Arts & Culture

New Public Art Program Comes To University Of Houston System

The Temporary Public Art Program will commission cutting-edge pieces from world-renowned artists.


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The University of Houston System is the state’s first public university system to launch a Temporary Public Art Program (TPAP), which will serve as a platform not only for artworks like sculptures, but also for pop-up exhibitions, pieces installed in unexpected places for short durations and pieces created with unusual or ephemeral materials.

After their temporary display at UH, the pieces will travel to other UH System universities.

The program is part of a series of endeavors and events in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Public Art of the University of Houston System (PAUHS), one of the largest collections of any university system in the country.

"As we look to 2020 and beyond, we are also in conversations with artists who are interested in pursuing a variety of formats: from pavilion-like structures, to murals, to performances, to installations," said María C. Gaztambide, PAUHS director and chief curator.

TPAP will commission pieces from international artists, in an effort to encourage innovation and experimentation within the genre and to reach Houston's diverse communities.

It officially launches this summer with the completion of Houston Mobius, a giant colorful interactive sculpture being created by New York-based Argentinean artist Marta Chilindrón.

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Catherine Lu

Catherine Lu

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While growing up in Chicago and Houston, Catherine’s love for art, music and creative writing was influenced by her teachers and parents. She was once concertmaster of the Clear Lake High School Orchestra and a four-time violinist of the Texas All-State Symphony. A graduate of the University of Chicago, Catherine...

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