Current Museum Exhibits & Art Installations in Houston

Last updated on Tuesday, May 3, 2022

Catch the closing days of Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs at HMNS | Courtesy of HMNS

Whether exploring the world-class museums and installations that fill the Museum District, or venturing through thought-provoking displays found throughout the Greater Houston area, there is no shortage of exhibits that locals and visitors alike will find fascinating and engaging.

365 Houston has compiled a list of featured exhibits currently on display at museums and renowned destinations throughout the city of Houston, including free offerings that are always open to the public.

Museums and exhibit venues have been organized by prominence in both ticketed and free admission categories. They’re also listed by area of focus (art, history and science, and kid-specific) in the sidebar at the top of this page.

These current exhibits require a dedicated ticket—either included with general admission or as a separate ticket—at several of Houston’s flagship museums, including The Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS), The Health Museum, Holocaust Museum Houston, and more.

Most museums offer free admission on certain days or during certain hours, though tickets to some exhibits are still required.

Scroll down to check out current museum exhibitions and art installations in Houston.

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Current Ticketed Museum Exhibits in Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) in the Museum District

One of the Museum District’s crown jewels, the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) routinely hosts some of the most prominent temporary exhibits in Houston each year. Joining the exhibits from the museum’s permanent collection, these curated crowd-pleasers consistently draw Houstonians and visitors alike.

The Obama Portraits Tour stops by Houston for a two-month exhibition | Courtesy of MFAH
  • Dawoud Bey: An American Project | Ends Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022 – Across a wide range of subjects, communities and landscapes that reach back to the 1970s, this exhibition explores the career of American photographer Dawoud Bey and his humanistic captures of Black subjects and African American history. Included with general admission.
  • The Obama Portraits Tour | Ends Memorial Day, Monday, May 30, 2022 – Making a stop in Houston while touring the country, these iconic portraits of President Barack Obama by Kehinde Wiley, and First Lady Michelle Obama by Amy Sherald sharply contrast with the history of presidential portraits, offering fresh perspectives and contemplation on the visual ideas of power and legacy.
  • Shahzia Sikander: Extraordinary Realities | Ends Sunday, June 5, 2022 – Nearly 60 works of the Pakistani American artist are on display, including paintings, drawings and video animations that interrogate identity through a blend of manuscript painting traditions and contemporary art practice. Included with general admission.
  • Virtual Realities: The Art of M.C. Escher from the Michael S. Sachs Collection | Ends Labor Day, Monday, September 5, 2022 – The mindbending artwork of M.C. Escher is on display in this largest and most comprehensive exhibition of the Dutch artist. With more than 400 prints, drawings, watercolors, printed fabrics, constructed objects, sketchbooks and more, visitors will get an unprecedented look into career and work of an iconic 20th century artist. Included with general admission.
Learn more about visiting the MFAH | Official Site

Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) in the Museum District

Another must-see Museum District landmark, Houston Museum of Natural Science (HMNS) is best known for its amazing halls of Paleontology and Ancient Egypt exhibit, along with the Cockrell Butterfly Center, gem and minerals hall, planetarium, and more. You can often find discounted admission to HMNS.

Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs closes in May | Courtesy of HMNS
  • Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life | Temporarily on View in 2022 – The latest edition of the popular traveling exhibit features real human bodies that have be preserved through the process of plastination. Designed by Body Worlds’ creative and conceptual designer, Dr. Angelina Whalley, it demonstrations the human body through the span of time and shows visitors the latest findings in anatomy, longevity, and health. $30; $21 for ages 3 to 11; $15 for members.
  • Ramses the Great and the Gold of the Pharaohs | Ends Monday, May 23, 2022 – Dive into the life of one of ancient Egypt’s most celebrated builders, Ramses II (also known as Ramses the Great), in this world premiere exhibition that also includes more than 180 treasures and one-of-a-kind relics that help visitors to explore life some 3,200 years ago. Tickets are $35; $27 for children and ages 60 and up.
  • Transcending Audubon | Ends Monday, October 10, 2022 – Wildlife artist Rex Brasher’s work is on display in the Hamill Gallery, featuring 29 paintings of North American birds in their natural habitat. These specific works come from the museum’s collection, ranging from 1929 to 1932. Included with general admission; $25, $16 for ages 3 to 11.
Learn more about visiting HMNS | Official Site

The Health Museum in the Museum District

“Beautiful Minds: Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage” | Courtesy of the Health Museum

In the Museum District, the Health Museum is a Smithsonian-affiliate kid-friendly staple that invites museum-goers to consider the human body in all of its capabilities and the ways we can keep it healthy, thanks in part to marvelous advances in medical science.

  • Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World | Temporarily on View in 2022 – Created by Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., this exhibit examines the origins of pathogens, how they spread, and the ways to address them in a world where humans, animals, and the environment have deep, intricate connections. Included with museum admission. A virtual tour is available online. Included with general admission.
  • Beautiful Minds: Dyslexia and the Creative Advantage | Ends Sunday, May 22, 2022 – This exhibition explores the different ways that people can read and process information when they have dyslexia, which affects as much as 20% of the world’s population. Though dyslexia is labeled as a learning disability, this exhibition also shows that those thinkers that grapple with it can often achieve great accomplishments and adapt to other ways of thinking and exploring their creative skills. Included with general admission.
  • Living Icons | Ends Monday, May 30, 2022 – Artist Joni Zavitsanos has created a project that memorializes those who have died during the COVID-19 pandemic. Framing portraits with gold leaf halos, the exhibition helps us to understand what we’ve lost as a community and offers a chance to honor the victims and their families.
Learn more about visiting The Health Museum | Official Site

Holocaust Museum Houston in the Museum District

Exterior of Holocaust Museum Houston
Holocaust Museum Houston | Photo: Justin Jerkins

Through a reflective journey of the events in Europe in the 1930s and 40s, Holocaust Museum Houston (HMH) provides an educational experience that promotes responsible individual behavior, cultivates civility, and pursues social justice by exploring human rights and the horrors of hatred, prejudice, and apathy.

  • Notorious RBG: The Life & Times of Ruth Bader Ginsburg | Ends Sunday, July 31, 2022 – Based on the best-selling book of the same name, this vibrant exhibition explores the life and legacy of the judicial giant and cultural icon through archival photographs and documents, contemporary art, audio presentations of her oral arguments, interviews, correspondence, and much more. $19; $15 for ages 65 and up; free for ages 18 and under.
  • Speaking Up! Confronting Hate Speech | Ends Sunday, August 28, 2022 – This exhibition looks at the ways that words can lead to genocide, war crimes and other crimes against humanity through historical and current examples. Visitors will also explore how different strategies can be deployed to counter what we call “hate speech.”
Learn more about visiting HMH | Official Site

Asia Society Texas Center in the Museum District

View Asia Society’s latest exhibition “Making Home: Artists & Immigration” for free on Sunday, May 1, 2022 | Courtesy of Asia Society Texas Center

One of twelve Asia Society locations in the country, the Asia Society Texas Center in the Museum District hosts public programs and exhibitions to increase knowledge of Asia, enhance dialogue, and generate new ideas across the fields of art and culture, business, and education.

  • Making Home: Artists & Immigration | Ends Sunday, July 3, 2022 – Four artists are featured in this Asia Society exhibition, which explores the deeply personal, lived experiences of immigration through various media, including painting, drawing, sculptures and installation. Featured artists include Phung Huynh, Beili Liu, Tuan Andrew Nguyen, and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya. $8; $5 for students; free for ages 12 and under.
Learn more about visiting Asia Society Texas Center | Upcoming Events & Offers | Official Site

The Bryan Museum in Galveston

Explore the life and legacy of ZZ Top frontman Billy Gibbons at the Bryan Museum in Galveston | Courtesy of the Bryan Museum

Located in the historic Galveston Orphans Home, The Bryan Museum is one of the world’s largest collections of historical artwork, artifacts, documents, and exhibits relating to the American West and Texas.

  • The Billy Gibbons Texas History Experience | Ends Sunday, July 3, 2022 – Explore the career of rock ‘n’ roll legends and Texas natives, ZZ Top, through a wide-ranging collection of frontman Billy Gibbons’ personal equipment, photographs, apparel, and musical legacy. Included with general admission.
Learn more about visiting the Bryan Museum | Official Site

Lone Star Flight Museum (LFSM) in Southeast Houston

The latest exhibition at LSFM examines the role of women aviators in WWII | Photo courtesy of Lone Star Flight Museum

Next to Ellington International Airport, Lone Star Flight Museum (LSFM) is home to more than 40 displays of significant flying vehicles, hundreds of artifacts related to the history of flight, and flying simulators. In additional, the Texas Aviation Hall of Fame pays tribute to the contributions of native Texans, including Howard Hughes and former President George H.W. Bush.

