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L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Exhibition #4 (Click on image for larger view)
HARVEY HOUSTON 4180 by Violeta Alvarez
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Violeta Alvarez says of her series, ‘Curbside Memories’, "This year on August 26th, Hurricane Harvey hit Houston. The devastation left behind was ungodly. The deaths exceeded to 70 lost lives. Sunday morning around 6am I was on the phone trying to get through to 911 to have my boyfriend’s elderly parents rescued from the flood at their home. It took almost an hour to get through to dispatch. The water came up to their waist and Alex’s mother suffers from early stages of Alzheimer’s. He was very concerned for his parents well being. It took about 10 hours for rescue to finally pick them up by the Houston Fire Department. Wednesday, August 30th we decided to go check on the house and to see if the water had resided so we can see the damage and begin cleaning up from the storm. Driving through Houston’s the Meyerland neighbor was a horrific. By this day people in this area began to clean out their homes of their beloved memories, furnishings and pieces of the home all left on the curbside. This photo project is focus on the curbside memories destroyed by Hurricane Harvey.

EDUCATION:

1999-2002   PARSONS SCHOOL OF DESIGN | New York, NY
BFA Major: Photography
1997-1998   PRATT INSTITUTE OF DESIGN| BROOKLYN, NY
BFA Major: Media Arts – Film/Video & Photography, Minor: Art History
1993 -1995    Houston Community College | Houston, TX
Liberal Studies
Fall 1992  Rice University | Houston, TX
Continuing Studies in Photography

AWARDS:

1999 to 2002  PARSON SCHOOL OF DESIGN | Scholarship 
1997 to 1998    PRATT INSTITUTE OF DESIGN  | Scholarship 
2016     METRO’s Hispanic Heritage Month Program |“Hispanic Influence on the Arts”
2016    METRO’s Women’s History Program | “Women’s Influence on Arts” 

GROUP SHOWS:    

2017    “Artopia” |9th Annual Houston Press Artopia  
Winter Street Studios | Houston, TX
2016    “Hispanic Influence on the Arts”| METRO’s Hispanic Heritage Month Program 
Metropolitan Transit Authority – METRO | Houston, TX
 2016   “Ladies And Gentlemen, Boys And Girls” |Spring Street Studios| Houston, TX
2016    “Women’s Influence on Arts”| Metro’s Women’s History Program 
Metropolitan Transit Authority – METRO | Houston, TX
2016     “Artopia” |8th Annual Houston Press Artopia  
Winter Street Studios | Houston, TX
2015      “Artopia” |7th Annual Houston Press Artopia 
Winter Street Studios | Houston, TX
2001    “Parsons Fifth Benefit Photography Auction” 
Aronson Galleries | New York, NY

BOOKS:

2017    “Smithsonian Rock and Roll: Live and Unseen” by Bill Bentley | Smithsonian Books

SOLO SHOWS:

2017     “AL: The Metal Collection” | Next Door Gallery | Houston, TX
2017      “Photography by Violeta Alvarez” | Town in City | Houston, TX        
2015    “RAW(k)” | Next Door Gallery |Houston, TX 

ART EXPERIENCE:

2014 – present   Texas Inked Magazine |Freelance Photographer | Houston, TX
2013 – present   Houston Business Journal|Freelance Photographer | Houston, TX
2013 – 2017   Houston Press | Freelance Photographer | Houston, TX
2013 – 2017  The Hell Gate Photography/ Corbis Images |Freelance Photographer|Houston, TX
2012     Endemol/Hone TV | AP/Office Coordinator | Hoboken, NJ
2010    Pamela Singh at Steve McCurry Studios | Freelance Art Assistant | New York, NY
2009 – 2009   OFF Broadway | Freelance Photographer & Retoucher | New York, NY 
2008 – 2012    Terri Gold World Imagery | Photo Assistant/2nd Shooter | New York, NY
2008 – 2008     Karen Sachar Photography Photo Assistant/ Photo Retoucher | Houston, TX
2005 – 2007  Commune on North Gallery|Art Assistant & Photographer | Houston, TX 
2004   Nhan Photography | Photo Assistant & Photo Retoucher| Houston, TX
2003 – 2004    Houston Photo Imaging | Customer Service | Houston, TX 
2001        Danny Clinch Photography | Internship | New York, NY
2000     David LaChapelle | Internship | New York, NY
1998    Duggal Visual Solutions | Customer Service Phone Operator | New York, NY
1992 – 1996     Justice Records | Assistant to VP of Sales & Staff Photographer | Houston, TX

