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Salon des Refuses

Jung Center

January 6 through 30, 2015

A group exhibition at the Jung Center featuring work by artists Keith J.R. Hollingsworth, Janet Hull Ruffin, Valentina Kisseleva, and Charisse Weston. (*Not to be confused with Houston's annual show of Big Show rejects with the same title.)

Stories of a Workforce: Celebrating the Centennial of the Houston Ship Channel

Houston Public Library’s Julia Ideson Building

Last Chance - September 2, 2014 through January 31, 2015

Houston wouldn't be Houston without the Ship Channel, and this show will explore the "lore of work" associated with the city's port — and there is nothing not to love about their press image of the heavily tattooed young man suggestively wrangling two big ropes. Dockworkers of the world, UNITE! In conjunction with Transported + Renewed.

Eric Heist: Biosphere 2 and Anna Elise Johnson: Cajole The Nice Nice

Galveston Artist Residency

Last Chance - November 29, 2014 through January 31, 2015

Eric Heist's installation continues his interest in the economic and psychological dynamics of communal idealism in the face of individual interests. As in previous exhibitions by the artist, an array of media is directed toward a research-based approach to an historic event. Opening in the Project Space are new works by Anna Elise Johnson. The title for this exhibition comes from a line in the Dada Manifesto by Tristan Tzara that asks if art is only meant to "cajole the nice nice bourgeois." Her collages manipulate a historical photograph that presents an archetypal scene of political negotiation.

Andy Grotfeldt and Luke Harnden: Extended Stay

Civic TV Collective

Last Chance - January 9 through 31, 2015

Paintings and drawings by Andy Grotfeldt (Houston, TX) feature a unique, interpretive mark making process, while paint, light, and sculptural installation work of Luke Harnden (Dallas, TX) has been processed by technology and new media practices.

Dick Wray: Uncompromising Vision

William Reaves Fine Art

Last Chance - January 9 through 31, 2015

An exhibition of work by artist Dick Wray (1933-2011), who played a critical role in the development of Houston’s contemporary art scene since the 1950s. The show–including some works not previously exhibited–and a special lecture by art historian Dr. William Camfield illuminate the work of this remarkable, local artist.

Fresh Perspectives in Clay

The Satellite Gallery

Last Chance - January 22 through 31, 2015

Group show of student works that push beyond traditional notions of clay as an art material, including ceramic pieces by Amber Eggleton, Erika Aguirre, Colton Clifford, Shelby Coleman,Theresa Goolsby, Frank Graham, Jerry Gardner, Haden Henderson, Caroline Long, Juanita Rodriguez.

Houston Iranian Film Festival

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Last Chance - January 23 through February 1, 2015

MFAH’s 22nd Annual Houston Iranian Film Festival includes the local premieres of five recent feature films, as well as current Core Fellow Anahita Ghazvinizadeh in person to present her two acclaimed short films about coming of age and preview the third film in this trilogy, shot in Houston. More info here.

Jennifer May Reiland: Veronicas

Redbud Gallery

Last Chance - January 10 through February 3, 2015

Artist Jennifer May Reiland’s drawings and watercolor paintings examine perceptions of fantasy, reality, distance, and closeness in the digital age. The title refers to the Catholic Saint Veronica and Latin origin of the name, “vera icon,” meaning “true image.”

Emily Peacock: Soft Diet

Hello Project

January 9 through February 7, 2015

Houston artist Emily Peacock's newest photographs, videos, and sculptural elements stem from her facing the recent illness and death of a loved one. With a mixture of surreal sterility and organic grotesqueness, these unusual, personal works process shards of mortality, memory, family, and identity.

Sherman Finch: Symphonic Infinitum

post-studio projects

January 9 through February 7, 2015

Revisiting John Cage’s ideas of chance, Sherman Finch’s new audience-activated wall assemblages explore the relationships of sound and visualization.  