  • Fly Girls of World War II | Ends Sunday, July 10, 2022 – Dive into the history of women aviators in World War II, hear the heroic pilots’ personal insights of triumph and perseverance, see original WWII uniforms and memorabilia, and learn how these courageous women changed the face of the U.S. military. $18; $15 for ages 12 to 17 and 65+; $12 for ages 4 to 11; free for ages 3 and under.
Learn more about visiting Lone Star Flight Museum | Official Site

National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH) in North Houston

Photos courtesy of the National Museum of Funeral History

In North Houston, the National Museum of Funeral History (NMFH) houses the country’s largest collection of funeral service artifacts and features renowned exhibits on one of man’s oldest cultural customs. Visitors to NMFH can discover the mourning rituals of ancient civilizations, see up-close the authentic items used in the funerals of U.S. presidents and popes, and explore the rich heritage of the industry that cares for the dead.

Learn more about visiting NMFH | Official Site

The Printing Museum in Montrose

Keliy Anderson-Staley: Raw Materials in Peace and War | Courtesy of the Printing Museum

The Printing Museum showcases and explores the importance, process, and influence of printed documents and images from the invention of paper and moveable type to today. It traces the struggle for a free press in a young United States through important advances in publishing in the 20th century and its continued relevance in the 21st. Visitors can expect to see antique printing presses, rare books, prints, historic newspapers, striking posters, and more.

  • An American Visual Language: Specimens of Historic Wood Type | Ends Saturday, May 28, 2022 – Through westward expansion and an intersection of history, technology and resources, the 19th century brought an entire alphabet of new fonts created in a distinctly American aesthetic, captured here in the work of printer and historic equipment collector John Horn.
  • Keliy Anderson-Staley: Raw Materials in Peace and War | Ends Saturday, May 28, 2022 – The Houston-based photographer takes from her grandfather’s economic book written in 1937 to produce an autobiography of sorts, pairing photos and negatives that form layers that challenge and erase each other, creating new associations.
  • Glow (Redux): Vintage Blacklight Posters from the ’60s and ’70s | Ends Saturday, May 28, 2022 – Step into the visual culture of the psychedelic era in this exhibition that features intense pops of color and countercultural aesthetics through the contributions of local members in the Houston Black Light Poster Company and in-house artist, George Goode.
Learn more about visiting The Printing Museum | Official Site

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Free Exhibits & Art Installations in Houston

Houston is home to many renowned institutions like the Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum of Houston (CAMH), Moody Center for the Arts, and more where you can explore current exhibits for free, with opportunities to donate to the institutions.

The Menil Collection in Montrose

“Selma March, Alabama” by Bruce Davidson (1965) | Courtesy Bruce Davidson/Magnum Photos

The Menil Collection is a uniquely beloved art museum and campus housing the permanent collection started by John and Dominique de Menil. The main building anchors a campus that also features the Rothko Chapel, Byzantine Fresco Chapel, and Menil Drawing Institute. Two further buildings are dedicated to single artists (Cy Twombly and Dan Flavin) and another to year-long installation projects.

Admission to the Menil Collection and its buildings on campus is free and open to the public.

  • Collection Close-Up: Bruce Davidson’s Photographs | Ends Sunday, May 29, 2022 | FREE – Culling from hundred of photos in the Menil Collection, this exhibition examines the work of the acclaimed photographer who documented life in diverse places and communities caught in the snares of historical transitions, such as the rigid class structures of postwar Britain and the early ’60s era of the American civil rights movement.
  • Wall Drawing Series: Marcia Kure at Menil Drawing Institute | Ends August 2022 | FREE – The Drawing Institute on the Menil campus adds another site-specific installation on their entry wall, this time featuring the work of Marcia Kure, a Nigerian-born artist that explores concepts of colonial legacies and diasporic identities in her wall drawings that incorporate the use of natural, plant-based pigments like kola nuts, indigo, coffee and charcoal.
  • Joseph E. Yoakum: What I Saw at Menil Drawing Institute | Ends Sunday, August 7, 2022 | FREE – Explore the dream-like landscape drawings of American artist Joseph E. Yoakum in this exhibition that features more than 80 visionary drawings that chart an imaginative vision of the land and its deep spirituality.
  • Meret Oppenheim: My Exhibition | Ends Sunday, September 18, 2022 | FREE – The Swiss artist’s first major retrospective in the United States in 25 years, this exhibition traces the sweep of her original artwork through engagement with the fields of Surrealism, Nouveau Réalisme, and Pop Art.
Learn more about visiting the Menil Collection | Official Site

