Public Art

Artist Talk and Reception - Mike Kaplan | Gotta Dance Too: The Art of the Dance Movie Poster

a young child, Mike Kaplan fell in love with theater ads, clipping them from
The New York Times, and coloring them with paints or pastels. Becoming part of
the film industry allowed him to collect current poster favorites while
discovering the beauty of vintage posters from around the world. A respected
and vocal advocate for movie posters as an art form, Kaplan's curated exhibits
have exhibited at Lincoln Center and The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and

Sep 23, 2018
2:00 pm
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Bisong Art Gallery

1305 Sterrett
77002 Houston , TX
United States
Texas US

Owner, Carla Bisong founded Bisong Art Gallery in 2013 inside a 1300sqft loft located in downtown Houston, Texas. She brings her love for marketing and art while providing a platform for artists and art lovers to connect. The gallery is deeply rooted in the community  providing workshops, painting classes, weddings and corporate receptions.

Bisong Art Gallery personally selects artists who use the highest quality of materials in order to ensure their artwork will last for many years to come.

Many first time collectors feel intimidated to purchase their first original artwork. We make the process enjoyable with personalized service and will not complete the sale until you are 100% satisfied.

Art has the ability to inspire, uplift, and enrich a person’s life. Therefore, it is Bisong Art Gallery’s goal to be a platform that connects artists and buyers. We believe everyone should release their inner creativity and everyone should have at least one piece of original art in their home or office.

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Tom Nussbaum: Recent Constructions - Opening Reception

Tom Nussbaum: Recent Constructions

Tom Nussbaum: Recent Constructions

Octavia Art Gallery | Houston



July 14 – August 31, 2018


Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present Tom Nussbaum: Recent Constructions. Included in this exhibition are Nussbaum’s jovial sculptures, mobiles, paintings, prints, and installations.


Tom Nussbaum works from his studios in East Orange, NJ and Burlington Flats, NY. His intuitive and colorful sculptures are created out of welded steel and paint. They reference vessels and baskets, the architectural frameworks of buildings and towers, and the human figure. His paintings and prints reflect the three-dimensional works in terms of color and the freedom that they convey. Nussbaum’s current body of work is an exploration of connections between the human figure and forms found in nature, art, architecture, and technology. Many of these works also reflect his life-long interest in creative practices found outside of the main-stream art world, such as folk art, sign painting, quilt making, indigenous architecture, and hand-made objects from around the world.


Tom Nussbaum: Recent Constructions includes several free-standing sculptures that are delicate in appearance, but constructed of sturdy welded steel rods and wire. These artworks are rooted in a methodological approach to architecture and objects, as exemplified in both Watership andDon Quixote. Using the same techniques, Nussbaum also creates relief paintings that hang slightly off the wall, each casting its own unique galaxy of shadows. His work is also informed by the history of abstract art in both painting and sculpture, and a formal exploration of color and form, as seen in the large wall work East Orange Boogie Woogie, which directly references the 1943 Piet Mondrian painting Broadway Boogie Woogie. The centerpiece of the exhibit is Nussbaum’s 34’ long wall installation Step Right Up. Built especially for this exhibition, this exuberant and expansive wall relief brings together many of the themes running throughout the show.


Tom Nussbaum has been a visiting artist and lecturer at the University of Minnesota, Montclair State University, and Rowan University, NJ. He has served on award juries for the Sculpture Space residency program, NY; the Scholastic Art Awards, NY, and for both the New Jersey and Pennsylvania State Arts grant programs. He was awarded two New Jersey State Individual Artist Fellowships and has been a three time MacDowell Colony Fellow. Nussbaum’s work has been exhibited throughout the United States and internationally; he has completed over thirty site-specific public works in plazas, train stations, schools, hospitals, libraries, environmental centers, and playgrounds. Nussbaum’s work is found in several public and private collections including the Montclair Museum of Art, NJ; Princeton Public Library, NJ; New Jersey Transit, NJ; Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centers, NJ; Chase Manhattan Bank, NY; Hasbro Inc., RI, among others.

