Winter 2019

A Momentous Year for Public Art UHS

Public Art celebrated a significant milestone in 2019 and this edition of our newsletter recaps some of the most important events and programs of our anniversary season. Needless to say, we could not have done any of this without your support and encouragement. It truly takes a village and we are thankful that you are part of ours. As Public Art moves beyond the 50-year mark, we are as committed as ever to fostering a space where cutting-edge art, opportunities for dialogue and learning, and social inclusiveness converge. These ideas informed Public Art’s founders and inspire us daily to fulfill our dual mottos of “Only Open to the Public” and “Exclusively for Everyone.”


The Making of Marta Chilindrón's
Mobius Houston 

Have you experienced it? The large-scale acrylic sculpture, Mobius Houston has made its larger-than-life debut. Here's how an internationally renowned artist worked with a team in Houston to bring to life the University’s gem.

50th Anniversary Celebration

On October 23, 2019, Public Art UHS celebrated its 50th Anniversary. Led by Chairs Beth Madison (’72), Judy Nyquist and Beth Robertson, gorgeous weather, spectacular student performances and an amazing crowd made the evening a terrific success. 

Public Art Studios 

Public Art UHS hosts art-making workshops inspired by the temporary artwork currently on view. This new interactive studio series is an engaging program where artists of all ages can explore their own unique creative abilities. 

RSVP to the next event, February 8th, at University of Houston.


Public Art Tours 

Free and open to the public, tours offer the community an opportunity to learn more about the public artworks on view throughout the University of Houston System. Routes and starting points vary, as each tour explores different artworks. 

RSVP to the next event, February 7th, at University of Houston-Downtown.


On Site: 50 Years of Public Art University of Houston System Book Release 
Panel Discussion and Book Signing

On November 6th, Public Art hosted the release for On Site: 50 Years of Public Art of the University of Houston System, our first-ever publication, commemorating the collection’s 50th anniversary. The evening began with a presentation by María C. Gaztambide, Director and Chief Curator, which framed a panel discussion with Nancy Hixon, former assistant director of Blaffer Art Museum (then Blaffer Gallery) and long-time Public Art administrator; Floyd Newsum, artist and Professor of Art at UH-Downtown; and Clint Willour, noted area curator and arts administrator. Michael Guidry, Public Art UHS Curator, led the discussion. Public Art UHS will host additional book events in Spring 2020. 

For more information about the book, including where to purchase it.

Read the latest review in PaperCity50 Years of University of Houston Art Showcased in Compelling New Book

Trenton Doyle Hancock's MASS MoCA show among Hyperallergic’s Top 20 art shows of 2019

Congratulations to Public Art UHS artist Trenton Doyle Hancock for being included in Hyperallergic’s top 20 U.S. art shows of 2019! We are so honored to have his work LEGENDS at the University of Houston-Downtown.

Mobius Rising: Geometric Shape Takes Houston by Storm

Houston Chronicle covers Mobius Houston and the rise of the mobius strip symbol in Houston.

Photo: Melissa Phillip, Houston Chronicle / Staff photographer.



Public Art UHS Honors The Statue of Four Lies Co-Creator

Michael Galbreth, one half of Houston’s conceptual art duo The Art Guys, passed away in October at the age of 63, leaving a lasting legacy in Houston and at the University of Houston, his alma mater.

Photo of Michael Galbreth courtesy of Molly Glentzer, Houston Chronicle

The Art Guys
The Statue of Four Lies

The Statue of Four Lies was installed at the University of Houston in September 2010 outside Cougar Village I near Lynn Eusan Park. The artwork features two bronze statues of Galbreth and Massing in suits and ties. The figures stand in welcoming poses near commemorative plaques peppered with inaccuracies and lies. 


Gael Stack: Flu Shot and Other Considerations

December 7, 2019 -
January 11, 2020

Trenton Doyle Hancock: I Made a Mound in Miami Dade County

November 16, 2019  -February 8, 2020

Cruz-Diez: the Freedom of Color

November 9, 2019 - February 2, 2020


From 2010 to 2019, art experienced an unprecedented expansion of its frontiers all the while the art market underwent a radical transformation. Here are some lists reflecting on the art, artists and forces that defined the decade.

The Most Important Artworks of the 2010s

The Art Controversies That Defined the 2010s

The Best Art Books of the Decade

The 50 Most Iconic Artworks of the Past Five Years

The Best Art of the 21st Century

The Most Influential Artists of the Last Decade

What Is the Most Iconic Artwork of the 21st Century? 14 Art Experts Weigh In

The Decade in Art


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