Houston Art Scene

Navigate the rich and diverse Houston Visual Art Scene with the following links and a brief description of each art-related organization:

peach1t Links to Current Art Information

Fine Arts Calendar Fine Arts calendar from the Houston Chronicle

Glasstire A place to look for information about events around Texas. Reviews, feature articles, essays, interviews, and message boards to keep you informed.

Spacetaker.org has merged with Fresh Arts. Website provides information about Houston cultural events. See Field Guide to look for opportunities and art spaces; also includes a list of cultural organizations, artist registry, and daily listing of a broad range of activities.

Houston Press The edgy tabloid Source listing galleries, openings/closings and unusual venues for art in the city. Check the listings Search using keywords.

Arts Hound Houston Arts Alliance, formaly Cultural Arts Council of Houston, provide art listings, featured events, and current exhibitions around town.

KUHF 88.7 Calendar Promoting arts and education, this community list of various cultural events (music, opera, dance, theatre) also includes art events.

  1. peach1t The University Galleries

Blaffer Gallery Blaffer Gallery is the University of Houston's laboratory for the visual arts and contemporary culture. Our innovative, challenging exhibitions, programs, and publications bring artists, the University community, and the people of Houston into closer engagements with each other and with the important cultural issues of our time.  It is our mission to promote a spirit of investigation, collaboration and dialogue that extends far beyond the museum walls to present art that is intellectually stimulating and relevant. The museum serves as a resource for the study of art, art history, and other related disciplines, extending the University's educational and scholarly programs to the people of Houston. Blaffer Gallery strives to develop future artists, arts professionals, and arts audiences, while sponsoring a spirit of investigation, collaboration, and dialogue that broadens art interest in the University and regional communities.  The gallery brings art exhibitions to Houston from around the world. In the Fall, see the UH undergraduate seniors arts show, and in the Spring see the UH graduate arts show. Watch for Houston Area artists featured about every four years.

Art Gallery @ HCC.Central Click Gallery under Campus Life: art department web site includes a virtual tour of the Art Gallery, current and past exhibition information, slides shows, and quicktime discussions with artists. Investigate the other Regional Community Colleges: they also have Galleries that feature local and visiting artists.  

Rice University Rice University Art Gallery

St. Thomas University: see Glassell School of Art

  1. peach1t The Big Museums

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston Check the exhibits, lectures, films and other special events, along with information on admission, membership, upcoming events, at the MFAH which encompasses: The MFAH Main Campus
Caroline Wiess Law Building
Audrey Jones Beck Building
Cullen Sculpture Garden
Glassell School of Art
Hirsch Library and MFAH Archives Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens

Contemporary Arts Museum The Contemporary Arts Museum is a non-collecting institution dedicated to presenting the finest regional, national and international art of the last 40 years in a dynamic exhibition schedule which is accompanied by publications and educational programming for local, regional, national and international audiences. The Museum believes the living artist is its greatest educational asset and seeks to bring artists and the public into contact in as many ways as possible.  

Menil Collection The private collection of John and Dominique de Menil, includes contemporary art as well as antiquities. The organization owns a large tract of land near St. Thomas University inside the loop. In addition to the main Menil museum building at 1515 Sul Ross, the "campus" contains parks (sculpture gardens), apartments, purpose-built galleries, and residential houses, of which some are rented, and some house staff offices, shops or utilities. Other buildings on the site include:
Cy Twombly Gallery: contains artwork by Cy Twombly
Rothko Chapel: contains artwork by Mark Rothko
Byzantine Chapel: contains frescoes from a chapel near Lysi in the Turkish-occupied section of Cyprus
Richmond Hall: contains artwork by Dan Flavin

  1. peach1t Art Spaces/Organizations/Happenings: A-Z

Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake provides access to cultural arts to the citizens of Houston ’s Bay Area and its surrounding communities. The Center features monthly exhibitions, year-round arts education programs for all ages, annual performances and literary competitions

Art Assistance League This philanthropic program promotes the recognition of outstanding Texas artists and strives to increase public support for the arts. A juried art show that showcases the work of today's artists, and presents opportunities for rising Texas artists to be discovered, is held each January.

ArtHouston A Summer event of Gallery Receptions and Open Houses organized by the Houston Art Dealers Association. Tour approximately 30 participating galleries during a day-long walk, with some evening receptions, around mid-July.

Art League Houston Art League Houston is one of Houston’s longest operating non-profit visual arts organizations and was the first alternative art space in Texas. Founded in 1948 and incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1953, Art League Houston was created to promote the public appreciation of and interest in the visual arts.

