Public Art

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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11 AM - 1 PM - FREE
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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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Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel: The Exhibition

Never-Before-Seen Art Exhibition in Houston!

Visit the Houston Premiere and experience the majesty of Michelangelo’s masterpieces at the Corinthian from June 8th – July 31st.
34 true size reproductions from the Sistine Chapel never-before-seen in Houston. 

Jun 8, 2018
All ages welcomed! 
9:57 am
Kid Friendly:
Monday Time & Price:
10AM - 8PM | $20
Tuesday Time & Price:
10AM - 8PM | $20
Wednesday Time & Price:
10AM - 8PM | $20
Thursday Time & Price:
10AM - 8PM | $20
Friday Time & Price:
10AM - 8PM | $20
Saturday Time & Price:
10AM - 8PM | $20
Sunday Time & Price:
12pM - 8PM | $20

Request for Proposals: Conservation Services for Works of Art in the City of Houston Art Collection

Houston Arts Alliance: Conservation Services for Works of Art in the City of Houston Art Collection

Deadline: Friday, June 15, 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 proposals for conservation services for the following works:

Robert Fowler, African Elephant, 1981, Cor-Ten Steel. Located at the Houston Zoo entrance on Cambridge Street. Houston Zoo Address: 6200 Hermann Park Drive, Houston, TX 77030

Charles Fagan, Secretary of State Baker, 2009 est., Bronze. Located in Sesquicentennial Park. Sesquicentennial Park Address: 400 Texas Avenue, Houston TX 77002

Cathy Boswell, Bienvenidos a Nuestra Mesa, 1977, Steel, wood, and ceramic tile. Located near the entrance of Burnett Bayland Park. Burnett Bayland Park Address: 6000 Chimney Rock Road, Houston, TX 77081

Louis Amateis, Brownie, 1905, Bronze. Located in the Hermann Park reflecting pool. Hermann Park Address: 6001 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030

Unknown, Field Marshal Ramon Castilla, 1991, Bronze. Located in the Hawkins Sculpture Walk at Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens. The entrance is at the corner of Caroline and Hermann Drive. McGovern Centennial Gardens Address: 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

Alexsey Leonov, Gagarin, 2011, Bronze. Located at the Houston Parks and Recreation Department (HPARD) Headquarters. HPARD Headquarters Address: 2999 South Wayside, Houston, TX 77023

Charles Fagan, George Bush Presidential Monument, 2004, Bronze. Located in Sesquicentennial Park. Sesquicentennial Park Address: 400 Texas Avenue, Houston, TX 77002

Lonnie Edwards, George H. Hermann – Statue, 1981, Bronze. Located in Hermann Park, MacGregor Drive at Fannin. Hermann Park Address: 6001 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030

Sharon Connally Amman, John B. Connally, 1995, Bronze statue on granite base. Located in Sam Houston Park. Sam Houston Park Address: 1000 Bagby Street, Houston, TX 77002

Henry Moore, Large Spindle Piece, 1974, Bronze statue on concrete base. Located in Buffalo Bayou Park, near Allen Parkway and Gillette Street. Buffalo Bayou Park Address: 18-3600 Allen Parkway, Houston, TX 77002

Jim Love, Portable Trojan Bear, 1974, Wood, steel, and brass. Located in Hermann Park. Hermann Park Address: 6001 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030

F. Vagra, Robert Burns, 2002, Bronze on granite base. Located in the Hawkins Sculpture Walk at Hermann Park’s McGovern Centennial Gardens. The entrance is at the corner of Caroline and Hermann Drive. McGovern Centennial Gardens Address: 1500 Hermann Drive, Houston, TX 77004

Enrico Filberto Cerracchio, Sam Houston Monument, 1924, Bronze on granite base. Located in the center of the Hermann Drive Circle. Hermann Park Address: 6001 Fannin Street, Houston, TX 77030

Unknown Artist, Winter, Unknown date, Sandstone. Located in River Oaks Park. River Oaks Park Address: 3600 Locke Lane, Houston, TX 77027

Conrad G. Walton, World War II Memorial, 1999, Granite. Located in Heights Boulevard Park, Heights Boulevard at 11th Street, Houston TX 77008

2. Budget
The budget for the conservation of each work 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 materials.
* 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 a project timeline per object. Include other project requirements such as access to power and water as needed. If conservation is not immediately required, please include the ideal date to plan for the conservation.
* 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 13, 2018, 5:00 PM (CST) to Questions will be answered as they are received.

Due Date: Jun 15, 2018
Contact Name: Alex Irrera, Civic Art + Design Collection Coordinator
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East End Houston Mural Bike Ride

Explore East End Houston Murals

Artist Celestina Billington & BikeHouston will host a social art ride through East End Houston to explore murals. The ride will conclude on the Navigation Esplanade for the celebration of Piñatas on the Esplanade: Sculpture Exhibition.

