Bio / CV

Houston based artist Lorena Morales was born in Venezuela. In 1988 she obtained a degree in Business from Rafael Urdaneta University. She moved to Houston in 2003 where she obtained certificates in painting and sculpture from the Glassell School of Art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. In 2011, she received a scholarship from The Carlos Cruz-Diez Foundation and the Glassell School to participate in the Advance Seminar in Contemporary Art: The Doors of Perception.
Morales has had several individual and group exhibitions in USA, Germany and Venezuela.  Collectors hold her artworks worldwide throughout USA, Venezuela, Canada, Kuwait, Germany, The Netherlands, Colombia, Italy and Nigeria.
She was one of the selected artists for SITE Houston 2015. In 2016, she was commissioned by Houston First Corporation to install her piece “Flight Plan” at George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston as part of their permanent public art collection.
Lorena Morales is represented by Hooks-Epstein Galleries in Houston, TX, Camiba Art Gallery in Austin, TX and 700 Arte in Florida and Venezuela. Her studio 324 is located in Silver Street Studios, 2000 Edwards St, Houston, Texas.

CV

EDUCATION
2012
Certificate in Sculpture – The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, TX
2011
Seminar in Contemporary Art: The Doors of Perception – The Glassell School of Art, MFAH and the Carlos Cruz-Diez Foundation, Houston, TX
2009
Certificate in Painting – The Glassell School of Art, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston – Houston, TX
1988
BS in Business Administration – Rafael Urdaneta University – Maracaibo, Venezuela

SELECTED SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2016
Lorena Morales: Urban Kaleidoscope – CAMIBAart Gallery – Austin, TX
Pathway to Nowhere or Anywhere – Hooks-Epstein Gallery – Houston, TX
2015
Are you in the Loop? – Site Houston 2015, The Silos at Sawyer Yards – Houston, TX
2014
Urban Kaleidoscope – Austellungsbereich des Rathauses von Oberhaching –Germany
The Space Within with Poems by Gerald Cedillo – Galeria Regina – Houston, TX
2013
Urban kaleidoscope – LEDD Gallery Space – Dresden, Germany
2012
Shadows: Ephemeral Realities – Galeria Regina – Houston, TX
2011
Color Connections – Canal Street Gallery – Houston, TX
Colors, Circles and Shadows – Artists’ Alliance Gallery – Sugar Land, TX

SELECTED PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COMMISSIONED WORKS

2016
SQUIRE HOUSE, Artwork: “ Exploring the Neighborhood”. 32” x 54”. Austin, Texas
HOUSTON FIRST. Artwork: “Flight Plan”. 50”x 200”. George R. Brown Convention Center, Hall A, Second Floor.           
ZINDLER HOUSE. Artwork: “Home”. 50”x 50”. Houston, Texas
2015 
SITE HOUSTON 2015. Site specific Installation: “Are you in the loop?” The Silos at Sawyer Yards. Houston, Texas
HECTOR J. LOPEZ. Artworks: “Flight Plan: Houston”. 20”x 26”, “Flight Plan: El Dorado”. 31”x 31”, “Chromospheres”. 24”x 48”. Law Offices of Hector J. Lopez. 2401 Fountain View Dr. Suite 910. Houston, Texas
2014
AGUIRRE HOUSE. Artwork: “Urban Kaleidoscope: The Village”. 36”x 96”.
Sugar Land, Texas
2013 
MORENO HOUSE. Artwork: “Engineered Flowers”. Installation. Houston,Texas

