Current Museum Exhibits & Art Installations in Houston

Last updated on Thursday, March 4 2021

Mega Chandelier by Moooi Works, part of Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston | Photo courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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.

Woldgate Woods by David Hockney | Photo: Richard Schmidt, courtesy of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
  • Carmen Herrera: Structuring Surfaces | Through Sunday, April 25, 2021 – The Cuban American artist, who just turned 105 in May, devoted her work to expanding the boundaries of geometric abstraction through paintings, drawings, prints, wall structures and objects which will be on display at this retrospective of more than thirty of her works.
  • Hockney-Van Gogh: The Joy of Nature | Through Sunday, June 20, 2021 – This exhibition compares nearly fifty works by British artist David Hockney against ten carefully chosen paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh, exploring the ways both artists bring a fresh perspective to color and landscape artworks. Originally premiering at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, this exhibition makes its American debut at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
  • Electrifying Design: A Century of Lighting | Through Sunday, May 16, 2021 – Explore the evolution of lighting design across the past century, as it has transformed through major design movements to make an impact on our daily lives. This exhibition features rare and limited-production examples by designers such as Achille Castiglioni, Greta Magnusson Grossman, Ingo Maurer, Wilhelm Wagenfeld and more.
Learn more about visiting the MFAH | Official Site

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

Mars | Photo by Luke Jerram, courtesy of Houston Museum of Natural Science

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 by clicking here.

  • Body Worlds & The Cycle of Life | Through Memorial Day, Monday, May 31, 2021 – The latest edition of the popular traveling exhibit, featuring real human bodies that have be preserved through 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.
  • Pompeii: The Exhibition | Through Saturday, August 21, 2021– Take a rare look inside the lives of residents of Pompeii before and after the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius on August 24, 79 A.D. Featuring 150 artifacts on loan from the collection of the Naples National Archaeological Museum, the exhibit includes frescoes, mosaics, and statues from Pompeii that were hidden from view and forgotten for centuries until rediscovery more than 250 years ago. In a media-rich, object-based, immersive experience, learn how the people of Pompeii lived, loved, worked, worshipped and found entertainment. $30; $21 for ages 3 to 11; $15 for members.
  • Mars by Luke Jerram | Through Thursday, October 7, 2021 – Following Jerram’s prior installations that brought the Earth and its moon to life in detailed digital resolution, Mars presents 120 dpi detailed NASA imagery compiled from Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter data projected on a 23-foot wide globe, displaying features like craters, canyons, and Rover landing sites in stunning resolution. Included with general admission.
  • State of Water: Our Most Valuable Resource by Brad Temkin | Temporarily on View in 2021 – Award-winning photographer and Chicago native, Brad Temkin showcases the designs and architecture behind water systems we use every day, tracing the journey of our most valuable resource from tunnel to tap. Included with general admission.
Learn more about visiting HMNS | Official Site

The Health Museum in the Museum District

F & R Lowrider Bike from Gear Up: The Science of Bikes | Photo 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.

  • The Hands That Feed Houston | Online | Temporarily on View in 2021 – Shot by Houston photographer, Amy Scott, this photo documentary celebrates the farmers and ranchers that provide much of fresh produce to the Houston area, connecting Houstonians with those that feed them each day. This exhibition can be viewed online.
  • Outbreak: Epidemics in a Connected World | Temporarily on View in 2021 – 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. Tickets are $10; $8 for ages 3 to 12 and 65+; free for ages 2 and under.
  • Gear Up: The Science of Bikes | Through Wednesday, May 19, 2021 – This interactive exhibition explores energy, forces and motion, engineering and material science, as well as providing a diverse collection of historic, peculiar and all-around amazing bikes to check out. Tickets are $10; $8 for ages 3 to 12 and 65+; free for ages 2 and under.
Learn more about visiting The Health Museum | Official Site

Holocaust Museum Houston in the Museum District

Ursula Meyer’s Teddy Bear | Courtesy of Holocaust Museum Houston

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.

