Michael Stevenson

Pardon Me, Everyone

About the Project

This work is a 112 ft installation located along the perimeter fence at College Park Memorial Cemetery. It is a series of life size semi-transparent acrylic silhouettes depicting soldiers from the 24th infantry of the Historic Buffalo Soldiers, juxtaposed with local youth utilizing public transport and residents of nearby River Oaks and Montrose. The work also pays homage to the person of Reverend Jack Yates with uv screen print image on transparent acrylic panel; Reverend Jack Yates and the Yates Family plot are located in College Park Memorial Cemetery. The work depicts the “Houston 13” soldiers of the Buffalo Soldiers 24th Infantry marching from West (Camp Logan/Present Day Memorial Park) to downtown Houston; this time with a request for pardon and healing from the pain once existing in this city. This time from a city ready to hear and advocate for peace and restoration. Corporal Jessie Moore, Uncle of American History Professor Angela Holder, and images of the other soldiers of the Houston 13 will be included in like manner.

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Meet the Artist

On June 14, 2019 I co-curated and produced, “There Is Enough For Everyone,” an art exhibition that opened in Houston. The art exhibition pointed a spotlight directly at the reality of scarcity within black and brown communities; prodding the limitations, distribution, and access of wealth in the City of Houston and the country at large.

In July 2019, I was awarded the Let Creativity Happen Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance for a project titled, “A Lot A Land,” in case of reparations. The project explores art activism and community engagement to reimagine green spaces in place of overgrown lots in underserved communities.

On October 19 2019, I directed an evening of performances in support of Paul Sepuya and Jaqueline Nova’s opening at The Blaffer Art Museum. The evening titled, “Everyone at Blaffer” provided a stage for artists, producers, film-makers and photographers from high school well into professional age to contribute their best. The performances explored space as defined by queer and non-binary voices in contrast to the overt heteronormative structures defining spaces in our country. A film screening of the performances debuts March 12 at Blaffer Art Museum.

On October 25 2019, I was selected by the Houston Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs and Art League Houston as one of eleven artists to install work in a City-wide Public Art project supporting a series of community driven, multidisciplinary, temporary public art projects exploring social engagement in public spaces and collective memory across 11 sites in Houston. My work titled, “Pardon Me, Everyone” seeks to unite us for the future as we pardon our ancestors on either side of the history of the Camp Logan Uprising/Mutiny of 1917. This work will unveil on July 11, 2020.

I am a relationship oriented artist and professional with expertise in creative development for forms of engagement in minority communities. I am experienced in strategic planning and market development while delivering creative experiences for clients and organizations. I coordinated multiple MFAH Mixed Media events and MFAH Special Exhibitions and special activations while working as a business developer at a marketing and creative agency.

Today as an artist, designer and Registered Yoga Teacher I provide creative marketing services, experience consultation and mindfulness workshops to local and national clients in addition to leading marketing and communications as an associate at the Writers in the Schools organization in Houston, TX.