Creating positive artistic experiences in the lives we touch.

Children/Youth Educational Outreach

Summer Mural Arts Program, for ages 13-17, is a mural arts program designed for the youth of our community who desire to be a part of a creative group wanting to learn more about the arts and to be a part of creating large scale murals in Corpus Christi. While other arts organizations offer summer art camp KSC is the only organization in Corpus Christi offering summer arts programming for older children. KSC offers multi-week programming instructed by artists who hold Fine Art degrees or are professional artists with a passion to work with children. Although there is a fee for summer camp, scholarships are available.

K-12 Art Education Outreach

When there is funding for this project we offer a free classroom enrichment resource for K-12 teachers who participate. This project follows the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills guideline required by the Texas State Board of Education. Our program currently offers classroom visits including presentations and/or hands-on projects. We offer multi-day visits with more labor-intensive art projects such as sculpture, ceramics and mural arts. The goal of this program is to educate, encourage, enlighten and mentor students about contemporary art and its importance in their local community and society.

Art in Literacy

This project brings art, writing, and storytelling together in a fun, creative teaching forum for children. KSC has teamed up with Corpus Christi’s La Retama Central Library bringing a free and fun way to engage with children located in the inner city neighborhoods surrounding KSC and La Retama Central Library. This program, when funded strives to teach the importance of the arts and literacy. 

Art in the Garden

In the past, this program is offered in The Learning Garden at Tom Graham Park, located in Park neighborhood of Corpus Christi. This project uses art activities and community mural painting as a fun teaching tool, helping kids learn and understand the ecological and agricultural environment surrounding them. Art in the garden is free: promoting community involvement, empowerment, healthy living, good food choices and creativity through the arts. Art in the Garden promotes beautification of The Learning Garden, Tom Graham Park, and Oak Park. The Learning Garden was created and is managed by GROW Local South Texas which is a member-based, non-profit with a mission to cultivate a healthy community by growing the local food system and improving access to nutritious, affordable foods. The Learning Garden and Art in the Garden are endorsed by the City of Corpus Christi Parks & Recreation Department.

Adults and Seniors

K Space Contemporary is headed out of the gallery and into the senior community. KSC will bring the visual arts workshops to you. Currently KSC is scheduling with senior residential communities and senior community centers in the Corpus Christi area. The outreach program offers enriching experiences in the arts to those who prefer to stay close to home or have made it a point to visit their local senior community center. Our program currently offers hands-on art workshops, art film screenings, and artist talks. The goal of this program is to educate, encourage, enlighten and mentor participants about contemporary art and its importance in their local community and society.

Make sure to check the calendar for upcoming workshops, classes, and Summer Art Camp.

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Instructors

Cheryl Votzmeyer

Born and raised in Texas, Cheryl received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in Art History from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi. Before pursuing a Fine Arts degree Votzmeyer lived in New York City modeling and studying Interior Design at The Fashion Institute of Technology. Cheryl recognized her passion for the arts and began painting in her makeshift studio in her NYC apartment.

After relocating back to Texas in 1996 Votzmeyer opened a decorative painting and mural company, Green Frog & Co., which served Corpus Christi and the Coastal Bend area. After establishing Green Frog & Co. Votzmeyer decided to pursue her Fine Arts degree graduating with honors in 2014. Upon graduation Votzmeyer was offered a position as Education Coordinator at K Space Contemporary where she has expanded the education programming to include launching an outreach program for K-12 schools in Corpus Christi and surrounding counties, Senior Adult Outreach in senior adult living communities and Senior Community Centers, Kids in the Know at The Learning Garden at Tom Graham Park, Art in Literacy Project at La Retama Central Library, and the Kids’ Palette within the Keep Corpus Christi Mural Arts Program. Cheryl has participated in numerous group and solo exhibitions and is currently working on several shows to be exhibited within the next year.

Currently the body of work she is creating focuses on the experimentation of encaustic painting with mixed media. Votzmeyer’s love of variety has led her to study many different mediums and she has found that encaustic painting has been her preference as of late. Along with the color range comes the ability to sculpt the wax bringing depth and an array of mark-making to her work.
www.cherylvotzmeyer.com 

Lori Edwards

Lori is a painter, printmaker, and textile artist. Uniting these disciplines together Lori discovered her own identity and uses these techniques to create diverse works from small works on canvas to large scale installations.
Born in Phoenix, AZ, Lori was a child of an Airman. During her childhood, Lori was relocated many times while her dad was on active duty.  Lori attended Wright State University and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking and photography. After graduating Lori managed the family quilt store.
Lori had the urge to return to university where she earned a Bachelor of Art in Studio Arts. While there she assisted in the print shop as a practicum student and did an internship teaching age-appropriate printmaking lessons for the classroom and leading her students in the experimental techniques in printmaking as well as fiber arts.
Lori currently resides in Port Aransas, Texas and has fallen in love with the coastal scene. She is active in the art movement happening in Corpus Christi, TX and has established her art studio at K Space Art Studio in the Downtown area.
Her current work has expanded into site-specific installations that invite the viewer in to space with bright colors and shifting shadows. Once inside space delicate paper cuttings along with knitted/crocheted edges bring a softness to the pieces inviting closer observation.

