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We are pledging to take these steps for your protection and ask that you please do the same when visiting out of respect for other visitors, our staff, and their families. News and announcements concerning GAC programs, classes, and events will be shared through here and our social media and email newsletter. Thank you for your continued support. We look forward to seeing you in the near future at GAC!
Stephen Wilson: Boy Life in America
Stephen Wilson’s exhibition, Boy Life in America, features a new series of works on paper that present images of Black Americans as living extensions of contemporary, democratic possibilities. For generations, Black boys have exemplified an extraordinary method of adaptation toward unsettled situations, new experiences, diversity, and institutional change. The exhibition title and themes reference Albert Murray’s 1970 book The Omni-americans and music from Cody Chesnutt’s 2012 album, The Headphone Masterpiece. The works are a continuation of Wilson’s use of anonymous models from barbershop styling posters. He presents these figures not as abnormal, non-white people, but as innocuous creators of culture, observing the world and adapting anonymously.
Steve Parker: Day is Done
Day is Done features sound sculptures by Austin-based artist Steve Parker. His work explores communal experiences that examine history, systems, and behavior. The exhibition features a new work inspired by Guy Taylor’s public performance of Taps each evening in downtown Galveston and the tradition being carried on by Constable Clint Wayne Brown. Parker’s site-responsive sculpture for Galveston is made from salvaged brass instrument bells that play a composition of collected recordings of the lyrics of the well-known Taps tune. This work reflects on its roots as a call to retire for the evening and metaphor for life and death. The exhibition also features Parker’s 2018 work Sirens in the second-floor vault, which reimagines the function of the contemporary civil defense siren. Rather than projecting conventional warning tones, Sirens plays intermittent recordings of songs of distress as a call to action.
Main Gallery January 30 – April 18, 2021
Ronald L. Jones: Wave (Goodbye)
For 34 years, Galveston Arts Center has organized ArtWalk every 6-8 weeks. Presented in partnership with downtown galleries, artist studios, nonprofit arts spaces, and local businesses, this popular…crowded event has been a major economic driver for the cultural arts and tourism sectors of Galveston’s economy.
We take pride in this tradition and remain committed to promoting the business of artists and galleries through good times and challenging ones. It is in this spirit of solidarity that GAC presents, in lieu of ArtWalk, this Galveston Gallery Guide to help art lovers connect with local galleries, find virtual shopping options, and support working artists—independently or in small groups, any day of the year.
Nonprofit Exhibition Spaces
Galleries and Artist Studios
Friends of ArtWalk
Design by Hanna Gonzales.
The ArtWalk design theme “Under the Surface” incorporates photographic textures sourced from hidden or overlooked corners of Galveston’s streets, sidewalks, and alleys.