Jul 14, 2018
Opening Reception:  July 14, 2018, 6 - 8 pm Exhibition dates: July 14 - August 31, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Kid Friendly:
Tuesday Time & Price:
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Free
Wednesday Time & Price:
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Free
Thursday Time & Price:
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Free
Friday Time & Price:
11:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Free
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2018 Bayou City Art Festival Downtown

Join the Art Colony Association as it celebrated 47 years of fine art and giving back. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will transform the streets of Downtown Houston into artistic avenues bursting with colors and culture. The weekend festival will provide guests with the opportunity to see and purchase unique, custom art under the iconic Houston skyline. Bayou City Art Festival Downtown will benefit local non-profits and feature live music in front of City Hall and throughout the festival along with entertainment, beverage stations, food trucks and much more for patrons to enjoy. In the Children’s Creative Zone, the festival’s non-profit partners will host art activities for all ages and include an interactive place to hang out.


This year’s featured artist is Chris Vance, a Mixed Media 2D artist from Bondurant, IA. Vance along with 300 artists from around the world representing 19 different disciplines will showcase their art at Bayou City Art Festival Downtown.


Oct 13, 2018 to Oct 14, 2018
901 Bagby St. Houston, TX 77002
10:00 am to 6:00 pm
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Request for Submissions – Artwork Designs for Main Street Marquee in Houston, TX

Request for Submissions – Artwork Designs for Main Street Marquee 

Houston, TX


On behalf of the Houston Downtown Management District (HDMD), Weingarten Art Group (WAG) invites artists living and working in Texas to submit digitally formatted artwork designs for temporary installation on the Main Street Marquee. The Marquee is a 40 x 60-foot (vertical x horizontal) art space that is affixed to the façade of 901 Main Street in downtown Houston’s Main Street Square. One design will be selected for a September 2018 installation that will be on view for 6 months. 


Background of Art Blocks

For Houstonians who use light rail, Main Street Square is often the jumping off point for Downtown destinations. Similarly, Houstonians who work Downtown know Main Street Square as a pedestrian plaza, which affords a change of pace and scenery from the office. Thirteen years after its launch, and in advance of high-profile national events taking place in Houston, Main Street Square received a makeover in 2016. Landscaping and hardscaping have a new look, and most exciting, a series of temporary art installations peppered the blocks between the 900 and 1100 blocks of Main Street.


With the Downtown District at the helm, this public art initiative is called Art Blocks. From lessons learned about public art’s capacity to awaken change in areas that have not yet realized their full potential, Art Blocks strives to enliven Main Street Square. This inaugural project by the Downtown District Public Art Committee, supported by the professional services of the Weingarten Art Group, included a series of site-specific temporary installations in 2016 by internationally lauded artists and designers such as Patrick Renner with Flying Carpet Creative, Jessica Stockholder and New York-based collective YesYesNo—some making their Houston debut. Four distinct designs by local and regional artists were featured in 2016/2017 on the Main Street Marquee, and two more in 2018. 


The temporary installations compliment the permanent public art that call Main Street Square their home, including Floyd Newsum’s vibrant Planter and Stems, an installation that was part of the 2004 streetscape project and restored and reinstalled on the 900 block of Main in March 2016. More information on Art Blocks here

Art Blocks – Project Goals 

Select artists who will:


Realize a project of this scope within budget and deadline.  (Practical Goal)


Produce dynamic and accessible public art.  (Visual Goal)


Enhance the diversity, connectivity and vitality of Downtown Houston. (Social Goal)


Help achieve our City’s goals of attracting and retaining the best talent in world. (Economic Goal)


Our aim is for Art Blocks to be a key component in making Main Street one of the most sought-after destinations in the City of Houston.


Scope of Work

Each artist may submit up to three digitally formatted works for consideration. One artist will be selected to participate at the Marquee site, and the selected artwork will be printed on 40 x 60- foot vinyl for display on the façade of 901 Main Street. Submissions should be original designs or unique site-specific works for this project and not simply photographs of existing works. No self-images, promotional or commercial advertisement images will be considered. Submissions should represent your work as a visual artist and translate well into a large format display appropriate for the public realm. WAG and HDMD will directly manage fabrication, installation and de-installation. 




