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Exhibit Highlights The Career Of Longtime Houston Artist Floyd Newsum

The internationally acclaimed artist and UHD professor talks with Houston Matters about his 40-year career.

Artist Floyd Newsum poses with some of his works on display at the University of Houston-Downtown’s O’Kane Gallery. Newsum has been an art professor at UHD since 1976.

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A new art exhibit at the University of Houston-Downtown celebrates one of its own – internationally acclaimed artist and longtime UHD professor Floyd Newsum.

The exhibit runs through March 29 at the university's O'Kane Gallery. In addition to UHD, Newsum’s works can be found in places like the Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington, D.C.

Houston Matters producer Maggie Martin talks with Newsum about what's changed about his work over his 40-year career — and what's stayed the same.

  • Artist Floyd Newsum poses with his painting Contemplation Success in the Commerce Building at UH-Downtown. (Photo Credit: Thomas B. Shea/UHD)
    Artist Floyd Newsum poses with his painting Contemplation Success in the Commerce Building at UH-Downtown. (Photo Credit: Thomas B. Shea/UHD)
  • Artist Floyd Newsum poses with his painting, Sirigu Yellow Passion. It's one of his many works on display in a retrospective exhibition on his career at the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery. Newsum has been an art professor at UHD since 1976. (Photo Credit: UH-Downtown)
    Artist Floyd Newsum poses with his painting, Sirigu Yellow Passion. It's one of his many works on display in a retrospective exhibition on his career at the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery. Newsum has been an art professor at UHD since 1976. (Photo Credit: UH-Downtown)
  • A painting by artist Floyd Newsum, part of a retrospective exhibition on his career at the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery. Newsum has been an art professor at UHD since 1976. (Photo Credit: UH-Downtown)
    A painting by artist Floyd Newsum, part of a retrospective exhibition on his career at the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery. Newsum has been an art professor at UHD since 1976. (Photo Credit: UH-Downtown)
  • A painting by artist Floyd Newsum, part of a retrospective exhibition on his career at the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery. Newsum has been an art professor at UHD since 1976. (Photo Credit: UH-Downtown)
    A painting by artist Floyd Newsum, part of a retrospective exhibition on his career at the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery. Newsum has been an art professor at UHD since 1976. (Photo Credit: UH-Downtown)
  • Patrons look at paintings by Houston artist Floyd Newsum at the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery.
 (Photo Credit: UH-Downtown)
    Patrons look at paintings by Houston artist Floyd Newsum at the University of Houston-Downtown's O'Kane Gallery. (Photo Credit: UH-Downtown)