Houston Founder’s at City Hall

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Main Street, Houston, 1969 Oil On Canvas 60 X 50 © Courtesy of the Artist and William Reaves Fine Art
Houston Founder’s at City Hall

901 Bagby
Fourth Floor, City Hall
Houston, TX 77002
June 1st, 2014 - October 1st, 2014
Opening: June 20th, 2014 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM

United States
(832) 393-1097


Mayor’s Office Teams with Local Gallery to Show “Houston Founder’s at City Hall,” a Working Art Exhibition in City Conference Rooms Honors Houston’s Legacy Artists, exhibition on view through October 1, 2014

The Mayor’s Office, in conjunction with William Reaves Fine Art, brings a splendid selection of art works by many of Houston’s earlier painters to the walls of City Hall in an effort to acknowledge the Bayou City’s rich arts legacy and to recognize local artists who have made life-time contributions to the growth of the Houston arts scene.  With paintings installed in various conference rooms throughout city headquarters, the unique “working” exhibition will be on display through August 1, 2014.

The exhibition was facilitated by Ms. Minnette Boesel, Mayor’s Assistant for Cultural Affairs, and organized by William Reaves Fine Arts, a local gallery specializing in early Texas art.  Dr. Alvia Wardlaw of Texas Southern University and Ms. Danielle Burns, Curator of Collections for the Houston Public Library System served as co-curators for the project.  The exhibition addresses four distinct styles, or schools, of painting which emerged in Houston during the fifty years spanning the 1920s through the 1970s.  Included are examples of the city’s earliest proponents of Impressionism, Modernism, African-American Regionalism and Abstract Expressionism.

Mayor Annise Parker noted that, “it is a special treat to see these wonderful works installed on the walls of City Hall.  It is a statement about the richness, diversity and accomplishment of our city’s art scene, and a tribute to these and the many other artists who have shared their time and talents with us here in Houston.”

Boesel explained the conference room exhibition as “a part of our desire to continually share great art in public spaces, as well as in the work environment, and described the exhibition as a “celebration of the city’s remarkable art legacy.”  She congratulated the artists, and expressed appreciation to the staff of Reaves gallery, as well as the associated curators.

The exhibition is accompanied by a lecture series focusing on the development of Houston art.  These talks are free to the public and will include a guided tour of works shown in each conference room. 

The receptions are to be held in the Rotunda at City Hall, located in downtown Houston at 901 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002.  The calendar for the lecture series and events is as follows.


Introduction and Opening Reception: Friday, June 20, 5 - 7 PM

Exhibition Talk: Dr. Alvia Wardlaw, An Overview of Houston’s Legacy of African-American Art:  Friday, June 20, 5:30 PM

Guided Tour of Exhibition: Friday, June 20, 6 PM

Exhibition Talk: Randy Tibbits, Comments on Houston Artists of the Early Twentieth Century: Friday, July 11, 5 - 7 PM

Closing Reception and Tour:Wednesday, September 17, 5 – 7:30 PM

Exhibition Talk: Dr. Katie Edwards, Discussion on Texas Modernism: Wednesday, September 17, 5:30 PM