The Sam Houston State University Department of Art and the Student Art Association are sponsoring the University Avenue Art Walk on Saturday, March 4, 2-6pm. Galleries and exhibition spaces along University Avenue will be open to the public free of charge. Visitors can start at either end of University Avenue or in the middle, and see art and artifacts by current students, and artists who made Huntsville their home, or passed through the area at some point and left their mark.
At the southern end of University Avenue, on the corner of 17th Street, the FAMC (Fine Arts and Mass Communication) Creative Community Gallery will be open in the basement of the residence hall formerly known as Belvin-Buchanan. Now known as FAMC Creative Community, the newly renovated residence hall is dedicated exclusively to students in the College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication. The basement has been transformed to include stages, practice rooms, and an art gallery. An exhibit of work by current art students will be on display in the gallery, and animation students will be presenting short films in the theater.
Works from the collection of George and Sue Russell will be on display just down the street at 1501, 1425, and 1405 University Avenue. Mr. Russell has been rescuing and renovating 19th and early 20th century houses along University Avenue for years. The Museum of Texas Arts, located on the corner of 15th Street in a two-story brick house, exhibits work by Texas Artists that George has been collecting for over 50 years. Across the street, on the south side of 15thStreet, is The Museum of Genocide that displays his collection of Native American artifacts from the area. At The Museum of Texas Furniture, Stoneware and Kitsch, located on the corner of 14th Street, viewers can get a glimpse of Texas History through the Russell’s collection of antique Texas furniture and pottery.
In the middle of University Avenue, the SHSU Student Satellite Gallery is located just off the Town Square at number 1216. The Satellite Gallery will exhibit works by members of the Student Art Association.
The northern end of the University Avenue Art Walk is anchored by the Adickes Foundation on the corner of 7th Street in the old Huntsville High School. The Adickes’ Foundation has exhibition spaces devoted to the paintings of Huntsville native David Adickes, the creator of the statue of Sam Houston on Interstate 45.
All of the venues will be open from 2-5pm and culminate in a reception at the SHSU Satellite Gallery from 5-6pm. Street parking is available and a van will be going up and down University Avenue once an hour to transport visitors who prefer to park and ride.
University Avenue is located in the heart of the Huntsville Cultural District. Murals by acclaimed artist Richard Haas can be seen along the Avenue that connects Sam Houston State University and the City of Huntsville with important art and artifacts and a unique cultural history.
For more information please contact Michael Henderson firstname.lastname@example.org or the Department of Art at 936-294-1315.