The MFAH's ''Citywide African American Artists -Exhibition'' has been showcasing the works of local African-American artists for 17 years. In the past, you had to drive all over town since the works were spread out among galleries, hotel lobbies and other venues, but this year we'll see the whole shebang on the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, campus, and nearly twice as many artists will be exhibiting as last year. This event allows young and upcoming talents to gain a showing credential at one of the finest art museums in the country. ''From its inception, the 'Citywide' exhibition is really about helping up-and-coming as well as established artists build confidence and experience,'' says MFAH representative Jason Moodie.
Returning artists this year include Linda Simien Kelly and her bold color statements, and the 2012 first-place scholarship winner, Keith JR Hollingsworth, who sometimes works with Crayola crayons. New this year that you should definitely not miss is Galveston's Eddie Filer, an unbelievable portrait master in the classical style.
9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Through August 25. Glassell School of Art, 5101 Montrose. For information, call 713‑639‑7300 or visit mfah.org. Free.
Tuesdays-Sundays. Starts: July 19. Continues through Aug. 25, 2013