Alfredo Gisholt: Canto y Calavera

Deborah Colton Gallery

January 10 through February 11, 2015

The paintings of Mexican artist Alfredo Gisholt resists categorization, as they combine abstract, figurative, and narrative elements. This is Gisholt’s first solo show in Houston.

Linear Imaginations

Sicardi Gallery

January 20 through February 11, 2015

Taking Gego's notion of the line as a starting point, this investigation into the unpredictability of abstraction features work by Gego, Anna Elise Johnson, Mikhail Lylov, Gabriel Martinez, and Lauren Moya Ford.

The Ground On Which I Stand

Lone Star College – Montgomery County Campus

January 12 through February 13, 2015

Located along the railroad line between Houston and Conroe, Tamina is one of the few remaining freedmen towns in the U.S. Photographer Marti Corn’s exhibition presents photographic portraits and oral histories from this historically significant, African American community.

Adela Andea: On the Left Side of Mercury

Anya Tish Gallery

January 9 through February 14, 2015

Using a variety of lights, tubes, rods, coils, mirrors, and debris, Adela Andea’s new sculptures and installations blend science and fantasy to bring to life a vibrant, playful future-universe.

Joe Davidson: White Dust

Barbara Davis Gallery

January 9 through February 14, 2015

A solo-exhibition featuring a new series of totemic, cast plaster stacks by Los Angeles-based artist Joe Davidson–informed in part by the Dada movement and Art Povera artists.

Bradley Kerl: Blind Arcade

Art Palace

January 9 through February 14, 2015

Bradley Kerl's newest paintings and collages playfully subvert the viewing process by framing imagery with arches.

Lisa Ludwig: nests

Moody Gallery

January 17 through February 14, 2015

A show of new sculptures by artist Lisa Ludwig, which represent and play with forms from the natural world.

Katsumi Hayakawa: Paper Works

McClain Gallery

January 15 through February 14, 2015

This exhibition of new paper constructions by Japanese artist Katsumi Hayakawa creatively explores systems, alternative realities, and metropolitan spaces.

Ann Johnson: Hoop Dreamin'

January 17 through February 14, 2015

A series of works by mixed-media artist Ann "Sole Sister" Johnson incorporating decorative basketball goals and investigating social issues.

Rachel Phillips

Catherine Couturier Gallery

January 17 through February 14, 2015

Three new bodies of work by artist Rachel Phillips–From Time to Time, Divinations, and Fixed– play with time, history and personality.

Organized Love: Ideas on Non-Violence

The African American Library at the Gregory School

October 4, 2014 through February 21, 2015

Contemporary artists and writers respond to the history of nonviolent struggle in Houston and related visual culture. Work by Regina Agu, Rabe'a Ballin, Gregory Michael Carter, Jade Cooper, Jamal Cyrus, Kenya Evans, Robert Hodge, Autumn Knight, Lauren Kelly, Thomas Meloncon, Robert Pruitt, Phillip Pyle, Garry Reece, Deon Robinson, Anthony Suber, M'Kina Tapscott

Preetika Rajgariah: Migrating Identities

Art League Houston

January 16 through February 21, 2015

Indian-born/Houston-based artist Preetika Rajgariah explores themes of migration and cultural identity in these new works, including a large-scale watercolor painting on paper wrapping the entirety of the Art League hallway gallery.

Ed Wilson: A Survey

Art League Houston

January 16 through February 21, 2015

An exhibition bringing together a wide selection of powerful sculptural works spanning over twenty years of the Houston artist’s career.

Texas Abstract

Galveston Arts Center

January 10 through February 22, 2015

This survey exhibition, organized in conjunction with the recent release of the book, TEXAS ABSTRACT: Modern + Contemporary, features work by more than 20 significant contemporary, Texas abstract artists.

In Passing: New work by GIVE UP

Cardoza Fine Art

January 23 through February 22, 2015

This show’s title might refer both to GIVE UP's transition from ephemeral street art toward the creation of more permanent gallery works, as well as to the themes of time and change central in the work.

