Archway Gallery’s Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition Benefiting Teen and Family Services

Dates of Exhibition:  July 9 – August 3, 2016 Opening Reception: July 9, 5 - 8 p.m., Juror Remarks and Prize Distribution: 6:30 p.m.

Houston, Texas…(May 2, 2016) Archway Gallery will hold its Eighth Annual Juried Exhibition, benefiting Teen and Family Services July 9 – August 3, 2016. The open-themed show welcomes all artists in south and central Texas, 18 years or older, to submit works completed within the last three years independently and not previously exhibited by Archway Gallery.  Artists whose work is accepted will be notified by telephone on July 7.

Selected juror John Carroll Runnels will award all prizes at Archway’s opening reception, which is July 9 from 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. First Prize winner will receive a $500 cash award with guest artist privileges for one month at Archway Gallery.  Cash awards will also be presented to Second and Third Prize-winning artists, with Honorable Mentions awarded at the juror’s discretion.

The mission of Teen and Family Services is to provide a peer-based recovery support system for adolescents and their families.  It is committed to providing the entire family with tools, skills and knowledge to deal with substance abuse in a holistic way.  Residential and outpatient services include counseling, activist, education, retreats and academic support.

Juror John Runnels obtained his BFA from the University of Southern Mississippi and studied painting in Italy on a Ford Foundation Scholarship.  With his wife and partner Charlie Jean Sartwelle, he co-founded the oldest surviving artist warehouse in downtown and has been a driving force behind the explosive growth of ArtCrawl Houston, ambitiously artist-centric and non-commercial, and now a widely imitated structure for studio visitations.   His public projects include installations in Tacoma, Washington, Cincinnati, Ohio and Frisco, Texas. Runnels is currently finishing a public art commission for the City of Phoenix which includes a ¾-mile wall with ceramic tile and adjacent bus shelters.  His public work in Houston includes eleven text-based boat sculptures along the Buffalo Bayou waterfront as well as three METRO light rail stations.  He will begin a text/poetry sidewalk project in 2016 to unify Main Street access points to the stations.

Runnels will select pieces to be installed and will work with gallery curators to place the pieces.  All work submitted must be for sale and 50% of proceeds will go to the selling artists. Additional proceeds benefit Teen and Family Services.  The reception is free and public attendance is encouraged.

Artists may enter up to two works and hand-deliver the artwork, properly labeled with contact information including phone and email, along with a $30 fee and entry form, to Archway Gallery at 2305 Dunlavy, Houston, Texas, 77006 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. on July 5 or July 6. No shipped work will be accepted.  For full prospectus details and additional information, call Archway Gallery at 713.522.2409 or go to the website at

Archway Gallery began its juried exhibition series in 2009 to broaden opportunities for artists and to support local nonprofit organizations. Past jurors have included Dean Ruck, Jeff Law, Bert Long, Julie Farr, Patrick Palmer, Mark Larsen and Gus Kopriva.  Charity partners have included The Houston Arboretum, Houston Humane Society, The Houston Area Women’s Center, ArtReach, The Buffalo Bayou Project, Houston Audubon and Young Audiences of Houston.


Artist owned and operated since 1976

Archway Gallery, one of Houston’s and the nation’s oldest artist-owned and operated galleries, is located at 2305 Dunlavy and is open Monday – Saturday from 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Sunday from 1 – 5 p.m.  Since 1976, Archway Gallery has been exhibiting the work of the area’s finest artists, providing a great selection of affordable, high quality art including sculpture, pottery and painting in a variety of media and styles. One of the more than 30 member artists is always on site, providing visitors a unique experience to meet the artists who created the work, offering a personal insight into the process. Each month features a special exhibition highlighting member artist(s). The public is invited to the monthly opening receptions that celebrate the new installations and work, usually held the first Saturday of each month from 5 – 8 p.m.  In addition to monthly exhibitions, Archway also hosts a variety of demonstrations and monthly readings for local writers and authors, as well as a “Tea and Tour” program, providing visitors with a free artist-led tour of the current exhibition, followed by tea and refreshments.  With 30 artist-members, Archway Gallery is THE destination in the Houston area for affordable art directly from the artist. For more information, visit or call 713.522.2409. Like Archway Gallery on Facebook.

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