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The School of Art

Risk-Taking and Discovery

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 discovery. We prepare young artists and designers by providing them with a supportive environment in which challenges are presented and then met with technical, conceptual and contextual tools. Our programs are designed to encourage curiosity, and we work with our students to capitalize on their commitment, and to realize their potential.

Our academic environment provides exposure to many cultural “languages” while also encouraging the uniqueness of speech. To create a dynamic and enriching environment, we maintain both an institutional agility—an ability to respond appropriately and meaningfully to change—and a clear sense of the primacy of each student.

In the School of Art, we provide each student with expertise in a particular discipline, coupled with the possibility of exploring and combining multiple disciplines. Each student's degree program develops and expands based on individual needs and interests. We have that flexibility because while our programs are atelier in structure, our numbers (over 700 majors) and our home at the University of Houston, give us access to the vast resources of a Tier One research institution.

It is the best of both worlds, and it is available to each and every one of our students.

News & Events

Advocating Humanism in Graphic Design
UH professor Joshua Unikel asks big questions at design educators’ workshop

Artsy News, Coogs: School Spirit Skyrockets with Gameday Murals
The School of Art collaborates with Athletics to bring art to UH football games

UH Painting Professor Wins Rome Prize in Visual Art
Michael Ray Charles looks forward to intensive research and creative exploration at the American Academy of Rome

Artadia Announces 2018 Awardees
[Painting Professor] Dana Frankfort’s dedication to process, formal experimentation, and the depths and pleasures of color animate a body of paintings in which she explores the legibility, visual potency, and dissolution of written words.”

Radical Research: Art History Professor Named Inaugural Postdoctoral Fellow
Natilee Harren’s work on Fluxus artists earned her one of ten fellowships

ReProgram is the Program for UH Graphic Designers
In the Netherlands, Isabella Serimontrikul will have the chance to examine the expectations and social impact of design

Visual Translation: International Language of Design
Award-winning designs by Camille Espinas, Julio Aguirre, Esalee Andrade-Guerrero and Isaac Sanchez address social issues and modes of communication

Arts+Culture Looks Forward to ‘147 Devices for Integrated Principles’
Husband-wife artist duo Hillerbrand+Magsamen address the growing tension of social disconnect and denigration of human connection with this new, striking multimedia performance

UH Moment: Revitalizing Buffalo Bayou
Graphic design students contribute to a valuable recreational and community space that will give life back to that area

Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition Review by Free Press Houston
“[T]he exhibition, as a whole, was powerful and vibrant.”

Highlights from UH’s 40th Annual Master of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition
From neon paintings to inspired assemblage, Glasstire was blown away by the quality of work on display

Reguarding Room Exhibition at UH Libraries
Hosted by the art collective CamLab, co-founded by UH studio art professor Anna Mayer, the exhibition features miniature re-creations of feminist works of art

In the Studio: The Art of Observation
Hibah Osman and Donnie Villemez craft complex modes of connection by analyzing the world around them

In the Studio: Atmospheric Echoes
Charis Ammon and Jordan McGroary capture fleeting moments that would otherwise be lost in the day-to-day shuffle

In the Studio: Flashing Lights and Fluorescent Skulls
Influenced by Pop Art and humor, Alton DuLaney and Gao Hang ensnare viewers with large-scale, dynamic work

In the Studio: Historians, Ancestors and Myth Makers
History offers a trove of inspiration for Jonathan Read, Isaac Farley and Jesus Gonzalez

In the Studio: Material Motivation
Heather Bisesti and Suzette Mouchaty find inspiration in found objects and raw materials