President Obama has his stimulus plan, Artadia has its. Unless you're a giant corporation, chances are you'll see more benefit from Artadia's. In 2008, ten Houston artists were recognized by Artadia for their talent and innovation. As part of the award, each was given some cold, hard cash (up to $15,000 per artist). Now DiverseWorks presents "$timulus," new work by the 2008 winners, including Floyd Newsum, Delilah Montoya and El Franco Lee II. The images include Riding Dirty by Lee, a painting that shows a quartet of black men riding in a car, smoking and drinking while dumping soda and trash out the window. (Lee is having quite a summer; he just closed a show at Lawndale Art Center and opened another one at Art League Houston.) Dawolu Jabari Anderson contributes Gator Bait, a painting that looks like a Marvel comics book cover showing a Hulk-like mammy protecting an infant from an alligator. Anderson uses text to enhance his message - a headline reads, "Gullah Sci-Fi Mysteries featuring Mam E." Noon to 6 p.m. Wednesdays through Saturdays. Through August 15. 1117 East Freeway. For information, call 713-223-8346 or visit www.diverseworks.org. Free.
Wednesdays-Saturdays, 12-6 p.m. Starts: July 18. Continues through Aug. 15, 2009