  • Stories of Survival: Object, Image, Memory | Through Sunday, April 18, 2021 – This exhibition brings together more than 60 personal artifacts belonging to Survivors of the Holocaust, along with photography from documentarian Jim Lommasson and handwritten responses by Survivors or their family members. Included in museum admission.
Learn more about visiting HMH | Official Site

Asia Society Texas Center in the Museum District

Sailboat Fishing for Ilish by Shahidul Alam | Photo 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.

  • Shahidul Alam: Truth to Power | Through Sunday, July 11, 2021 – See more than 60 images and ephemera showing the breadth of Bangladeshi photographer, writer, activist, and institution-builder Shahidul Alam’s practice. The exhibit displays his impact across four decades and explores how art can be a tool for social justice. Included with admission.
Learn more about visiting Asia Society Texas Center | Upcoming Events & Offers | Official Site

The Bryan Museum in Galveston

Photo courtesy of The Bryan Museum

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

  • The Lost Bird Project | Through March 2021 | FREE – On the grounds of the museum, these large bronze sculptures of the Passenger Pigeon, Heath Hen, Carolina Parakeet, Great Auk, Labrador Duck and, most recently, the Eskimo Curlew chronicle these North American birds that have been driven to extinction in modern times. Free to explore outside the museum.
  • Finding Your Way to Texas | Through Sunday, April 4, 2021 – This exhibition commemorates the 200th anniversary of the settlement of Texas with important artifacts associated with Moses Austin and Stephen F. Austin, including maps that inspired Austin’s efforts to map the interior of Texas, maps that stretch back several centuries and other maps that have never been available for public viewing.
Learn more about visiting the Bryan Museum | Official Site

Lone Star Flight Museum (LFSM) in Southeast Houston

Fight to the Finish – 1945: The Final Year exhibit | 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.

  • Fight to the Finish – 1945: The Final Year | Through Spring 2021 – Explore the final year of World War II, in which the Allied forces took to the air to bring a close to hostilities. Witness wartime images, personal accounts and wartime artifacts that bring the conflict to reality, while the accompanying Art of Persuasion exhibition features twenty original posters that sought to rally wartime support, encourage participation in the efforts, and highlight consequences of non-support.
  • 1945: World War II’s Last Year in Pictures | Through Spring 2021 – In commemoration of the 75th anniversary of World War II, LSFM presents a photography exhibit featuring forty iconic images from the last year of World War II, capturing the reality, sacrifice, and raw emotion of the men and women who fought to preserve freedom on a global basis. Tickets are $14.95; $12.95 for ages 12 to 17 and 65+; $9.95 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

Detail of “The Martyrdom of St. Catherine” woodcut by Albrecht Dürer | 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.

  • Heaven, Earth & the Underworld: Old Master Prints from the Permanent Collection | Through Sunday, July 18, 2021Trace the early history of printmaking in Western Europe at this exhibition, featuring more than 40 woodcuts, engravings and etchings that reveal the path from armor decorators to the works of Renaissance and Enlightenment painters like Albrecht Dürer, Annibale Carraci and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
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

Penumbra by Allora & Calzadilla | Photo courtesy of The Menil Collection

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.

  • Silent Revolutions: Italian Drawings from the Twentieth Century at Menil Drawing Institute | Through Sunday, April 11, 2021 | FREE – Featuring 70 drawings by Umberto Boccioni, Lucio Fontana, Maria Lai, Carol Rama and others, this exhibition showcases the high level of innovation in artistic movements and the realm of drawing at the turn of the 20th century.
  • Wall Drawing Series: Jorinde Voigt at Menil Drawing Institute | Through Sunday, April 11, 2021 | FREE – Commissioned as a site-specific installation at the Drawing Institute, Jorinde Voigt’s epic new work responds to the vegetation and natural resources endemic to Houston and the Gulf Coast region.
  • Allora & Calzadilla: Specters of Noon | Through Sunday, June 20, 2021 | FREE – Drawing on the role of Surrealism following World War II, Jennifer Allora and Guillermo Calzadilla bring seven sculptural works to the Menil Collection, creating soundscapes that permeate the gallery space, casting shadows across the museum, and using novel sculptural materials to evoke an awe-inducing atmosphere of bewilderment and beauty.
  • Virginia Jaramillo: The Curvilinear Paintings, 1969-1974 | Through Saturday, July 3, 2021 | FREE – Calling to the fiftieth anniversary of The De Luxe Show, one of the first racially integrated contemporary art exhibitions in the United States, the Menil highlights the work of Jaramillo, who was the only woman and Latina included in that exhibition. Her eight abstract paintings feature thin, undulating lines across monochrome fields of bright, flat color.
Learn more about visiting the Menil Collection | Official Site