SELECTED JURIED AND GROUP EXHIBITIONS

2017
Back to the Future –The Glassell School of Art Benefit and Auction. Museum of Fine Arts Houston – Houston,TX
Diverseworks: Luck of the Draw – MATCH – Houston, TX
Art Palm Beach 2017- 700 Art Gallery – Palm Beach County Convention Center – Palm Beach, Florida
2016
Stated – Resident artists’ exhibition- Silver Street Studios- Houston, TX
Art on the Avenue Juried Exhibition - Winter Street Studios – Houston, TX -Juror:Jenni Ash
Day of the Dead, Retable Exhibition – Lawndale Art Center – Houston, TX
Houston Art Fair Juried Exhibition – Silver Street Studios. – Houston, TX – Juror: Clint Willour
Collective Perceptions – Silver Street Studios – Houston, TX – Curated by Gordon Phillipson.
2015
Day of the Dead, Retable Exhibition – Lawndale Art Center – Houston, TX
Third Coast National – KSpace Contemporary – Corpus Christi, TX – Jurors: Deborah Fullerton Dunn, Ken Rosier, Rick Gere.
Visual Arts Alliance 7th Juried Invitational Exhibition – Avis Frank Gallery – Houston, TX – Juror: David Hardaker
2014
Day of the Dead, Retable Exhibition – Lawndale Art Center – Houston, TX
Steamrolled IV: Balance – Gallery M Squared – Houston, TX
Visual Arts Alliance 31st Juried Open Exhibition – Three Allen Center – Houston, TX – Juror: Clint Wilour
Visual Arts Alliance 6th Invitational Juried Exhibition – 1600 Smith Street – Houston, TX – Juror: Nicole Longnecker
Visual Arts Alliance 5th Invitational Juried Exhibition – Heritage Building – Houston, TX – Juror: Michael Guidry
2013
Farewell Exhibition – Canal Street Gallery – Houston, TX
Houston Fine Art Fair – Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami, Florida and Maracaibo, Venezuela) – George Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
Visual Arts Alliance 31st Juried Membership Exhibition – Continental Building Gallery – Houston, TX – Juror: Harwood Taylor
Visual Arts Alliance 4th Invitational Juried Exhibition – Total Plaza Gallery – Houston – Juror: Ken General
Archway 5th Annual Juried Exhibition – Archway Gallery – Houston, TX – Juror: Patrick M. Palmer
Annual Juried Art Exhibition – Live Oak Art Center – Columbus, TX – Juror: Margo Sawyer
Visual Arts Alliance 30th Juried Open Exhibition – Three Allen Center – Houston, TX – Juror: Diane Barber
Visual Arts Alliance 3rd Invitational & Juried Exhibition – Total Plaza Gallery – Houston, TX – Juror: Patrick Palmer
ALH Celebrates Texas Art 2013 – Williams Tower Gallery – Houston, TX – Juror: Irene Hofmann
2012
Houston Fine Art Fair – Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami, Florida and Maracaibo, Venezuela) – Reliant Center, Houston, TX
Sculpture Department Exhibition – Perimeter Gallery, The Glassell School of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
South of the Border, Benefit and Art Auction –The Glassell School of Art, MFAH–Houston, TX
Reliefs and Sculptures II – Art Nouveau Gallery – Miami, FL
Ground Level – Sugar Land Regional Airport – Sugar Land, TX
Third Coast National – Kspace Contemporary – Corpus Christi, TX – Juror: Christina Rees
2011
Day of the Dead, Retable Exhibition – Lawndale Art Center – Houston, TX
Houston Fine Art Fair – Art Nouveau Gallery (Miami, Florida and Maracaibo, Venezuela) –George R Brown Convention Center, Houston, TX
Sculpture Department Exhibition – Perimeter Gallery, The Glassell School of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
Found! – Canal Street Gallery – Houston, TX
Reliefs and Sculptures – Art Nouveau Gallery – Miami, FL
Perceptions: an encounter with the Carlos Cruz-Diez Seminar – The Glassell school of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
SAO Exhibition – The Glassell School of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
MS Art Bike – Discovery Green Park – Houston, TX
Art Walk SLAA Juried Exhibition – Town Square – Sugar Land, TX
2010
Live Oak Art Center Annual Member’s Exhibit – Live Oak Art Center – Columbus, TX
Art Crawl 2010 – Hardy & Nance Street Studios – Houston, TX
Good Gulf, Sixth Annual Open Call Exhibition i>– Art Car Museum – Houston, TX
Day of the Dead, Retable Exhibition – Lawndale Art Center – Houston, TX
Up in the Air – Sugar Land Regional Airport – Sugar Land, TX
Local Colors, Benefit and Art Auction – The Glassell School of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
New Borders – Live Oak Art Center– Four-person show. Curator: Pat Johnson- Columbus, TX
Sculpture Now – Tradition Bank – Houston, TX – Jurors: j. Hill, Kia Neil, and David Medina
Visual Arts Alliance 28th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition–One Allen Center–Houston, TX Juror: Wayne Gilbert
Studio School Student Exhibition – The Glassell School of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
Annual Juried Art Exhibition – Live Oak Art Center – Columbus, TX – Juror: Jim Edwards
2009
Holiday Art Exhibition – Art Nouveau Gallery – Maracaibo, Venezuela
SAO Exhibition - The Glassell School of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
Feria Internacional de Arte y Antiquedades (FIAM) – Galeria de Arte Art Nouveau, Centro de Arte Lia Bermudez – Maracaibo, Venezuela
San Jose Clinic’s Art with Heart – One Allen Center – Houston, TX
Visual Arts Alliance 27th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition–One Allen Center–Houston,TX Juror: Clint Willour
2008
Live Oak Art Center Annual Member’s Exhibit – Live Oak Art Center – Columbus, TX
Water, Invitational Exhibition – The Arts Alliance Center At Clear Lake – Nassau Bay, TX
The Thread that Binds – MECA – Houston, TX
Annual Summer Juried Art Exhibition–Art League Houston– Houston, TX – Juror: Kerry Inman
Annual Juried Art Exhibition – Live Oak Art Center – Columbus, TX – Jurors: Liz Ward and Rob Ziebell
2007
Open Door Series, Winter Juried Exhibition – The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake – Nassau Bay, TX – Juror: Martin Wnuk
Visual Arts Alliance 25th Annual Juried Membership Exhibition–One Allen Center–Houston,TX Juror: Arthur Turner
Annual Juried Art Exhibition – Live Oak Art Center – Columbus, TX – Juror: Melissa Miller
2006
It’s Your Deal – Inner Art Corridor, Winter Street Gallery – Houston, TX
Artistas Venezolanos – CEVAZ Gallery – Centro-Venezolano-Americano del Zulia – Maracaibo, Venezuela
Open Door Series, Winter Juried Exhibition – The Arts Alliance Center At Clear Lake – Nassau Bay, TX – Juror: Arthur Turner
2005
Colectiva de Artistas Venezolanos – Banco Mara Gallery – Maracaibo, Venezuela

