her arts practice and her relationship to history, materials, and viewers, Evans writes, "I am focused on exploring the memories and relationships that I have with family and close friends as well as the connection that I

have with a few significant places. I am also interested in the way that objects can represent these specific times and memories. My ability to sift through these thoughts and memories allows for the expansion of my connection to these memories, people, and places.

Most often I create sculpture or wall hangings through textiles and ceramics because of the versatile nature of both of these materials, the many colors and textures I can achieve, as well as the importance and history ingrained in each practice for me personally. The objects that I make help to remind me of the important elements of my life."

In terms of the viewer, it is my goal to have them gain a sense of nostalgia, connection, and value of personal relationships through my work. I want them to be able to glean that the pieces are reminiscent of generally happy memories during which time I had a connection to a person, a place, or something important to me.


About the artist

Lillian Evans is a graduating senior at the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in Houston, Texas where she was born and raised. She will be continuing her education at the Parsons School of Design in New York where she will be studying Integrated Design. Lillian draws most of her inspiration from her personal relations and her travels to Vermont during the summer.

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