Art Among Us
University of Houston was the first Texas public university to form a Percent for the Art program in 1966, dedicating one percent of the budget for each new building on campus for public art pieces. Pieces are purchased, commissioned or given to UH as gifts from alumni and friends of the university. Currently, the main UH campus has more than 260 pieces of public art on display. Some are very large, such as the Stella Project that adorns the lobby and theatre in the Moores School of Music. Other pieces are smaller, such as the collection of drawings displayed throughout the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture. The Percent for the Art program insures that the UH Public Art Collections grows as the university grows. Many of these pieces are located in park-like settings and serene gathering places where students, alumni and friends of UH can view and enjoy the art.
The UH Public Art Collection is very diverse. It showcases a broad range of works from traditional to contemporary and represents many types of media. There are paintings and works on paper that are mounted on walls as well as monumental steel sculptures. The artists who have created these works are local and emerging talents, UH's own fine arts alumni and professors, and artists with national or international reputations.
Works added to the collection are selected by the Campus Art Committee, which is comprised of faculty, staff, students, UH System Board of Regents representatives and art professionals from UH and the local art and museum communities.
Guided tours of the UH Public Art Collection are available through the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. To learn more or see some of the pieces, please visit the UH Public Art Collection online or view a video from HoustonPBS UH Moment. For more specific information about the UH Public Art Collection, contact Mike Guidry at University of Houston.