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Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art

Mel Chin: WAKE

Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art is pleased to announce the opening of WAKE, a public art installation by Mel Chin, on May 21st, 2022. This large-scale sculpture rises from the property at 407 North Liberty Street in Victoria.

An opening reception with the artist was held from 5:30-8:30pm May 21st, and the sculpture is on view daily from 10am-6pm until early autumn 2022.

About WAKE

WAKE is modeled on the structural ribs of the nineteenth-century clipper ship, the USS Nightingale. The ribs rise from the ground and frame a 21-foot-tall figurative sculpture. The carved sculpture, derived from a figurehead from the prow of the Nightingale, represents the opera singer Jenny Lind. Subtle animatronic motions allow her to slowly breathe and scan the sky adds a contemporary upgrade.

Lind, known as “The Swedish Nightingale,” was the first international “superstar” to tour America in the 1850’s. Her tour was a spectacle orchestrated by P.T. Barnum and is considered one of the first examples of mass marketing.

Wake forms a quiet space for the public to consider the past and future. According to Chin, “the Nightingale crystallizes the ways in which the expanding economies of the past are prologue to our current societal and environmental dilemmas,”

Chin is widely known for his large-scale public art installations. WAKE was originally installed in Times Square in New York in 2018. It has also been displayed in Asheville, North Carolina. Wake was developed in a collaboration led by Chin and was engineered and fabricated at the University of North Carolina at Asheville’s Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math (STEAM) Studio by artists, students, and faculty members. The Victoria installation is an extension of that collaboration and includes staff from Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art.

Mel Chin and Five Points Museum founder Ann Harithas originally began discussing installing this work in 2021 as a public component of his recent exhibit at Five Points Museum, Mel Chin: Points of View. This installation is installed as a tribute to her long history of creative contributions to Texas and Victoria.

WAKE will be on view daily from 10am to 6pm. The installation is located at 407 N. Liberty, at the intersection of Liberty and Power.


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Five Points Museum of Contemporary Art

Material Culture: Art Cars from The Collection of Ann Harithas

Art Cars are back at Five Points Museum just in time for Summer with Material Culture: Art Cars from the Collection of Ann Harithas.

“Material culture” refers to the study of human-made objects and the physical materials used to make them. The term can refer to clothing, food, and other categories of objects, as well as their interaction with the world. Materials can cross over between genres, and in doing so transform their meaning and relationship to their environment.

The art cars in this exhibition epitomize this movement between domains, as artists act upon materials using paint, assemblage, modern print methods and other techniques to transform material commodity into individual creative expression.

Five Points Museum is located at 1201 N. Moody in Victoria, Texas. Open Wednesday through Sunday from Noon to 5 PM.


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Museum of the Coastal Bend

Exterior stone façade of a museum

No Stone Unturned: A Lifetime of Archaeology


"No Stone Unturned: A Lifetime of Archaeology--The Ben McReynolds Collection" is a year-long temporary exhibit at the Museum of the Coastal Bend. Ben McReynolds is an archaeological steward for Goliad County, a CoBALT member, and a MCB volunteer. He has recently donated an extensive array of artifacts to the MCB, including painted pebbles, projectile points, and bone and shell tools. No Stone Unturned honors McReynolds’ lifetime of responsible collecting.

The exhibit opens April 23, 2021 and will be on view through 2022.

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The Nave Museum

Oil portrait of a man in a brown suit

Coming Soon! - The Works OF Royston Nave


The Nave Museum is proud to present the works of the museum's esteemed namesake, Royston Nave. The exhibit opens to the public on September 9, 2022. The exhibit will also feature works from the public as part of the Nave's "Art of Wine" contest in partnership with J. Welch Farms. Click here for more details for the contest.

The Nave is open Thursday and Friday from noon to 5 pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon to 4 pm. The Nave is closed on Monday through Wednesday. Admission to the Nave is always free and donations are gladly accepted at the door! Everyone is encouraged to see this beautiful exhibit. Memberships are always available, so call 361-575-8228 to find out how to join

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