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

Britt Thomas, Rodrigo Valenzuela, Cobra McVay, Seth Schwaiger, Jeffreen M. Hayes, Alice Leora Briggs and Julián Cardona, Jade Yumang, Karen Lee Williams, Miriam Medrez, and Susannah Mira. 

  Britt Thomas,  Stimming Stomach , 2017,   14 x 24 inches, print

Britt Thomas, Stimming Stomach, 2017, 14 x 24 inches, print


Britt Thomas

Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2018 Biennial

Opening Reception: 6–9PM Friday, March 23, 2018

Exhibition Dates: March 23, 2018–May 5, 2018

Artist Talk 6:30 PM I Main Gallery

Art League Houston is excited to present Just Relax, an exhibition by Houston based photographer Britt Thomas, in conjunction with Fotofest 2018 Biennial. The exhibition features a selection of audio, video, and photographic components that explores issues related to infertility. The phrase “Just Relax” refers to the most common advice given to people struggling with conceiving by well-meaning friends and family who frequently have no idea of the realities surrounding infertility and pregnancy loss. The reality is that 10-15% of the population suffers from infertility, and approximately 25% of all pregnancies end in miscarriage or stillbirth. Despite these high numbers, infertility is still a highly taboo topic to be freely discussed in public. The lack of discourse on infertility and pregnancy loss has sustained an atmosphere of isolation and embarrassment for people experiencing these obstacles.

“Considering that this exhibition is my first endeavor into presenting a predominantly private struggle,” says the artist. “I opted to start by applying my personal experience with infertility and pregnancy loss. Since 2014, my husband and I have been working on building our family. We chose in-vitro fertilization (IVF) as our method to create a family based on our wants and circumstances. Because of my intimate knowledge of this method, much of the artworks in this exhibition reflect that choice. Obviously, this is not the only option for individuals wanting to start a family, and I hope that this exhibition leads to more opportunities to work with people who are fighting to overcome infertility and build their families in other ways. In other words, this is not the culmination of this project, but the start of an extensive body of work exploring the many facets to infertility and pregnancy loss.”



Britt Thomas is an interdisciplinary artist currently living and working in Houston, TX. Extracting the strange from the familiar is Thomas’s aim in art making. She uses lens-based media and mass-produced materials to uncover inherent peculiarities in ordinary materials, visuals, and experiences. At the center of her art exploration is the human experience. Thomas’s introspective nature gives rise to over analysis of how people relate to each other, society, and their environment. Thomas was born and raised in Southeast Texas, receiving her M.F.A. in Photography and Digital Media from the University of Houston in 2011.


  Cobra McVey,  Makeover Kingdom , mixed media installation, dimensions variable, 2018

Cobra McVey, Makeover Kingdom, mixed media installation, dimensions variable, 2018

Makeover Kingdom

Cobra McVey

Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2018 Biennial

Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, March 23, 2018

Exhibition Dates: March 23, 2018 – May 5, 2018

Artist Talk 6:15 PM I Hallway Space

Art League Houston is excited to present Makeover Kingdom, an exhibition by Houston based artist Cobra McVey. Makeover Kingdom features found object assemblages representing the King, Queen, progeny and members of the court in a futuristic kingdom. The materials used to create the assemblages suggest new life forms mutated from orphaned thrift store objects and mass-produced consumer goods, foretelling the fallout from widespread industrialization as ruling the future. The installation transforms surplus synthetic objects into royalty and the hallway of Art League Houston into a castle space. Makeover Kingdom is a futuristic tableau that combines humor and fantasy with an underlying pragmatism.



Cobra McVey is a Houston based artist who uses found objects and recycled synthetic materials in combination with traditional art making techniques to create futuristic environments that reference contemporary culture. She is the lead singer and guitarist for Winelord, a female punk rock trio hatched from the same B-movie aesthetic that influences her visual art. She is also co-founder, costume maker, and a major dancer of The Bar-B-Que Gang Dance Troupe, an enterprise that combines design and performance. McVey received an MFA from the University of Georgia in 2012 and has been an Artist-in-Residence at Virginia Commonwealth University, The Vermont Studio Center, and Houston’s Post-Studio Projects and Lawndale Art Center. She has lived in Massachusetts, Arizona, and Georgia but now considers Texas home. Her work has been screened at festivals and exhibited nationally. Winelord’s album, III, is available online and at record stores across the United States.

  Rodrigo Andres Valenzuela,  The Unwaged , 2017, HD video, 8:00 minutes 

Rodrigo Andres Valenzuela, The Unwaged, 2017, HD video, 8:00 minutes 

The Unwaged

Rodrigo Valenzuela

Exhibition in conjunction with FotoFest 2018 Biennial

Opening Reception: 6 – 9 PM Friday, March 23, 2018

Exhibition Dates: March 23, 2018 – May 5, 2018

Artist Talk 7:00 PM I Front Gallery

Art League Houston is excited to present The Unwaged, by LA-based artist Rodrigo Valenzuela. The exhibition features a single-channel video addressing unpaid labor, volunteering, and internship culture rooted in the capital market. Coming from a low income family and spending most of his twenties as an undocumented worker, the artist was never able to enjoy the privilege of building a CV that would ensure a career. The Unwaged comments on the stress generated by unpaid labor, career building gigs and the outcomes of being underappreciated economically.

The video features a collection of interviews with individuals that have worked for free in exchange for the promise of a “good opportunity”. The length of each interview was determined by personal endurance, and composed to appear as if they all took place in the same room. The strenuous process and resulting composite footage reflect the environment of capital oppression that one must endure in order to achieve personal and professional goals.  



Rodrigo Valenzuela constructs narratives and stories which highlight the tensions between individual and community, and alienation and displacement. The artist utilizes autobiographical threads to inform larger fields of experience. Often using landscapes and tableaus with day laborers or himself, Valenzuela explores the way an image is inhabited, and the way that spaces, objects and people are translated into images. His work serves as an expressive and intimate point of contact between the broader realms of subjectivity and political contingency in order to engage the viewer in questions concerning the ways in which the formation and experience of each work is situated—how they exist in and out of place. He holds an MFA in photomedia from the University of Washington, a BA in philosophy from Evergreen State College, and a BFA in Art History and Photography from the University of Chile.