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

Idol of the Hares by Jessi Reaves | 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. This museum will reopen to the public on Wednesday, February 24, 2021 and exhibitions can be viewed remotely online.

  • Slowed and Throwed: Records of the City Through Mutated Lenses | Through Sunday, April 11, 2021 | FREE – Revolving around the legacy of the late Houston legend, DJ Screw, this interdisciplinary exhibition examines the creative process of DJ Screw, his contribution to rap, and assembles a field of artists that appropriate mash-up, collage, and slow down time to emphasize how remixing of “sampled” materials is a radical aesthetic act utilized by both artists and musicians.
  • Wild Life: Elizabeth Murray & Jessi Reaves | Through Sunday, May 16, 2021 | FREE – This unique exhibition juxtaposes the paintings of Elizabeth Murray (born in 1940) with the sculptural works of Jessi Reaves (born 1986) that, while generations apart, are each lyrical, playful and engage with the decorative, domestic and bodily.
Learn more about visiting CAMH | Official Site

Project Row Houses in Third Ward

Round 51: Local Impact II | Image 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. Please note as of Sunday, February 28, 2021, Project Row Houses remains temporarily closed to the public.

Learn more about visiting Project Row Houses | Official Site

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

Courtesy of HMAAC

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. HMAAC is reopening at 25% capacity on Friday, March 5, 2021.

  • No temporary exhibits are currently on view, though guests can explore the permanent collection.
Learn more about visiting HMAAC | Official Site

Discovery Green & Avenida Houston in Downtown

current museum exhibits and installations
DIscovery Green | Photo: Katya Horner, 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.

  • No temporary exhibits are currently on view, though guests can explore the permanent installations.
Learn more about visiting Discovery Green | Official Site

Buffalo Bayou Park

“Pavanne” (1967) by Carmen Herrera | Photo: 365 Houston

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.

  • Estructuras Monumentales | Through Friday, April 23, 2021 – Explore four larger-than-life sculptures created by 105-year-old Cuban artist Carmen Herrera on the Fondren Foundation Meadow (located along Allen Parkway at Gillette Street). The big, bulky shapes boast brilliant hues and striking shapes in this temporary installation co-presented with New York’s Public Art Fund.
  • Time No Longer by Anri Sala at Buffalo Bayou Park Cistern | Friday, March 12, 2021 through Sunday, December 12, 2021 – This immersive installation, the Cistern’s third art project, employs film and sound to create an other-worldly environment within the vast former water reservoir. Visitors work their way around the perimeter of the Cistern, taking in a 360-degree projection and reverberating soundtrack. Viewings are available in thirty minute segments. $12 (ages 9+ only); $8 for college students, military and ages 62 and up; free on Thursdays. Open daily.
Learn more about visiting Buffalo Bayou Park | Official Site

Moody Center for the Arts at Rice University

Hive at Rice by Allison Hunter, part of Creative Interventions: Rice University Outdoor Structures | Photo by Nash Baker, 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.

