Collective Presence is a hub for creative and cultural activity to address topics related to social, political, and environmental issues of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Part exhibition, part curatorial concept, and part experiment, this project proposes the exhibition space as a format for a collective call and response to the current trends of futurist and decolonization practices.

Collective Presence brings together multiple perspectives and interdisciplinary approaches to creative leadership and critical inquiry. Through a series of micro-residencies, workshops, and events, creative practitioners have been invited to develop new work on site and in conversation with each other.


Rabéa Ballin (Houston) | March 8 – 17
Joshua Rios (Chicago) | March 9 –  20
Rafa Esparza (Los Angeles) | March 24 – April 8
Awilda Rodríguez Lora (San Juan, PR) | April 8 – 14


Raul Orlando Edwards & Reinaldo Costa / Strictly Street Salsa
Lisa E. Harris / Studio Enertia
Laura Napier
Risa Puleo & Rafa Esparza / Brown Artist Retreat: Houston
S Rodriguez & Sara Balabanlilar / Paraspace Books
Monica Villareal

Collective Presence programs will be presented in conjunction with the Latino Art Now! 2019 National Conference on Latino Art, a program of the Inter-University Program for Latino Research and hosted by the University of Houston’s Center for Mexican American Studies and the Smithsonian Latino Center (April 4 – 6, 2019).

DiverseWorks and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts will also co-present a performance by Awilda Rodríguez Lora as part of CounterCurrent19 (April 9-14, 2019).

On View

February 21 - April 14, 2019

Opening Reception

Curatorial Kick-Off
Thursday, February 21
7 - 9 pm




DiverseWorks @
MATCH Gallery
3400 Main Street
Houston, TX  77002

Gallery Hours:
Thu: 12 – 6 pm
Fri & Sate: 12 – 8 pm


Recontextualizing the Gallery Space
Theresa R. Escobedo, Glasstire

Houston’s Spring of Latinx Art
Laura August, Arts and Culture Texas