Houston Artist Cooperative

Planned, Organized and Established: Houston Artist Cooperatives in the 1930s
August 12, 2017 – November 9, 2017
Julia Ideson Building
550 McKinney St., 77002 | 832-393-1300


In Houston during the 1930s, two separate-but-parallel groups of artists – one black, the other white – organized artist cooperatives, hoping to expand their opportunities for exhibiting and selling their work. 

Both the Negro Art Guild and the Houston Artists Gallery are little known today;the artist-members of each are seldom acknowledged as the serious-minded workers in art that they were.  But through their cooperative efforts they laid down the foundation on which the vibrant modern art culture of Houston stands. 

Though in their day the artists in the two groups could not exhibit in the same gallery, the present exhibition brings them together and lets modern-day Houstonians see – and come to appreciate – their work. Separation turned into unity makes for a stronger, fairer Houston in all areas, including art.