Contemporary Art Museum, Houston (CAMH) in the Museum District

An installation view of “Houston, Sie Haben Ein Problem!” | Photo: Sean Fleming; courtesy of CAMH

Located across the street from the MFAH campus, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (CAMH) hosts ever-rotating exhibitions that its curators deem the most exciting international, national, and regional art of our time. Housed in a striking stainless steel building, the museum has two galleries. Admission is always free. Donations at the door are welcomed, but not required.

  • Houston, Sie Haben Ein Problem! | Ends Sunday, August 28, 2022 | FREE – This first major solo exhibition in the United States of Austrian artists Paul Renner and Richard Hoeck offers playful and unconventional ideas about food, humor, performance art and the social potential of coming together for a meal.
  • Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks | Friday, May 27 to Sunday, October 2, 2022 | FREE – The first solo museum exhibition of Ghanaian artist Amoako Boafo sees his works on display that capture the essence of the Black figure. Through the subjects of his work, Boafo centers the viewer’s gaze on a wide representation of Black life, connection and the cultural overlap of existence within the Black diaspora.
Learn more about visiting CAMH | Official Site

Project Row Houses in Third Ward

Courtesy of Project Row Houses

Located in historic Third Ward, Project Row Houses is comprised of a city block containing 39 structures that highlight its community-based mission of supporting people, ideas, and causes while encouraging artists to extend their practice into a social context. Project Row Houses host artists during bi-annual events called Artist Rounds, in which they’re invited to utilize the structures to engage and preserve the community. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Round 53 – The Curious Case of Critical Race…Theory? | Ends Sunday, June 5, 2022 | FREE – Project Row Houses presents work from five participating artists and ROUX, an artist collective, that explores the critical frameworks of Critical Race Theory—an academic concept coined by legal scholars in the 1970s—and how the term has been currently leveraged as a political tool through Texas legislation and the classroom.
Learn more about visiting Project Row Houses | Official Site

Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) in the Museum District

Artist Ekow Nimako works on his LEGO metropolis, now on view at HMAAC | Courtesy of the artist

In the heart of the Museum District, the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC) engages visitors of every race and background with rotating art exhibitions, film screenings, tours, educational programming and more, that help explore and preserve the materials and intellectual culture of African and African Americans in Houston, the state of Texas, the southwest region, and the African Diaspora. Admission to HMAAC is always free, though donations are welcomed but not required.

  • Ekow Nimako: Kumbi Saleh 3020 CE | Ends Sunday, May 15, 2022 | FREE – The Ghanian Canadian artist’s Afrofuturistic LEGO city arrives at HMAAC for the first opportunity to view it outside Canada. In this monumental work, the artist reimagines the medieval Kingdom of Ghana and connects it to a utopian vision of an African metropolis 1,000 years in the future.
  • Bastards of the Diaspora | Ends Wednesday, June 15, 2022 | FREE – Consisting of a series of life-size self-portraits, this exhibition from Nigerian American photographer Hakeem Adewumi probes the artist’s understanding and history of his Nigerian heritage, allowing him to overcome cultural limitations to “claim parts of myself that might have remained invisible.”
Learn more about visiting HMAAC | Official Site

Discovery Green & Avenida Houston in Downtown

Discovery Green
Photo courtesy of Discovery Green

While it’s far from a museum, Discovery Green and the adjacent Avenida Houston are both known for their interactive, striking, and compelling public art installations. The park’s art installations are always free to the public.

