Grove Commissions, Public Art UHS’ flagship temporary public art program, is a series of commissions by significant global contemporary artists for the University of Houston. These commissions challenge artists to expand their creative range and the scale of their work, while providing the space and support for them to enhance their public practice. The first Grove Commission—Mobius Houston by the New York-based Uruguayan artist Marta Chilindrón—was unveiled in October 2019 and was exhibited through July 2020. Folly (2022) by the Mexico-based Jorge Pardo is the second Grove Commission. Projects by Shahzia Sikander and Kaarina Kaikkonen are presently in development.
Grove Commissions are generously supported by The Brown Foundation, Inc.
Grove Commissions are named after, and extend from, Wilhelmina’s Grove—Public Art UHS’ beautiful green space at the heart of the UH Arts District. Wilhelmina’s Grove was made possible through the generosity of supporters including the Cullen Trust for the Performing Arts; Lillie T. Robertson/CJ Foundation Fund of the Greater Houston Community Foundation; The Wortham Foundation Inc.; Carroll R. Ray and Hugh M. Ray/CRL Family Fund of the Greater Houston Community Foundation and Houston Endowment Inc.