Alyson Shotz

(American, b. 1964)
A Moment in Time, 2005

Glass beads and monofilament, 132 x 192 x 192 inches 

Recreating a silent and still moment of imagined rain drops frozen in time, Alyson Shotz continues her theme of nature found in her larger bodies of work. This piece also shows how a viewer’s perception changes over time due to cultural constructs. From the early fears of nature to the desire to control it through science and technology, Shotz questions how people interact with their natural environment and how they see themselves as being part of or separate from it. Shotz received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design and her MFA from the University of Washington. She has won grants from the Pollock-Krasner Foundation and Arts Matters Foundation, and the Center Contemporary Art, Northwest Annual Award. Considered a visual and concept artist, Shotz creates pieces that privilege the material and acknowledge the formal and visual aspects of art making while articulating a specific concept or idea. She sees art as a process of discovering and intelligence gathering, where the journey is just as important as the product.


University of Houston
Cynthia Woods Mitchell
Wortham Theater Box Office

Irene Shum | On A Moment in Time

Read an essay about this artwork featured in the book On Site: 50 Years of Public Art of the University of Houston System.

A Moment in Time | Video

Alyson Shotz is known for work that may seem preoccupied with materiality, but in fact is more concerned with examining how materials change as a result of variations in light and darkness. 

On Site x Off Site | Alyson Shotz and Aaron Parazette

May 26, 2020 artist conversation featuring Alyson Shotz and Aaron Parazette. Moderated by Maria C. Gaztambide, PhD, Director and Chief Curator of Public Art UHS.