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UH Moment: “Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston”

Tiny and tucked away on the campus of the University of Houston, the Blaffer Gallery has hosted artists big and small; famous and infamous. Hear about it in the UH Moment.

The author William Faulkner said, “The aim of every artist is to arrest motion, which is life, by artificial means and hold it fixed, so that a hundred years later, when a stranger looks at it, it moves again since it is life.”

At the Blaffer Gallery, the Art Museum of the University of Houston, the walls hold the arrested motion of tragedy, victory, hope and love from the voices and venues that cut across traditional definitions of painting, sculpture or photography. 

“We bring in not only Houston artists and not only national artists, but also international artists, upcoming, emerging and underrepresented artists,” said Jeffrey Bowen, Blaffer’s assistant director of external affairs.  “Blaffer serves as a fulcrum between the university and the city of Houston.”

The gallery, named in 1973 for Houston philanthropist and art collector Sarah Campbell Blaffer, hosts the famous, infamous and unknown.  Artists such as Texas artist Michael Tracy, Frida Kahlo, Julian Schnabel and Chuck Close have been exhibited at Blaffer.  Close, the famed photographer, exhibited his printmaking work, which included the various stages of his prints.  

“The show was so successful it traveled all the way to the Metropolitan Museum of Art,” Bowen said.  “Something that we’re very proud of to say is that this little, tiny museum in Houston, Texas made it all the way to New York City.”

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