Third Thursdays: Mélat


August 17, 2023 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Enjoy after-hours programs and exhibition access.

Event Details

Join us after work every Third Thursday for special extended Museum hours from 5 to 8 p.m.! Explore the exhibitions, enjoy happy hour food and drinks in The Star Cafe, and connect to Texas through unique interactive experiences. Different activities are offered each month. Museum garage parking is free after 5:00 p.m.

At Third Thursdays this summer we invite you to the Bullock Museum for nights of art and music that will allow you to connect more deeply with our special exhibition, The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper

At 6 p.m. join us in the Grand Lobby for a musical performance by R&B singer-songwriter Mélat.

Mélat tells stories of love in all its facets — whether romantic or platonic, beginning or ending — because love is, in her eyes, the only truth. A giant of the Austin R&B scene, Mélat’s unique sound is influenced by her parents’ native Ethiopian music, jazz, and the blues. From love to hardship, success to failure, Mélat speaks to what it means to be a human being simply longing to "be.”

Don’t miss these great activities:

  • Create a Linocut Gelli printing with Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking - Join the expert printmakers from the collaborative printmaking studio Flatbed Press to make your own print inspired by The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper
  •  Badger Dog Creative Writing Station - Learn to write ekphrastic poetry inspired by the exhibition. Writing materials and inspiration will be provided!
  • Create a beautiful visual memory against a floral backdrop at a photo booth by Wildly Flowered
  • Complimentary sparkling water from Rambler Sparkling Water

For ease of entry, get your tickets in advance!

About Public Programs

Public programs at the Bullock Museum explore relevant history and celebrate the culture that has shaped our modern world. Through engaging discussions, live performances, and experiential activities visitors are invited to see local connections and discover how Texas fits into a broader national story.

About the Artists

Born and bred in the Live Music Capital of the World, Austin, Texas, Mélat is no stranger to recognition and representing her community. Whether headlining shows across the nation or opening for the likes of The Internet, Thundercat, PJ Morton, Kool & The Gang, and many more, Mélat’s vocal prowess is celebrated in many of the top publications worldwide. Her work has been covered on Billboard, The Wall Street Journal, Edition Magazine, The Guardian, Essence, Vibe, and numerous others. Her voice powers up the sports world, from singing the National Anthem for the Austin FC MLS season-opening game two seasons in a row, to teaming up with Matthew McConaughey in his “Bless The Mood” University of Texas anthem. Mélat’s radiance is evident the moment she hits any stage.

Katherine Brimberry, Flatbed Press is Co-founder, Director, and Senior Master Printer of the Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking. Brimberry's expertise as Senior Master Printer is in the collaboration phase of intaglio or relief projects. She has worked as a technical collaborator with artists such as James Surls, Julie Speed, Frank X. Tolbert 2, Trenton Doyle Hancock, and Joan Winter, among many others. She is an experienced instructor of printmaking having taught printmaking at Texas State University, St. Edward’s University, and Austin Community College.

Alyssa Ebinger, Flatbed Press is a Tamarind trained Collaborative Lithographer and Flatbed’s Education/Community Program Manager. Ebinger received her BS in Art Education from the Minnesota State University of Moorhead. In 2016, she stepped away from teaching high school art to attend the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) where she completed her MFA. Ebinger studied printmaking with an emphasis on lithography along with bookmaking, drawing, and sculpture. She was the lithography Graduate Assistant for Ron Wyffels during her time at PAFA and continued to be his assistant after her graduation in May 2018.

Badger Dog is part of the nonprofit The Library Foundation. They hold workshops for writers of all ages and skill levels and invite the public to examine the techniques of literary artists and experiment with language to communicate experience and meaning.

Your Support Matters

Help us continue to share the story of Texas with a tax-deductible donation.

Enjoy discounts, exclusive programs, and free access to exhibitions year-round by becoming a member of the Bullock Museum.

The exhibition The Harmon and Harriet Kelley Collection of African American Art: Works on Paper was organized by Landau Traveling Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA.

Sponsored by the Albert and Ethel Herzstein Hall Fund.

The Bullock Museum, a division of the Texas State Preservation Board, is funded by Museum members, donors, and patrons, the Texas State History Museum Foundation, and the State of Texas.