Withstand: Latinx Art in Times of Conflict

HMH’s Boniuk Center’s Latino Initiatives invites Latinx artists from the Houston area to participate in Withstand: Latinx Art During Times of Conflict

This juried exhibition investigates the idea of resistance and its multiple ramifications in the visual arts, as well as the impact of political and/or social conflict on the creative process.  The exhibition also explores themes of social justice and human rights in order to inspire conversations sparked by the artwork of Houston Latinx artists.  Withstand is meant to be a platform that examines issues that impact the community, fosters dialogue on difficult questions, and ultimately empowers social change through art.  Artists must select works that reflect these themes literally or metaphorically.

The show will be on view in conjunction with the inaugural Silverman Latin American Institute fellowship scheduled for Summer 2021.  Latinx artists are invited to join the conversation on art as a catalyst of change, and stand together with educators and those interested in advocacy to learn about social justice, human rights, and the Holocaust.

Holocaust Museum Houston builds a more humane society by promoting responsible individual behavior, cultivating civility and pursuing social justice.


Latinx artists from the Greater Houston Area.  Works must not have been created under supervision of others.




Submission deadline:  November 30, 2020, by 11:59 PM, Central Standard Time

Notifications begin:  January 15, 2021

Artwork must be received by:  March 31, 2021

Exhibition dates: April 30 – September 27, 2021


Artwork may be created in any media.  Works must be suitable for viewing by all age groups.  Two-dimensional works must be suitably framed or edge-finished.  Plexiglas is preferred for fragile works.  Artwork and wall sculptures must be wired and ready to hang with appropriate hardware and must not exceed fifty (50) pounds.  No ceiling-suspended pieces are allowed.  A diptych or triptych is considered a single work.

  • Cover letter that includes artist statement, contact information, and bio
  • A brief statement explaining the artist’s ties to Latin American culture, as well as its impact on their work
  • Up to three pieces per artist
  • A brief statement of each piece describing how it responds to the exhibition theme(s).  If submitting a sculpture, please include side view images
  • Cataloguing information for each piece: title, year, media, dimensions (framed and unframed if applicable).  Please note that none of this information can be changed after submission
  • One to five digital images for each piece sent in JPEG format.  Files names should be: “LastName_Entry1_Title.jpg”, “LastName_Entry2_Title.jpg”, etc.  Please note that images information cannot be changed after submission

This is a juried exhibition.

Juror Biography
Susana Monteverde, a Houston transplant from Mexico City, is an art activator specializing in contemporary art.  For over two decades, Susana has worked with teachers, parents, patrons, and museum docents, exploring ways of linking contemporary art and visual culture to the lives of students of all ages.  She is passionate about activating art in new and interesting ways in order to engage and connect communities.  As an entrepreneur, Susana has worked to expand the audience for visual art in Houston.  She is currently a development officer at the University of Houston in the Katherine G. McGovern College of the Arts, focused on fundraising for the Blaffer Art Museum and School of Art at the University of Houston.


1st place: $2,500

2nd place: $1,500

3rd place: $1,000


An exhibition catalog will be produced.

This exhibition is curated by guest curators Gabriela Magana and Rosa Ana Orlando.

Gabriela Magana, Mexican born and raised artist and curator based in Houston.  She holds a BA in Painting from the University of St. Thomas Houston, and is currently working on a MA in Arts Leadership from the University of Houston.  Throughout her career in Mexico, the USA and Spain, she has been interested in creating a space for dialog, connection and inclusion in the arts.

Rosa Ana Orlando is a museum specialist with extensive knowledge of art history.  She has more than 15 years of experience in art collection management, as well as a strong background in exhibition planning and design.  She has taught art appreciation at college level and has been a docent at a variety of museums including art, history, and children’s museums.  As an independent art curator and consultant, Rosa Ana has led several curatorial projects and a variety of art education programs.  She has also provided mentoring to a number of emerging artists and museum professionals.  Her attention to detail, enthusiasm, and passion about the transformative power of art are reflected in all of her projects.  Rosa Ana is an engineer with a Master of Liberal Arts, and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University.  She was born and raised in Caracas, Venezuela and has lived in the United States since 2003. 

The Silverman Latin American Institute, supported by Lt. David L. Silverman Endowment Fund, will bring together 30 educators from Latin America and the United States to study the Holocaust, human rights, and social justice.  Working together between a number of countries, they will create networks that will enhance ongoing collaborations.  The Silverman Latin American Institute will be bilingual in English and Spanish.

Artists will be notified by e-mail of the results. 


Please direct questions to latinxexhibithmh@gmail.com.

April 30, 2021 — September 27, 2021

M: Closed
T-Sa: 10 am to 5 pm
Su: Noon to 5 pm

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