Visual Arts

Blaffer Art Museum

Blaffer Art Museum

Houston is internationally known for its visual arts scene, and it shows — the city is filled with outstanding museums, including UH’s own Blaffer Art Museum. As the gateway between the University of Houston and the City of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum is a catalyst for creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship. Through exhibitions, publications, and public programs of merit and distinction, its presence in Houston and at UH helps further the understanding of contemporary art. In addition to regularly scheduled events, Blaffer sponsors numerous lectures, panel discussions, special performances, and workshops held in conjunction with specific exhibitions. All Blaffer Art Museum exhibitions and programs are free and open to the public.

School of Art

Houston’s thriving art scene is profoundly influenced by alumni who were educated at the UH School of Art. The School of Art offers the Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and the Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degrees in Painting, Photography/Digital Media, Sculpture and Graphic Communications and; and the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Art History and Art (which leads to an all-level teaching certification) degree as well as the Master of Arts (MA) degree in Art History. Each year, the School of Art’s graduating seniors present their work in student exhibitions that are free and open to the public.

The University of Houston Public Art Collection

Public Art Collection

With a permanent public art collection that includes more than 400 works of art, UH currently has one of the largest and most impressive university public art collections in the country. The collection showcases a broad range of works from traditional to contemporary by local, regional, national, and international artists. A visual tour of the public art works that are an integral part of the UH Campus landscape is available online, as well as a guide for visitors who would like to tour the collection in person.


Community Programs

Blaffer Art Museum offers free public programs throughout the year, including lectures, artist’s talks, tours, films and youth programs, including the Young Artist Apprenticeship Program.

School of Art students participate in residencies, internships and on a volunteer basis through community partnerships with the following organizations:



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Saleri Studio Saturday

Each fall Blaffer Art Museum hosts Saleri Studio Saturday, an annual art-making workshop geared towards both families in our community and university students. Inspired by free guided tours of the exhibitions, participants, led by a guest artist, make art in creative activities. Prizes are awarded to outstanding participants, and refreshments and all art-making materials are provided.