  • Artists and the Rothko Chapel: 50 Years of Inspiration | Through Saturday, May 15, 2021 | FREE – In celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Rothko Chapel, this exhibition highlights the impact the Chapel has had on both artists and the public since opening in 1971. Featured artists include Brice Marden, David Novros, Sam Gilliam, Sheila Hicks, Shirazeh Houshiary and Byron Kim.
  • Creative Interventions: Rice University Outdoor Structures | Through Friday, May 21, 2021 | FREE – A new campus art initiative for the 2020-21 academic year includes art murals and installations on the sides of new campus tent facilities and open-air structures, including a Allison Hunter’s video projection work showing the movement of bees, Jasmine Zelaya’s Detroit Red celebrating friendship and connectivity in the era of COVID-19, Gonzo247’s Rice Community Mural, a barn-raising from the Dutch collective We Make Carpets, and more.
  • Off the Wall: Sondra Perry | Through Sunday, August 1, 2021 | FREE – The large-scale site-specific work, Ocean Modifier, spans the south wall of Brochstein Pavilion, offering visitors an encompassing experience of digital imagery that recreates a murky seascape, interspersed with an altered lenticular image of J.M.W Turner’s renowned painting Slave Ship (Slavers Throwing Overboard the Dead and Dying, Typhoon Coming On).
Learn more about visiting Moody Center for the Arts | Official Site

Lawndale Art Center in Midtown

Detail of “The Serf Ballerina” by Jennifer May Reiland | 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.

  • Carnage by Jennifer May Reiland | Through Sunday, April 25, 2021 | FREE – The Houston-native artist draws from medieval European imagery and the tradition of Mexican devotional painting to examine female guilt, martyrdom and violence against women by weaving together the stories of many women, historical and imagined.
  • Mine the Gap: 2019-21 Artist Studio Program Exhibition | Through Sunday, April 25, 2021 | FREE – This exhibition presents new work by Jacquelyne Boe & David Janesko, Gerardo Rosales, and Holly Veselka, created during their 2019/21 Artist Studio Program residencies at Lawndale Art Center. The works are represented through various, disparate media and encourage nuance and close viewing to draw understandings.
  • Rabéa Ballin: In Passing | Through Tuesday, June 1, 2021 – The second iteration of the The Sankofa Project, curated by Tierney Malone, showcases the works of Houston-based artist Rabéa Ballin, who was born in Germany and raised in Louisiana. Her multi-disciplinary works explore the uniqueness of self-identity, hair politics, and social commentary. 
Learn more about visiting Lawndale Art Center | Official Site

Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston

“Likeness” by Simon Fujiwara | 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.

  • Simon Fujiwara: Hope House | Through Sunday, March 14, 2021 | FREE – The British-Japanese artist has created an exhibition that centers on Anne Frank, society’s construct of ‘positive’ self-image and narratives, and the way in which capitalism have absorbed the story and individual of Anne Frank.
  • Carriers: The Body as a Site of Danger & Desire | Through Sunday, March 14, 2021 | FREE – Featuring works by fifteen artists, this exhibition examines and celebrates the body as a site of comfort, hope and danger among the circumstances of a global pandemic, reckoning over race relations, and the sometimes violent conditions brought to bear across the globe.
Learn more about visiting Blaffer Art Museum | Official Site

Midtown Arts and Theater Center Houston (MATCH) in Midtown

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 

From Above, by Danilo Stampalija | Photo 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. The museum is currently accepting visitors by appointment only. Click here to schedule an appointment.

  • The Works of Brian Zievert & Danilo Stampalija | Temporarily on View in 2021 | FREE – Striking colorful paintings from Brian Zievert, whose work is inspired by the construction and growth of Houston and other cities, and Danilo Stampalija, whose watercolor style that verges on the abstract, pop against the unique art cars and permanent installation at the Art Car Museum.

Learn more about visiting Art Car Museum | Official Site

Jung Center in the Museum District

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. Please note as of Sunday, February 28, 2021, the Jung Center is temporarily closed to the public, although the bookstore and library are open for pickup and events are being live-streamed online.

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

Houston Center for Contemporary Craft (HCCC) in Midtown

Detail of a double-walled basket by James C. Watkins | Courtesy of the artist

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.

