Art and design are never products of the assimilation of a body of knowledge, but rather the result of risk-taking within a field of “not knowing.” We prepare young artists and designers by providing them with a secure environment in which to risk failure, as well as the technical, conceptual and contextual tools to inform that risk.
A beneficial academic environment will provide those “languages” while encouraging the uniqueness of speech. To create these nurturing environments, we have to maintain both an institutional agility—an ability to respond appropriately and meaningfully to change—and a clear, collective sense of the primacy of each student.
At the School of Art, we provide the student profound expertise in the art disciplines coupled with the room to play and risk at combining, deconstructing, and re-constructing one or several of those disciplines. Programs expand or contract based on individual need and interest. We have that flexibility because we are large enough (775+ majors) to sustain the insularity of an atelier environment that is also embedded within and has access to the vast resources of a premier research institution.
It is the best of both worlds.

Crosswalks, UH School of Art Professor Aaron Parazette, Houston 2015.

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Assistant Professor Sandra Zalman Receives American Association of University Women Fellowship

American Fellowships, AAUW’s oldest and largest funding program, date back to 1888 and support women scholars who are completing doctoral dissertations, conducting postdoctoral research, or finishing research for publication.
Professor Zalman plans to use her publication grant to complete her book which examines the history of Surrealism in the U.S. as a crossroads of avant-garde and popular culture that helped to shape the reception of modern art. She recently published an article on the clash between popular and avant-garde ideas of modern art in the journal Grey Room. Her work has been supported by the American Council of Learned Societies and the Andy Warhol Foundation.


School of Art celebrates its 37th MFA Exhibition, Raises Graduate Scholarship Funds