This opportunity is open to artists residing in Texas.


Artist previously selected for the Marquee Project are excluded from participating in this round.


Artists who previously submitted, but were not chosen are encouraged to re-apply, preferably with new designs. 



Artists whose designs are selected will be paid an honorarium of $2,000 for the use of the artwork. Use of artwork includes the full-scale Marquee installation as well as online and print version for marketing and promotional purposes. All costs for fabrication, installation and de-installation will be paid by HDMD.

Submission Instructions 

  1. Cover letter that includes contact information, artist’s website (if any), a brief artist’s statement describing your practice, and a description of why your proposed artwork should be selected for the Main Street Marquee (500 words max).
  2. Resume or company information (2 pages maximum).
  3. Past work examples: 3 jpeg images of completed projects and/or artworks. Please do not submit proposals or sketches. 
  4. Up to threedigital design files for consideration for Main Street Marquee


File format: jpeg


Size: 400 pixels (vertical) x 600 pixels (horizontal)


Color mode: CMYK


Contact information for at least one professional reference. 


All documents should be in at least a 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin.


Please apply at no later than Monday, July 9 by 11:59pm CST.


The Committee will take into consideration all of the data herein when making its decisions.  Once a selection has been made, artist will be contacted and work directly with WAG to produce high resolution, to-scale versions for print. 




June 11, 2018 – Request for Submissions (RFS) released 

July 9, 2018 – RFS Deadline 

July 16, 2018 – Selection, artist notification and schedule of art rotation

August 2018 – Contracting and Design finalization

August 2018 – Fabrication 

September 2018 – Installation of first rotation 


Please submit questions to no later than 12:00pm on Monday, July 9. Questions will be answered as they are received.


Piper Faust

Project Manager, Weingarten Art Group


*Image credit: Twins by Jasmine Zelaya, Main Street Marquee, 2018 

Due Date: Jul 9, 2018
Contact Name: Piper Faust
Phone: 7135200661
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Park-SmART Precinct One - Arts & Culture Forum

Park-SmART Precinct One Arts & Culture Forum, an evening of conversation and drinks to celebrate the role of artists and the arts in creating compelling, welcoming, beautiful parks and open space for all.

Commissioner Rodney Ellis and Public Art and Design Director Reginald Adams from Harris County Precinct One invite you to:

Park-SmART Precinct One Arts & Culture Forum, an evening of conversation and drinks to celebrate the role of artists and the arts in creating compelling, welcoming, beautiful parks and open space for all. 

Park-SmART Precinct One is part of a larger effort, Park-Smart Precinct One, through which the Precinct is partnering with The Trust for Public Land, Houston Parks Board, and Asakura Robinson on an ambitious plan to build community resilience by increasing equitable access to parks and trails. 

Arts and cultural engagement are essential to creating parks and greenways that are truly accessible and welcoming—parks and greenways that reflect the histories, identities, and aspirations of local residents. We want artists to be active voices in the shaping the plan and in helping us determine how funding, partnerships, and programming can help make art a core asset in Precinct One’s parks. 

As members of our vibrant local arts community, we hope that you will come share your ideas as you enjoy a drink on us!

As part of this event we will be asking:
• What role can artists play in increasing equity and community resilience in Precinct One?
• What kinds of parks-based arts and cultural programming and engagement are already happening locally?
• What are the specific places and contexts, in parks and the public realm, where can artists contribute more?
• What can the Precinct do to create more opportunities for artists to share their ideas and work in parks and open space?

Please spread the word and we hope to see you there!

