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This page contains information about the current gallery exbition in the O'Kane Gallery located on the 3rd floor of the main building of the University of Houston - Downtown.

O'Kane Gallery - Current Exhibitions

MECA and UHD O’Kane Gallery to co-present exhibition of Tejana artists Tina Fuentes, Delilah Montoya, and Kathy Vargas Voices in Concert: In the Spirit of Juana Inés de la Cruz

March 26 - April 24, 2015

MECA Down School Lobby
1900 Kane Street
Houston, TX 77007
Weekdays 12:00 - 7:00 p.m.

O'Kane Gallery - UHD
One Main Street
Houston, TX 77002
Weekdays 10:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Reception Parking Information

With current construction, O'Kane Gallery is offering complementary parking for the March 26 reception in student parking under UHD's College of Business Building on Shea Street just north of IH-10. Please enter the "Student Parking" entrance only on Vine Street and enter code 147258.


About the Exhibition

The careers of Fuentes, Montoya and Vargas bridge life experiences that include issues of gender and racial inequality addressed by the Chicano Movement that began in the mid-1960s. The themes within their art speak to ideas of identity, freedom, transformation and exploration. Their work offers mature perspectives without obvious ties to historical documentation, thus allowing the artists to more broadly embrace their heritage in new and inventive ways.

Additional programming events for this exhibition include:

Wednesday March 25, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Gallery Talk with Ann Leimer, Ph.,D and Catalog Signing at MECA

Thursday March 26, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
Panel Discussion with the artists, moderated by Dr. Leimer,
at the University of Houston (Main Campus), School of Art, Room 110

Thursday March 26, 2015 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Exhibition Reception and Opening for “Voices in Concert: In the Spirit of Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz”
will be held at the O’Kane Gallery, University of Houston-Downtown


About the Artists

Tina Fuentes
Born in 1949 in San Angelo and raised in Odessa, Texas, Tina Fuentes earned B.F.A. (1973) and M.F.A. degrees (1975) at North Texas State University in Denton, Texas, where she trained in painting, drawing and printmaking. Fuentes commenced her teaching career in public schools and went on to teach at the University of Albuquerque and the University of New Mexico. Since 1986, she has taught at the School of Art at Texas Tech University, where she directed the school from 2009 to 2013; she holds the rank of Full Professor.


Delilah Montoya
Delilah Montoya was born in 1955 in Fort Worth, Texas, was raised in the Midwest and studied art in New Mexico, the home of generations of her family. She supported herself as a medical photographer on the way to earning an MFA in Printmaking (1999) and an MFA in Studio Art (1994) from the University of New Mexico. Since then she has taught at various universities and exhibited widely around the nation and abroad. In 2001, she began teaching photography at the University of Houston; she is currently Full Professor at that institution.


Kathy Vargas
Artist/photographer Kathy Vargas is Associate Professor of Art at the University of the Incarnate Word. Born in 1950 and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Vargas earned a BA in Fine Art (1981) and an MFA (1984), both with a concentration in photography, from the University of Texas at San Antonio. After serving as the Director of the Visual Arts Program of the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center in San Antonio, from 1985 to 2000, Vargas began teaching at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio. In 2006, she was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure at that institution. From 2006 to 2011, she served as the director of the Semmes Gallery as well as chair of the Art Department at Incarnate Word.


About MECA and MECA Performing Arts
MECA is a community-based nonprofit organization committed to the healthy development of underserved youth and adults through arts and cultural programming, academic excellence, support services, and community building. MECA

MECA Performing Arts is a platform that convenes community through the arts and encourages dialogue about issues ranging from social justice and equity to diversity and community transformation. From incubating works in progress to presenting local and touring artists, MECA seeks to work with innovative and socially engaged artists whose work expands the boundaries of tradition and practice. MECA is especially interested in projects that bring to light the experiences of life on the margins of societies, economies, and cultures.

This project is funded by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. The project supported by this grant was created by a partnership of the O’Kane Gallery at UH-Downtown, MECA (Multicultural Education and Counseling through the Arts) and Arte Público Press. MECA is funded by a grant from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance.

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Last updated or reviewed on 3/26/15

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