Art League Houston is excited to announce that the 2014-2015 season will include exhibitions and art projects by the following artists: Mel Chin, Ed Wilson, Preetika Rajgariah, Cassie Phan, Caroline Chandler, Stephanie Saint Sanchez, Lovie Olivia, John Medina, {exurb}, Lavar Munroe, Iva Kinnaird, Jennifer Datchuk, Ayanna McCloud, and Autumn Knight.

The Lucky Seven: Adventures of The New Saints 

Stephanie Saint Sanchez

ALH Main Gallery 

May 8 - June 13, 2015

Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present The Lucky Seven: Adventures of the New Saints, an exhibition featuring photography, sculpture and video by Houston-based filmmaker & curator Stephanie Saint Sanchez. Inspired by the history of the Patron Saints, who have traditionally been used as intercessors and advocates in heaven for a nation, place, craft, activity, class, or person, this exhibition playfully tells the story of seven new patron saints who have been created in response to present-day socio-political issues, and everyday living. The opening reception is Friday May 8, 6 - 9 PM with an artist talk at 6:30 PM.

The Lucky Seven include: St. Anglo de Gated Communiti - Patron Saint of protection of wealth; St. Velveeta of Sheboygan - Patron Saint of processed pasteurized processed cheese food; St. Tierra of Azucar - Patron Saint of oddly named Texas Towns; St. Schmatta of Arme-Salut - Patron Saint of second hand clothing stores; St. Mortua of Giggleheim - Saint of people who die laughing; St. Qwerty Perdida - Patron Saint of lost passwords; St. Simon K. Si y La Jovencita de Shenanigans - Patron Saints of bad ideas and his child apprentice of pranks, and the St. Aethelwird of Hirsute-Moire - Patron Saint of bearded drag queens

Each Saint will be honored in an elaborate altarpiece, with candles, daily prayers, and other significant trinkets. The Lucky Seven will also be featured in a short film, depicting the trials and triumphs faced as they deal with the complexities of modern day life. Throughout the exhibit, viewers will be invited to post petitions and prayers to the new saints using post-it notes specifically blessed by the artist.


Stephanie Saint Sanchez is a by-any-means-necessary media artist, movie maker, and instigator. As founder of La Chicana Laundry Pictures, she has made over 25 award-winning, genre-bending shorts. She also started the Señorita Cinema film festival, the only all Latina Film Festival in Texas. She is a recipient of a S.W.A.M.P. Emerging Filmmakers Fellowship, The Idea Fund, and Lawndale Artist Studio Program.  www.lachicanalaundrypictures.com


Lovie Olivia 

ALH Front Gallery

May 8 - June 13, 2015

Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present DaMask, an exhibition of new work by Houston-based artist Lovie Olivia. The exhibition features a series of large scale paintings that depict intricate and multi-layered portraits of African American women, exploring the stigmas and entanglements associated with minority women, living with mental health disorders. The strong and the vulnerable, the beautiful and the harrowing, the overt and the mysterious; DaMask examines the simultaneous embodiments of minority women who struggle with mental health challenges. Using a modified plaster fresco technique, where pigments and ornamental design are applied to wet plaster and the surface of the work is elaborately carved into and layered upon; the paintings become a physical manifestation of what it means to mask one’s identity.  The opening reception is Friday May 8, 6 - 9 PM with an artist talk at 7:00 PM.

“This complicated and reoccurring theme has been an acute interest of mine for the past four years,” says the artist. “It has reshaped my life as I have watched family and community members suffer and perish, as a result of mental illness, depression and emotional distress. From my personal experience I’ve witnessed that African American women have commonly been portrayed as "pillars" of their communities--resilient mothers, sisters, daughters, aunties, wives, and grandmothers who remain steadfast in the face of all adversities. While these portrayals imply that African American women have few psychological problems, the scientific literature and demographic data present a different picture. They reveal that African American women are at increased risk for psychological distress because of factors that disproportionately affect them.


Lovie Olivia is a native Houstonian and a visual artist who employs painting, printmaking, and installation to create her works.  Although her past includes some formal artistic training, including graduating from Houston’s High School for the Performing and Visual Arts, she mostly relies on her independent studies of art, cultures, music, literature and history to influence her work. She has exhibited at, Jam Gallery - Brooklyn NY, Pillow – Brooklyn NY, 36 Steps Gallery – Pittsburgh PA, The Art League Houston, Darke Gallery, GalleryM2, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Project Row Houses, and the Arthello Beck Gallery in Dallas as well as Houston Museum of African American Culture and more.  Olivia’s work hangs in numerous private and public collections and her decorative interior and restorative painting applications can be found in many homes and businesses, throughout Houston.  In addition to her multifaceted approach to visual art, she enjoys teaching drawing at Art League and painting at High School for the Performing and Visual Arts. She continues to volunteer and collaborate with organizations like Project Row Houses, Houston Arts Alliance, Art League and Diverse Works to name a few. Olivia is also a recipient of an Individual Artist Grant Award 2009 and 2014 which is funded by the City of Houston through the Houston Arts Alliance.

I Thought I Heard Music, But I Can’t See the Truck

John Medina

ALH Hallway Space

May 8 - June 13, 2015

Art League Houston (ALH) is excited to present I Thought I Heard Music, But I Can’t See the Truck, an exhibition by San Antonio-based artist John Medina. The exhibition features a series of paintings that playfully explore notions of love and loss, inspired by a neighborhood ice-cream truck from the artist’s childhood. The opening reception is Friday May 8, 6 - 9 PM with an artist talk at 6:30 PM.

John Medina’s father used to tell a story of when he was a young boy. Medina would often sit at the front window which looked out towards the street. The hot South Texas sun forced everyone inside, but he longed for a connection to the outside world. As his father explained, Medina would press his forehead up against the glass while sadly repeating, “Ice cream man! Come to my house!” For his father this was an amusing anecdote about the strangeness of childhood, but for Medina, it reminded him of the disappointment he felt on days when the ice cream man didn’t show up. It also conjured feelings of longing, loneliness and isolation. He cannot help but relate these memories to his adult experiences with love, loss and his ambition to succeed.

For this body of work, Medina utilizes a variety of non-traditional sculpture materials, most notably hot glue, to create forms that inspire a sense of curiosity and wonderment. Other works in the series evoke a sense of childhood nostalgia, conveying a sense of disappointment at the unfulfilled promise of something as fantastic as ice cream.


John Medina was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas; the hometown of Whataburger and Selena. He received his BFA from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and his MFA from Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, Illinois. He currently lives and works in San Antonio as an artist and designer for Alamo Basement. Medina often incorporates a variety of media into his artwork but has an affinity for hot glue and relief printing. His work is inspired by Mexican folklore, Texas history, urban legends, cryptozoology, quantum physics, religious iconography, cultural traditions, science fiction, comic books, “gangsta” rap, breakfast tacos and drunken story-telling. His latest accomplishment, collaboration with San Anto Cultural Arts, was completion of the world’s first stereoscopic 3-D mural entitled, Vision del Futuro. Located in downtown San Antonio, this large-scale mural project, funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, features an innovative painting technique that is enhanced by the use of 3-D glasses.

Medina is a part of Dumbo Press, a performance group that combines printmaking, sculpture and installation in an effort to make the art world more accessible to the general public.  He is also a writer for the satirical blog, Lighter Fluid, Match, which takes a cynical and humorous approach to art history.  Recently he was one of the founders and Conference Coordinators for The Jackalope Art Conference, a new forward thinking art conference advocating in-depth discussions in contemporary art making and studio practice.