Prematurely Discarded: Photography of Chuck Ramirez

Octavia Art Gallery

January 22 through February 25, 2015

In partnership with Ruiz-Healy Art of San Antonio, Octavia presents a selection of photographs by Chuck Ramirez (1962- 2010) made in the last decade of the artist’s life. His work often reexamines everyday, discarded objects, finding beauty in the mundane as well as exploring the fragility and temporality of life.

Public Communication: Performing Knowledge of the Body

BLUEorange Contemporary

January 23 through February 27, 2015

Performance, photography, and video works by seven female contemporary artists addressing issues that limit and confine the body. Features work by Jessica Borusky (Kansas City), Melanie Gilligan (London), Sarah Hill (Austin), Katherine Hubbard (Brooklyn), MPA (Brooklyn), Autumn Knight (Houston), Katharina Swoboda (Hamburg/Vienna).

Karen Bystedt: Andy Goes Street

SAMARA Gallery

January 9 through February 28, 2015

In the early 1980s, Karen Bystedt was one of the very few allowed to do sit-down portraits with Andy Warhol. After being lost for nearly 30 years, the negatives were recovered and brought back to life through her collaborations with a variety of artists.

{exurb} Topologies

Lawndale Art Center

January 23 through February 28, 2015

Johnny DiBlasi, Stephen Kraig, Patrick Renner, and Eric Todd explore space as a medium in this site-specific, kinetic and data-driven installation.

Ryder Richards: The Idyll

Lawndale Art Center

January 23 through February 28, 2015

Richards’ installation–an information temple complete with security cameras, projections, and panels with unintelligible text and formulas–promises dissolution of self for communality. Surrender your identity.

Jed Foronda: Day Dreams

Lawndale Art Center

January 23 through February 28, 2015

Jed Foronda carves organic, abstract patterns into the surfaces of paper mediums– from Art Forums to Playboys–subverting and transforming cultural memory.

Stephanie Patton: Synthetic Happiness

Lawndale Art Center

January 23 through February 28, 2015

Exploring the issues and impacts of mental health and medical treatment, Stephanie Patton’s Project Space exhibition includes padded vinyl, quilted mattress pieces, and video works alluding to emotional states.

Eating Paint

Rudolph Blume Fine Art | ArtScan Gallery

January 24 through February 28, 2015

Paintings with visual opulence and energy by artists Michael Blair, Casey Gregory, Julon Pinkston, Howard Sherman, and Jackie Tileston. The show’s title refers to Claes Oldenburg’s 1961 manifesto in which he argues for a visceral and exuberant way of art making. (Artwork not actually edible.)

Karin Broker: Damn Girls

Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC)

January 28 through February 28, 2015

A triptych of Karin Broker’s large-scale drawings from her recent series damn girls will be on view in the Rice Public Art BRC Pop-Up Gallery. Broker is Professor of Printmaking and Drawing for Rice's Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

55th Annual Faculty Exhibition

Gaddis Geeslin Gallery

January 26 through March 4, 2015

An exhibition featuring a wide variety of new painting, photography, drawing, graphic design, video, sculpture, and installation work by 12 artists who teach in the SHSU Department of Art.

Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak: Nature Studies

Hunter Gather

January 23 through March 7, 2015

Houston-based artist Lydia Bodnar-Balahutrak’s work is a living archive of collected objects, events, and stories reflecting the current socio-political climate of her home, Ukraine. The recent works on view explore time, memory, and nature’s reclaimings.

Oliver Herring: Areas for Action


January 21 through March 7, 2015

German-born, New York-based artist Oliver Herring’s evolving exhibition consists of daily performances, improvisatory sculptures, and real-time collaborative artworks created on-site. Gallery visitors are invited to participate or simply observe, and Herring's constructions and photo/video documentation will accumulate in the exhibition as it progresses.

Carlos Cruz-Diez: A Chromatic Condition

Sicardi Gallery

January 20 through March 7, 2015

Color experiments by Paris-based Venezuelan artist Carlos Cruz-Diez, including a selection of recent Physichromies and a Transchromie, paired with a portfolio of screenprints from 1970-1971.

