Public Art UHS Newsletter | Fall 2022
09/29/2022, 10:00:02 AM


Fall 2022



Announcing Two New Commissions and

Twenty New Acquisitions

Jamal Cyrus, Eroding Witness, Season 3 Episode 20, 2018


Public Art UHS proudly announces the installation of two new site-specific commissions and the acquisition of twenty works by some of the most dynamic artists working from Houston today, all of which will be on public view this fall.

Commissions include a permanent light sculpture by the American artist Leo Villareal for the new Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine and a temporary, large-scale architectural installation by Mexico-based Cuban-American artist and sculptor Jorge Pardo for Wilhelmina’s Grove, both at the University of Houston.

These new installations and acquisitions further the mission of Public Art UHS to collect and show artworks that are representative of and accessible to the diverse communities that it serves throughout greater Houston and Southeast Texas.

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Jorge Pardo's Folly Opens October 19th

at the University of Houston

Interior view of Folly, 2021 by Jorge Pardo


This October, Public Art UHS will unveil Folly by Jorge Pardo, one of the artist’s most ambitious large-scale architectural installations to date. Folly marks the third project in Public Art UHS’s temporary public art program and the second site-specific Grove Commission developed for Wilhelmina’s Grove, a serene on-campus gathering space anchoring the UH Arts District. All are welcome to join us for our series of opening events:


Folly Public Opening and Housewarming

October 19th | 4:00-6:00pm

Wilhelmina's Grove, University of Houston


Celebrate Folly's public opening and housewarming with Public Art UHS and artist Jorge Pardo. This ambitious pavilion-like installation continues the artist’s long interest in blurring the lines between art, architecture, and design. Inspired by a garden folly, a decorative structure meant for delight rather than function, Pardo’s Folly corresponds to the natural setting of Wilhelmina’s Grove. Learn more about Folly


Liminal: A Conversation with Jorge Pardo

October 20th | 5:00-6:00pm

Dudley Recital Hall, University of Houston


Jorge Pardo, artist, in conversation with Maria C. Gaztambide, Executive Director and Chief Curator of Public Art UHS, and Roberto Tejada, the Hugh Roy and Lillie Cranz Cullen Distinguished Professor at the University of Houston. Join us as we discuss Folly and the Mexico-based artist’s exploration of life in between cultures and a creative production merging art and life, form and function, ornament and utility.


Friday Focus Tour with Maria Gaztambide

October 21st | 12:00-1:00pm

Wilhelmina's Grove, University of Houston


Explore Folly, an immersive, architectural installation by Jorge Pardo, with a special tour led  by Executive Director and Chief Curator Maria C. Gaztambide.


Upcoming Programs

Studio Workshops:

Observational Drawing with Debra Barrera

Learn to draw or refine your observational drawing skills in our free studio art workshops!

Artist, educator and master draftsperson Debra Barrera leads a series of three drawing workshops featuring artworks in the collection of Public Art UHS. Each session will focus on a different artwork and drawing technique. Drop in on one session or join us for all three. The series is free and open to the public, registration recommended.


Session 1: Figure Drawing

October 15th, 2022 | University of Houston


Session 2: Perspective and Pattern

October 15th, 2022 | University of Houston


Session 3: Realism and Chiaroscuro

November 5th, 2022 | University of Houston-Downtown


RSVP Today!

Friday Focus Tour:

New Acquisitions at UHD with Mark Cervenka


Friday, October 7th, 2022 | 12-1pm


Join Mark Cervenka, Professor of Art and Director of the O’Kane Gallery at University of Houston-Downtown, for a tour of new acquisitions. Discover the multilayered meaning behind Bert L. Long, Jr.’s The Couple (Chest of Material Wealth) and explore other nearby artworks by Adriana Corral and Vincent Valdez.  


Friday Focus Tour:

Leo Villareal's Light Matrix (Houston) and Building Tour with Mike Guidry


Friday, November 4th, 2022 | 12-1pm


Tour the new building of the Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine and explore Leo Villareal’s new light-based artwork Light Matrix (Houston) located in the atrium. Learn about the behind-the-scenes construction of this piece and the tradition and context of light art with Curator Mike Guidry.


Friday Focus Tour:

Dorothy Hood the Edge of Being Part II


Friday, December 2nd, 2022 | 12-1pm


Take a walk through the newly expanded Dorothy Hood: The Edge of Being. Among the recently added artworks are two major large-format paintings and seven of her exceptional collages from the 1980s. This tour is not to be missed!


New Initiatives

Art Loan Program


The recently launched program makes a variety of prints, photographs and other works on paper available to University of Houston administrative units and academic departments.


For information about availability and eligibility, visit our website.



Pause with Public Art UHS

Wellness Series


Inspired by artworks in our permanent collection, Graduate Assistant, Chelsea Whittington (MA Arts Leadership '22), developed a series of guided meditations and mindfulness exercises that can be integrated into your daily wellness practice.


Follow us on Facebook & Instagram @PublicArtUHS for the series debut.



Plan Your Visit

Art is all around us. Public Art’s programs and permanent collection of nearly 700 artworks span the four component universities of the UH System, reflecting and connecting our diverse communities.


Click here for visitor information and below for interactive maps of our artwork locations.





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María C. Gaztambide, Ph.D.
Executive Director and Chief Curator
Public Art of the University of Houston System |

(713) 743-6304


Public Art of the University of Houston System (Public Art UHS) engages academic and global communities across and beyond the UH System through robust programming and a significant collection of publicly-accessible works by regional, national and international artists. Public Art’s programs and collection span the four component universities of the UH System—University of Houston, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Clear Lake, and University of Houston-Victoria—as well as additional campuses in Sugar Land (UH), Pearland (UHCL) and Katy (UH/UHV), helping to make art accessible to millions of Texans.

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