“Spirit and Matter” November 2 – 28, 2016

“Spirit and Matter” November 2 – 28, 2016

Spirit and Matter is open!

The 2016 Houston Metal Arts Guild Spirit and Matter exhibition is open in the Main Art Gallery of the Jung Center.

Jung Center:  5200 Montrose Boulevard, Houston TX 77006
Exhibition dates:  November 2-28, 2016

Opening Reception and Awards Ceremony:
Saturday, November 5, 2016, 5 pm – 7 pm

Spirit and Matter 2016 is a spectacular exhibit of 59 pieces by 33 Texas metal artists selected from a pool of 99 entries submitted by artists from across the state.  As this event was open to  metal artists of traditional and representational subject matter, the entries represented an extremely wide range of artistic style and experience.  The juror, Andy Cooperman, had his work cut out for him and had this to say:

“What makes a great piece of Art or Craft? Wish I knew for sure. I can only say what rings my bells, what resonates with me. But the responsibility of jurying an exhibition requires more than a gut reaction or simple preference. In the case of Spirit and Matter, it meant considering each submission through the lens of these criteria:

  • Is the work in some way compelling?
  • Is there depth in form or idea?
  • Is it well made–is the maker committed to the object?
  • Is it original?
  • Does it hold up to multiple viewings; does it stick in my mind?
  • And finally, how does the work balance with the artist’s statement?

All of these qualities must be successfully manifested in a relatively small number of pixels in an image floating on the screen of an iMac. Tall order to be sure!

There was a wide range of work submitted. As a maker I understand and acknowledge the dedication involved in making something and then taking the risk of having it judged, so I looked carefully at every entry, several times. The work that I ultimately selected survived multiple rounds and I believe best illustrates the powerful partnership between spirit and matter.”

 – Andy Cooperman, Seattle –

Congratulations to our featured artists!

See a list of all the work here

Deirdre Barrett – Houston, TX
Jane Bocchini – Houston, TX
Anke Bohmer – Spring, TX
Mary Davenport – Houston, TX
Diana Diebold – Houston, TX
Martha Ferguson – Houston, TX
Terry Fromm – Houston, TX
Marsha Greene – Houston, TX
Jan Harrell – Houston, TX
Al Heilman – Willis, TX
Cynthia Hendrickson – Kingwood, TX
Rene Henry – Houston, TX
Jessica Jacobi – Deer Park, TX
Kathleen Janvier – Irving, TX
Younha Jung – Houston, TX
Cindee Klement – Houston, TX
Dave Koenig – Houston, TX
Debbie Leh-Pargac – Houston, TX
Beatrice Mladenka-Fowler – Houston, TX
Tamar Navama – Dallas, TX
Jillian Palone – San Antonio, TX
Jo Preston – Houston, TX
Angela Roberts – North Richland Hills, TX
Sarah Roberts – Converse, TX
Nancy Slagle – Lubbock, TX
Laura Sprague – Houston, TX
Olga Starostina – Houston, TX
Robert Straight – Bellaire, TX
Sarma Taylor – Houston, TX
Amber Tiemann – League City, TX
Jess Tolbert – Austin, TX
Joyce Welch – Deer Park, TX
Adriane Wiltse – Houston, TX

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  1. Cathy Prieto-Smith, HMAG 2016-17 President says:

    Congratulations to all of you! This is a very exciting time for HMAG. I hope you all can join us for the Exhibition Opening Reception, stated above. If not, please stop by during the exhibition from November 2nd-28, 2016. And bring your friends!