The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection

Saturday, Jan. 14, 2017 – Sunday, Apr. 9, 2017


Two Centuries of American Still-Life Painting: The Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs Collection traces the history of American still-life painting in the United States over the course of nearly 200 years, from the early 19th century to the present day.

The majority of the works on view—which come from the private, Houston-based collection of Frank and Michelle Hevrdejs—have never before been seen by the public. The exhibition brings together 60 of the most influential American luminaries of the genre, including Georgia O’Keeffe, James Peale, John F. Peto, Wayne Thiebaud, Max Weber, and Andrew Wyeth.

These masterpieces show why still-life painting has captivated American artists, collectors, and audiences for two centuries. The extraordinary range of artistic styles and subject matter illustrates the rise and development of the still-life genre in post-revolutionary America, from European-influenced realism and trompe l’oeil to Impressionism, Modernism, Pop Art, and beyond.

About the Exhibition

Accompanying the exhibition is an illustrated catalogue published by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and distributed by Yale University Press. The catalogue is available through the MFA Shop (713.639.7360) and the Museum’s Hirsch Library (713.639.7325)


  • Tuesday - Wednesday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Thursday, 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
    Friday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 7:00 pm
    Sunday, 12:15 pm - 7:00 pm
    Monday: Closed (Except Monday Holidays). Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • General Admission

    • MFAH Members FREE
    • Adults $15
    • Seniors (65+ with ID) $10
    • Military (with ID) $10
    • College Students (19+ with ID) $7.50
    • Youth (13–18) $7.50
    • Children (12 & younger) FREE
    • Certain special exhibitions are ticketed, with an additional charge.
    On Thursday, general admission is free for everyone.

Directions & Parking

  • Free Parking
  • Paid Parking
  • Street Parking
  • Make visiting a snap! Visit mfah.org/parking for complete parking info, including a map you can download.

    Two Parking Garages        

    Parking Garage Hours

    Open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    Parking Garage Fees

    • Parking payments may be made only with major credit cards, or with MasterCard and Visa debit cards.
    • The first 30 minutes are always free. On Thursday, parking is free for visitors who enter the Museum between 5 p.m. and 9 p.m.
    • For hourly rates, go to mfah.org/parking
    Recommendation for guests with limited mobility: Use the covered drop-off lane at the Main Street entrance to the Beck Building, or use wheelchair-accessible parking in the garage at 1144 Binz Street.

Special Offers / Dining

Paolo Fronza, from Fellini Caffè, runs this sophisticated dining operation. Enjoy an array of Italian-inspired fare with a Texas flair, a European-style coffee bar, a kids menu, and much more at the MFA Café, located on the lower level of the Beck Building.

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