Glassell School of Art

The Susan K. Black Foundation supports Advanced Curriculum for Teens (ACT) at the Glassell School of Art associated with the Museum of Fine Art of Houston (MFAH).


Students from the ninth to twelfth grades participate in advanced art instruction designed to prepare them for university level art programs.  Students from Houston area public, private, and parochial schools are eligible to participate in the extremely competitive four year program.  Students receive instruction in one class each semester of the four year program including instruction in both classical two dimensional and three dimensional arts.  Study includes art history, visual culture, contemporary art trends, professional art practices, and aesthetic theory along with classical classroom and studio instruction.  By the end of the program each student should have a quality portfolio sufficient for the application process of university art programs.

ACT Glassell students receive full scholarships.  The faculty includes MFAH residents, Museum staff, area university faculty, and local professional artists.  In addition to their classroom and studio work, students participate in special sessions with visiting artists, critics, and curators.
Eight to ten students are accepted each year.
The ACT Glassell program is supported alongside SKB by the Houston Endowment, the M.D. Anderson Foundation, the Texas Commission for the Arts and endowments and funding by the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo among others.