  • Reginald C. Adams’ Labyrinth | Ends Thursday, June 30, 2022 | FREE – Houston-based artist Reginald C. Adams constructs a labyrinth in Discovery Green, crafted from flowering plants, and helping participating individuals to connect with the earth that we walk on, meditate and reflect.
  • Kingdom of Dreams by Zozo Garcia | Ends Monday, August 22, 2022 | FREE – Inspired by Houston and Discovery Green, this vibrant mural of layered colors and contrasting organic and geometric shapes invites visitors to pick out some of their favorite landmarks from the complex images.
Learn more about visiting Discovery Green | Official Site

Buffalo Bayou Park

Eleanor Tinsley Park at Buffalo Bayou Park | Photo: Anthony Rathbun, courtesy of Buffalo Bayou Partnership

One of the recent crowning jewels of Houston’s parks, Buffalo Bayou Park was completed in 2015 following a years-long refurbishment and redevelopment of the namesake bayou’s banks. It’s home to several permanent art installations—like the Dandelion Fountain and Tolerance Statues—including some examples of landscape and physical design as art. The park stretches west from the Sabine bridge by Downtown to Shepherd Drive.

  • No temporary exhibitions are currently on display at Buffalo Bayou Park.
Learn more about visiting Buffalo Bayou Park | Official Site

Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University

Artwork from Anri Sala joins other artists in “Soundwaves” at Moody Center for the Arts | Courtesy of Moody Center for the Arts

On the campus of Rice University, Moody Center for the Arts is a state-of-the-art architectural beauty, hosting multiple immersive exhibitions throughout the year, as well as workshops, classes, and special events. Admission is always free and open to the public.

  • Soundwaves: Experimental Strategies in Art & Music | Ends Saturday, May 14, 2022 | FREE – Works from Jamal Cyrus, Anri Sala, Christine Sun Kim, Jorinde Voigt and others highlight this exhibition which spans sculpture, audio, video, painting and performance to explore the connections between visual and acoustic art and provide a space for sensory exploration.
  • Moody Project Wall: Reginald Adams | Ends Saturday, June 25, 2022 | FREE – The Houston artist recorded a series of performative workshops that introduce therapeutic sound frequencies that have been translated into visual wall graphics to represent the sonic experience.
  • Outdoor Installations at Rice University | Ends Sunday, July 31, 2022 | FREE – Throughout the academic year, visitors can explore three outdoor installations as part of the latest round in the Provisional Campus Facilities; featuring Domestic Melancholia, a vinyl installation by Karin Broker; The Gathering, a mixed media work and corresponding platform by Delita Martin; and Plunge, Cry, a video work by Charisse Weston.
  • Off the Wall: Clarissa Tossin, The 8th Continent | Ends Saturday, August 27, 2022 | FREE – In this third installation of the Moody’s Off the Wall series, artist Clarissa Tossin incorporates NASA images of the moon into tapestry to touch upon the future exploration of the celestial body, in addition to our impulse of extractive mining that private US-based companies have exhibited in recent years.
Learn more about visiting Moody Center for the Arts | Official Site

Lawndale Art Center in Midtown

Ann Johnson’s “See Me”, on display at Lawndale in February | Courtesy of Lawndale Art Center

From its home in Midtown, Lawndale Art Center focuses on emerging, up-and-coming local and regional artists, giving them exposure in its four galleries, garden, and the massive 3,200-square-foot wall on the building’s northeast-facing wall. Admission is free.

  • Taking Care; Ryan Crowley, Loc Huynh, Jamire Williams | Ends Saturday, May 14, 2022 | FREE – Three members of Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program display works from the fields of sculpture, drawing and painting, and performance to unveil the efforts of their six month studio practice.
  • Ann Johnson: See Me | Ends Saturday, May 14, 2022 | FREE – Recalling the work of John Biggers’ “Shotguns (1987)”, Houston artist Ann Johnson utilizes the ironing board and images of women from the ROUX artist collective to examine family, community and Black womanhood.
  • Angelica Raquel: Spirit Epoch | Ends Saturday, May 14, 2022 | FREE – Through needle felt sculptures, textiles and watercolors, Laredo-native artist Angelica Raquel plays on the narratives rooted in folklore, familial storytelling and her personal experiences.
  • Symbiosis by Cindee Travis Klement | Ends Saturday, August 13, 2022 | FREE – Explore the living land art of local artist and garden in the Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden. Her work introduces local color, texture, and variation through a variety of native plants. The piece will reimagine the urban landscape and answer the question: how do we holistically restore an ecological balance that can coexist in Houston with nature in an art venue?
Learn more about visiting Lawndale Art Center | Official Site

Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston

The annual School of Art student exhibition returns to Blaffer in May | Courtesy of Blaffer Art Museum

On the University of Houston campus in Third Ward, Blaffer Art Museum offers free exhibits, publications, and public programming for a participatory experience in understanding the force of contemporary art.

