McAllen Arts Council announces winners of the 8th Annual Fine Art Exhibit

cropped-MAC.NoBackground.logo_.pngThe McAllen Arts Council, 8th Annual Fine Art juried show encouraged local Artists to submit artwork related to the History of the McAllen Area.  The McAllen Arts Council had a select panel of Judges, observe the technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal, when awarding the photographs.
Over all 20 Entries were received and the best were awarded 1st 2nd & 3rd place.
We proudly congratulate, Valeria Pena, Irene Wazgowska and Luis Suñer for their winning entries.

1st Place
Valeria Escareño Peña, Art piece titled: Shipley’s Donut
Valeria is currently a high School Student.  She is pursuing a career in medicine, but her hobby is photography.  She likes to document her travels near and far.  One of her favorite places to capture is Chicago.  Soon she plans to travel to New Mexico and Arizona for some landscape photography.


2nd Place
Irene Wazgowska, Art piece title: Nuevo Santander Gallery
New to the Valley, Irene is excited to have the opportunity to explore the McAllen arts scene. On a recent first friday, she was out with her family and caught an image of the Nuevo Santander Gallery on north Main St. She was taken with both the beauty of the building and the treasures that were found within the gallery walls. As she learns more about the city and the Valley as a whole, Irene hopes to continue to capture the gems that reside throughout this part of Texas.


3rd Place
Luis Suñer, Art piece titled: Sacred Heart Church
Luis Suñer is a Mexican graphic designer with more than 20 years of experience in traditional and digital photography. Luis enjoys shooting without flash or any other set up light, almost all his work is based on the light he faces in every situation, even modeling photos.  Now with the help of computer software, he experiments with a variety of options moving his work to a different level


Winning entries will be on display at the McAllen Creative Incubator located at 601 N. Main St in McAllen, from May 1st through May 26th.  Visit for free daily from 9am to 5pm.

Community Classes Start in June

20170111_102224Community Classes is a series of classes meant to engage students in creative processes and to continue to expose residents to the cultural arts. Register now for June 2017 Classes:

The mission of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s’ McAllen Creative Incubator the “cultural arm “of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce, is to help drive the vitality of economic development of the McAllen and the Rio Grande Valley Region by strengthening the partnership between the business and arts and cultural communities.

The McAllen Creative Incubator (McA2) is a department of the McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s Convention and Visitors’ Bureau and exists to support and promote the arts within the community. McA2 has been in existence for over a decade.


McAllen Creative Incubator Welcomes new Tenants Creative Arts Studio


The McAllen Creative Arts Incubator (McA2) is proud to welcome Creative Arts Studio.  CAS is a collective of local artists empowering communities through fine arts education.  They seek to inspire talent for community development, as well as ignite the power of the art to promote social change, growth in understanding, and advancement in human consciousness.

The musicians, performers, painters, singers, actors, filmmakers, dancers; artists who have decided to invest their efforts into this program, wish to pass on their knowledge to all students in the South Texas communities.

“We believe in the power of the Arts to develop social change,” Said Augusto Contreras, Creative Arts Instructor, “We are ready to join in the efforts with the McAllen Creative Incubator to creative a positive impact thru the arts in our community.  So jump in! Take a guitar lesson, an acting class, a dance workshop; you’ll open up the doors to a world of life changing creative experiences.” AC, Creative Arts Studio.

“FUSION: fashionART” Exhibit by Ruben Gomez


“FUSION: fashionART” Exhibit by Ruben Gomez

Born in Arlington Heights, Illinois, but raised in the tropical Rio Grande Valley, Ruben Gomez received by Bachelor of Fine Arts in Studio/Painting from the University of Texas Pan American in 2000. He is a self-taught artist that has also found a passion in teaching students at the Academy of Arts and Humanities (at La Joya High School).  Also teaches, about the many elements of art along with the importance of art marketing and business.

“I have been blessed to have found a career where I can work in what I find passion in, that is learning, creating, and teaching Art.” Said Mr. Gomez, “Art is undeniably about passion. It is about putting all of what you are, and what you are attempting to communicate, into what you have created. One of my favorite quotes by Vincent Van Gogh, derived from a letter he wrote to his brother Theo; “I am seeking. I am striving. I am in it with all my heart.” This quote defines me. I feel this is something that I have tried to communicate with my artwork. All of my pieces relate to one another either visually, or with a feeling. I try to capture moments that I find beautiful. Moments such as the way light and shadow wrap around a figure, or the way colors evoke emotion.”

The McAllen Creative Incubator prides itself in supporting local Artists like Mr. Ruben Gomez, by providing Artists a space at the Incubator where they can display their artwork at no cost to them.  McA2 is located at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen and opens daily from 9am-6pm.  All artwork on display is available for sale.

FUSION: Fashion Art Exhibit by Ruben Gomez, opens on Friday April 7th during the Art Walk event, from 7pm- 9pm.

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8th Annual Fine Art Exhibit Entry Form Photography Contest-Entry Form

McAllen Arts Council announces 8th Annual Fine Art Exhibit-Photography Contest

Entry Form: 8th Annual.Entry Form.2017

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce’s McAllen Arts Council is pleased to announce the eighth (8) annual McAllen Arts Council Fine Arts Exhibit.

There is no age limit for participation. All work must be the original work of the participant.  This is a Juried Show; Artists are encouraged to submit artwork related to the

Theme: Architectural History of the Rio Grande Valley

 A maximum of 10 entries per artist may be submitted for consideration.  To submit artwork for consideration, bring your entries on a USB to Laura Robles to 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, TX before April 10th from 8am-5pm.

Artists may submit entries the following ways:

  1. Download “Entry Form” and fill out the form the website
  2. on a CD or USB flashdrive (CD/flashdrive will not be returned)
  3. Submit on no more than 2 jpgs via e-mail to   For emailed entries, include required entry information with each image            sent as it corresponds to entry form. Limit 2 jpegs per artwork: 1 full view &         1 (optional) detail or alternate view. Title each jpeg file to correspond with     the # on the entry form as such:
    yourlastname_entry#.jpg. Each jpeg must be limited to 1024 pixels on the   longest side.

Photographs are judged by a selected panel on technical quality, originality, artistic merit, and overall appeal.  Submissions that do not comply with these rules will not be presented to the juror.  The decision of the judges is final.

The McAllen Chamber of Commerce, Visit McAllen, McAllen Creative Incubator, City of McAllen, and McAllen Arts Council are not responsible for any lost, stolen, or damaged materials.

Ribbon prizes, for each category, will be awarded.

Selected Artwork:

Art must be mounted or matted with no frame.  Photo sizes between 5”x7” and 12”x16” are eligible.  Entries are accepted until April 24th.

Winning entries will be on display from May 1st through May 26th in the McAllen Creative Incubator Exhibit Gallery from 9am to 5pm; except for Friday, May 1st when it will be available for the Art Walk 6pm-9pm. Art work will be available for sale during Art Walk. Entrance to the Incubator is always free.

All artists interested in participating are encouraged to bring their entry or entries to the McAllen Creative Incubator at 601 N. Main Street, McAllen, TX or contact Laura Robles at 956-687-2787 or email her at

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