Located in historic downtown Johnson City in the center of the Texas Hill Country, Texas Arthouse seeks to enrich the cultural experience of residents and visitors and support the work of artists working, living or with strong ties to this culturally rich region and Texas.
Exhibition programming will highlight fine emerging and established Texas artists through solo, group and thematic exhibitions. Gallery space is comprised of a Main Gallery and a Project Space allowing artists to intentionally address a wide range of stylistic and contextual concerns.
Founded by native Texas artist, Mars Woodhill, Texas Arthouse has recently changed ownership to Mark L. Smith, PhD. Mark has over thirty-five years of experience in modern and contemporary art. He has forged a dual career in higher education and in private business. Armed with a PhD in the history and criticism of art from the University of Texas at Austin, Mark has served as an art department chairman,an associate dean of fine arts, and a teacher of art history and studio art.
After founding the Helm Fine Arts Center and Nancy Wilson Scanlan Gallery in Austin, Texas and writing the art column for the Austin American-Statesman, he co-founded in 1989 Flatbed Press Inc., a prestigious collaborative printmaking workshop in Austin where he functioned as the curator and production consultant until 2012. He was also director of marketing the Flatbed inventory of limited editions by hundreds of contemporary artists from the U. S. and abroad.
Mark has authored numerous articles and catalog essays, and curated significant exhibitions for major museums and alternative spaces, and is the principal author of the UT Press book – “Flatbed Press at 25”. He has juried innumerable exhibitions, conducted creativity workshops, consulted with artists for career development, provided professional critiques, and developed corporate and private collections of art is dedicated to expanding the Hill Country visual arts community and cultivating public interest and knowledge in the area of contemporary visual arts.