Visual Arts Exhibits

MECA’s historic Dow School campus is home to several galleries featuring visual art exhibits that explore themes related to current performances and concerts. In addition, community members are invited to submit art for display or auction at several annual exhibits.

For more information about Visual Art Exhibits contact Estevan Azcona * (713)801-9370 * This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

 



2013-14 Exhibition Season


MECA Presents "Through the Eyes of our Children - Something Beautiful," An Art Exhibit by Preservation LINK, Inc. 


April 12 - May 3, 2013

Preservation LINK, Inc. (PLI) is a nonprofit education organization located in Dallas, Texas that has impacted thousands of youth through its media and visual arts programs and many partners.  Its mission is to teach youth through literacy, art, and technology education, how to explore, express, and experience the growth and empowerment gained from learning.

"Through the Eyes of our Children-Something Beautiful" consists of a body of work created by 4th and 5th grade student participants of PLI's arts program.  The work was part of a larger exhibition shown at the Dallas Museum of Art in 2011.  Inspired to embrace their imagination and vision, students used words, photography, and mixed media to create works that convey the hopes and dreams they have for themselves, their community and society.  PLI Co-founder and Creative Director, David Herman, will curate the exhibit.

Admission:  Free and open to the public

Time:  12 noon to 7 p.m.

Location:  MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX  77007

 



2011-12 Exhibition Season

 


Día de los Muertos Altar and Visual Art Exhibit

 

October 24 - November 23, 2011

The Houston community is invited to view the altars in honor of loved ones. Family members honor their deceased loved ones  with ofrendas, or offerings, such as photographs, bread, foods, flowers, toys, and other symbolic items.

Altar exhibit competition winners:
1st - Patricia Alavez
2 nd - Adriana “Mia” Ruiz
3rd - Maria Paz Luna


More Information.

Student Altar Exhibit Tours are available  through Houston Arts Partners for $3/student. For more information contact Liz Salinas * 713-802-9370 * This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Admission: Free and open to the public

Time: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 



Calavera Rendezvous

October 28, 2011

The 2nd annual Calavera Rendezvous will kick-off MECA’s annual Día de los Muertos Festival: Honoring our Past, Celebrating our Future.  The soiree will feature music, a Calavera Fashion Show presented by the Art Institute of Houston and directed by Vince Tran, silent auction of calavera sculptures, Día de los Muertosthemed Visual Art created by local artists and altars done by the community.  Guests will also enjoy a short set of performances and refreshments. More Information.

Admission:  $20 pre-sale via Ticketweb.com; $25 at door

Time: 7:00 pm

Location: MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 


 

Serie Print Project Visual Art Exhibit

December 9, 2011 - January 13, 2012

MECA is honored to host Sam Coronado’s Serie Print Project. The Serie Project is an organization dedicated to the fine art of serigraphy and offers an Artist in Residence program that allows participants to learn the technique and create a limited edition of prints under the guidance of a Master Printer. Hoping to increase the presence of minorities in the art world, the Serie Project encourages multi-racial participation and two-third of all resident artists are Latino.

The Serie Print Project’s artistic vision and innovation for social change has opened up collaborations with important Latino institutions, such as the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, Mexic-Arte Museum, and the Center for Mexican American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.  The project is one of the founding members of Consejo Gráfico, the first nationally recognized consortium of Latino printmakers in the United States.

The exhibit opening will be on Friday December 9 at 7 p.m. and will feature a reception with music by local Latin rock musician, Michael Flores.

Admission:  Free and open to the public

Time:  12:00 to 7:00 pm

Location:  MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 


Fiesta Guadalupana

December 12, 2011

In honor of the feast day of La Virgen de Guadalupe, MECA invites the community to the Dow School campus for an evening of music, dance, and conviviality.  The festivities open with the traditional serenade to the Virgen followed by a matachín dance, all performed by MECA music and dance students.  A procession then heads indoors for a reception.

The Fiesta also features a subasta, or silent auction, of community-made retablos in honor of La Virgen.  For more information on creating a retablo for the auction, please contact Diana Muniz at (713) 802-9370.  MECA welcomes the community to participate and share this tradition.

