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Allure of the Ordinary: O’Kane Gallery to Host Urban Landscape Painter Kaori Maeyama


By Hayden Bergman

The founding idea of Houston was that the city would be a great center of commerce at the confluence of the Buffalo and White Oak bayous, with Main Street stretching into the city center from that nexus. Much has changed since then, as the city is now the most diverse in the nation, a beating heart of not just commerce, but of culture and community, too. What hasn’t changed, however, is that the confluence of the bayous and Main Street, now the site of UHD and its students, retains the ethos of Houston: diverse, tough, and, above all, determined. Kaori Maeyama, Rust Never Sleeps, 2021

It makes sense, then, that UHD’s O’Kane Gallery will host one of the world’s premier urban landscape painters Kaori Maeyama and display her work for the campus community and the public from Sept. 7-Oct. 19, 2023, with an artist talk on Oct. 5 at 2:30 p.m.  

Maeyama is an urban landscape painter based in New Orleans. After relocating from Fukuoka, Japan in 1994, she obtained a BA in Film Production from the University of New Orleans and an MFA in painting from Tulane University. Her work has been exhibited at LeMieux Galleries and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art, and in 2020 she participated in the Artist-in-Residency program at the Joan Mitchell Center. Aided by the use of brayers, squeegees, and a dark tonal palette, New Orleans: Sound of Drifting Shadows highlights the city’s mundane vignettes, from desolate residential neighborhoods to uncanny industrial landscapes.  

The Harry W. O'Kane Gallery, established in 1970, is proud to host Maeyama and her important and timely work. This and all other exhibitions are free and open to the public. 


Visiting the Gallery 


The O’Kane Gallery is located on the third floor of the Girard Street Building, GSB322. 


In-text image “Rust Never Sleeps” courtesy of artist.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.

U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.