Public Art UHS | Spring 2022 Newsletter
02/02/2022, 10:00:01 AM

Spring 2022



Opening Soon!


February 23 to April 6, 2022 - O’Kane Gallery at the University of Houston-Downtown

May 19 to June 24, 2022 - University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery


Andy Warhol famously declared that he “never met a person I couldn’t call a beauty.” Public Art UHS's first traveling exhibition, Instantaneous Beauty: Andy Warhol and the Photographic Process, explores his all-encompassing ideas on beauty, particularly in its relationship to photography. The exhibition highlights Public Art UHS's extraordinary collection of Andy Warhol photographs (made between 1975 and 1985), placing these in dialogue with his finished works and those by several of his closest collaborators.

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Currently On View

Dorothy Hood: The Edge of Being


October 2021 – March 2023

University of Houston and University of Houston-Clear Lake, multiple locations


Dorothy Hood: The Edge of Being explores the artist’s interest in dualities and frictions, present in both her conceptual stances and in the formal qualities of her work. Together with ephemera and other materials from Hood’s personal archive, the works featured in the exhibition serve as extraordinary examples of the intensity and soul that defined her being.


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Muna Al-Bader | Cultural Bonds, 2021


November 2021 – November 2022 University of Houston, Arts District


Public Art UHS recently unveiled a mural from Qatari artist Muna Al-Bader as part of the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture. Titled Cultural Bonds, the mural celebrates half a century of cultural ties and strong diplomatic relations between the United States and the artist’s home country. “My work is like a spoken language, even if you don’t understand my language, you can see my art and understand my culture.”


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Upcoming Programs


Tay Butler's CollageShop Workshops


February 2nd & 3rd, 2022


Public Art UHS is bringing Tay Butler—the artist behind We Are Still Searching… back to his home base of Houston to facilitate two CollageShop workshops.


Public Art UHS is partnering with UH’s Center for the Diversity and Inclusion and the Blaffer Art Museum to host the workshops. The workshops are free and open to everyone, but space is limited. RSVP today!

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Free Public Art Tours


Free and open to the public, our in-person tours offer an engaging opportunity to learn more about the artworks on view throughout the University of Houston System. Routes, locations and starting points vary.


RSVP for an upcoming tour today!


Oscar Murillo's Frequencies Project


Public Art UHS is working with Turner-prize winning artist Oscar Murillo (Colombian, b. 1986) and his studio to realize the Houston iteration of his landmark participatory project Frequencies.


The project sends pieces of raw canvas to schools around the globe with the sole requirement that they be affixed to desks for a period of six months inviting students to freely draw, write, and doodle during their normal school day.

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Recent News

QM's Jedari Art Programme Sees Qatari Artists Paint Murals in US Cities


Gulf Times | 12.15.2021


Qatar Museums continues to expand its public art initiative ‘Jedariart’, bringing Qatari artists and mural art to the US as part of the Qatar-USA 2021 Year of Culture. In partnership with local organizations, Jedariart has already left its mark in Jersey City, Portland, San Francisco, Houston, and Miami


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María Gaztambide: On Public Art and Accessibility


Artmatcher  | 11.15.2021


On this episode of the Artmatcher podcast, Michael Goodman speaks with our director Maria Gaztambide, PhD. Maria shares her views on the importance of Latinx representation in the art community, along with how her heritage influences her work.


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'Dorothy Hood: The Edge of Being' among the seven top fine-arts picks


Houston Chronicle | 11.11.2021


‚ÄčHere’s what our critics are looking forward to this week. In collaboration with the Art Museum of South Texas, "Dorothy Hood: The Edge of Being" is at the center of a new exhibition organized by Public Art of the University of Houston System.


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A Creative Hub for Houston | 9.1.2021


‚ÄčNestled in the heart of the Houston arts community, UHD is home to a public art collection that highlights diversity, documents Houston’s history and underscores a rich academic student experience. Featuring unique pieces created by talented and notable artists, the UHD collection can be found in the hallways, meeting […]


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Art is all around us. Public Art’s permanent collection of nearly 700 artworks is on view in countless publicly accessible spaces across five of the UH System’s seven university campuses, reflecting and connecting our diverse communities.


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


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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