Jun 21, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Request for Proposals: Conservation Services for Works of Art in the City of Houston Art Collection, Centennial Gardens Sculptures


Houston Arts Alliance:
Conservation Services for Works of Art in the City of Houston Art Collection,
Centennial Gardens Sculptures


Deadline: Friday, June 29, 2018,
11:59 PM (CST)

Budget: To be determined

Location: Houston, TX

Eligibility: Professional
Conservators in the Houston Area


1. Summary

Through a contract with the City
of Houston General Services Department (GSD), Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is
charged with contracting conservators to care for works of art in the City of
Houston Art Collection. Professional conservators are invited to submit a
comprehensive proposal for routine (annual, biannual, etc.) conservation services
for all 18 artworks located in Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens.
These works were most recently restored in 2013-2014 when they were moved and
conserved concurrent with the creation of Centennial Gardens. Any subsequent
conservation performed on select works is noted below.


Busts on the Hawkins Sculpture
Walk (10)


*Pilar Cortella de Rubin,
"Alvar Nunez Cabeza de Vaca," 1986, Bronze on granite pedestal.


*Julian Martinez, "Benito
Juarez," 1985, Bronze on granite pedestal.


*Famae / Arcomet, "Bernardo
O'Higgins," 1992, Bronze on granite pedestal.


*Lena Toritch, "Dr. Jose P.
Rizal," 2006, Bronze on granite pedestal.


*Unknown, "Field Marshall
Ramon Castilla Y Marquesado," 1991, Bronze on granite pedestal.


*Pedro Buigues, "Jose de San
Martin," 1983, Bronze on granite pedestal.


*Tony Lopez, "Jose
Marti," 1981, Bronze on granite pedestal.


*F. Vagra, "Robert
Burns," 2002, Bronze on granite base.


*C. Talacca, "Simon
Bolivar," 1977, Bronze on granite base.


*Qual Amadeus Qualacio Collmann,
"Vincente Roca Fuerte," c. 2004, Bronze on granite base.


All Other Centennial Gardens Artworks


*Helen Journeay,
"Dawn," Early 20th century, Bronze on brick pedestal.


*Willy Wang, "Great
Confucius," 2009, Bronze. *Cleaned October 2017; hairpin bend corrected in
October 2017 and February 2018.


*Unknown, "Japanese Stone
Lantern," c. 1982, Granite. *The top tip of the lantern was reattached
with a pin and epoxy in October 2016.


*John Warrington Wood,
"Lillian Schnitzer Fountain Statue," 1875, Marble on concrete base.
*Cleaned after being vandalized with paint in August-September 2016.


*Ed Dwight, "Dr. Martin
Luther King, Jr. Monument," 2007, Bronze on granite-cladded base.


*Ram V. Sutar, "Mahatma
Gandhi," 2003, Bronze on granite base.


*Unknown, "Silver
Spike," c. 1982, Marble.


*Tommy Schlitzberger,
"Wilkenfeld Bench," 1995, Granite. *Reattached sections of the
benches stone with epoxy in October 2016 and January 2018.


All works are in McGovern
Centennial Gardens, located at 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004. The
entrance to the Hawkins Sculpture Walk is at the corner of Caroline and Hermann


2. Budget

The budget for the conservation
of these collection artworks will be determined by the proposed cost. The
contract will be inclusive of all work including, but not limited to,
conservators fees, moving of artwork, permitting, insurance costs for the duration
of the project, studio and project administration, travel, fabrication,
materials, installation, and all required documentation.


3. Evaluation Criteria

*Quality of Past Work:
Conservators are of the highest caliber as demonstrated by examples of past work.
Past work demonstrates the skills needed to conserve works in multiple

*Responsiveness: Proposals
successfully address the overall goals of the project to return each artwork to
optimal condition.

*Demonstrated technical
abilities: Applicants demonstrate that they have the necessary capability to
accomplish all technical and material aspects of the project.

*Project Management Ability:
Conservators clearly and concretely demonstrate that they have the ability and
the capacity to complete projects on a determined schedule. Conservators
demonstrate their experience with projects of a similar budget size, including
the ability to successfully manage a contract.


4. Eligibility

*Conservators in the Greater
Houston area are eligible.

*Conservators must meet certain
insurance requirements in order to perform work on the listed artworks, as they
are located on City of Houston property. For a copy of the insurance
requirements, please visit:


5. Application Requirements

*Conservator resume, no more than
three pages.

