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Opening Reception – Looking for Spring: Works by Gwen Rhea Cowden (G. Rhea) | MBAW Art Gallery

22 April 2023 | 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry


This very special exhibit by artist Gwen Rhea Cowden features nearly 40 works created over a lifetime of artmaking, ranging from intimate figure studies and quiet still lifes to the active dynamism and gesture of line drawings and the layered bursts of color, shape and texture contained in wild garden scenes. Transformed through the artist’s selective vision, each image evokes the little mysteries and moments of awe in the world around us, if only we take the time to witness them.

This opening reception is free with wine, bites and music at the MBAW Art Gallery!

On view from 15 April – 31 July 2023 by appointment.
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View the Works Online

MBAW thanks the following Operational Sponsors and Partners: Kronkosky Charitable Foundation, Ford Foundation, Nancy Smith Hurd Foundation, City of San Antonio Department of Arts and Culture, Brown Foundation, San Antonio Area Foundation, Betty Stieren Kelso Foundation, Bexar County, National Endowment for the Arts, Joan and Herb Kelleher Charitable Foundation, The Spine Group, Texas Commission on the Arts, Minnie Stevens Piper Foundation, Terra Nova Violins, Hayward Gaude Fine Portraits, Muriel F. Siebert Foundation, Kaitlyn and Stewart Skloss Family Foundation, Digital Pro Lab, FASTSIGNS, Texas Public Radio, Visit San Antonio​


Gwen Rhea Cowden (G. Rhea)

About The Artist
A life-long artist, G. Rhea Cowden began studying art in Europe as a teenager with the Russian portrait painter Jablonski in Stuttgart, Germany She sold her first painting at age 13.

She majored in art at Newcomb College in New Orleans, Louisiana. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas at Austin and worked for a number of years as a fashion illustrator and designer.

Other artists G. Rhea Cowden has studied with include Michael Collins, Chapman Kelly, Marie Leterme, Hiroki Morinoue, Ruth Munson, Charles Schorre, and Frederic Taubes. Her own teaching includes drawing and painting classes in Houston, Texas.

She has been the focus of several major one-artist exhibits in Houston and San Antonio. Working in watercolor, pastel, oil, Conté crayon, monotype and acrylic, her works are included in numerous collections in the United States, Germany, England, Spain, and Mexico.

Artist Statement
When I was eighteen, my art professor at Newcomb College warned me that my style had come too soon, that it could become a “crutch.” She said that I had to train myself to look and remember what I see before me. As a result, I continue to be fascinated by the human face and figure and things that I see each day.
– Gwen Rhea Cowden, 2023

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

  • Are tickets required for entry to the event?

Yes but they are free. See ticket registration button above.

  • How do I get to the MBAW Art Gallery? Where do I park?

The Art Gallery at Musical Bridges Around the World is located at: 23705 Frontage Road, Suite 101, San Antonio, TX 78257. Parking is free in the office parking areas and up the hill. Tip: If you are coming from the south and heading north, you will need take Exit 551 and do a turnaround under the I-10 freeway. Once on the access road heading south, the turn is directly after Sun Auto Services (and Las Palapas preceding that).

  • Can I take picture(s) or video(s)?

Yes! And we love for you to tag us on social media: @musicalbridges or @MusicalBridgesAroundtheWorld

  • Is there food and drink available?

Yes. There may be free or paid options available.

  • I want to purchase an art piece. What do I do?

If you are attending the event, please find Gallery Director Diana Roberts or an MBAW staff member to make your purchase. Cash, check, or credit/debit are accepted. If you wish to purchase before or after the event at any time when the exhibition is up, go to mbaw.org/art to select and purchase artwork(s) online or contact Diana Roberts at dlr@mbaw.org.

  • I can’t make the reception but I want to come see the artwork. Can I make an appointment?

Yes! Contact Diana Roberts at dlr@mbaw.org to book an appointment. The office/gallery is generally open Mon-Fri, 10 AM – 4 PM.


22 April 2023
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Free & Open to the Public, Tickets Required for Entry
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MBAW Art Gallery
23705 IH-10 Frontage Road, Suite 101
San Antonio, TX 78257 United States
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