Art Talent from Across Texas Are Participating in Rising Eyes of Texas Exhibit

as shared by Rockport Center for the Arts                                                      


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                  

March 1, 2018                                                            

MEDIA, PLEASE CONTACT:   Elena Rodriguez 361.729.5519


For 11 Years the Rising Eyes of Texas Exhibit has been bringing art talent from across the state for a juried exhibition

Rainey Knudson, Founder of Glasstire Magazine will select the winners

Thirty-four artists representing sixteen different universities are participating in 2018


(ROCKPORT, TX.) Every year Rockport Center for the Arts hosts a statewide, juried exhibition for undergraduate and graduate students emerging in the visual arts.  Three winners are awarded cash prizes, $500 for first prize, $300 for second prize, and $200 for third prize. This year the winners will be selected by Rainey Knudson.


Rainey Knudson founded Glasstire, the oldest online-only arts magazine in the country, in 2001. Glasstire is the premiere source of online art criticism for Texas and beyond. Rainey resides in Houston.


For this year’s exhibit, the work of thirty-four artists representing sixteen universities from across the State of Texas will be shown in the gallery.  Exhibition Curator, Elena Rodriguez says, “This is one of my favorite shows of the year. I love seeing the ingenuity and voices of the next generation of artists. And I hope that they come to see Rockport as the unique artist colony that it is.”


The exhibit opens to the public on Saturday, March 10th with a reception from 5 to 6:30 PM.  The show continues through March 31st, 2017. Admission is always free.  Images of past Rising Eyes of Texas shows and additional information is available at



Rising Eyes of Texas

List of Exhibiting Artists by University


Glassell School of Art

A.M. Schaer


Houston Baptist University

Naomi Roato

Carry Carter

Beth Cleary

Stephanie Gonzales

Ceal Guevara

Crystal Murley

Ian Russey

Fereshteh Solati


Houston Community College

Louisa Tang

Motoko Yasue


Rice University

Erica Cheung


Southwestern University

Elliot Boone

Hayley Donnelly

Sonja Lea


Texas A&M College Station

Sarah Doyle


Texas A&M Corpus Christi

Tana Alexander

Kelly Curtiss

Audrianna Rios


Texas A&M Kingsville

Sarah Jean Ruiz


Texas Christian University

Sierra Forester


Texas State University

Sarah Castilleja

Emily Potts


Texas Tech University, Lubbock

Michael Emerson

Nathan Collins

Callie Murray

Patrick Quarm


Texas Woman’s University

Cidlallin Pam Flores


Trinity University

Deliasofia Zacarias



University of Houston

Jonathan Read


University of Houston Clear Lake

Amy Cortez

Kelly Hornsby

Passion Trenkelbach


University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

Jesus Trevino





The month of March is National Youth Art Month. The Art Center will feature work by Rockport-Fulton High School Students in conjunction with Rising Eyes of Texas in the classroom area.




Rockport Center for the Arts, currently entering its 49th year of operation, was located in the blue Victorian house at Rockport Harbor. On August 25 and 26, 2017 the facility suffered catastrophic and irreparable damage due to hurricane Harvey’s direct impact on Rockport.  Three months after the storm, the staff and board of directors re-established operations in a building located in downtown Rockport at 106 S. Austin St.  All programs are fully operational and a full calendar of events, exhibits, workshops and children’s programs for 2018 is in place. The Art Center is open to the public Monday through Saturday from 10 AM to 4 PM; admission is always free. For more information, call (361) 729-5519 or visit



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