OFFICIAL FESTIVAL PHOTOGRAPHER:

2016    Madness on Main | Houston, TX
2012     CMJ Music Festival | New York, TX
1994     Willie Nelson’s 4th  of July Picnic | Luckenbach, TX

ALBUM COVER & INNER-SLEEVE:

2014    The Murder City Devils | “The White Ghost has Blood on its Hands Again”
2012    Five Dollar Priest | “Jazz Salt” |Bang Records
2011  Mirror Queen | “From Earth Below” | TeePee Records
2011    Fountains of Wayne | “Sky Full of Holes” |Yep Roc Records & Warner Music 
1996   Twisted Willie | Justice Records
1994   Hellhole | Justice Records

PRESS:

2017    “After Decades in the Music Business, Native Houstonian Helps Smithsonian book on Rock” | Houston Chronicle
2017    “Violeta Alvarez” | The Women’s Issue | Issue No. 7 | Texas Inked Magazine
2016     “Final Look At Artists Scheduled For Houston Press Artopia 2017” | Houston Press
2016    “Visual Vernacular: Curator and Collector Christopher Higham” | Free Press 
2016    “Hot Ticket: Artopia 2016, With Smokin’ Hot Fashion, Bass-Thumping Music and Uber - Creative Art” | Houston Press
2016    “The Five Best Things To Do In Houston This Weekend: Blood On Stage, Blood in Art” | Houston Press
2015   “Things Taylor Swift Should See or Do While She’s in Houston” | Houston Press
2015  “Violeta Alvarez, Preserving Culture Through Music Photography”  
Texas Inked Magazine
201  “RAW(k) Featuring Violeta Alvarez” | Texas Inked Magazine
2014     “Houston’s Best Music Photographers: Violeta Alvarez” | Houston Press

PUBLISHED WORK:

77 Square
A.V. Club
Afterimage
All Over Albany
Alt Sounds
Alternative Press
American Way
Baeble Music
BBE Sound
Berklee Groove.com
CMJ
College Times
Dallas Observer
Departures Magazine
DNA info
Entertainment Weekly
F-stop Magazine
Gigape
Glide Magazine
Hell Gate Blog
Houston Business Journal
Houston Chronicle 
Houston Press
Indie London
KDHX BLOG
KUNC 91.5 Community Radio for Northen Colorado
Matador Records Blog
Maxim
Metromix Jersey Shore
MTV
MTV Iggy
Music Rader
Music Remedy
My Blue Ivy Cater: Beyoncé’s Baby's Site
New York Magazine
NJ.com
NPR Music
NY Daily News
NYT.fi {Germany}
Omg Ghana
Pop Matters
Rock Edition
Rock Hard Torch
Rolling Stone
Seattle Weekly
Sound Diego NBC 
Spin Magazine
Stereogum
Texas Inked Magazine
The Boston Globe
The Daily Page
Time Out Los Angeles
Time Out New York
Triangle Music
Tune of the Day
USA Today
VH1 Tuner
WBUR Radio Boston
West Hollywood Patch
Wild Thing {Greece}

    
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L.A. Photo Curator: Global Photography Awards - 'Where Photography & Philanthropy Meet' Exhibition #4 (Click on image for larger view)
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