FotoFest: International Discoveries V


January 22 through March 7, 2015

A wide range of new photographic work from around the globe by Khaled Akil (Syria), Chris Bartlett (USA), Pedro David (Brazil), Roberto Fernandez Ibanez (Uruguay), Do-Yeon Gwon (Korea), Jungho Jung (Korea), Hankoo Lee (Korea), Marcela Magno (Argentina), Hector Rene Membreno-Canales (Honduras/USA), Hosang Park (Korea), Sebastian Szyd (Argentina), and Tang Desheng (China).

Double Life

Contemporary Arts Museum Houston - CAMH

December 12, 2014 through March 13, 2015

Pushing at our definitions of “performance,” Double Life features a video and performance by Paris-based choreographer Jérôme Bel, a sculptural environment by South Korean artist Haegue Yang, and film/video works by Los Angeles-based Wu Tsang, including the premiere of two-channel video installation, Miss Communication and Mr:Re.

Seeing Native American / Being Native American

MSC Forsyth Center Galleries

January 15 through March 17, 2015

Dual exhibitions explore and contrast various historic and contemporary depictions of Native American life. Seeing Native American: Historic Impressions (Forsyth Galleries) features late 19th- and early 20th-century depictions by non-Native American artists, while the companion show Being Native American: Contemporary Expressions (Stark Galleries) features contemporary perspectives by Native American artists.

Janet Biggs: Echo of the Unknown

Blaffer Art Museum

January 16 through March 21, 2015

Drawing from the effects of Alzheimer’s on her family members, artist Janet Biggs’ installations combine video, sound, and objects to explore the role of memory and the construction of identity.

Line: Making the Mark

Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

December 12, 2014 through March 22, 2015

This exhibition of drawings and prints from the museum’s permanent collection shows how various artists, since the advent of Modernism, have explored and expanded mark-making. Includes works by Josef Albers, Louise Bourgeois, Willem de Kooning, Jasper Johns, Sol LeWitt, Sam Messenger, Joan Mitchell, and Barnett Newman.

Sensational Landscape

She Works Flexible

January 16 through April 3, 2015

The inaugural show at She Works Flexible (formerly The Brandon) features work by Texas artist Cat Clifford and Arizona based artist Erika Lynne Hanson, with an accompanying text by Egyptian artist Malak Helmy.


Art League Houston

November 14, 2014 through April 24, 2015

This exhibition of new works by Sri-Lankan born artist Rajni Perera features a large-scale mural, and a series of paintings that cross-translate between the visual languages of Indian miniaturist art, Blaxploitation, and the images produced by the Hubble Deep Field Telescope. Floating between Western and Immigrant culture, the work creates an interesting East-West dialogue of ideas, concerning immigrant identity issues, female sexuality and science fiction and fantasy.

Jason Villegas: Mineral Spirit

Art League Houston

November 14, 2014 through April 24, 2015

A site-specific sculptural installation, inspired by string theory and spiritual vibrations, by Houston-based artist Jason Villegas in the ALH Sculpture Garden.

Texas Czechs: Rooted in Tradition

Czech Center Museum

January 24 through April 25, 2015

An exhibition of photos, films, and text shows the roles that Czech culture has played in shaping Texas. The free beer, kolaches, and accordion music at the opening will prove it.

Degrees of Separation

Station Museum of Contemporary Art

January 17 through May 1, 2015

In conjunction with Mel Chin: Rematch, this group show pays homage to the important Houston artist with works by Wayne Gilbert, Mike Hollis, Mary Jenewein, the collective Sin Huellas (No Footprints), and street art by Empire I.N.S..

Takis: The Fourth Dimension

The Menil Collection

January 24 through July 16, 2015

The first U.S. museum survey of sculptures, paintings, and kinetic works created over the past half century by Greek artist Takis–a self-described “instinctive scientist” whom Duchamp dubbed “the happy ploughman of magnetic field.”

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