Admission:  Free and open to the public

Time:  6:30 pm

Location:  MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007


 

 "Uprooted: Braceros in the Hermanos Mayo Lens" Photography Exhibit

January 12 - January 30, 2012

This collection is on loan from Arte Publico Press. The Hermanos Mayo were five Republican refugees who fought in the Spanish Civil War and later formed what became one of the most prolific collectives of photojournalists in the history of Latin America. The Hermanos Mayo's experience of the history they lived in Europe gave them a different perspective from that of their Mexican colleagues. Because of their past as refugees and their life-status as workers, the Hermanos Mayo identified with the Braceros. The photographers depict the oppression of the Braceros while revealing a powerful and penetrating of their lives.

Admission: Free and open to the public

Time: 12:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Location: MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 


Annual Viva el Amor Visual Art Exhibit and Silent Auction

 

February 10 - February 24, 2012

MECA’s Annual Valentine’s Day Visual Art Exhibit includes corazón art-pieces made by local artists and community members. All artwork will be sold by silent auction.  Please contact Diana Muñiz regarding submitting a heart art-piece for the exhibit and auction.

 

*Exhibit opening will be Friday February 10 at 8 pm, featuring a Valentines concert serenade by Mariachi MECA and special guests.

 

Admission: Free and open to the public

Time: 12:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

 

** Call for Entries-Viva El Amor 

Participate in MECA's annual celebration of all things L-O-V-E which features an art exhibit showcasing Heart Art created by the community. Pick up your wooden heart now in the Registrar's office and return your completed piece by February 1st  to be included in this exhibit. All art pieces will be sold by silent auction at the Viva el Amor Concert on February 10, with proceeds supporting MECA programs.

 


MECA Celebrates Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz - Visual Art Exhibit

March 2 - March 30, 2012

“Transcendent Lens” is an exhibit featuring the work of Houston artist Renee Rodriguez.  Rodriguez will showcase her current body of work which visually centers on people, landscapes and places which are vibrant with heritage, culture and spirituality.  Through her photographer’s lens aimed at the angles of modern and historical architecture as well as buzzing cities and the local color of its inhabitants, Rodriguez seeks to capture themes inspired by seventeenth century Mexican nun, Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz (1651-1695), one of the greatest poets and playwrights of her time, and the first person in the Americas to argue in writing for the rights of women to be educated.


*Exhibit opening will be Friday March 2 at 7 pm, featuring a concert by spoken word and hip hop artist, Liza Garza.

 

Admission: Free and open to the public

Time: 12:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007 


“The Art of Quan Le Pham”

April 09- April 27, 2012

 Pham is an international painter working as an abstract expressionist.  He will be showing some of his recent works which evoke the sentimentality of Vietnam’s flora and provinces.  

 

*Exhibit opening will be Friday, April 13 at 7pm, featuring a concert by a Vietnamese Folkloric music group.   

Musicians performing: 

Ms. Diem Ly, vocalist
Mr. Jose Pecina, violinist
Mr. Binh Nguyen, guitarist
Ms. Phuong Nguyen, violist ( viola player )
The Ducklings ( Trio )

Admission: Free and open to the public

Time: 12:00 to 7:00 pm

Location: MECA Dow School Campus

1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007 


MECA Student Visual Art Exhibit

May 7 - June 1, 2012
This end of the year exhibit will showcase the work of the students of MECA Visual Art instructors Rochelle Kornas and Ruth Bailey Sosa.

Admission: Free and open to the public
Time: 12:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: MECA Dow School Campus
1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007

“Art Inside” Visual Art Exhibit, Presented by Children’s Prison Arts Project

June 18 - July 6, 2012
Children’s Prison Arts Project is a non-profit arts education organization whose mission is to introduce juvenile offenders in correctional facilities and shelters to an innovative educational theater and visual arts forum where they can express their thoughts and visions in constructive ways. View interesting heartfelt visual artpieces from children from the age of eight to seventeen.


Admission: Free and open to the public
Time: 12:00 to 7:00 pm
Location: MECA Dow School Campus
1900 Kane Street, Houston, TX 77007