The University of Houston System Public Art Collection seeks to enrich the diverse cultural and intellectual life on the UH campuses and of the greater Houston community by building and maintaining a distinguished art collection of important regional, national and international artists. The Collection is enhanced by cross-disciplinary education and outreach programs.

The System Wide Art Acquisition Committee has been formed in an advisory capacity to the University of Houston System Campus Presidents, the University of Houston System Campus Chancellor and the University of Houston System Board of Regents to aid in the building of a unique collection of 20th and 21st century art for all campuses of the University of Houston System.

The UH System Board of Regents approved the acquisition of public art in 1966 to be funded under state and federal laws. The acquisitions are financed in whole or part by the 1% for Art program, which was enacted into law in the state of Texas in 1969, the first of its kind in Texas.