*Conservation proposal that
includes conservator contact information, a short condition report for each
artwork, recommended conservation steps, a conservation cost per object, and
overall project cost and timeline. Include other project requirements such as
access to power and water as needed. Should any other features associated with
an artwork’s display—including bases, pedestals, plaques, etc.—require
attention, please include them in your conservation proposal. If conservation
is not immediately required, please include the ideal date to plan for the

*List of successful past
conservation projects, including client name; artwork title, creation date,
location, and media; and the conservation date and total project budget. No
more than two pages

*Contact information for three
professional references, no more than one page.

*A completed W-9 form (This can
be downloaded at

All documents should be in at
least a 12 point font, single-spaced, with at least a ½” margin.


6. Submission

To submit, visit


7. Contact

Alex Irrera, Civic Art + Design
Collection Coordinator

Houston Arts Alliance

3201 Allen Parkway, Suite 250

Houston, TX 77019



If you have questions, please
submit them in writing via email no later than Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 5:00
to Questions will be answered as they are received.

Due Date: Jun 29, 2018
Contact Name: Alex Irrera, Civic Art + Design Collection Coordinator
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Growing a Brighter Tomorrow in Gulfton

Commemorative ceremony on Saturday, May 26, 2018; at 11:00 am, immediately followed by a Mini Fair from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm, the City of Houston Department of Neighborhoods (DON) Mayor’s Citizens’ Assistance Office will partner with UP Art Studio, Houston Police Department, Police and Clergy Team, Gulfton Super Neighborhood Council #27 and the The Salvation Army USA, to proudly unveil the creation of a community based mural professionally painted by artist Rahmaan Statik of Chicago, who has nearly 20 years of experience painting murals with community engagement. 

The groundbreaking event will commemorate the completion of the communal mural on May 26, 2018, following UP Art Studio’s successful accomplishment of securing two grants for the realization of this project. Grants were received from the #PlayEverywhere challenge by Target + KaBOOM! of $20,000 along with an APG grant from the Houston Arts Alliance of $10,000 via UP Art Studio’s fiscal sponsorship relationship with Fresh Arts. Other sponsors and supporters instrumental in this project include: Hotel YlemJerry's Artarama Retail StoresAkzoNobel, and Rich Rodriguez

The completion of this community-based mural has enthusiastically engaged many in the community, including the Art Teacher, Ms. Rosio Padilla at Braeburn Elementary School and included her students in the creation of the mural’s design. The artist will be merging various media styles including spray paint, acrylics, and gessoed cloth in creating his platform with inspiration for all to positively reflect upon as a community. This #Gulfton community is one of Mayor Sylvester Turner’s Complete Communities Initiatives Programs.

The scope of the project includes two additional murals, as well as a creative sidewalk. These artists are: Gelson Danilo Lemus AKA w3r3on3, a Guatemalan-born Houston resident street artist who is a well known for his distinctive style, and Daniel Bombardier AKA Denial
, an internationally-recognized pop artist who will paint a colorful mural for the Gulfton community.

We would graciously be honored by your presence at this event. The generated excitement from these works of art throughout the community will artistically resonate with the creativity and beauty it will embrace.

May 26, 2018
11:00 am
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Exhibitions Opening

2018 Artist Studio Program Exhibition featuring Regina Agu, Shannon Crider, and thehtxpeopleproject: In Real Life
O'Quinn Gallery

This annual exhibition showcases the work of Lawndale’s Artist Studio Program participants. The Artist Studio Program is a nine-month program that supports three artists annually with an honorarium, project grant, studio space, and curatorial support. Featuring:

Elaine Bradford + Sara Cress: Routine Fables
Horton Gallery

Routine Fables is a year-long collaboration between writer Sara Cress and artist Elaine Bradford in which they created weekly “sculpture poems.” Taking place over the course of 2017, each week Bradford created a sculpture that Cress responded to with a poem, culminating in this 2018 exhibition featuring all 52 works.

ttweak: ttwenty
Cavnar Gallery

ttwenty is an installation by ttweak, celebrating 20 years of creating media and telling stories in and about Houston.

May 25, 2018 to Jul 29, 2018
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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