Founded in 1966, the University of Houston’s public art program is comprised of about 520 works of art by many national and internationally known artists, including Frank Stella, Carlos Cruz-Diez, and Luis Jiménez, among others. Since the collection’s conception, the main audience for the works on campus has been UH’s student body. Now, however, the school is focusing on turing the university’s collection into a bigger draw for art lovers.
Mike Guidry, the university’s public art curator, spoke recently about the effort on Houston Public Media:
It’s worth letting people know what we have so that when people come at Houston to look at art, we’re on their list of places to go. A lot of people will come and go to the Menil or the MFAH. We’re not on a lot of peoples’ radar and we really should be.
To change this, the UH Board of Regents has approved the formation of a subcommittee that will spend the next three years promoting the school’s art collection and trying to turn UH into a public art destination. There are also plans to add a PR and marketing manager to UH’s public art program—up until now, Guidry was the sole staffer.
To see UH’s public art collection, go here.