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Artsy News, Coogs: School Spirit Skyrockets with Gameday Murals

The School of Arts collaborates with Athletics to bring art to UH football games.

The University of Houston football season just got more creative and exciting with chalk murals created by graphic design seniors.

UH Athletics has partnered with the UH School of Art to help promote the 2018 – 2019 season by designing sidewalk murals for three games. The season kicked off on September 8 with a “Hispanic Heritage” mural, which will be followed by a “Celebrate Houston” mural on September 22 and a “Dress Like a Superhero” mural on October 27. Each theme is designed to highlight the diversity and creativity at UH and throughout the city of Houston.

“I am most excited about the collaboration between the design students. I am also interested to see how closely the end result will mimic the digital design,” says Donna Karimian. “This is a new process for most of us, so there will be challenges we will have to resolve as a team.” Karimian is a graphic design senior who worked on the “Hispanic Heritage” mural earlier this month, which honored the first Hispanic female astronaut Ellen Ochoa, Mexican-born writer Jorge Ramos and Puerto Rican professional baseball shortstop Carlos Correa.

“We have a large Hispanic demographic in the area, and it is our privilege to celebrate that as uniquely as we can with Athletics,” says Robert Boudwin, assistant athletics director for marketing and event presentation at UH. “To me, the murals will be an integral part of the students’ experience here, and I’d like to draw in the School of Art with our game presentations so we can be working together.”

Thanks to the partnership, Houstonians who want to celebrate the city or dress up as their favorite superhero are in luck! This Saturday, attendees can show their Houston pride when stopping by the “Celebrate Houston” mural in front of the TDECU Stadium. Next month, attendees are encouraged to bring superhero capes and masks to take photos with the “Dress Like a Superhero” gameday mural.

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