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Artist, John Ross Palmer, gets Greater Houston Service award and METRO art spot

John Ross Palmer with his art
John Ross Palmer with his art

Founder of the Escapist Mentorship Program and Houston artist, John Ross Palmer, was recently recognized for his efforts assisting artists in their endeavors with the Greater Houston Service Award.

The innumerable volunteer hours Palmer has contributed to this cause resulted in the Greater Houston Service Award in the Arts and Recreational Activities category.

This award is a signature event of Volunteer Houston identifying local citizens for acts of uncommon volunteer services. Winners were chosen from over 150 applications. The awards ceremony honored three finalists in 10 categories with one unique individual or group winning in each category.

The Escapist Mentorship Program was founded in 2009 and is offered entirely free to the accepted artists. Palmer devotes countless hours to working with artists on improving business, maintaining high professional standards and not being tied to the traditional art gallery system.

Palmer was humbled by the honor. “I’m rewarded each time I work with an Escapist Artist to brainstorm on sales technique or event planning,” he said. “Recognition by the community is something that I never expected from this fun program. I am beyond delighted to know that this will give more exposure to the Escapist Program. I want all artists to consider applying and help me defeat the stereotype of the struggling artist.”

In May 2014, the John Palmer Art Gallery & Studio hosted the 3rd Annual Gathering of Escapists. This event was created in 2012 to honor all the Escapist Artists, past and present, by allowing them to visit and network with each other and Palmer's top collectors in an upbeat and supportive setting.

After the 2013 successful “Refuse to Struggle” campaign to erect an Escapist Artist Gallery & Studios, visitors were able to view the building progress of the ultimate-artist-training-ground currently under construction at 1218 Heights Boulevard.

The public can view one of Palmer’s very own art pieces, “Houston: City of Opportunity,” which was recently selected by Leadership Houston Class XXXII as the featured artwork of their year-long class project to revitalize and improve the city’s public transit system.

His original painting will be digitized and magnified to great proportion to cover the METRO bus stop at the corner of Albacore Drive and Bissonnet Street outside the Jim and JoAnn Fonteno Senior Education Center.

Leadership Houston Class XXXII is helping to build the dynamic shelter in conjunction with the Adopt-a-Stop program, an existing joint effort between METRO Police and community volunteers to keep communities safe, clean and provide shelter. A grand Ribbon Cutting ceremony was held at the bus stop on June 3, 2014. Leadership Houston is a nonprofit whose mission is to enlighten, empower and engage diverse community leaders’ broadened knowledge and understanding of the greater Houston area.

“Houston: City of Opportunity” is Palmer’s vision of his beloved hometown of Houston and is a collection of diverse, hardworking individuals “riding together” on Metro towards the common goal of personal and professional fulfillment he said.

“I love Houston, I love Leadership Houston, and I love honoring my hometown! This project combines all three, and I simply could not be more proud,” he said.

For more information regarding the Escapist Mentorship Program or artist, John Ross Palmer, go to or contact gallery co-owner, Ryan Lindsay at 713-861-6726 or

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