Elaine Bradford / Exhibitions



Opening Reception: Friday, July 18th, 2014, 6-8pm

Exhibition runs through August 16th, 2014.


Art Palace is happy to announce Summer Salts, a group show including Justin Boyd, Elaine Bradford, Jeffrey Dell, Peat Duggins, Nathan Green, Tatiana Istomina, Bradley Kerl, Joe Joe Orangias, Linda Post, Raychael Stine, Barry Stone, & Eric Zimmerman.




June 28th – August 10, 2013

Reception: June 28th, 2013,  6 – 8pm

A group exhibition by Miguel Aragón, The Bridge Club, Melanie Crader, Jeffrey Dell, Peat Duggins, Nathan Green, Charlie Morris, Jim Nolan, Linda Post, Barry Stone, & Eric Zimmerman.




In the Project Room:


The Wedding Party


Elaine Bradford


June 28th – August 10, 2013


Elaine Bradford
Margarita Cabrera
Ali Fitzgerald
Jessica Halonen
Lauren Kelley
Bari Ziperstein

March 12 – May 1, 2010

Art Palace’s first group exhibition in Houston brings together the work of six distinctly different artists. Together, these artists create surprising intersections and uncomfortable conversations. These works force us, the viewer, to re-evaluate our understanding of the works, ourselves and what we take for granted.

Art Palace, at Isabella Court, proudly introduces… LADIES FIRST

About the Artists:
Elaine Bradford received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is now living and working in Houston, Texas. Currently an artist in residence at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Bradford has been mining the shelves of hobby stores for everyday craft materials to create fanciful microcosms and bizarre hybrid creatures.   She is a founding member of Box 13 ArtSpace.  Bradford’s work has been exhibited in numerous group shows throughout the United States and she is a recent recipient of the Individual Artist Fellowship Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance.
Margarita Cabrera was born in Monterrey, Mexico, received her MFA from Hunter College and was a 2008 ArtPace resident. She is a visiting assistant professor at University of Houston and a recipient of a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant.  Her work explores issues of border relations, Mexican immigration, economic exchange and notions of the “American dream.”  Cabrera’s current work  is made in collaboration with Mexican immigrants that chronicles personal stories of transformation in hand-embroidered soft sculpture. This work will debut as part of In Lieu of Unity, a group exhibition at Ballroom Marfa, later this spring.

Ali Fitzgerald was born in Oakland, California, received her MFA from the University of Texas and now lives and works in Berlin, Germany.  In her new series of small works, Fitzgerald draws from an elaborate lexicon of girlhood mytho-sexual fears and startling transformations.  First staging modest, quirky sculptures and dioramas, Fitzgerald subsequently translates these into elegant, unnerving and often funny painted vignettes. Most recently, Fitzgerald’s work was included in There Goes My Hero at The Center For Book Arts in New York City; The Scene at KUB Galerie in Leipzig, Germany; and Berliner Liste, in Berlin, Germany. Her work has been featured in Art in America, The New York Times,Beautiful/Decay, Artlies! and Glasstire.

Jessica Halonen received her MFA from Washington University and is now an assistant professor at Trinity University. Her work has been shown in numerous exhibitions, notably at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, Park Project and Dallas Center for Contemporary Art. Her work is in the permanent collections at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston and the Museum of Southeast Texas. From 2000-2001 she was a Core Fellow at the Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Houston and was recently an artist in residence at the MacDowell Colony in New Hampshire.  Halonen’s recent work explores the relationships between the body, nature and medical world as it explores the issues surrounding the use of genetically modified plants in the pharmaceutical industry.

Lauren Kelley is an inaugural recipient of the New Museum’s Altoids Award as well as the  Artadia Houston Prize.  She received her MFA from The Art Institute of Chicago.  Kelley was a resident of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Design, a Fellow in the Museum of Fine Arts Houston Core Program and currently is an artist in residence with the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York. The work featured in LADIES FIRST reflects a project she started during her residency with the Core program last year.

Bari Ziperstein was born in Chicago, Illinois, received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and now lives and works in Los Angeles, California.  Ziperstein works as a site-specific sculptor, photographer, collage and ceramic artist interested in activating space through intervention and organization. Most recently Ziperstein’s work was the focus of Perk, a solo exhibition at PDC in West Hollywood, California.  She debuted a collection of sculptures, transforming  an empty design showroom into an uncanny quintessential model domestic space.


Elaine Bradford and Seth Mittag
Fictitious Realities/Realistic Fictions

September 6 – October 8, 2008

Please join us Saturday, September 6th from 8-10 p.m. as Art Palace presents Fictitious Realities / Realistic Fictions, a two-person exhibition featuring the sculptural work of Elaine Bradford and Seth Mittag.

Both Bradford and Mittag build narrative sculptural environments based on stories told to them in their childhoods. Bradford finds inspiration in children’s literature, especially Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. The crocheted taxidermied animals Bradford is known for become characters in fantasy worlds she has created for them. Seth Mittag, who draws upon childhood memories and the exaggerated tall tales told by his father, creates sculptural installations that recreate his living environment and convey the expectations of masculinity imposed from father to son. Both artists play with scale and perception to show the viewer how these childhood narratives shift in meaning and significance when seen through the eyes of an adult.

About the artists:
Elaine Bradford received her BFA from the University of Texas in 2000 and her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2003. The Houston-based artist has exhibited throughout the United States including High 5: Emerging Art In America, a group show at the CW Network Headquarters in Burbank, CA (2007), Greenlease Gallery in Kansas City, MO (2007), the Ingram Studio Art Center at Vanderbilt University (2007), Cirrus Gallery in Los Angeles (2004), as well as several non-profit spaces throughout Texas including the Galveston Arts Center in Galveston (2008), the Lawndale Art Center in Houston (2007), Cactus Bra in San Antonio (2007), and Women & Their Work in Austin (2007).

Seth Mittag is an artist living and working in New York City. Since completing his MFA at the University of Houston in 2003, his work has been widely exhibited throughout Texas and New York including exhibitions at Texas Firehouse Gallery in New York (2008) Groto Gallerie in New York (2008), Finesilver Gallery in Houston (2006), the Glassell School of Art in Houston (2006), the Blaffer Gallery in Houston (2003), as well as the Texas Biennial in Austin (2005).