Special Visual Art Exhibit

“Do These Stripes Make Me Look Political?” Ramona Otto: A Retrospective Solo Exhibition.

In this special visual art exhibit, Otto challenges her audience to experience differing viewpoints in the context of one of the greatest symbols of the country, the American flag. A stunning collection of twenty mixed media, assemblage pieces, Otto’s bold, Americana inspired contemporary folk art uses toys, tiles, vintage jewelry, charms, ceramic fragments, tin scraps, postage stamps, concert tickets, keys, and other trinkets.

Through observation, discussion, and interaction, it is hoped that the audience will consider the artist’s viewpoint:

“When I grew up on a farm in Iowa in the 1950s, the American flag was a powerful symbol. I remember the pride we all felt when leading the daily Pledge of Allegiance at Washington #4, the country school a mile from my house . . . Today, it is often difficult for people to listen to and understand one another. I am nostalgic for conversations that end with a smile and “Let’s agree to disagree.” Old Glory has lost some of its former meanings and taken on new ones. I hope this retrospective is a collective in bringing the art of our flag and all it has meant to our consciousness.”

The National Endowment of the Arts has recognized the outstanding artistic merit of the Lubbock Arts Festival due to the exemplary art exhibit “Do These Stripes Make Me Look Political?” Ramona Otto: A Retrospective Solo Exhibition.” 

This exhibit is made possible by the Helen Jones Foundation.

Good Morning America, 2005

Triptych: USA

Triptych: USA, 2005

Scrabble Flag: My Country Tis of Thee

Scrabble Flag: My Country Tis of Thee, 2004

44th Annual
Lubbock Arts Festival

April 9-10, 2022
Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
1501 Mac Davis Lane
Lubbock, Texas 79041


Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.


$5 for adults
Children 12 and under admitted FREE with accompanying adult