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Visiting Artist Talk: Rainey Knudson
Trained in literature and entrepreneurship, Rainey Knudson is the founder and former publisher of Glasstire, which is the oldest online-only art magazine in the country. She named the magazine as an homage to an artwork by Robert Rauschenberg, who was originally from Port Arthur. Knudson bought the glasstire.com domain in 2000 for $35, and built the original website. Today, Glasstire has an annual budget of over half a million dollars and a staff of eight. Its archive of 36,000 articles and events chronicle nearly two decades of the Texas visual art scene. She has spoken or written about arts journalism at Rice University, Emory University, the USC Annenberg School, the El Paso Museum of Art, College Arts Association, the National Endowment for the Arts, among others. She has also spoken about caregiving at Houston Methodist Hospital. She lives in Houston.