Art Exhibits

Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery was established in 1999 to provide emerging and established Latino artists a venue in which to display their art work, as well as a place for the community to celebrate and learn about Latino culture through visual arts.

Mattie Rhodes Art Gallery continues to invite all artists to exhibit works that explore themes important to the Latino culture. We strive to educate the public about the importance of the arts and bring together many cultures within our community. Contact 816-221-2349 for more information on our exhibits.

First Friday artist receptions are held most First Fridays of the month beginning at 6:00pm, including refreshments,music and other entertainment. All exhibits are free and open to the public. Donations are welcome. Please call 816-221-2349 for more information.

Tours are a great way to get the most out of an exhibit! Let us guide you through our current exhibit and share cultural and historic details. Afterwards, it’s your turn to be creative! Participate in an art activity designed specifically for the exhibit. Join us for this fun and educational opportunity! Cost is $5/person for tour and activity* or $3 for tour only. Tours are scheduled Wednesday – Friday 12 - 5pm or Saturday 12 - 6pm for groups of 10 or more. Contact 816-221-2349, to schedule. *Costs may differ for Day of the Dead.


Upcoming and Current Exhibitions


Los Colores de la Vida
The Colors of Life
March 6, 2015 - April 10, 2015

FREEDOM - by Luis Merlo

Los Colores de la Vida explores the complex social issues of our time while fostering a dialogue that promotes compassion and understanding. For over 120 years, we have had our finger on the pulse of the community, and the concerns and challenges it faces that present barriers to living a full and healthy life. Our work often reveals the vibrant pictures & vivid stories each individual carries within them, sometimes triumphant, sometimes tragic.

Each community & each artist has their own story and human experience, and each piece in this exhibit highlights those day to day struggles, cultural identity and social issues, and injustice. Join our artists as they give voice to the powerful message of understanding and change in today's colorful world.

Opening Reception: First Friday, March 6, 2015  6pm - 9pm

Join us for a night of moving performances & powerful art!
6:30pm - Cristo Rey students perform their own poems & writings inpired by the No Place for Hate program.
8:00pm - Check out the guys from Making Movies who will be making a special appearance & playing a few songs.

Coffee, Conversation, Creativity
Saturday, March 7, 2015 ~ 10:00am - 12:00pm

Meet the artists behind Los Colores de la Vida! Get creative and explore how art can bring people together across difference.

Closing Reception: First Friday, April 3, 2015 6pm - 9pm


To become a particpating artist, or if you would like more information, please contact

Jenny Mendez
Cultural Arts Director
919 W 17th St. Kansas City, MO 64108
Phone: (gallery) 816.581.5631   (main) 816.221.2349   (fax) 816.471.2521 

Gallery Hours
Thursday -Friday 12:00 – 5:00 pm
Saturday 12:00 – 6:00 pm

Previous Exhibits

Dia de los Muertos - October/November 2014
Kenyan Dreams - September 2014
Children's Exhibition– April/May 2014

Weaving Lives, Engaging History - December 2013 - February 2014
Dia de los Muertos - October- November 2013
Art of the Mask
 - June- August 2013
Children's Exhibition - May 2013
Artifacts of Immigration - February/March 2013
La Reina & The Art of Giving  – December 2012/January 2013
Día de los Muertos – October/November 2012
Placazo & Images of El Salvador
– September 2012
My Dress Hangs There
– June-August 2012

Children's Exhibition
– May 2012
Juan Chawuk – March/April 2012
Corazones Valientes – February- April 2012
The Power of Intention
– February 2012
Quetzalcoatl and the Tree of Life December 2011/January 2012
Día de los Muertos – October/November 2011
Quinceañera – September 2011
La Paloma y la Rana – May/June 2011
 – February/March 2011
Children's Exhibition – April 2011

Visions of Our Lady of Guadalupe – December 2010/January 2011
Día de los Muertos
 – October/November 2010

Cuatro Cuadrado – September 2010
¡Viva! – May/June 2010
Celebrate! 40 Years of After School Art – April 2010
Este es mi México – March 2010
El Mercado – December 2009
Día de los Muertos – October/November 2009
Folk Art of the Americas – September 2009
Cultural Composite – May/June 2009
My Masterpiece – April 2009
Venha a Carnaval – February/March 2009
El Mercado – December 2008
Día de los Muertos  – October/November 2008
La Loteria: Arte y Adivinanzas – September 2008
In Contrast – June 2008
The Chicano Experience – May 2008
Celebration of Children – April 2008
Exhibicion de Lenguas Indigenas
 – March 2008