Only Open to the Public

In 1966, the University of Houston (UH) Board of Regents voted to establish a policy that would dedicate one percent of the construction costs of all future building projects for works of art. At the time, UH was undergoing an unprecedented construction boom, and the public art program was conceived to greatly enhance campus life as well as the prestige of the university at a local, regional and international level. In 1969, the Texas Legislature approved the capital improvement allocation toward the UH public art program. The University of Houston then became the first state university in Texas to adopt such a forward-thinking initiative.

Nearly 50 years later, Public Art of the University of Houston System is an important collection of public art works by acclaimed local, regional, national and international artists, representing a wide range of media and styles. The UHS Public Art collection is on view throughout the University of Houston, UH at Sugar Land, University of Houston-Downtown, University of Houston-Clear Lake and University of Houston-Victoria. The scope of these projects has increased dramatically over time, and the collection continues to expand and mature through commissions, site-specific installations, temporary public art, purchases and gifts.

María C. Gaztambide, PhD serves as Director and Chief Curator.  Michael Guidry serves as curator of the collection.