Arts & Culture

South Houston Gallery Hopes to Become Cultural Hub

The San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery hopes to become a cultural destination between the Museum District and Galveston. And they’re going about it in unique ways.

The current exhibit at the San Jacinto College South Campus Gallery features more than 40 original artworks by famed animator Chuck Jones, on loan from the Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

"He's kind of known mostly for the work he did with Looney Tunes. So we have Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, lots of Coyote and Road Runner original sketches," said curator and art professor Bradly Brown.

But Brown wanted to make the gallery experience extra special by creating a living room set with bean bag chairs and a TV. People can come every Monday from 9 to 11am for free cereal and milk and to watch cartoons in the middle of the exhibit.

"I'm definitely trying to gear all of our exhibitions to have some sort of community and audience involvement."

As an artist, himself, Brown is interested in "not only displaying the work within a gallery exhibition, but also using it as an opportunity to create an artistic experience or an installation that complements the work itself."

For its next exhibit on Texas ranching, the gallery will collaborate with the Butler Longhorn Museum in League City and plans to incorporate workshops on cattle branding and ranch life. Brown added, "I keep joking that we're going to get a mechanical bull in the gallery. I doubt that will be possible, but you never know, I'm looking into it."

He hopes the two-year-old gallery will grow into a cultural hub for South Houston, offering multi-disciplinary exhibits that blend art, science, and history.

"I think we fill a really nice void in this area for sure because we're so close to NASA and [there's] just a very diverse population and we have a very diverse student body."

Brown pointed out that it is not always efficient, or possible, for his students to drive 30 – 45 minutes north to central Houston's Museum District, nor 30 – 45 minutes south to Galveston's arts scene.

"I think that the San Jac South location is really well positioned to hopefully be a midpoint between that bridge from Houston to Galveston ... we have so much culture, but as far as a destination for that culture to come together and be exhibited and be experienced, I think that is what in my mind I would like to provide for the community."

Carrot Cake: The Life and Career of Chuck Jones is on view through November 7 at the San Jacinto College South Camus Gallery.

Listen to the complete interview with Bradly Brown below:

Looney Tunes characters, names, and all related indicia are TM & © Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. 2018. Artwork courtesy Chuck Jones Center for Creativity.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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