Christina Patiño Sukhgian Houle


Christina Patino Sukhgian Houle works as a socially engaged and time based media artist in the Rio Grande Valley along the US/ Mexico border. Her work places special emphasis on issues of equity, decolonization of the imagination and productive fictions. Houle works collaboratively with communities to build bridges and shift realities.  Houle is the co-founder and co-director of the socially engaged art collective Las Imaginistas.

Houle’s performances have been featured at The Second City Chicago (IL), Movement Research (NY) and the Hemispheric Institute of Performance and Politics (NY).  She is a recipient of the Rema Hort Mann Community Engagement Grant and the Andy Warhol Foundation/ Diverse Works, Idea Fund Grant.  Her video immigration protest project Migration Patterns During Wartime: Exodus was exhibited in Alabama, California, Texas, Mexico and the Netherlands.   Additionally Houle has completed residencies at Mildred's Lane (PA) and SOMA, (DF, Mexico) and in 2018 was selected as part of the Santa Fe Art Institute Equal Justice program (NM).   

In 2017 she was part of the inaugural Artist Campaign School Cohort (Detroit, MI) and her collaborative project with Las Imaginistas, Taller de Permiso, was awarded an Artplace America Creative Placemaking Grant.  Taller de Permiso works to demystify the permitting process for small business owners and examine how colonialism influences norms of municipal permitting, thereby impacting economic and cultural development. 

Houle holds a MFA in Visual Art, with an emphasis in time based and socially engaged art from Columbia University (NY) and an EdM in Education from Harvard University (MA) with an emphasis in participatory action research and civic media.   While at Harvard she co-founded the Harvard Graduate School of Education Anti-Racism Coalition and created projects through collaborations and classes at MIT Civic Media Lab, MIT Department of Urban Studies and Planning, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design African American Student Association.

As a producer and educator Houle has worked with Creative Time (NY), the Center for Urban Pedagogy (NY), 596 Acres (NY) and More Art (NY).  At Grand Central Neighborhood Drop-In Shelter (NY) she served as the first Director of Creative Programing.   

Houle moved to the Rio Grande Valley in 2015 to work as the first Creative Placemaking FELLOW for the design justice nonprofit, buildingcommunityWORKSHOP.  While in that position she matched artists with activists to address community development needs in the City of Brownsville.  In 2017 Houle was named the Interim Executive Director of the Brownsville Museum Arts (TX).  There she produced events, exhibits and educational programing to advance equity and the arts in the lower Rio Grande Valley. 

Currently Houle works as the Network Weaver for the Equal Voice Network of the Rio Grande Valley.  The organization is funded by the Marguerite Casey Foundation and overseen by the ACLU of Texas.  The network consists of 8 different nonprofits working for equity and immigrant rights in the Rio Grande Valley including the ACLU of TexasLUPEARISETRLA, STCRP, Brownsville Community Health Center, Proyecto AztecaProyecto Juan Diego and Fuerza del Valle