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.


Current Exhibitions

The 16th annual Children's Art Exhibition

 Artists of Tomorrow

Come and celebrate the importance of art in a child’s life! 

April 4 - May 23, 2014

Reception for Teachers: First Friday April 4th, 6-9PM
Reception for Students: First Friday May 2nd, 5-8 PM 

The Mattie Rhodes Art Center and Gallery will present two exhibitions as a thematic unit. The first exhibit will feature the art work of our talented art teachers and staff through April 18. The show will open with a meet-the-artists reception First Friday, April 4th from 6:00 to 9:00 pm. The second exhibit, “Children’s Art Exhibition” will open with a reception First Friday, May 2nd, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm. This show will highlight the students and artwork of our afterschool arts program. Join us for an awards presentation at 6:30pm, face painting, ice cream sundaes, and entertainment. 

Original artwork of children ages 5 to 12 will be for sale and runs through May 23.
All events are free and open to the public. 

Funding provided by the Missouri Arts Council and United Way.



June 6 – July 18, 2014

Día de los Muertos 2014  

October 3- November 15, 2014

 Coming Soon!

Lotería and HECHO Y MANO mercado
December 5, 2014 - February 14, 2015
Coming Soon!


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

Jessica Manco

Gallery & Art Education Curator 
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

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