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Katy Contemporary Art Museum

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Exterior of Katy Contemporary Art Museum in Katy, Texas

Exterior of Katy Contemporary Art Museum in Katy, Texas

Katy Contemporary Art Museum

The Katy Contemporary Art Museum (KCAM) is the only art museum in all of Fort Bend County! This museum opened on September 8, 2013. It was the dream of its founder, Ana Villaronga-Roman, who invested hundreds of thousands of her dollars into this venture.

Created as a not-for-profit entity, almost all of its operating costs come from donations, memberships, and the like. Only about 7% comes from governmental agencies. An example of that would be taxes paid on local hotel stays, which are to support the arts.

Ana Villaronga Roman at the Katy Contemporary Art Museum during Cuba Behind Open Doors Exhibit

Ana Villaronga Roman at the Katy Contemporary Art Museum during Cuba Behind Open Doors Exhibit

The Founder

Ana Villaronga-Roman is a bubbly and energetic woman on a mission! She founded the Katy Culture & Arts Alliance and also the Fort Bend Arts Alliance. Not resting on her laurels, she has immersed herself into many local and outreach endeavors and earned the title of "One of Houston's Creatives in 2013."

Ana is, indeed, very creative! She saw the potential in leasing the "first poured concrete building built in Texas" to repurpose into an art gallery. The 1953 concrete building formerly housed the Ray Woods Lumber & Supply Company. Other businesses followed in that location. The natural light which poured into this mid-century structure is what caught her eye, plus the 5,200 square feet of space.

This white concrete building at 805 Avenue B in the heart of Katy, Texas, is across from the M-K-T Railroad Park. The park contains among other things an M-K-T red railroad caboose plus a small railroad museum. The museum also serves as the tourist information center for Katy.

Exhibits, Workshops, and Venue

Art from the 1950s moving forward to the current time is the focus of what Ana chooses to put on display. She is not only the founder of KCAM but also its director and curator. Ana invites students who would like to learn about curating art and working in an art museum environment to spend 3-month internships with her. They might even earn some scholarship money!

In addition to rotating art exhibits, workshops of various types take place at the Katy Contemporary Art Museum. Students can choose to take different art classes as well as photography classes. Boy Scouts can earn badges.

KCAM is a great venue space. Reservations for various functions ranging from meetings to wedding receptions and more are available. I read that at least three fashion design magazine covers have originated in that artistic space.

New Horizons

Fundraising for a new building is underway. The land at Avenue A & George Bush Drive is reserved. Groundbreaking may take place by the beginning of 2017 if all goes as planned. The current building is up for sale, and if enough funding occurs, KCAM would like to purchase it and keep it to hold classes plus offer it as a continuing venue space.

Outdoor Sculptures and Garden

In front of the KCAM building are some Lee Groff sculptures. Upon a pedestal is a large one titled "That's Right." The artist donated it to the museum. A repurposed railroad arm is a part of that sculpture. "That's Right," along with other sculptures by Lee Groff, were created in this Brookshire resident's airplane hangar. His work, as well as living space, is combined in that location.

The 18 by 80-foot fenced-in outdoor area on one side of the museum nearest the railroad tracks is called the "Union Pacific Sculpture Garden." There are quite a few distinctive sculptures on display in that space. One includes a building from the former Forbidden Gardens in Katy, Texas.

"Cuba Behind Open Doors" Exhibit

My husband and I have attended two shows thus far at KCAM. Art by Kevin Douglas West was in the first show. The title of the show was Cuba Behind Open Doors.

Viewing the many photographs and other items on display was revealing. Since travel restrictions are no longer in place between the United States and Cuba, visitors seeing this exhibit get a sense of how people are living.

Many of those 1950s cars like I grew up seeing are still operational in Cuba today. Over here, we see very few like those on the road today. Most of us now view them in car shows where old vehicle aficionados tenderly care for these collectibles.

Prices for the art in that show ranged from a low of $100 up to $2,500.

"I Come From The Water" Exhibit

The next exhibit we saw was I Come From The Water by local Houston artist Felipe Lopez was most enjoyable. His love of fishing was evident.

Many of his paintings had what appeared to be fishnet over the top. There were some paintings where a fishhook appeared to slash the canvas open.

Wearing 3D glasses was necessary to get the full impact of the Felipe Lopez paintings. When wearing the lenses, it was amazing how different the art looked. They had great depth, and it appeared as if the different colors had a distance between them. The effect was amazing!

