Stories + Spotlights

Public art is a collective enterprise and there are countless stories to be told about the people who have made possible Public Art UHS’s permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and special projects. Click below to access our expanding collection of stories and spotlights on our artists and artworks and community.   

Muna Al-Bader | Beautiful in Blue

(December 2021) Artist Muna Al-Bader Connects Cultures with a New Mural at UH. “Cultural Bonds,” in all its blue glory, illustrates half a century of cultural ties and strong diplomatic relations between the United States and Qatar, Al-Bader’s home country.

Tay Butler | We Are Still Searching…

(August 2021) “YardWorks” is a new program intended to give these artists an early-career opportunity to exhibit site-specific installations in the heart of the UH Arts District.

Charles Ginnever | Troika

(August 2021) There’s a work I’m drawn to at my home campus of the University of Houston, called Troika (1979) by abstract expressionist Charles Ginnever.

Spotlight | Andy Warhol

(July 2021)  Read about the man and the machine, Andy Warhol photography and everyday life. 

Spotlight | Derek Boshier

(June 2021) Pop Art exploded onto the scene in Britain in the mid-1950s and Public Art UHS artist Derek Boshier was there.

Jorge Pardo | Folly

(April 2021) Jorge Pardo’s masterful works exploring the intersection of functionality, art, technology and craftsmanship have appeared in the world’s top museums, homes, and hotel lobbies.

Making Waves in Art + Engineering

(February 2021) The “Color Field” public art exhibition at the University of Houston has attracted art enthusiasts from all over since it launched last fall  […]

Color Field | Outdoor Art Exhibition

(October 2020) A series of colorful, bright, large-scale sculptures are sprinkled across the University of Houston campus […]

(January 2020) The Board of Regents of the University of Houston first imagined a program for art in campus spaces in 1965, just as the field of public art began to experience important conceptual shifts.

Marta Chilindrón | Mobius Houston

(November 2019) Mobius Houston is the inaugural temporary public art installation commissioned by Public Art of the University of Houston System (Public Art UHS) 

Public Art's Moment

(September 2019) For the University of Houston System, 2019 is a year to celebrate. It marks 50 years since UH became the first university in Texas to adopt a Percent for Art program. 

Gerhard Marcks | Bauhaus

(June 2019) Public Art UHS and the Bauhaus have important connections through the late Peter Guenther (1920-2005), founding chair of the Art History Department at University of Houston.