  • 2022 UH School of Art Annual Student Exhibition | Saturday, May 7 to Sunday, May 22, 2022 | FREE – The annual spring showcase at UH’s Blaffer Art Museum brings the work of undergraduate seniors and first- and second-year graduate students front and center in a multi-disciplinary show.
Learn more about visiting Blaffer Art Museum | Official Site

Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) in Midtown

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MATCH | Photo courtesy of Midtown Art & Theater Center Houston

Opened in 2015, the Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) features five stages that host 100 to 329 attendees across various spaces for performing arts productions, gallery exhibitions, rehearsal studios, and more. MATCH serves many of the smaller performing arts companies, local artists, and cultural arts organizations in the city, as well as playing host to traveling performers, musicians, artists, and theater groups.

  • No temporary exhibitions are currently on view.
Learn more about visiting MATCH | Official Site

Art Car Museum near Washington Avenue 

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Courtesy of the Art Car Museum

A Houston tradition for over thirty years, the Art Car Parade sends jaw-dropping cars, bikes, skaters, and motorized creatures rolling down the streets of Downtown and Allen Parkway. Founded by Ann and James Harithas, the Art Car Museum continues the spirit of the popular parade by providing exhibit space for artworks on view temporarily, as well as some of the remolded vehicles that dazzle in the yearly spectacle.

  • Temporarily closed for installation. Check with the Art Car Museum for future updates.

Learn more about visiting Art Car Museum | Official Site

Jung Center in the Museum District

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Courtesy of the Jung Center

Located next to CAMH, the Jung Center offers more than 200 classes each year on topics including relationships, ethics, religious studies, expressive arts, writing, mediation and more. In addition, Jung Center also features a free art gallery with rotating exhibits from emerging and established local, regional, and national artists.

  • John Faul: Eating my own Shadow | Ends Saturday, May 14, 2022 | FREE – Inspired by a personal dream, artist John Faul utilizes mixed media on canvas to create a language of color and form about the content of that dream in this deeply subjective and personal work.
  • Visions: A Celebration of the Creativity of the Jung Center Community | Friday, May 20 to Wednesday, June 29, 2022 | FREE – The annual showcase returns to the Jung Center, displaying artworks from students, members, instructors, volunteers and staff that span a wide array of media and represent explorations of each individual’s inner journey and meaning within their everyday life.
Learn more about visiting the Jung Center | Official Site

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) in Midtown

“Plastic Planet Stag” by Kamin Calder, on display in “Nothing Goes to Waste” | Courtesy of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) is one of the only museums in the country dedicated to the art of making things by hand. In addition to checking out its exhibits, visitors to HCCC can witness artists-in-residence from around the country as they create original art from materials like clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or found/recycled materials. Admission is free.

  • Nothing Goes to Waste | Ends Saturday, May 7, 2022 | FREE – Utilizing found materials, scraps and discarded remnants, these artists have channeled their creativity to explore how industrial and artistic processes have had impacts on the ecology of the planet.
  • Sawed, Soldered, Constructed: The Work of the Houston Metal Arts Guild | Ends Saturday, May 7 | FREE – Three dozens artists will put their jewelry and metal work on display in this juried member exhibition from the Houston Metal Arts Guild.
  • A Dressing the Future: The Ecofiction of Nicole Dextras | Saturday, May 28 to Saturday, September 10, 2022 | FREE – Drawing from her dystopian film trilogy, A Dressing the Future, this exhibition features examples of environmental artist Nicole Dextras’ set and costume designs that are plant-based, as well as other props, models and set components.
  • Made to Last: The Legacy of the Jubilee Quilt Circle | Saturday, May 28 to Saturday, September 10, 2022 | FREE – Held in conjunction with the 35th anniversary of Houston’s Community Artists’ Collective, this exhibition features a selection of quilts made by current and founding members of the Collective, drawing from the quilting traditions and narratives of the African American community.
Learn more about visiting HCCC | Official Site

