LIVING IN HARMONY: NEW UH EXHIBIT CELEBRATES
JANE BLAFFER OWEN AND ARTISAN LIFE IN NEW HARMONY, IND.
Houstonians recognize Jane Blaffer Owen as one of the city’s
most prolific arts patrons, but her passion for art and architecture
extends far beyond the Bayou City. Her greatest patronage has been
her contributions to a thriving and progressive arts community in
New Harmony, Ind. Now, the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines
College of Architecture is honoring Owen for her lifetime support
of the arts.
The exhibition “Jane Blaffer Owen and the Legacy of New Harmony,”
opens April 2 and remains on view through April 27. Gallery hours
are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A free public reception
is scheduled for 5 p.m., Thursday, April 12 at the college.
“Jane Blaffer Owen's name is synonymous with art, and is
very close to the hearts of Houstonians," said Joe Mashburn,
dean of the College of Architecture. "New Harmony is a reflection
of her love and dedication to the ideas and ideals that inspire
our national character--faith, creativity and intellect. Our college
and our university are pleased to honor her for her life's work.”
The exhibit features architectural models of works commissioned
by Owen, as well as photographs of some of the landmark buildings
in New Harmony. Diane Roberts is curator of the exhibition.
Owen became involved with New Harmony in 1941 after her marriage
to Kenneth Dale Owen, whose ancestors purchased the town. Since
then, she has dedicated her life to preserving the town’s
original buildings, commissioning structures and works of art by
celebrated architects and artists and sponsoring programs that bring
artists, writers and spiritual leaders to the city.
Owen was the first president of the Allied Arts Council of Houston.
She has served on the boards of directors of the Houston Symphony
Society and Contemporary Arts Association.
The event is underwritten by the Robert Lee Blaffer Foundation;
Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P.; Avalon Advisors; and Visinsky
& Associates, PC.
For more information on the UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture,
please visit www.arch.uh.edu/home/index.html
Owen and the Legacy of New Harmony”
||On view April 2 – 27
Public reception 5 p.m., Thursday April 12
||UH Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture,
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