Enhancing Communities Through Public Art

Public Art UH Enhances Multiple Campuses and Diverse Communities

From sculptural gestures to works on paper, the University of Houston system boasts one of the country’s most impressive art collections. Public Art UHS enriches multiple campuses and diverse communities through the collection, temporary exhibitions, outreach and programming.

This fall, two new acquisitions will join the collection: a layered work by artist Kendall Buster and a site-specific Grove Commission from Jorge Pardo for Wilhelmina’s Grove.

University of Houston

The University of Houston is home to a diverse collection of art, from monumental sculptures to small-scale works that decorate the halls of student residences. The university also hosts a number of art exhibitions throughout the year, including an annual Master of Fine Arts graduate show.

Public Art UHS is one of the largest curated university art collections in the country. Its prestigious collection enriches the lives of the University’s students, faculty and staff while reflecting and connecting its unique communities.

In 1966, the Board of Regents established a policy dedicating 1% of construction costs to the purchase of artworks for campus buildings. That policy was formally adopted by the Texas Legislature in 1969 and became the model for state universities nationwide.

UH Arts District

The UH Arts District strives to be a hive for artistic and academic life, embracing the creative process as a portal to innovation and excellence across all areas of the University. In its inaugural year, the District has launched an array of new initiatives to advance UH’s mission and position as a national leader in the arts.

The art collection has grown to more than 700 works since UH became the first public institution in Texas to formally allot one percent of construction costs toward artworks, according to PAUHS. Today, the organization serves the needs of students, faculty and the community through a broad range of exhibitions, research, education and outreach.

The Arts District is a great place to find off-the-beaten-path public artworks. Check out our Arts District Map to find your next art adventure.

Permanent Collection

The Permanent Collection is the core of a museum’s holdings. Acceptance of art into the Permanent Collection guarantees its storage, insurance and preservation for perpetuity. It is also the foundation of temporary exhibitions.

The museum’s 3,000-piece Permanent Collection features works on paper—including one of the largest collections in America of prints by 17th-century French printmakers Jacques Callot and Claude Monet, drawings by artists such as Rembrandt Peale and John Singer Sargent, paintings by George Inness and William Prendergast, and sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Robert Indiana, and Victor Vasarely.

The Permanent Collection is also distinguished by its strength in art of the Rocky Mountain West. Works by western artists including Rudy Autio, Fra Dana, and Edgar Paxson are complemented by contemporary Native American art by Jim Denomie, Percy Bull Child, and Gloria Emerson.

Temporary Collection

A new exhibition model that promotes, exhibits and distributes artworks already purchased directly from artists, the Temporary Collection is a daring way to support Ed Video’s programing opportunities. 100% of ticket sales will go directly to supporting the 70 local, national and international artists participating in this exhibition.

Collective temporary exhibitions often focus on a single artistic movement and include works from similar or previous movements in history to show their impact. These exhibitions are sometimes called thematic.

Public Programs

Public programs are a critical way for galleries and museums to reach new audiences, build community engagement and demonstrate the importance of art in a region’s cultural vibrancy. They offer meaningful cultural experiences that make people feel, think or act in new ways and can transform the visitor experience at your museum or gallery.

The Program team manages a sizable Percent for Art portfolio and works closely with public, private and community partners to commission outstanding enduring artworks that reflect Idaho’s unique culture in its communities. Citizens play a critical role in the process from project identification through artist selection and fabrication.

Our staff is always happy to discuss questions and concerns about the program. Please contact Stephanie Johnson. The Public Art Network offers an online Directory of information about public art programs throughout the United States.

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