About K Space Contemporary
K Space Contemporary is the oldest alternative art space in the Coastal Bend region. The primary goal of the organization is to exhibit emerging and mid-career artists. K Space provides a forum for under-represented artists whose works are experimental, non-commercial, or difficult to exhibit due to unusual installation requirements or site-specific ideas.
Our Art Education and Outreach Programs extend into the community to increase awareness about the importance of art in our society. K Space Summer Mural Arts Camps create murals in public places.
Events and activities at K Space Contemporary include exhibitions and opening receptions, gallery lectures, Dia de Los Muertos Street Festival, educational workshops, film screenings, and a wacky, hair-raising fundraiser called Wig Out. K Space Contemporary partnered with the Corpus Christi Downtown Management District to organize the monthly First Friday ArtWalk.
K Space Contemporary was established by key members of K Space Art Studios, a cooperative art studio formed in 1995. The “K” in our name refers to the building’s historic roots as the Kress Five & Dime store built-in 1917. From it’s inception in 2001 to early 2007, the non-profit organization operated out of a 700 square foot gallery located within K Space Art Studios on the third floor of the building now known as the Hot Spot.
In 2006, K Space Contemporary reorganized its board of directors and began plans to open a more accessible and visible community-based facility. With the assistance of the Clower Company, K Space board members renovated the street-level space – adding offices, storage space, and a gift shop. The new venue, K Space Contemporary, opened October 13, 2007, with the first annual Third Coast National exhibition.
Beginnings – K Space Art Studios
Founders Erick and Raychelle Schaudies dreamed of creating an artist studio cooperative for contemporary artists, something that did not previously exist in Corpus Christi. It would be a place where artists working in non-traditional media, methods and subject matter could meet, share ideas and work along-side each other; a community for artists who wanted to express themselves in new and innovative ways.
This dream came to fruition when the Schaudies discovered the old Kress building in downtown Corpus Christi as a potential studio space. One important ingredient was finding a property owner who was agreeable to renting to a bunch of crazy artists, and they found that in landlords, Tim and Dottie Clower. K Space Art Studios, named for the Kress building in which it is located, was born in November of 1995.
The third-floor warehouse was crowded with store shelves, mannequins, and other department store fixtures. The Schaudies began recruiting artists and with the help of five charter members, they cleared and divided the 7000 square foot space into 12 studios, a darkroom and a common area.
What they created is a thriving workspace housing a community of artists of all disciplines, backgrounds, education levels, and ages.
Board of Directors
Business Co-Chair: Andrea Valenti
Art Co-Chair: Jennifer Arnold
Co-Secretaries: Omar Lopez and Kimberly Rios
Treasurer: Scott Ellison
Vice-Chair: Lynda Jones