Libbie J. Masterson

California College of Arts and Crafts, BFA. 1995.

Libbie J. Masterson

Libbie Masterson is an artist working in photography, sculpture, installation, and set design. Her interest in photography began with extensive travels through Norway, Iceland, Alaska, and Antarctica. These journeys first inspired the series Ís (Ice). These large-scale photographs, illuminated with light panels, scale up to 70 feet in length, have been exhibited at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, the Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston and the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston. They would inspire a stage set for the Dominic Walsh Dance Theatre and the Sarasota Ballet, The Mozart Trilogy, performed in Houston, Dallas, New York and Tokyo.

In 2009, with an Individual Artists Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance Masterson ventured to West Texas, developing a photographic essay of the night sky landscapes in Texas. She continued this study with the series Nuit in Provence, after being awarded a Brown Foundation Fellowship by the MFAH, with a residency at the Dora Maar House. This series would be adapted for the creation of a second ballet set design for Dominic Walsh, Claudel. In the Spring of 2013, with the help of a crowd of volunteers and a Kickstarter campaign, she also created a temporary site-specific installation in Hermann Park, Houston, of large floating waterlilies that lit up at night. This ran in concurrence with designing a set for the Houston Grand Opera, HGOco.

Titled Memory Stone, the opera is based on the Japanese Garden in the Park. The Fall of 2014, in collaboration with filmmaker Ford Gunter, she created a video component for the Houston Symphony’s performance of Karim Al-Zand’s City Scenes. In the Fall 2015 she completed a glass mosaic installation commissioned by Southwest Airlines for the new wing at Hobby Airport in Houston.  She is represented by the Catherine Couturier Gallery, Houston.