Navasota Artists In Residence

The Arts Council has partnered with the City of Navasota for an Artist in Residence program in the quaint community just 25 minutes south of College Station on Hwy 6. The Navasota Artists in Residence program gives two to three artists the opportunity to live and create art at the Horlock Art Gallery & History Museum. Provided by the City of Navasota, the house features living, studio, and gallery space, to create a unique experience and atmosphere for the artists.


The term of the residency is roughly five (5) to six (6) months; and will require participation in community events and programs. 

Each artist will receive a one-time $600 stipend at the beginning of the residency to assist with groceries, fuel, and supply purchases.

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Horlock Art Gallery & History Museum Hours

Thursday - Sunday: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Current Navasota Artists in Residence: 

Sara Nevius

Sara Nevius is an emerging fine artist from San Antonio, Texas. She recently graduated from Union University with a B.F.A in drawing and
painting. Her work primarily focuses on portraiture and figurative work. You can learn more about her work here: and


Artist Statement: "In my work, I aim to portray humanity’s flaws, failures, and daily struggles as redeeming features and character qualities that evoke emotions, queries, and introspection. Due to the ever-changing environment of my upbringing, I have developed an interest in observing and investigating people. Fortunately, portrait and figure drawing give me the ability to express this desire to capture, explore and share both the inside and outside of people. The representational style of drawings and paintings I create evokes an authentic and raw representation of our reality. This draws our attention and allows for more intense forms of observation, contemplation, and introspection. Growing up, I was primarily exposed to representational art. This influenced my instinctual technical abilities and allowed me to analyze my environment. Having found an intimacy with the material, I com- pose my drawings in charcoal and paintings in oil paint. The ability to manipulate charcoal with my fingers allows for a personal creative experience and incorporates the physical aspect of the artists’ touch. Charcoal, due to its limited color palette, invites a timeless, almost documentary feel. As a result, the high contrast nature of my style emphasizes features and details found in my subjects. I work with oils when painting as I’m interested in its convention in portraiture and figurative work. I aim to encourage a deeper observational process and open a window into each subject’s journey through context, positioning, and expression."


Siana Smith

Siana earned her MFA in fine art painting from California College of the Arts, San Francisco, in 2021. She completed her first year of MFA at San Francisco Art Institute. Her paintings have been shown at The De Young Museum of San Francisco, Triton Museum of Santa Clara, CA, Haggin Museum in Stockton, CA, NUMU in Los Gatos, CA, New York Academy of Art, Diego Rivera Gallery of SFAI, Wattis Institute of CCA, and other galleries in San Francisco Bay Area. Siana has a passion for public art and community service. She painted murals and utility boxes in San Francisco, Saratoga, and San Jose, CA. Siana is a signature member of American Women Artists (AWA). She is also a member of The Northern California Women’s Caucus for Art (NCWCA). She currently serves on the Saratoga Public Art Committee.


Artist Statement: "My art practice stems from my perspective on the world as a woman artist, a mother, a wife, a consumer, and an immigrant. Growing up in the 1970s in China, I emigrated to America, became an engineer, and raised a family. I started art later in life while I began the journey to know myself. My paintings express my feelings through capturing objects that belong, conceal and reveal, and moments in the life of interaction or solitude. I am curious about human emotions and relationships with things, with each other, and with the environment. Exploring the commodities that once were the reckoning of my misplaced yearning for love and belonging, I symbolize women’s accessories through scale, color, and detailed rendering. Beyond the usefulness, these objects are the reification of sentience we carry and encounter. My artworks ask viewers to confront objects of aesthetic desire in a more complex way, overlaying the banal innocence of the ‘pretty’ with a darker social and psychological context. Nowadays, as we turn to machines for convenience of life, physical needs, and emotional companionship, the virtual world becomes our real world. Yet, I wonder how technology as a new commodity permeates and affects individuals deeply as well as society and the environment as a whole. Is life better now?"

Summer 2022 Navasota Artists in Residence

  Christine Holton

Christine J Holton was born and grew up in Durham, NC. She has enjoyed traveling all over the continental US, however has kept her home in North Carolina, enjoying having her family close and feeling rooted in the place where she experienced early life to adulthood. She received her BA in Art Education in 2008 from North Carolina Central University with concentration in Painting and Drawing. She has an interest and foundation in Geology and Anthropology, which influences some of her work.

She has been a teaching artist for 10 years and has a studio in Durham, NC. Christine stays active teaching private lessons, group classes, art consulting and offsite art experiences such as parties and homeschool groups.

As a Durham native, she feels rooted and connected to her hometown and is always exploring new spots and spaces to be found in the town she knows well. She creates work that emphasizes natural subjects with bright color and texture, creating tributes and portraits of recognizable, common subjects. Her influences are the anatomy of the human body, animals, the stratigraphy of the earth, and plants, trees and flowers. She explores themes of interconnectedness between the human body and the earth, sometimes combining imagery of bones and organs with botanical subjects and places in nature.


