As far as titles in the local art world go, being named the Texas Artist of the Year is right there up at the top. Sculptor Joseph Havel has the honor for 2010 and with good reason. His retrospective "A Decade of Sculpture," seen at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston in 2006, was praised by Artforum's Michael Odom, who said, "The combination of style and subject were almost perfect." For the exhibit "Cockroach Poems," Havel has taken text from The Dream Songs, a book by poet John Berryman, to create a series of collages, reorganizing the words into his own messages. Unknown to Havel, the finished works came under attack by a group of hungry cockroaches, who ate away at the glue and text. When he realized what had happened, Havel embraced the changes, keeping those works that while altered, he still considered intact. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. Through October 15. Art League Houston, 1953 Montrose. For information, call 713-523-9530 or visit www.artleaguehouston.org. Free.
Mondays-Saturdays. Starts: Sept. 13. Continues through Oct. 15, 2010