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DIVULSION PRELUDE by Barry Carter, Houston Baptist University
Wednesday, March 1st, 2017
March in the Galleries


Every year Rockport Center for the Arts hosts a statewide, juried exhibition for undergraduate and graduate students emerging in the visual arts.  Three winners are awarded cash prizes, $500 for first prize, $300 for second prize, and $200 for third prize. This year the winners will be selected by Mary Mikel Stump.

Mary Mikel Stump joined Southwest School of Art in San Antonio as Director of Exhibitions in 2015. Prior to her position there, she was the Director of The University Galleries at Texas State University in San Marcos.  Mary earned a Masters of Art in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University, and a Bachelor of Fine Art in Studio Art from Texas State University.

For this year’s exhibit, the work of thirty-four artists representing thirteen universities across the State of Texas will be shown in the Main Gallery.  Director of Visual Arts, Taylor Hendrix says,“Rising Eyes of Texas allows us to feature some of the best work being done in Texas university art programs throughout our state, and provides those student artists a platform where they can convene, be recognized, and present their work to a juror who is a significant figure in the Texas art scene. This is also a rare opportunity for Coastal Bend audiences to witness this statewide talent in one place and engage with the work of future emerging artists and the universities they represent.”

The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, March 11thwith a reception from 5 to 7 PM. 

The show continues through April 1st, 2017. Admission is always free.  Images of past Rising Eyes of Texas shows and additional information is available at



The month of March is National Youth Art Month, so it is very fitting that the Garden Gallery will feature work by Rockport-Fulton High School students in conjunction with the  Rising Eyes of Texas show.