Buffalo Soldiers National Museum


M.I.A Military Inspired Art

July 27 – 28 • Free & Open to the Public

Houston, Texas – 77004 • 3816 Caroline St

Since America’s inception, African Americans have made contributions to the defense of the country, and have made a lasting impression on the World of Art. There is no doubt that times of war had and still has a major influence on Art. What may not be known to the masses is that some of our men and women in the armed forces are also artist.

In an effort to pay homage to that bravery, heroism and artistry, the M.I.A. : Military Inspired Art show will create an atmosphere where veterans and active duty men and women of all ethnicities can showcase their talents off the battlefield, along with modern and contemporary artists who may have been influenced by the military.


Featuring Art Works By:

Morris Alston, Peter Buotte, Najee Dorsey, Ted Ellis, Frank Frazier, Reginald Gammon, Diamond Wilcoxson – Gass, Paul Goodnight, Raven Henderson, Chris Van Loan, Michael McCoy, Bob Snead, Steven Tette, Glenn Towery, Burl Washington, and more to come.

Friday – July 27, 2018 :  Reception 6-8pm

Unveiling of Exhibition Art Work and Mixer

Saturday – July 28, 2018 :

(In Commemoration of Buffalo Soldiers Day) 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Exhibition – Free & Open to the Public


Lecture: 12 Notable African-American Artists that have Served in the Military: WWI – Post Vietnam Era presented by African-American realist and impressionist painter, Ted Ellis. This lecture will feature works by legacy artists such as Romare Bearden & Jacob Lawrence, and will be held from 11:00 a.m. – 11:35 a.m. with a 10 minute Q & A at the end.


Lecture: Living an Artful Life presented by Army veteran, art therapist, and visual artist, Chris Van Loan Sr. This lecture is on living an art filled life despite life many distractions, as well as how to live with a life revolved around the arts both during and post – service. Lecture to be held from 12:00 p.m. – 12:35 p.m. with a 10 minute Q & A at the end.


Panel: What it means to be an African-American US Veteran, and How that Service Translates into Art Work, moderated by Ted Ellis. Panel to include artists Frank Frazier, Burl Washington, Bob Snead, and Steven Tette. Panel to be held 1 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. with a 10 minute Q & A to end.

Lecture: SPIRIT OF SURVIVAL: A Nation-wide Non-Profit Sculpture Program with US Veterans presented by retired Lieutenant Colonel, US Army, Art Therapist, and Visual Artist, Peter Buotte. The Vision of the lecture is to highlight the spirit of survival of wounded US military of all branches who served in Iraq or Afghanistan combat zones. Lecture to be held from 2:15 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. with a 10 minute Q & A at the end.



Live Painting: JOIN IN on this live painting session! Attendees are encouraged to join in on this interactive live painting on an over-sized canvas, directed by artists and veteran, Steven Tette.


Curator/Producer: Najee Dorsey, Founder / CEO of Black Art in America (BAIA), (Garden Art for the Soul, Do YOU Basel, EVERYTHANG BLACK, ShopBAIA.COM) and an avid collector and patron of the arts. Black Art In America (BAIA) is the leading online social network and multifaceted media company focused on African-American art. We’ve produced art exhibitions and events in NYC, Miami during Art Basel, Kansas City, Bentonville, Atlanta and numerous private events throughout the United States. Najee is also an accomplished visual artist currently showing at Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts: PAFA as well as having shown and in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum, Charles H. Wright, Houston Museum of African American Culture, David C. Driskell Collection, University of Maryland, College Park, MD, David W. Mullins Library at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR and many other institutions.

 Ted Ellis is a passionate man. He is passionate about his family, passionate about his heritage, and passionate about his art. Just ask him and he proudly declares, “I paint subjects that are representative of the many facets of American life as I know it. I like to think of myself as a creative historian. I was put here to record history and all aspects of American culture and heritage. My sole purpose has always been to educate through my art.




See Flyer Below for More Details – and for More Information, please call (713) 942-8920

The Buffalo Soldiers National Museum is a proud member of the Houston Museum District and theMidtown Cultural Arts District. The museum is also a proud member of the Greater Houston Conventions and Visitors Bureau, Greater Houston Partnership and the Better Business Bureau.

Our Host Hotel for Events is : Crowne Plaza Hotels & Resorts River Oaks

Register for free general admission

Email us at: baiafinearthouston@gmail.com

Hotel discount code is MAS or call 713 577 1274