Public Art Archive

Public Art UHS has an extensive archive documenting the creative process behind many of the artists and artworks in our collection. Holdings are varied and include proposals (for realized and unrealized commissions); manuscripts; sketches and preparatory drawings, site plans, maquettes and models; as well as correspondence and other communications with our artists, dealers, collectors, critics, scholars and other key figures. Our archive is available to students and scholars by appointment only, please contact pauhs@uh.edu to schedule your visit.

Additionally, for more than half a century Public Art UHS has produced a variety of audiovisual, archival, digital and other types of resources on our artists, artworks, projects and programs. Learn more about our history below.

(2019) A video commemorating 50 years of the Public Art UHS collection.

(2020) Watch this never-before-seen footage of Jack Massing and the late Michael Galbreth discuss their work and experience with bringing public art to a university campus.

(2019) Mobius Houston is a new public artwork by the New York-based Uruguayan artist Marta Chilindrón (b. 1951). Building on the South American tradition of geometric abstraction and Concrete art, Mobius Houston explores ideas on the infinite, perception, and transformation on an experimental, large scale. 

(2019) Hear from artist Marta Chilindrón and architect Joe Meppelink about the challenges of fabricating Mobius Houston (2019), the inaugural Grove Commission in our temporary public art program.

(2019) Learn about the conservation of Carlos Cruz-Diez’s piece Double Physichromie.

(2018) View Carlos Cruz-Diez’ Double Physichromie as it is carefully pieced together on the University of Houston campus.

(2018) “People love color. It affects people. And the artwork of my father has all the colors.” Watch this fun chat filmed at Sicardi Ayers Bacino with Carlos Cruz-Diez Jr. in which he talks about why people gravitate toward the works of his father, Carlos Cruz-Diez.

(2018) Houston’s weather provides challenges for the maintenance of outdoor public art works. So we chat with R. Alden Marshall & Associates as they restore Carlos Cruz-Diez’s Double Physichromie.

(2018) Former UH System Regent and Philanthropist Beth Robertson remembers the journey of the creation of Frank Stella’s Euphonia at University of Houston’s Moores Opera House 20 years ago.

(2018) Former UH System Regent and Philanthropist Beth Robertson discusses aspects of Frank Stella’s Euphonia that she found to be innovative.

(2018) Candid interview at the University of Houston’s Moores Opera House. Moderated by Lea Weingarten.

(1998) Produced by Sue Porretto and Kathy Reiser, this archival documentary celebrates the installation of Frank Stella’s Euphonia at Moores Opera House with insightful interviews from the artist, art historians, the local artist crew who worked on the project, University of Houston staff and City of Houston officials.