Family-friendly ride: approximately 6-10 Miles.
May 5, 2018 | 12 – 3 PM

Almighty Moon Tower Inn
3004 Canal St

May 5, 2018
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
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Almighty Moon Tower Inn

3004 Canal St
77003 Houston , TX
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Piñatas on the Esplanade 2018

Sculpture Exhibition

Piñatafest 2018 is a community event in the East End Cultural District coinciding with Cinco de Mayo. Piñatafest celebrates the ancient cultural tradition of piñata-making and its long-lived presence throughout Houston's 2nd Ward. The event will showcase original sculptures inspired by traditional piñatas on the Esplanade at Navigation, created by Texas-based artists and juried by Dennis Nance, Maureen Penders, and Patricia Restrepo. Piñatafest 2018 includes family-friendly activities, crafts, a variety of local street vendors, and the East End Houston Mural Ride led by artist and writer, Celestina Billington and BikeHouston.


Cristal Aldrete 
Texas Art Aslyum + Nicole Baer
John Branch
Sebastian Gómez de la Torre
Kristina Kolosova
Jesse Lott
Leslie Nguyen
Emmanuel Nuño Arámbula
Emilia Pardo
Josué Rawmirez 
Sayra Vallejo
Alex Winemiller

May 5, 2018 
2600 Navigation Blvd
12 PM - 4 PM
May 5, 2018
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
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Founding Artists Public Art Tours

June 2, 9, 16, 23
Noon - 3 pm | Departing from 2521 Holman St

$20 | Members
$30 | Non-members

Join Project Row Houses for a bus tour of public art created by the founding artists of PRH. Led by Ryan N. Dennis, Curator and Programs Director, and Jeanette Degollado, Public Art Coordinator, participants will have the opportunity to view works that build upon the backdrop of iconic sites across Houston, including the University of Houston Downtown, the Station Museum of Contemporary Art, Hermann Park, and more! The tour will feature discussions with Jesse Lott, Floyd Newsum, Bert Samples, and George Smith, allowing participants to explore and reflect on the founding artists' rich artistic practices.

Please arrive by 11:45am as the tour will begin promptly at Noon. 

Jun 2, 2018 to Jun 23, 2018
$20 Members | $30 Non-members
12:00 pm
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CommuniTea with YMRP

CommuniTea with YMRP

Sunday Afternoon, May 6, 2018 | 2 – 4:30 pm
Project Row Houses Courtyard | 2521 Holman

Please join Project Row Houses & the YMRP Advisory Committee as we celebrate PRH's 25th Anniversary and highlight the Young Mothers Residential Program!

CommuniTea with YMRP will honor the program and commemorate the legacy of women's leadership, contributions, and community at PRH. Come celebrate by donning your hat, sandals, sundresses, and seersucker suits for an afternoon of Fun, Great Company, and Treats!

Guests $60

YMRP Alumnae $45

Unable to attend but want to support? Click here to make a donation to YMRP and PRH's 25th Anniversary! 

May 6, 2018
Guests $60, YMRP Alumnae $45
2:00 pm
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Building a more equitable Houston in Harvey’s aftermath

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Jusitn Dunford
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In the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston has a chance to rebuild, to become a more equitable city.

Artist Molly Gochman wants to help inspire forward momentum – and is hosting a panel discussion on the subject from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 19, at the Deborah Colton Gallery, 2445 North Blvd., in Houston.  

Panel members include the Texas Organizing Project’s Ginny Goldman and Michelle Tremillo, who both serve as executive directors. The Texas Organizing Project promotes social and economic equality for low to moderate income Texans through community and electoral organizing.

Also on the panel are Joe Carlos Madden, Head of Policy at Commissioner Ellis’ office, and Marianela Acuña Arreaza, executive director of Fey Y Justica Worker Center, a safe space for low-wage workers to learn about their rights in the workplace and to organize to improve conditions on the job.

Event attendees will learn more about what's been done over the past several months to build a more equitable Houston, along with what plans are in the works for the future.

The panel will be held in conjunction with Gochman’s exhibit "Drenched," an examination of life in Houston after Hurricane Harvey. The work also explores life in India after extreme flooding. By looking at both environments, the artist is able to show the myriad ways water works to build, destroy, connect, devour and grow.

"Drenched" combines three series by Gochman – "Before," "Waterfalls Wept" and "Surrogates." Together, these works seek to explore, in the context of both Houston and India, the myriad ways water works to build, destroy, connect, devour and grow.

“Before,” is an examination of life in Houston after Hurricane Harvey and in India after extreme flooding. Harvey was the costliest tropical cyclone on record, inflicting nearly $200 billion in damage all over Houston. The resulting floods inundated hundreds of thousands of homes, displaced more than 30,000 people and resulted in 100 deaths.

As a result of heavy monsoon rains that led to flooding in South Asia, more than 1,200 people died across India, Bangladesh and Nepal. In addition, more than 40 million people were immediately affected by the devastation, and 1.8 million children were left out of school. The numbers continued to grow with time.

The images Gochman created for “Before” are memorials to the emotional loss caused by flooding. The artist combined images of flood-damaged personal items and parts of homes that became piles of trash with images of fabric, and transferred them onto aluminum.

“All of the images I saw of flooded towns and cities in India depicted brown water – the same color as the water in Houston, Port Arthur, Galveston and Rockport,” Gochman said. “The fabric you see reminds me of the colors of India, these disasters and of water.”

Gochman is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist and activist based in New York. She founded Red Sand Project in 2014, and the organization’s installations and events have taken place around the U.S. and across the globe.

The exhibit will run through the FotoFest 2018 Biennial, ending on Sunday, April 22. This show is a product of Commune Projects Foundation.

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PO BOX 66494
Houston, TX 77266-6494


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