Houston Center for Photography (HCP) in Montrose

Rodrigo Blum of Brazil | Courtesy of Houston Center for Photography

Since 1981, Houston Center for Photography (HCP) in Montrose has hosted ongoing exhibits of renowned artists, up-and-coming photographers, and students that take part in classes or workshops offered at the small visual artists’ organization. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Edi Hirose: Extractive Republic | Ends Sunday, June 19, 2022 | FREE – Photographing the impact of extractive mining on Peruvian landscapes, photographer Edi Hirose questions the ways that industry literally moves mountains and alters the land and lives of people who dwell on it.
  • Jake Eshelman: Cherish the Clear Skies! Vitality in a Ukrainian Village | Ends Sunday, June 19, 2022 | FREE – Centered on a single family living in Central Ukraine, this exhibition of photographs celebrates the exuberance and values of Ukrainian rural culture, where people share a deep, symbiotic connection to the land.
  • Togethering Virtual Exhibition | Online through Sunday, June 26, 2022 | FREE – In response to a call launched by HCP in April 2020, thousands of photographs were submitted from around the world, illustrating the solidarity needed globally to confront the pandemic and providing moments of humor, deeply-felt isolation and self-reflection in this online exhibition.
Learn more about visiting HCP | Official Site

Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Midtown

Detail of “Mr. Peanut in Persia ISFAHAN” by Clark V. Fox | Courtesy of Station Museum of Contemporary Art

Located in Midtown, Station Museum of Contemporary Art has spent two decades hosting local, national, and international exhibitions that seek to broaden public awareness of the cultural, political, economic, and personal dimensions of art. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Clark V. Fox: Subversion and Spectacle | Thursday, May 26 to Sunday, September 25, 2022 | FREE – Spanning the career of artist Clark V. Fox, this exhibition explores the complexity of his identities across various periods and aesthetic sensibilities that mix styles and movements to create provocative political statements and subtle connections within our society.
Learn more about visiting Station Museum of Contemporary Art | Official Site

Art League Houston in Montrose

Courtesy of Art League Houston

One of the city’s oldest non-profit art organizations and a staple for contemporary visual art exhibitions and community classes, Art League Houston embraces contemporary approaches offering modern curatorial programming, community-building through art education, and outreach to the under-served communities. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Ronald Llewellyn Jones: A Way [A Will] | Ends Saturday, May 14, 2022 | FREE – In the sculpture garden, this site-specific installation from the Houston artist explores the paths of life as members in a global society, inviting visitors to witness the hidden aspects of these journeys, as well as the costs and glass ceilings we encounter along the way.
  • Sad Girls by Jasmine Zelaya | Friday, May 27 to Saturday, July 23, 2022 | FREE – A reference to Chola culture, this exhibition employs Houston-based artist Jasmine Zelaya’s familiar floral patterns that all at once masks, protects and highlights her subjects internal worlds.
  • Never Free to Rest by Rashaun Rucker | Friday, May 27 to Saturday, July 23, 2022 | FREE – Art League highlights the work of Detroit-based artist Rashaun Rucker, whose exhibition compares the world of the common rock pigeon to the stereotypes and myths of the constructed identities of Black men in the United States.
  • Pressure Cookie by Melinda Laszczynski | Friday, May 27 to Saturday, July 23, 2022 | FREE – Incorporating cassette tape, documents, and notes that the artist’s grandmother shredded as she began to struggle with dementia, the large paintings and small sculptures on display in this exhibition are process-driven abstract works that tangle the personal with concepts of memory.
Learn more about visiting Art League Houston | Official Site
Detail of “Songs of Autumn” by Mohammad Ali Bhatti | Courtesy of Archway Gallery

Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been Texas’ oldest artist-owned gallery, presenting monthly exhibitions featuring works of sculpture, pottery, and paintings across a wide range of media and styles. Admission is free and open to the public.

  • Imperfectly Perfect: New Paintings by Mohammad Ali Bhatti | Saturday, May 7 to Thursday, June 2, 2022 | FREE – Ranging from provocative abstract expressionist works to representations of life in the American Southwest, this exhibition features a wide array of works from Archway artist Mohammad Ali Bhatti, offering complex compositions and strongly emotive paintings.

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