EMILY PEACOCK:

Awake and Breathing Hard



Emily Peacock, Safety Suit #2, 2018, archival inkjet print mounted to aluminum,

30 x 20 in., Loan Courtesy of the Artist


On View December 14, 2019 through March 1, 2020

Opening Reception Friday, December 13 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

EMILY PEACOCK: Awake and Breathing Hard will welcome visitors into the world of multimedia artist Emily Peacock, whose work explores issues of identity, intimacy, loss, motherhood, protection and safety. She also addresses her battles with Postpartum depression, a public health issue that affects 10 to 15 percent of mothers. By talking with new mothers and making visual work for a public audience, Peacock encourages women to open up about their experiences without fear or shame and start to de-stigmatize this disorder. This exhibition will be driven by autobiographical explorations through photography, sculpture, and video works.

Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Peacock earned her degree at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas, and her Masters at the University of Houston. Her work has been exhibited in exhibitions at galleries and art spaces including the Houston Center for Photography, Art League Houston, Lawndale Art Center, Anzenberger Gallery in Vienna, Austria, the Galveston Arts Center, and Blue Star Lab in San Antonio, among others. She is currently a professor at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas and lives in Houston, Texas. Her work is included in the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

This exhibition is generously funded in part by the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.


DAVID MCGEE:

BLACK PAINTINGS


David McGee, Ragnar, 2016, 60 x 48 in., Loan Courtesy of the Artist and Texas Gallery


On View December 14, 2019 through March 1, 2020

Opening Reception Friday, December 13 | 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.


This exhibition is composed mainly of thirty paintings by Houston-based painter David McGee. The abstract series titled Urban Dread consists of mixed-media paintings. The series will be in dialogue with other oil and mixed media paintings. Through thought-provoking paintings McGee explores his role as a black, male artist in 21st century America. Challenging labels, his work comments on contemporary culture and his place within it.

Born in Lockhart, Louisiana, David McGee currently resides in Houston, Texas. McGee received his BA from Prairie View A&M University, and since has become one of the most prolific and renowned painters in the Houston art scene and beyond. His paintings have been the focus of several solo exhibitions at DiverseWorks and Texas Gallery. McGee’s work is held in the collections of many prominent institutions including The Menil Collection, Art Museum of Southeast Texas, Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Addison Gallery, Dallas Museum of Art, and Harvard University Museums. He is the recipient of multiple prestigious grants from the Joan Mitchell Foundation, the Mid- America Arts Alliance, Texas Artists and Lawyers for the Arts, and the Houston Art Alliance. His work has also been featured in a variety of publications including The Village Voice, The Wall Street Journal, Art in America and ARTnews.

This exhibition is generously funded in part by the City of Beaumont, the Wesley W. Washburn M.D. and Lulu L. Smith, M.D. Endowment Fund, the Texas Commission on the Arts and the C. Homer and Edith Fuller Chambers Charitable Foundation.
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