Art On The Avenue Art on the Avenue is a Fall evening celebration and silent auction of the works
more than 200 Texas artists. Avenue CDC is a non-profit organization dedicated to revitalizing Houston’s Washington Avenue and Near Northside community by developing affordable housing and economic opportunities, while preserving the area’s economic, cultural, and historical diversity. In the last eight years, Avenue CDC has helped revitalize the Houston community by leveraging more than $35 million in investments, including the development of 65 single-family homes and 325 rental units.  Avenue CDC provides free homebuyer education and counseling services to more than 500 families each year. See Jefferson Davis Artist Lofts in partnership with Minneapolis based ArtSpace Projects Inc. Also, in partinership with real estate developer Jon Deal of the Deal Company, Avenue CDC own the recently renovated Winter Street Studios.

ArtStorm ArtStorm was founded in October of 2007 to fill the need in Houston for an accessible, approachable and affordable gallery space for emerging and unrepresented artists. We believe that the best art comes from within and should not fall victim to issues such as sales, social standing or art world politics. ArtStorm was created by artists, for artists

Aurora Picture Show Aurora supports non-commercial film, video and new media artists, through promotion, exhibition opportunities and the payment of artist's fees. Aurora presents cinematic works through regular screenings, educational activities and special events. Located in a renovated 1924 church building, Aurora's human scale promotes a meaningful and community-oriented exchange between media artists and audiences.

Bayou City Art Festival Considered one of the best 25 art festivals in the country, The Bayou City Art Festival, produced by Art Colony Association, exhibits juried works by about 300 artists twice a year: downtown in October, Memorial Park in March. Produced by the Art Colony Association, a 501-C3 non-profit organization, the Festivals have contributed more than $2.4 million back into the Houston community over the past 36 years. May 2009: Art Colony Assn. makes check presentations totaling $60,000 to 16 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park Nonprofit Partners and presents Top Ten Volunteers Awards.

Memorial Park: March
Downtown: October

Buffalo Bayou Partnership/ArtPark The BB Partnership has a master plan to improve the bayou which includes art. Currently underway, the development plan for Buffalo Bayou Park between Shepherd and Sabin calls for two new art pieces. Also watch for future performance events.

Box 13

Bush Intercontintental Airport There are tours of the art at the airport, but there have been link problems. A phone call may work better. Houston Seminar periodically offers tours of art at the IAH.

Caroline Collective 4820 Caroline St.

Commerce Street Warehouses (see Box 13)

DiverseWorks DiverseWorks is a non-profit art center dedicated to presenting new visual, performing, and literary art. DiverseWorks is a place where the process of creating art is valued and where artists can test new ideas in the public arena.A non-profit, international arts and education organization based in Houston, Texas. Its purpose is to create an international forum for the exchange of photography and ideas and to promote public appreciation of photographic art.

First Saturday Arts Market Art and Flower market in the Heights, 548 W. 19th St. on the Wind Water Gallery Parking lot on the first Saturday of each month. See website for hours (summer hours are in the evening) and information for artist participation. See White Linen Night.

FotoFest Fotofest programs bring together an international vision of art with a commitment to cross-cultural education and the strengthening of cultural resources in Houston, the United States, and around the globe. We're committed to providing a forum for the photographic arts, past and present, and helping to improve education in Houston and the United States. What is it? FotoFest biennial exhibits and events come to Houston every other year. For those that know photography, this Houston event is considered one of the world's most important photography festivals. Viewers find photo-related art exhibited at local restaurants, public spaces and at the Fotofest office-gallery site at Vine Street Studios; a great way to discover Houston!

Fresh Arts Coalition The Best of Houston's Progressive Visual and Performing Arts

Galveston Art Center (2501 in Exile normally 2201 Market Street) and Galveston Art Walk on Saturday nights (Every six weeks, see calendar)

Houston Art Crawl Watch for the ArtCrawl around November. Downtown Houston urban dwellers will open their studio warehouse doors for the Annual Artists Warehouse artcrawl showcasing 150 artists and other arts non-profit organizations, and local restaurants. Free Metro trolley service will shuttle artcrawl argonauts. The artcrawl is free and open to the public. Maps will be available at trolley stops and warehouses.

Houston Civic Arts Association This non-profit organization in Bellaire sponsors the annual Bellaire Arts and Crafts Festival, offers classes for adults and children taught by local artists, and provides opportunities such as scholarships, gallery shows and open competitions.

Houston Arts Alliance Formerly Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, Houston Art Alliance's mission is to nurture, fund and promote participation in the arts in Houston and Harris County. We provide financial support, technical assistance and specialized services to artists, arts and civic organizations, and public institutions to ensure that citizens and visitors to our community have access to broad and diverse cultural programs–from avant-garde theatre to traditional music to fine arts exhibitions. Space 125 Gallery is a nonprofit gallery, primarily dedicated to presenting recent works by Houston artists whose artistic accomplishments have merited their selection for a Cultural Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship Award.

Houston Center for Photography Through exhibitions, publications, and educational programming, the Center supports emerging and mid-career artists and their audiences. It provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, and promotes the study of photography, both as a medium of expression and as a tool of cultural investigation.

