Installing a Gallery and Welcoming AIP 32

On Thursday, TILTPIXEL will welcome architects and illustrators from around the world to Houston’s Hotel Zaza for ASAI’s Architecture in Perspective 32 Conference. After a year of planning, we will spend three days learning and networking with fellow artists. It is our means of strengthening our architectural illustration community and celebrating the talent that has defined the past year. As part of our preparations, we are installing the winners of the AIP 32 Competition in downtown Houston’s Esperson Gallery.

It seems like a simple task, but installing any art exhibit can be tricky. We are grateful to our conference sponsor, AIA Houston, who has fearlessly led the charge. With tape measures, hammers and levels in hand, our team partnered with AIA to hang dozens of digital renderings and hand drawings from both professionals and students. Nearly 100 illustrations have taken over the gallery walls, each carefully labeled. Categories are comprised of professional renderings, observational illustrations and student entries.

Strategizing on the layout of the images took time and patience, as the sheer volume dictated a tight fit and a mindful use of space. Displaying the artwork in a cohesive way meant that categories remain grouped with category winners clearly identified.

The real magic of the AIP 32 Exhibition lies in the fact that it almost wasn’t. AIA Houston had originally donated their new gallery space for ASAI’s use, but Hurricane Harvey had other plans. The storm that swept through Houston flooded AIA’s new home, causing significant damage. AIA regretfully informed us last month that they could no longer house our Exhibition.

Despite some initial panic, we regrouped and worked together to find a solution. We are indebted to Esperson Gallery at GreenStreet for allowing us to use their space. With very short notice, they shifted their existing plans to make room for our artwork, and we couldn’t be more grateful.

While TILTPIXEL Partner, Corey Harper, serves as the 2017 President of ASAI, the Conference – and the Exhibition – is a team effort. At the core of Houston’s vibrant architecture community, AIA Houston has been indispensable in their leadership and assistance as we prepare for the AIP 32 Exhibition. And Esperson, with its eclectic vibe and no-frills attitude, has proven to be the ideal backdrop for our display.

Join us this Friday, October 20th, for an evening for art, architecture and camaraderie as we toast to the winners and celebrate the resilience of community.

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