News from the Czech Center Museum Houston, January 2011

Happy New Year’s Greetings from the Czech Center Museum Houston!!

We wish you all as much good health and good happenings as we all can possibly handle in the New Year 2011.  Hopefully, the world will be even a better place this year as a result of each of us caring to make that happen.  We look forward to many new beginnings.


CZECH PHOTOGRAPHER TO SHOW IN HOUSTON – FotoFest Exhibition January – February 2011

Opening January 13, 2011 at FotoFest Gallery – 1113 Vine Street # 101 – Houston, TX  77002 Info: TEL 713. 223.5522 FotoFest is returning once more to the talent of Czech artists with the photographic magic of Miro Švolík’s work in January and February 2011 in Houston.  He is recognized as one of the masters of constructed and staged modern Czech photography and his work is wonderfully witty. The show will open Thursday January 13, at the FotoFest Gallery and Miro will be in Houston for six days. There will be an artist/curator talk on Saturday January 15, 2011 at FotoFest at 2pm and a private collectors evening.  We invite members and friends of the CCMH to the opening. Miro Švolík was born in Zlate Moravce, Slovakia, in 1960, studying Applied Photography at the Secondary School of Applied Arts in Bratislava (graduated in 1979) and six years at the FAMU Film and TV School of the Academy of Performing Arts in Prague (degree in 1987). Since 1988, he worked as a freelance art photographer. Since 2009, he heads the Department of Photography and New Media at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design (VSVU) in Bratislava (Slovakia). In 1990, he won the ICP award at the NYU, Young Photographer, Sixth Annual Infinity Awards, International Center of Photography, New York City.

He lives in Prague, Czech Republic. Since 1984, he has had 62 independent photographic exhibitions and participated in approximately 200 group exhibitions. He has exhibited his photographs in various European countries, several times in the USA. In 2005, he published a book with black and white analogue photographs called The Way to the Centre. He likes to take bird’s eye view pictures and usually creates photographs as collages and montages. In the last 3 years, he has been creating photographic montages also using a computer. His most recent digital photographs were published in 2010 in a catalogue called Big Woman Little Man. FotoFest in their A Matter of Wit series also feature photographer Colin Blakely (United States) and Gilbert Garcin (France).


January 2: Pavel Kohout renowned organist from the Czech Republic enjoyed a full house concert at Christ The King Lutheran Church Vespers.  Likewise, the after concert reception jointly hosted at CCMH for meeting and greeting the artist.


January 22: CCMH participates in Museum Educators Day, Free Admission; CCMH Members and Friends Dinner date to be announced in MarchSaturday morning April 9th CEFT (Czech Education Foundation of Texas) and University of North Texas Denton Dr. Tom Sovik presents Prague Artists, Story Teller and Guitarist for youngsters and others; October 2011 will see the dedication of Woodrow Wilson statue at Prague’s Wilsnovi Train Station.  A group of us hope to travel there for this momentous occasion which many of us in the American Friends of the Czech Republic Organization have fostered. Let us know if you are interested in traveling with CCMH.

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