Frank Stella

(American, b. 1936)
Euphonia, 1997
Acrylic on canvas; 360 x 840 inches; triptych: 120 x 600 inches; theater catwalk: 600 x 372 inches

Euphonia is by far the largest and most significant artworks in the collection of Public Art of the University of Houston System and one of the largest Frank Stella artworks in the world. This three-part painting took a team of local artists months to complete and spans over 5000 square feet. The kaleidoscopic pattern and vibrant palette of this installation was created using early computer software to digitize and pixelate images of foreign currency, abstract patterns and cigar smoke. Under the direction of Stella, the imagery was then meticulously applied by artists utilizing a variety of methods including tape-painting, collage, projection, and stenciling. Stella majored in history at Princeton University. His visits to New York art galleries influenced his artistic development, and in 1958 after his graduation he moved to New York. Before turning twenty-five Stella’s work was recognized for its innovations. Throughout his career he exhibited at many prestigious galleries and museums. Some of which even helped define the world of art in the 1960s. Now his work is held in collection and shown across the world.


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Euphonia | Video

Frank Stella’s Euphonia (1997), a three-part mural at UH’s Moores Opera Center, is an act of sheer generosity … 

The Making of Frank Stella's Houston Mural

Produced in 1998 by Sue Porretto and Kathy Reiser, this archival documentary celebrates the installation of Frank Stella’s Euphonia …

A Candid Chat with Frank Stella

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

Innovation in Frank Stella's Euphonia at Moores Opera House

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

Creating Community: Frank Stella's Euphonia

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.


An Evening with Frank Stella | Celebrating 20 years of Euphonia

Artist conversation featuring Frank Stella, Don Bacigalupi and Rick Lowe. Moderated by Alison de Lima Greene, the Isabel Brown Wilson Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Don Bacigalupi | On Euphonia

Read about Frank Stella and his mural Euphonia