Christine West

Houston, TX

Christine Jelson West joined Houston First Corporation as their first Cultural Programs Manager in 2015. There she is the curator and manager for both the permanent and temporary public art programs in all HFC assets. She also programs free public activations throughout Avenida Houston and Theater District Houston. She previously served as Executive Director of Lawndale Art Center, where she began a successful artist residency and established a rotating mural program. Prior, she was the Executive Director of the Galveston Arts Center where she secured a National Treasures grant for the restoration of their historic building. She is active in the Texas art community and has served on several boards including the Houston Museum District Association, Glasstire and as Vice President for Special Programs for the Texas Association of Museums. Frequently asked to speak about the challenges facing artists and arts administrators, she is a longtime advocate for local creatives and is always searching for unique opportunities to further their professional development.  She has curated and juried numerous art exhibitions, has participated in grant review panels for local, state and national granting organizations and currently serves on the Grants Committee for the Houston Arts Alliance, the Programming Committee for Discovery Green Conservancy and as an ex-officio member of the Houston Arts Foundation.