On Wednesday, October 23, 2019, Public Art of the University of Houston System celebrate its 50th Anniversary.  Gorgeous weather, spectacular student performances and an amazing crowd made the evening a terrific success! With the leadership of Chairs Beth Madison (’72), Judy Nyquist and Beth Robertson, and support from generous supporters – more than $325,000 was raised to support the Temporary Public Art Program and related educational programs for audiences of all ages.

The evening included student activations happening throughout Wilhelmina’s Grove. As guests arrived, the UH Steel Drum Group, ‘The PANtagonists’ give a lively welcome with their rhythmic sounds and energetic presentation. Twice that evening, the UH Dance Ensemble performed an original piece of contemporary choreography inspired by Marta Chilindrón’s Mobius Houston, titled ColorX. Inside the Wortham Theatre Lobby, guests were invited to participate in a poetry activity in which they were able to compose their own, short poems using a Public Art-inspired word bank created by a UH Creative Writing Doctoral Candidate, Paige Quinones.

In addition to highlighting the arts through student works, the evening was an opportunity to introduce the Temporary Public Art Program, and present a vision for its future. Two short videos, highlighting the past and future of Public Art of the University of Houston System were well received. Many artists whose work resides in the University Collection were in attendance, including artist honoree Trenton Doyle Hancock.


Special Thanks to:

Ellie Francisco and Francisco + Co.

The Events Co.

Monarch Hospitality Group

Mostly Chocolate and Catering

Fat Cat Creamery

David Bertman, UH Music Department

John Beasant, UH Dance Department

Roberto Tejada, UH Creative Writing

Paige Quiñones, UH Creative Writing

UH Students from the Moores School of Music  and the UH Dance Ensemble

Special thanks to The Brown Foundation, Inc. for its support of the Temporary Public Art Program.