SCHOLARSHIPS, AWARDS, and GRANTS

2015
3rd Place – Visual Arts Alliance 7th Invitational Juried Exhibition – Houston, TX – Juror: David Hardaker
2014
2nd Place – Annual Juried Art Exhibition – Live Oak Art Center – Columbus, TX – Juror: Elizabeth Kozlowski
Honorable Mention – Visual Arts Alliance 5th Invitational Juried Exhibition – Houston, TX – Juror: Michael Guidry
2013
Honorable Mention – Visual Arts Alliance 4th Invitational Juried Exhibition – Houston, TX – Juror: Ken General
Honorable Mention – Annual Juried Art Exhibition – Live Oak Art Center – Columbus, TX – Juror: Margo Sawyer
2011
Grant – Fundacion Carlos Cruz-Diez Scholarship – The Glassell School of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
2010
Finalist – Hunting Art Prize – Houston, TX – Jurors: Sarah Cash, Rita Aida Gonzalez, and Lorelei Stewart
2009
Honorable Mention – VAA 27th Annual Juried Exhibition – Houston, TX – Juror: Clint Willour
2008
1ST PLACE – Annual Summer Juried Art Exhibition – Art league Houston – Houston, TX – Juror: Kerry Inman
2007
Ary Stillman Scholarship – The Glassell School of Art, MFAH – Houston, TX
3rd Place & 1st Honorable Mention – Spring Show – Art League of Fort Bend
2006
Juror’s Choice Award – TAACCL – Nassau Bay, TX – Juror: Arthur Turner