University of Houston Announces Open Call for $20,000 Public Art Commission

by Jessica Fuentes April 11, 2022

The University of Houston recently announced its inaugural YardWorks call for artists, which is a public art opportunity geared toward early-career Texas-based artists.

A photograph showing an installation by Tay Butler in the courtyard of the University of Houston's School of Art building. There is a crowd of people in the courtyard participating in various activities.

Tay Butler’s “We Are Still Searching” installed at the University of Houston’s Louise J. Moran Fine Arts Courtyard.

Launched in the summer of 2021, YardWorks is a partnership between Public Art of the University of Houston (UH) System and the university’s School of Art. The inaugural project showcased Tay Butler’s We Are Still Searching, an installation originally on view at the Gregory School — a historic building that was the first school for African Americans in Houston and is now a public library. 

This biannual program provides an opportunity for Texas-based emerging artists to exhibit temporary site-specific installations and public art projects with support throughout all of the stages of the creation process. The commissioned work will be on view in the UH Louise J. Moran Fine Arts Courtyard from June 2023 through March 2024. Along with the installation, programs and events will be scheduled to activate the work.

The call is open to individuals and teams of artists who are at least 18 years of age. Current UH students and employees are not eligible. The YardWorks selection committee, which includes UH faculty, staff, students, and alumni, as well as professional artists working in public art, will select three finalists by June 30, 2022. On July 30, the finalists will present their proposals and the selected artist/team will be announced by August 15.

For more information and to apply, view the full request for qualifications.

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