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The Rising Eyes of Texas

03/15/2018 05:20PM ● By Kylie Cooper

Rockport Center for the Arts opened their new exhibit, Rising Eyes of Texas, this past week on March 10th. This is the eleventh year the exhibit has brought artistic talent from across the state for a juried exhibition. 

The exhibit showcases work from 34 different artists representing 16 different universities from across the state. Every year, the Rockport Center for the Arts hosts this statewide, juried exhibition for both undergraduate and graduate students who are in the visual arts. Three artists are selected from the bunch and are awarded cash prizes of $500, $300, and $200.

“This is one of my favorite shows of the year,” says Elena Rodriguez, the Exhibition Curator. “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." 

We caught a glimpse of the exhibit last week while shooting for our April issue and were amazed by the talent seen in each piece. The work ranges from various different mediums, each unique in their own way. From a sculpture of a dragon with a frog sitting on its head to a riveting painting of the iconic Big Blue Crab the hurricane wiped away with the words “Revive” written across the bottom of the canvas—each piece is beautiful.

With the month of March being National Youth Art Month, what better way to celebrate our young artists than by checking out this brilliant exhibition. The show will continue until May 31st, 2017. Check out more information at,