Avid collectors Marshal and Victoria Lightman explain their project, Look At Art, and how it enriches the local art scene. The Lightmans also share their thoughts on Houston, on the process of educating collectors, and on the importance of regionality.
"In our class we tell everyone It doesn't make a difference--Chicago, New York, L.A., Houston--all those cities are regional art scenes by and large. There are a few galleries in each city that have, or that are fortunate enough to have, collector bases that will allow them to show national and international artists. But by and large, every city is a regional city. I find that the stronger communities that are really developing collectors tend to be from the alternative art communities."
Marshal and Victoria Lightman are active collectors who run Houston's Look At Art project, an initiative that supports the local art scene by educating prospective collectors and connecting them with artists during visits to studios and exhibitions. The Lightmans moved from Boston to Houston in 1985 and established Look At Art four years later. Both Lightmans have held a number of arts related positions. Marshal has served as vice president and chair of the Civic Arts Committee, as president of the board of the Houston Arts Alliance (2010-2012), and as a board member for Diverse Works. Victoria served on the Texas Commission on the Arts (2001-2007), on the board of the Cultural Arts Council of Houston and Harris County as first vice president and chair of the Grants and Service Committee (2003-2006), as chair of the local chapter of ArtTable (2008-2010), and she currently serves as president of the board of the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. The Lightmans both sit on the board of the Glassell School Core Fellow Program at the Museum of Fine Arts. In 2011, the Houston Art League recognized them as Texas Patrons of the Year.