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft Houston Center for Contemporary Craft is a nonprofit organization founded to advance education about the process, product and history of craft.  The Center's major emphasis is on objects of art made primarily of fiber, metal, glass, clay and wood. 

Houston Museum District

Houston Women's Caucus for Art Houston Women's Caucus for Art, a nonprofit association of artists, creates opportunities for its members' art to be seen, evaluated and sold.

Inner Art Corridor is a private not-for-profit contemporary arts organization committed to enriching the cultural atmosphere in Houston, Texas, by providing an ongoing venue for regional, national, and international artists by means of exhibition and private art instruction. This thriving community just north of Allen Parkway and west of I-45 with studio spaces unparallel to any other part of Houston with over 14 locations and well over 120 artists.

Lawndale Art Center A non-profit alternative space for the exhibition of contemporary works in all media. Site contains information on upcoming events and exhibitions, a call for proposals, history and related links.
Lawndale Art Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to the presentation of contemporary visual art with an emphasis on Houston artists. Founded in 1979, Lawndale originated in the Department of Art at the University of Houston and purchased its present building in the Museum District in 1993. The Joseph Finger-designed Art Deco building features three galleries in which close to 500 Texas artists exhibit their work each year. Lawndale is also host to over 20 exhibitions, informal talks and special events annually, including such recognized events as the 20th Century Modern Market, The Big Show, and Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). 

Multicultural Education and Counseling Through the Arts A community-based, non-profit organization whose offers classical and ethnic arts education, sports, and recreation, and support services to at-risk, inner-city youth through In-School, After-School, and Summer Arts Programs.

Municipal Art

Museum of Cultural Arts, Houston MOCAH provides multidisciplinary and multicultural arts programs, including over 80 community based public art projects and community art programs since 1999. Recognized for innovative approaches to community arts programming, MOCAH provides performances in their downtown gallery space; educational classes in their studio, public art tours, and workshops for children and adults; artists' residencies; public art design and production consultation; and an extensive outreach program offered to low-income youth through their nationally recognized ArtworkZ Public Art program.

Project Row Houses The award winning public art project is praised for its ground breaking work in urban development through the arts. Artist Installation Projects, which consists of eight houses used as gallery spaces for the exhibition of installation art. Regional, national, international and local artists are commissioned to work within the community on a six month, rotating basis. Every six months a new group of seven artists are invited to transform one house each. One house is devoted to performance art where musicians, writers, performance artists, and others share their work with people in the community through live sponsored performances and our arts and education programs.

Station Museum of Contemporary Art The Station is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art. It is an exhibition forum for local, national, and international artists. Its emphasis is on fine arts and artists that are rarely, if ever acknowledged by other cultural institutions. The museum's goal is to encourage the public's awareness of the cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art.

The Art Car Museum The Artcar Museum is a private institution dedicated to contemporary art. It is an exhibition forum for local, national, and international artists. Its emphasis is on art cars, other fine arts, and artists that are rarely, if ever, acknowledged by other cultural institutions. The museum's goal is to encourage the public's awareness of the cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art.

The Beer Can House A house transformed into a unique piece of folk art using beer cans.

The Flower Man's House A folk-art House, located at Sampson and Francis, one block off Elgin St. near UH created by Cleveland Turner.

The Orange Show The Orange Show Monument is a folk-art environment - a monumental work of handmade architecture - in Houston's east end. It was built single handedly from 1956 until its completion in 1979, by the late Jefferson Davis McKissack, Houston postal worker. The outdoor 3,000 square foot monument is maze like in design and includes an oasis, a wishing well, a pond, a stage, a museum, a gift shop, and several upper decks. It is constructed of concrete, brick, steel and found objects including gears, tiles, wagon wheels, mannequins, tractor seats and statuettes. Check out Everyone's Art Car Parade in May, the largest event of its type!

Visual Arts Alliance Juried Open Exhibition, Williams Tower Gallery

Watercolor Art Society—Houston A non-profit organization that hosts exhibitions, demonstrations, instruction, and community outreach for water-media enthusiasts.

Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, Western Heritage Community Challenge. Texas Youth benefit from the School Art Show and auction. In an effort to raise awareness of the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, some 100 painted fiberglass sculptures (Boot Scoot, 2007, Mustang Mania 2008) have been displayed during February and March.

Women in Visual and Literary Arts A group of artists/writers that network while nurturing each other's creative exploration. Monthly general membership meetings include a presentation. Website includes members' gallery and information on monthly programs, dates and times.

peach1t Some Galleries

A List of Some Houston Galleries

Colquitt Row Gallery Row > A place to walk in Houston! Colquitt Galleries (2600 block near the intersection of Richmond/Kirby) coordinate their opening receptions evenings. Art patrons easily stroll from gallery to gallery.

Harris Gallery Gallery nearest the Contemporary Art Museum and MFAH


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