"My paintings and drawings explore the symbology, purpose, and functions of living things. They are portraits meant to celebrate and venerate living systems for their beauty, unique traits, characteristics, ancient designs, and meaning. I am interested in branch-like forms, patterns, and symmetry found in the human anatomy, symbols of nature such as the tree, and animals. I’m fascinated by and in awe of these living systems, their functions and their energies, my own human organs included.
I celebrate my subjects using bright colors to bring attention to them and to add fantasy. Lively, painterly brushstrokes exaggerate their movement and vitality, while up-close views, intentional compositions, and abstracted or fantasy-like environments help viewers to find enchantment and draw their attention to the beauty of the living object itself."


  Jennifer Thompson

Jennifer G. Thompson was born in Fort Worth, Texas, grew up in the hospitable state of Mississippi, and acquired a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in studio art with emphasis in painting from Ole Miss. This artist and designer’s passion is found in the act of creating. In 2020, amidst the stress of the pandemic, Jennifer obtained a Master of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication from Texas A&M Commerce. Following graduation she was an artist in residence at The Printing Museum in Houston, Texas in 2021. She is now an Assistant Professor of Graphic Design & Printmaking at Cameron University. For the summer of 2022, you can find her residing at a historic home in Navasota, Texas, beginning a new body of work.


"Life experience is what shapes my journey as an artist and designer. My creative practice is done with a narrative context in mind. The telling of a story has been used for centuries to convey a message, concept, lesson, or idea. Our lives are all intertwined through the stories and woven fabric of life. A single thread, strand, or fiber is presented to unify elements in a work of art, whether tangible or intangible. Found objects, textures, words, and images build a sense of history, authenticity, and objectivity throughout each print, collage, or stitch.

Our visual culture has been placed before us through photos, billboards, magazines, colors, shapes, and symbols. Throughout most of the 20th century, depictions of food, clothing, customs, and every aspect of daily life were publicized in magazines providing a visual context of American culture. “Culture encompasses religion, food, what we wear, how we wear it, our language, marriage, music, what we believe is right or wrong, how we sit at the table, how we greet visitors, how we behave with loved ones, and a million other things,” said Cristina De Rossi, an anthropologist at Barnet and Southgate College in London. The arts have played an essential role in American culture and bridge the gap between differences to find common ground where words have failed. My artistic inspiration grows within this shared American culture by delving into my creative process and aiming at the possibility to communicate change."


Past Navasota Artists in Residence

 Saskia Becker

Saskia Becker 

Saskia Becker is a visual artist from Fort Collins, Colorado. She graduated from Colorado State University with a B.F.A. in painting and drawing. Saskia’s work is well known throughout Northern Colorado, but she has also shown her work nationally and internationally, in Hobart, Australia, Dallas, Texas, and Portland, Oregon. From August 2020-September 2021 she was the Resident Artist at Half Crown Creative in Fort Collins. When she is not painting, she is climbing 14ers, running, biking, rock climbing or skiing. To learn more about Saskia view her art here:  

Artist Statement:

Saskia’s current work explores the subconscious mind through the vehicle of dreams. Translated into paint, the work explores the language and visual landscapes of dreams. She is primarily an oil painter, but frequently employs sculpture and photography as aides. The end result aims to find a deeper understanding of, or perhaps get lost in, the dreamer’s psyche.  


 Lisa Nelson

Lisa Nelson 

Based in Ayer, Massachusetts, Lisa Nelson has a BFA in Illustration from the Massachusetts College of Art and is an exhibiting artist, who has participated in art shows all over the United States, as well as in Mexico and Europe. Currently, she is working on a series of paintings highlighting the beautiful and unique wildlife that can be found throughout the United States. Her work can currently be seen at an outdoor art installation at the Hapgood Wright Town Forest in Concord, MA; at Gallery Twist in Lexington, MA; and at the historic Horlock House in Navasota, TX. To learn more about Lisa view her art here:  

Artist Statement:

I love maps. I have always been inexplicably drawn to them. I love what they say about a place, its history, and how it fits into our worldview. I love how they unlock the secrets to navigating our way through our world as well as finding our place within it. To understand the map of a thing is to understand that thing. My work explores this through the creation of each map while also considering what makes each uniquely beautiful. There is so much in our world that is fleeting and my work strives to capture what I can before it fades from our view. I do this by meticulously studying each subject and drawing and redrawing it until I find what is distinctive about it. I look for how the map can be abstracted until one is lost in the details of it and it no longer resembles a chart but more a feeling of a place. Once I find what I want my painting to focus on, I transform it into bright paint pigments transmuted by water with brushes until it becomes something uniquely mine.