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

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Previous Exhibits

August 22–October 4, 2009 
Houston. It’s Worth It. IKE

"After spending the day
boarding up the windows,
submerging the patio
furniture in the pool,
and placing anything not
nailed down into the garage,
our friends invited us over
for a barbecue as a
distraction from the long
evening of waiting. They
were serving 'Hurricane Chicken.'
I brought a Bundt cake."

Galveston Arts Center is pleased to present a project from the creative team that brought you 2004’s HIWI: Houston. It’s Worth It. Dave Thompson and Randy Twaddle have immortalized 2008’s epic storm in a new edition titled HIWI: IKE. The Book. Working in conjunction with GAC’s curator Clint Willour, photographs from the publication, including many images of Galveston and written reflections will be exhibited as Houston. It’s Worth It. IKE.

"I used two quarts of frozen
gumbo and a dozen frozen
quail to ice two six-packs of
Miller High Life tallboys before
leaving my powerless house."

Photo: Craig Busch;
Quote: Jason Bargas

In addition, the book, described as, “a roiling reflection of the more communal aspects of the great storm for anyone who got wind whipped that September weekend” will be available for purchase at the Arts Center, with a portion of the proceeds of each book sale benefitting GAC’s reconstruction. “Randy and Dave have been enthusiastic supporters of the Arts Center for many years,” notes Willour. “We are truly honored by their gracious donation and feel this is a most appropriate celebration of the one-year anniversary of the hurricane.”