Mayra Zamora

Zamora was born in Austin and raised in the small town of Tivoli, Texas. She graduated at the top of her class, receiving numerous scholarships which helped fuel her dream of being an Educator and an Artist. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art and a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from TAMUCC. Zamora currently works at the Art Museum of South Texas as an Outreach Coordinator and Arts After-School Teacher at the Antonio E. Garcia Arts & Education Center. The painter has participated in several exhibitions throughout Texas, as well as in New York City, Los Angeles, and Miami. Among various other projects, she contributes to Corpus Christi’s annual Day of the Dead celebration and was 1 of 24 artists selected to participate in Phase I and Phase II of the Loteria Mural in downtown Corpus Christi, and much more. She is a member of K Space Contemporary Art Gallery, Nexus Art Collective, RAWartists International Art Group, & V.I.P International Art Group.

Zamora’s work is all-encompassing – of reason, happiness, life, and expression. She incorporates her love the Dia de Los Muertos by depicting variations of family, friends, and icons through the use of Calaveras. She enlivens the morbid concept of the Calavera in her work by placing characters in real and familiar situations; drawing inspiration from the human emotion behind Jose Guadalupe Posada’s Calaveras and the symbolism in Frida Kahlo’s paintings. Zamora honors the popular Mexican game of Loteria in her work, which generates happy memories of her familia. She pays homage to what she considers the most important elements of art; Line, Shape, and Color. The borders and backgrounds are a blend of language and atmosphere. Gathering inspiration from hieroglyphics, ciphers, and other cultures, the borders are coded with stylized writing, shyly awaiting discovery. The polychromatic borders and background help describe the atmosphere, unveiling the words and messages encrypted within.

Monica Marie Garcia

Monica Marie Garcia was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. She received her Master of Fine Arts degree from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi; her concentration was in printmaking and painting. She is the Manager at Tipsy Canvas in Corpus Christi, as well as, an instructor and designer for their painting classes.
Monica’s interest in creating art started at a very young age. She has thus lead a life of creativity and education of the arts. Her interests include painting, printmaking, logo design, singing Mariachi music, Henna tattooing, body painting and anything that requires her to be creative.
She has participated in numerous events and art exhibitions including but not limited to winning first place in the First Annual Masterpiece-in-a-Day held by the Marina Arts District, body painting for Art in the Raw at House of Rock Corpus Christi, face painting for our Dia De Los Muertos Festival and was one of the local artists chosen to be able to contribute to Phase I of the Loteria Mural Downtown Corpus Christi.

Teresa Saldivar

Teresa was born and raised in Corpus Christi and is a certified teacher with a special emphasis on reading. She graduated from Texas A&M University where she served as an “Island Ambassador”. Teresa has studied in Vera Cruz, Mexico with the Rotary Club Group Study Exchange, Samba School in Austin, Texas, and Bodychoir that all have impacted her artistic vision in movement. These workshops lead her to study art, music, and dance therapy classes at the Marnie Paul Arts Center. This great experience leads her to assist children in a movement to help create a means of language in autistic children at Hannah’s Hope Learning Center.

Currently, Teresa works in the Communication, Language, and Reading Department at Del Mar College and at West Oso – J.F. Kennedy Elementary as the Ace Theater Arts teacher. Teresa has experience in outreach and has worked with CCISD leading parenting classes for South Texas Family Connection.

With the help of her loving, artistic parents, Teresa created “Team Dance” which has participated in the Dia de Los Muertos Festival since 2008 as well as other fun events such as the Virgen de Guadalupe Celebration at the Corpus Christi Cathedral and Schoenstatt Movement Center.  Teresa has also been active with a summer camp for the Diocese of Corpus Christi since 2005.

As an independent educator, Teresa has spread the story of “La Llorona” at K Space Contemporary, the Neyland Library, and at Garcia Elementary. At Del Mar College she has been a frequent performer and guest speaker for events such as Cinco de Mayo. Teresa loves sharing her true passion of dance wherever she goes.

Sandra Gonzalez