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AMY C. EVANS | artist & documentarian

I am always seeking out stories. Whether by picking up an old lard can at an antique mall and wondering about the life of its previous owner, or interviewing a soul food cook about his signature sweet potato pie*, I am constantly curious about the lives of others.

 

My stories take many forms. Some are objects that hold secrets within an aged patina, relics from another era. Many are told to me by friends and strangers, people I meet as I explore the backroads of the American South.  A select few are conjured up in my imagination and become paintings. For me, all of these sources are intertwined.

 

These are the connections I explore through Art & Pie, creating and sharing documents—words and sounds, pictures and paintings—that tell a story.

 

 

I grew up in Houston, Texas, where I attended the High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. I continued my art training in Baltimore and received a B.F.A. from the Maryland Institute College of Art. After a short stint in Savannah, Georgia, I returned to my hometown of Houston. It didn’t take too long for my wanderlust to kick back in, so I set my sights on graduate school. In 2001, I packed up my pick-up truck and headed to Oxford, Mississippi, where I immersed myself in the culture of the South—storytelling in all its fabulous forms—obtaining an M.A. in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi in 2003. I liked the place so much that I called Mississippi home for 13 years, working as the lead oral historian for the Southern Foodways Alliance, documenting the South’s culinary culture from Texas to North Carolina, and continuing to make paintings, many of which have been inspired by my fieldwork.

 

Today, I’m back in Houston, still in search of vintage objects, stories, and pie.

 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION > Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

 

*My preferred pie is sweet potato, and my favorite one is made by Mr. Walter Sculark of Drew, Mississippi.

"Evans is not a mere nostalgia lover; she has serious art and history chops."

-Catherine D. Anspon, Paper City Magazine

Photograph by Denny Culbert

AMY C. EVANS is an award-winning artist, writer, and documentarian based in Houston, Texas. She graduated from the city's acclaimed High School for the Performing and Visual Arts (HSPVA), holds a BFA in Printmaking from the Maryland Institute College of Art, and an MA in Southern Studies from the University of Mississippi. Amy's paintings have appeared in Southern Living, Southern Cultures, and on CNN’s Eatocracy and the Oxford American blog. Her writing has appeared in Saveur, The Bitter Southerner, The Local Palate, and Cornbread Nation 5: The Best of Southern Food Writing. Amy built the documentary program at the Southern Foodways Alliance, headquartered at the University of Mississippi, where she served as their lead oral historian for more than a decade. The Mississippi Historical Society has twice recognized her work, and Food & Wine magazine named Amy one of the “most fearsome talents” in the culinary world. She returned home to Houston in 2014 and embarked on an exciting freelance career, utilizing her varied skills and interests to explore new methods of storytelling. This experimentation birthed Amy's groundbreaking multimedia project, "My Houston," which documents her hometown through original paintings, archival photographs, and oral history interviews. Her first book, co-authored with Martha Hall Foose and published by Chronicle Books, A Good Meal Is Hard to Find: Storied Recipes from the Deep South, is set for release on April 28, 2020. Amy's favorite pie is sweet potato. 

GALLERY REPRESENTATION

1997 - Present   KOELSCH GALLERY - Houston, TX

AWARDS & GRANTS

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PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

THE ALLUVIAN – Greenwood, MS

BISCUIT LOVE - Nashville, TN

COLTIVARE - Houston, TX

JIM 'N NICK'S BAR-B-Q – Birmingham, AL; Cool Springs, TN

JOHNNY'S HALF SHELL – Washington DC

TUPELO HONEY CAFE - Johnson City, TN; Charlotte, NC; Chattanooga, TN

EXHIBITIONS

2018

Sacred Spaces: Houston Landscapes by Amy C. Evans & Marie Valdez - Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

44 Texas Artists - Louise Hopkins Underwood Center for the Arts (LHUCA) - Lubbock, TX

Sacred Spaces: Houston Landscapes by Amy C. Evans & Marie Valdez - San Jacinto College South - Houston, TX

2017

Annual All-Women Group Show - The Living Room Gallery - Water Valley, MS

UNBOUND: Documentary as Art - The Carrack - Durham, NC

Feast Your Eyes: Celebrating the Food of the South - Myrtle Beach Art Museum - Myrtle Beach, SC

My Houston: Paintings by Amy C. Evans - RecRoom - Houston, TX

Our Food Access - University of Tennessee Art Gallery - Nashville, TN

My Houston II: Paintings by Amy C. Evans - Koelsch Haus - Houston, TX

2016

Houston's Harlem Renaissance - Center for the Study of Southern Culture - University of Mississippi - Oxford, MS

Saltville Stories: Paintings by Amy C. Evans - Biscuit Love - Nashville, TN

Things That Go With Oysters:: Paintings by Amy C. Evans - Joseph's Cottage - Port St. Joe, FL

Saltville Stories: Paintings by Amy C. Evans - Buxton Hall Barbecue - Asheville, NC

2015

Saltville Stories: Paintings by Amy C. Evans - The Harvest Table Restaurant - Meadowview, VA

Amy C. Evans - Langford Market - Houston, TX

One Night Stand Motel Art Show - Ole Miss Motel - Oxford, MS

Things You Find at the Five & Dime: Drawings by Amy C. Evans - The Greenhouse on Porter - Ocean Springs, MS

