Deborah Colton is a patron of the arts in the United States and internationally. Over the past decade, Deborah Colton has served a Board Member of Exit Art, New York, the Advisory Board of Artadia in New York, and as a Board Member of the McKinney Art Contemporary (MAC), Dallas. Colton currently serves on the Advisory Board of Anthology Films Archives in New York and is on the Dean's Cabinet of the University of Houston Libraries for Visual and Performing Arts. In Houston, in addition to supporting many Performing and Visual art non profits over the years by Chairing their fundraisers and hosting their events at her gallery, Deborah Colton continues her mission through various endeavors to help make Houston a destination city for the arts, nationally and internationally.
As part of this mission, Colton opened Deborah Colton Gallery in Houston shortly after she and her family moved back from Asia in 2000. Over the years, Deborah Colton Gallery has sponsored numerous exhibitions that featured artists from Asia, the Middle East - Arab World, Russia, Canada, Latin America and Europe, with the goal of encouraging more understanding and cross cultural exchange through the arts. Additionally, a strong part of the gallery's programming is to promote Houston artists and provide a forum to connect Texas, national and international artists to create active dialogue for positive change through the arts. The Gallery's FOUNDATIONS projects focus on the importance of revering our Houston artists and art history. Deborah Colton is also the Co-Founder of OUTPOST NYC DCG, the Deborah Colton Gallery virtual arts initiative.
Raised in Essex Fells and Summit, New Jersey, Deborah Colton has also lived and worked in Tokyo, Bangkok, New York, New Haven, Miami, Houston and Dallas.
Deborah Colton has received numerous nominations and awards including various Who's Who and the YWCA Women in Leadership, Texas Women of the Arts Award.
Published Articles by Deborah M. Colton
Art Houston Magazine, "Art in the Desert - The United Emirates and Abu Dhabi”
Origin Magazine, “Imagine Peace - Yoko Ono”
Origin Magazine, “Art Can Light The World - The Vision of Ultra Violet”
PaperCity Magazine, “ Venice Biennale Best: Deborah Colton’s Top Ten List"
Profiles of Deborah M. Colton
University of Houston February 2021 Newsletter, “Houston Gallerist, Deborah Colton, donates Dorothy Hood artwork”
University of Houston January 2020 Newsletter, “A Special Thank You to Deborah M. Colton”
University of Houston Libraries Fall 2019 Magazine
Iris Covet Magazine - Colton Nominated Iris Women
Local Magazine - Deborah Colton's Art Profile
High Art: Top Gallerist
Houston Chronicle: IMAGINE PEACE (For more information, please see Past Exhibitions)
IMAGINE PEACE Billboard
Word Media Release