The Blaffer Gallery's"2009 School of Art Masters Thesis" exhibition is like an intriguing tasting menu for art lovers. The School of Art students represented in the event have produced a fantastic array of work in a variety of media. Highlights include Emily Sloan's take on the snow globe not since Citizen Kane has the venerable decoration had such striking personal significance. Kristen Cliburn's seemingly simplistic airbrushed canvases possess the sort of subtle, dreamy beauty that prompts extended examination; Richard Wall's thematically dark yet visually vibrant photographs, inspired by his childhood and the specter of suburban sprawl engulfing his family home, will yank viewers back to reality. With the canvases, found-object-sculptures and multimedia endeavors of nine other artists on display, you're unlikely to find a more engaging exhibition of up-and-coming local talent any time soon. Regular viewing hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Through April 25. 4800 Calhoun. For information, call 713-743-9530 or visit www.uh.edu/blaffer. Free.
Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: April 10. Continues through April 25, 2009