Incorporated in 1986, the Galveston Arts Center (GAC) is an independent nonprofit organization that showcases innovative contemporary art.

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Previous Exhibits

January 18 - March 2
Jane Allensworth: Recent Works
Remembering Susan Shirley Eckel


Susan Shirley Eckel

The Galveston Arts Center proudly presents the work of two artists, Jane Allensworth and Susan Shirley Eckel in an exhibit opening January 18, 2014. Allensworth: Recent Works will feature both paintings and works on paper. Her use of vibrant color palettes and minimalistic  composition are refreshing to welcome in the New Year. Remembering Susan Shirley Eckel will feature pieces completed throughout her life, courtesy of private collectors. Eckel’s monotypes and pastels feature idyllic, peaceful scenes.

The exhibition will open during the January 18th ArtWalk and will remain on view through March 2nd, 2014.  Curator Clint Willour will lead a gallery talk beginning at 6:30 pm during ArtWalk.  The event is free and open to the public.

Allensworth received her B.S. from University of Missouri, as well as studied at the Art Students League, New York City, NY and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts School, Texas. Her work has been shown in numerous group and solo exhibitions throughout Texas and Louisiana.


Susan Eckel (January 14, 1938 - November 7, 2013), a gifted monotype artist, used her life experiences and global travels as subjects for her warm vividly colorful paintings which graced many Galveston homes and galleries.  She often showed in exhibits alongside her daughter Elizabeth, also an artist. Art, she said, was an escape from which she drew strength to battle her illness. Eckel graduated from the University of Texas where she majored in art and history.