My Houston: Paintings by Amy C. Evans - Koelsch Haus - Houston, TX

2014

One Night Stand Motel Art Show - Ole Miss Motel - Oxford, MS

Group Exhibit - Koelsch Haus - Houston, TX

Vintage Beauty: Paintings by Amy C. Evans - Kiehl's - Houston, TX

2013

New Work - Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

2012

New Work - Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

2011

New Work - Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

2010

Amy Evans: Storied Objects - Amelia Presents - Oxford, MS

Alumni Photography Exhibition - Center for the Study of Southern Culture - University, MS

2009

Contrast - Warehouse Gallery - Cleveland, MS

Group Exhibit - Gallery Point Leflore - Greenwood, MS

Landfill Art Project - Marquis Gallery - Wilkes-Barre, PA

PTA Bake Sale and Spaghetti Dinner - Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

Eudoric Eurythmy: Visual Arts Based on the Life and Works of Eudora Welty - Highland's Fine Art - Jackson, MS

Amy Evans: Memories & Mementos - Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

2008

Group Exhibit - HIghland's Fine Art - Jackson, MS

Price Is Right - David Lusk Gallery - Memphis, TN

Gulf-South Regional Contemporary Art - BECA Gallery – New Orleans, LA

2007

Amy Evans: The History of Objects - Koelsch Gallery – Houston, TX

Art Miami: Koelsch Gallery - Miami Beach Convention Center - Miami, FL

Meet the Folks Behind the Food: Photographs by Amy C. Evans - Gammill Gallery – University, MS

Group Exhibit - Taylor P.O. Gallery – Taylor, MS

2006

REMIX: Paintings by Amy Evans - Kentuck Museum – Northport, AL

Amy Evans: New Work - Koelsch Gallery – Houston, TX

Southern Food in conTEXT - The Savvy Gourmet – New Orleans, LA

con(text) - Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

2005

Southern Food in conTEXT: Photographs by Amy C. Evans - Gammill Gallery – University, MS

Amy Evans, Ann Huey & Vanessa Estrada - Koelsch Gallery – Houston, TX

2004

Group Exhibit - Cat Head Delta Blues & Folk Art - Clarksdale, MS

Amy Evans: Fat & Happy - Koelsch Gallery – Houston, TX

2003

Amy Evans: Mississippi - Koelsch Gallery – Houston, TX

Art Miami: Koelsch Gallery - Miami Beach Convention Center - Miami, FL

2002

Annual Juried Exhibition - Gadsden Museum of Art – Gadsden, AL

6th Annual Way Cool - Koelsch Gallery – Houston, TX

Yoknapatawpha 2001: Town & Country - Gammill Gallery – University, MS

2001

Amy Evans: Retrospective Show & Sale, Koelsch Gallery – Houston, TX

2000

5th Annual Way Cool, Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

Faculty Exhibit, HSPVA - Houston, TX

Amy Evans & Henry Rayburn, Koelsch Gallery – Houston, TX

The Big Show, Lawndale Art Center – Houston, TX

1999

4th Annual Way Cool, Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

Art Houston, Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

Three Person Exhibit, Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

One Night Hang, Studio Gallery - Houston, TX

HSPVA: Alive and Making It, Transco Tower Gallery - Houston, TX

1998

Small Works, Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

Road Show, Houston Art Car Parade - Houston, TX

3rd Annual Way Cool, Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

1997

Group Exhibit, Koelsch Gallery - Houston, TX

Group Exhibit, Ocotillo Gallery - Houston, TX

Amy Evans: Paintings, San Jacinto College North - Houston, TX

1996

Generation X, Diverse Works - Houston, TX

Support for Artists and Creative Individuals Grant ($15k) – HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE – Houston, TX

Harvey Arts Recovery Fund Grant - HOUSTON ARTS ALLIANCE - Houston, TX

Hurricane Harvey Artist's Grant - MID-AMERICA ARTS ALLIANCE - Kansas City, MO

Presenter's Scholarship - ORAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION - Minneapolis, MN

Houston's Harlem Renaissance - Successfully funded KICKSTARTER campaign - Online

Artist in Residence - APPALACHIAN FOOD SUMMIT - Abingdon, VA

Tabasco Guardian of the Tradition Award - SOUTHERN FOODWAYS ALLIANCE - Oxford, MS

New Media Award – INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF CULINARY PROFESSIONALS (IACP) – New York, NY

Short-Form Audio Award – INTERNATIONAL ASSOC. OF CULINARY PROFESSIONALS (IACP) – New York, NY

Global Vision Award: Culinary Heritage (SFA Culinary Trails) - TRAVEL + LEISURE MAGAZINE - New York, NY

Elbert R. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Oral History Project: Mississippi Delta Hot Tamale Trail - MISSISSIPPI

       HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Jackson, MS

Artist’s MiniGrant - MISSISSIPPI ARTS COMMISSION – Jackson, MS

Elbert R. Hilliard Award for Outstanding Oral History Project: Doe’s Eat Place – MISSISSIPPI HISTORICAL

       SOCIETY - Jackson, MS

’04 Tastemaker Awards – FOOD & WINE MAGAZINE  - New York, NY

Jules M. Bodarky Scholarship - MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART - Baltimore, MD

Departmental Scholarship in Printmaking - MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART – Baltimore, MD

2nd Place Award - NATIONAL FOUNDATION FOR ADVANCEMENT IN THE ARTS (YOUNG ARTS) - Miami, FL

Fanny B. Talheimer Scholarship- MARYLAND INSTITUTE COLLEGE OF ART – Baltimore, MD

Rhode Island School of Design’s Annual Art Award - HSPVA - Houston, TX

CRS, Incorporated Architects Scholarship - HSPVA - Houston, TX