Prices in the Felipe Lopez show ranged from a low of $200 up to $3,800.

Location and Prices

The admission price at KCAM is a fantastic deal! Children under five, as well as all military personnel, are admitted free of charge. Others pay only $2. Yes, that is not a misprint. Two single dollars gets a person into this contemporary art museum!

While the space is not immense, the art is impressive, and most of it is for sale. Unlike most other museums where a person can only gaze and admire, here a person can take the art home if purchased and enjoy it as long as one likes! A pretty gift shop is within KCAM, and all of the art comes from local artisans and artists.

Most days, if Ana is not busy trying to secure funding for ongoing projects, she is there to interact with visitors. She gives them a personal insight into the art in the space and on the walls. That is reason enough to go and enjoy this particular art museum in Katy.

KCAM hours are 10 AM to 6 PM Wednesday to Saturday and Noon to 6 PM on Sundays. The address is 805 Avenue B, Katy, Texas 77493.

Update

The Katy Contemporary Art Museum has closed its doors. Fundraising is still underway so that a new permanent structure will take its place.

Ana Villaronga-Roman is currently at the Fort Bend Art Center located at 2012 Avenue G, Rosenberg, TX 77471. You can visit her there and aid in the fundraising efforts if you are interested.

The world is but a medium for my eyes. They discover and search without rest. They see order and disorder, balance and imbalance, perfection and human nature. In the end there is always balance.

— Ana Villaronga

Source:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/anavillaronga/

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Peggy Woods

Comments

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on June 27, 2020:

Hi Rajan,

That show featuring the works of Felipe Lopez was truly spectacular. Thanks for your visit and comment.

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on June 27, 2020:

Lovely art pieces. The paintings exhibit by Felipe Lopez is spectacular. It is sad the KCAM has closed its doors. I hope it is temporary and the funding comes in soon. Thanks for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 05, 2020:

Hi Heidi,

I am sure that Ana is hard at work, securing the funding for the new facility. She loves the arts and what it can do for a community. Thanks for your comment.

Heidi Thorne from Chicago Area on May 04, 2020:

What a lovely little museum this is! Hope they can fund the new facility. Thanks for sharing this little art treasure with us!

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 02, 2020:

Hi Rosina,

Ana was just leasing this building and hopes to have a new contemporary arts building constructed in the future. I will update this post when it happens.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2020:

Hi Liz,

I am sure in the future; there will be a permanent contemporary art museum in Katy, Texas. I believe that Ana told us that the land was already purchased. It is probably only a matter of time. Seeing what she did with this building, I am sure that it will be fantastic.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2020:

Hi Ruby,

That Cuban exhibit was particularly impressive. All of the old cars that we now consider vintage are still being used on their streets.

Rosina S Khan on May 01, 2020:

Too bad Ana's art museum closed. I was loving to see all the varieties of artwork. Hopefully, she would get over fundraising and get to reopen it. Keeping my fingers crossed. Thank you, Peggy, for sharing.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2020:

Hi Pamela,

Thanks for your visit and well wishes. I am sure Ana is busy as ever with her resolve to find a permanent spot for the new contemporary art museum.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2020:

Hi FlourishAnyway,

Just meeting Ana, I am sure that with her fundraising ability and resolve, a new location will be happening in the near future.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 01, 2020:

What a shame that it has closed. I hope that it can be replaced.

Liz Westwood from UK on May 01, 2020:

This looks like it was an amazing facility

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on May 01, 2020:

This is another art museum I would visit if I were close. The paintings are interesting as well as the Cuban story. Katy Tx. has much to be proud of.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on May 01, 2020:

This is a nice museum and I looked at all of the pictures, which were very nice. I hope Ana can continue her fund raising so she can get the museum opened again, Thi is very good article.

FlourishAnyway from USA on May 01, 2020:

It’s too bad that they closed. I hope it is temporary. Everyone needs a little more art in their life, and I like that she included internships and scout badges.

Peggy Woods (author) from Houston, Texas on May 01, 2020:

Hi Bill,

You do appear to like what you are reading about that small town just west of Houston. (Smile)

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on May 01, 2020:

There is no chance of me moving to Texas, but if I did I would move to Katy. I love what I read about Katy. The City Council has their collective act together in that city.

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