Neon Artifact works with contemporary artists to document and promote their work and histories. Our vision is to illuminate the stories found in Texas arts and culture archives.  

 

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Mission & Vision

Art and music are visions in action, interventions, immersive experiences. We document stories that promote the Houston arts and culture scene, spotlight the value and importance of the arts to communities and assist artists and musicians with preserving their stories for future generations to discover.  

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Services

We work with artists to craft artists statements, press releases, promotional copy and website content. We also partner with local businesses to customize content marketing campaigns for exhibitions, programs and events and also commission original artwork to support Houston's D.I.Y. network.  

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Experience

Nancy Agin Dunnahoe, owner, is a professional writer with over 10 years of publishing, content marketing and media relations experience. She is organizing the musical legacy and zine collection comprising Wild Dog Archives and has served as a publicist for Houston musicians and art organizations. 

 

Lawndale Art Center: SPEAKEASY featuring Mydolls

  Art by Sarah Welch, 2017.

Art by Sarah Welch, 2017.

Lawndale Art Center is proud to present the third installment of SPEAKEASY, a program featuring music, performance, and discussions of contemporary art that takes its cue from the eponymously titled series that took place at Lawndale from 1993-2002. Featuring Mydolls' release of their limited edition collectible red vinyl EP, It’s Too Hot for Revolution, and a Q and A session with friend of the band and former Lawndale Executive Director Mary Ross Taylor, SPEAKEASY will take place on Friday, March 3, 2017, at 7 pm. 

Mydolls, Houston’s original femme punk band, has been part of the music scene since founding in 1978. Part of the first wave punk scene, Mydolls was fronted by girl punk rockers who have since paved a path for women in the arts and continue to empower a new generation of fans. Mydolls continues to play national and statewide shows on a regular basis.

The event is free and open to the public.

20HERTZ: A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene

  Flyer by Barry Elkanick, 2016.

Flyer by Barry Elkanick, 2016.

As part of the 20HERTZ music lecture series, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston presented A World of Our Own: Mydolls and the Houston Punk Scene, an interview with Texas first-wave punk band Mydolls (1978-present), SugarHill Recording Studios President and producer Dan Workman, and Nancy Agin D. of Wild Dog Archives. Mydolls discussed their nearly four-decade-long career recording, touring, and producing records; their DIY ethos and cultural impact; and their role as community leaders working to empower women and musicians of all ages. Following the discussion, Mydolls performed a live concert in the Museum gallery.

In conjunction with the lecture series, Nancy partnered with CAMH to organize a display of punk artifacts and ephemera from the band’s archives in the Museum’s Cullen Education Resource Room and create a zine takeaway for the exhibition.

 
  Photo: Robert Ziebell, 1981.

Photo: Robert Ziebell, 1981.

Preserving the Video Tape as Cultural Artifact

 

Video Sanctum is an online VHS/Beta archive and retailer specializing in uncirculated, out-of-print horror, exploitation and other rare and obscure cinema titles. The company values the historical significance of genre film on vintage formats, having resurrected/recycled the cassette tapes in its collection from now defunct Texas video stores, and hosts screenings in collaboration with arts organizations to rediscover, discuss and preserve forgotten films on video.

Video Sanctum in the News 

July 1, 2018: At VHS Swap Meet, Nostalgia for Old Technology Reins

July 7, 2017: Hitting Rewind: Collector Looks to Share VHS Nostalgia

 

 
 Original video rental genre sign from the Audio/Video Plus Archive (1979-2012).

Original video rental genre sign from the Audio/Video Plus Archive (1979-2012).

Curating Texas Pop Culture & Houston First Wave Punk

 

Wild Dog Archives is a digital archive documenting a legacy collection of 50+ years of Texas counterculture, underground music and punk zine ephemera.

The collected artifacts of Henry Wild Dog, who launched Houston's first punk rock fanzine in 1979, creates a narrative of the first wave punk scene emerging in Houston in the early 1980s. Wild Dog Archives’ vision is that the collection is a legacy of Texas popular culture and music history, and that these objects should be preserved for future generations to rediscover Houston’s contemporary underground arts and culture scenes.

This digital archive serves as a conduit for sharing rare and out-of-print materials connected to the national underground music scenes happening in the 1960s-’80s. Each artifact was researched to uncover hidden histories and historic information about the sociopolitical and cultural events of the time.

Wild Dog Archives in the News

March 6, 2017: Mydolls Keep Giving Back, Inspiring Younger Rockers

January 6, 2017: UH MA in Arts Leadership Student Preserving Houston's Ephemeral Underground Music History

July 28, 2016: CAMH Gives Houston Punk Icons Mydolls a World of Their Own