Art League Houston is excited to announce that the 2018-19 season will include exhibitions and art projects by the following artists:  

Jeffreen M. Hayes, Alice Leora Briggs and Julián Cardona, Jade Yumang, Karen Lee Williams, Miriam Mendez, Susannah Mira, Las Girls Collective, Liyen Chong, Bill Brown & Sabine Gruffat, Preetika Rajgariah, Tijay Mohammad, Taja Lindley, Daniela Koontz, Josue Ramirez, Dana Suleymanova and Alex Guillen, and Tomiko Jones. 

  Deep Seeded , 2016, Archival Inkjet prints, acrylic on canvas & various fabrics, 48x48

Deep Seeded, 2016, Archival Inkjet prints, acrylic on canvas & various fabrics, 48x48


Curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, PhD

Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, November 16, 2018

Exhibition Dates: November 16, 2018 – January 12, 2019

Artist Talk at 6:30 PM | Main Gallery & Hallway Space

Art League Houston presents Silos, a group exhibition curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D (Chicago) featuring artists Regina Agu (Houston), Yaw Agyeman (Chicago), Rabēa Ballin (Houston), Wesley Clark (DMV area), Nathaniel Donnett (Houston), Shané Gooding (DC), Esau McGhee (Milwaukee/Chicago), Johana Moscoso (Sheboygan/Chicago), Wanda Raimundi-Ortiz (Orlando), Ellington Robinson (DC/Virgin Islands), Stacy-Lynn Waddell (NC/NYC), and Rhonda Wheatley (Chicago).

As a microcosm of our society, the art world maintains a system of marginalization based on racial and cultural difference. Artists identified as Other function in the silos, just as they do in society. Within this system, many of the artists create some of the most provocative works of art.

This exhibition, Silos, presents artists of color who examine the silos, otherness, and the cultural and social ramifications of marginalization based on one’s identity, whether self-defined or inscribed. With artists examining this space, absence and exclusion cannot be ignored. Bearing witness, as they do, not only identifies the pressing issues but also challenges the norm of marginalization, absence, and exclusion. This exhibit marks the third iteration of Silos, a multiyear project curated by Jeffreen M. Hayes, Ph.D and previously exhibited at Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College, Chicago, IL in 2017 and the American University Museum at the Katzen Arts Center, Washington, D.C in 2016.


Jeffreen M. Hayes PhD (Chicago)

Jeffreen M. Hayes, a trained art historian and curator, merges administrative, curatorial, and academic practices into her cultural practice of supporting artists and community development. As an advocate for racial inclusion, equity, and access, Jeffreen has developed a curatorial and leadership approach that invites community participation, particularly those in marginalized communities. Her curatorial projects include Intimate Interiors (2012), Etched in Collective History (2013), SILOS (2016), Augusta Savage: Renaissance Woman (2018), and Process (2019). Additionally, she is a guest curator for Artpace San Antonio’s International Artist-in-Residence program. Jeffreen is the Executive Director of Threewalls, a Chicago-based organization that brings segregated communities, people, and experiences together through art. Under her leadership, Threewalls intentionally develops artistic platforms that encourage connections beyond traditional engagements with art.

Jeffreen earned a Ph.D in American Studies from the College of William and Mary, a Masters in Art History from Howard University, and a BA from Florida International University in Humanities. She has worked at several museums and cultural institutions including Birmingham Museum of Art, Hampton University Museum, Library of Congress and the National Gallery of Art.


I ♥ 3rd Ward

Marc Newsome

Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, November 16, 2018

Exhibition Dates: November 16, 2018 – January 12, 2019

Artist talk at 7:00 PM | Front Gallery

Art League Houston (ALH) is proud to present I ♥ 3rd Ward, a photo, video, and soundscape exhibition by Marc Newsome. The exhibition features a series of documentary style photographs depicting 3rd Ward, a historically African American neighborhood located in Houston, Texas. Having been a longtime epicenter of Black American life, culture, commerce, and existence, 3rd Ward has become subject to the forces of rapid gentrification, causing shifts in the economic, geographic, and racial landscape.

Many of the locations depicted in the photographs have changed due to updates in the area. Even through the duration of this exhibition, many 3rd Ward structures formally existing for decades will be subject to development, and no longer exist as they have been previously known. Each photograph in the exhibition has been printed on metal to reinforce the idea of a permanent existence, despite the many permutations each location has seen before.

In addition to the exhibition, the artist will be screening episodes of his I ♥ 3 W web series, consisting of short interviews chronicling people’s thoughts on the changes in the 3rd Ward area. The artist will also screen his award winning 2008 film “Here Comes the Neighborhood – A Gentrification Comedy”, a five-minute short film that satirically discusses the different aspects of gentrification by examining taxes, real estate developers, overvalued properties and how all this affects residents of a historically African American neighborhood. There will also be ambient soundscapes played of recorded sounds unique to 3rd Ward.


Marc Newsome is multi-disciplinary artist based in Houston, TX. Known by his artist moniker ‘Marc Furi’, Newsome works in photography, documentary filmmaking, sound scapes, graphic design, and social practice. His creative projects stem from his philosophy of exploring the profundity of scenes taken for granted.

He is a recent recipient of 3 grants via the City of Houston and Houston Arts Alliance for documentary work including TreSonik-3rd Ward Audio Anthropology, a web series chronicling what people love about 3rd Ward, and the life of Dr. Thomas F. Freeman legendary head coach of the Texas Southern University Debate Team. In addition, he was one of 3 ambassadors for the 3rd Ward art payphone project known as Trephonos, a project which explores the ambient noises of 3rd Ward through a payphone’s keypad.

Newsome currently explores the emotions that arise from gazing upon the dissolving landscape scenes of the gentrified 3rd Ward area of Houston, TX.


Data Breach

Susannah Mira

Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, November 16, 2018

Exhibition Dates: November 16, 2018 – January 12, 2019

Artist Talk at 6:15 PM | Sculpture Garden

Art League Houston is excited to present Data Breach, an outdoor installation by Susannah Mira. The installation incorporates thousands of discarded sheets of microfiche film, creating a physical metaphor reflecting the millions of information disclosures shaping our world today. As with the artists’ overall body of work, Data Breach utilizes salvaged materials, which in this case, includes records of congressional documents de-accessioned from a library during migration to digital access.

Placed in an outdoor context, the pieces assimilate into the environment of the Art League Houston sculpture garden. The work literally places data carriers in the same context as nature, commenting on the pervasiveness of information technology and the information economy in our everyday lives. In addition, the work expresses how quickly methods of saving information change, keeping in mind that microfiche was considered the archival standard in preserving information until quite recently.


Susannah Mira earned a master’s degree in Environmental Art at Aalto University in 2008, however, she considers her experiential education, gained by living and working on handmade shelter in the American West just as important. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally, and has been awarded close to two dozen artist residencies throughout North America, including opportunities at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and with Signal Fire. Born in San Francisco and raised in a nondescript Philadelphia suburb, she has been based in Houston since 2013, where she maintains a studio at Box 13.