  • Weave Houston: Celebrating 71 Years of the Contemporary Handweavers of Houston | Through Saturday, March 6, 2021 | FREE – In celebration of the founding of Contemporary Handweavers of Houston in 1949, this exhibition features work from the diverse membership of the organization, with works from emerging practitioners alongside longtime fiber artists, such as Dr. Mary Ruth Smith.
  • Forms of Inheritance: The Work of Anna Mayer | Through Saturday, May 8, 2021 | FREE – This exhibition of ceramic and bronze sculptures explore humanity’s reckoning with mortality and demonstrates the fragility and fierceness of the natural world. In these works, Anna Mayer examines the impact of humanity throughout geologic time, with a focus on the temporal relationship between humans and the land beyond an individual’s life span.
  • Texas Master Series: James C. Watkins | Through Saturday, May 8, 2021 | FREE – This solo exhibition features work by Lubbock-based ceramicist and educator, James C. Watkins, who constructs double-walled vessels inspired by his memories of growing up in the South, encounters with nature and his experience working in Asia.
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. This museum is accepting visitors by appointment only. Click here to schedule an appointment.

  • Pacifico Silano: Cowboys Don’t Shoot Straight (Like They Used To) | Friday, March 12 through Sunday, May 9, 2021 – This large-scale, photo-based installation from lens-based artist Pacifico Silano explores imagery sourced from vintage gay pornography magazines published after the Stonewall Riots of 1969, creating a layered image that serves as memorial for those who have passed and a reflection on our current moment.
  • Togethering Virtual Exhibition | Online through Sunday, June 26, 2022 – 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.
  • Learning Curve 13 Virtual Exhibition | Online through Sunday, January 7, 2023 – Learning Curve is an annual exhibition of selected work made by Houston Center for Photography students from the past year. It features a range of photo-based work—including digital, analog, and alternative processes—and highlights the various educational programs HCP offers through its Learning Center.
Learn more about visiting HCP | Official Site

Station Museum of Contemporary Art in Midtown

“Shotgun House” by Travis Whitefield; “Junkyard Dog” (foreground) by Jesse Lott

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.

  • The Road So Far | Temporarily on View in 2021 | FREE – From Houston artist Jesse Lott and Louisiana artist Travis Whitefield, this exhibition features selections of various media and techniques to provide social, historical and political commentary through their individual lenses.
Learn more about visiting Station Museum of Contemporary Art | Official Site

Art League Houston in Montrose

Work by Rick Lowe, Art League Houston 2020 Texas Artist of the Year | Photo: Alex Barber, 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. This museum is accepting visitors by appointment only. Click here to schedule your visit.

  • Rick Lowe: New Paintings & Drawings | Through Saturday, April 24, 2021 | FREE – Art League Houston’s 2020 Texas Artist of the Year, Rick Lowe, showcases the artwork he’s created over the course of the last few years. The work visualizes Lowe’s signature, vivid explorations of color and complex visualizations of compositional space.
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz: Obras | Through Saturday, April 24, 2021 | FREE – Art League Houston’s 2020 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Visual Arts, Celia Álvarez Muñoz, displays her dynamic range of work. It emphasizes her innovative transitions between photographic media, installations-based work, sculpture, and book art.
Learn more about visiting Art League Houston | Official Site
Melancholic Stillness by Silvia PintoSouza | Courtesy of Archway Gallery

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

  • Regeneration: New Works by Carol Berger, Liz Conces Spencer, & Gene Hester | Through Thursday, March 4, 2021 | FREE – This joint exhibition features works in clay and glass that explore visual ideas about the fragility of nature and its powerful regenerative forces in the face of human encroachment and the destruction of the planet’s environments. The artworks, created solo and collaboratively, will be auctioned off throughout the month, benefiting the conservation efforts of the Houston Arboretum.
  • There Is An Instant by Silvia PintoSouza | Saturday, March 6 through Thursday, April 1, 2021 | FREE – Silvia PintoSouza takes paint to the canvas to form beautiful landscapes and reflect the remnants of the past through barn structures in this exhibition, inspired by a poem of the same name from 19th century Colombian poet, Guillermo Valencia.

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