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Community Artist Mentorship Program (CAMP)

CAMP places School of Art students in assistantship/mentorship positions with Houston’s most influential and diverse artists. Selected students spend a spring semester and an optional 10-weeks of summer as studio assistants to an artist-mentor. In addition to course credit, CAMP students receive an honorarium. A central tenet of the CAMP concept is that matches between artist-mentors and students must be mutually beneficial. While students connect to a more diverse set of influences and have a rich, professional experience, they also help their artist-mentors increase studio productivity and expand their network to include the UH community. 

Through hands-on creative activity and observation, our students gain insight into the day-to-day practice of a professional artist and build support networks that serve them after graduation. CAMP generates concrete career opportunities that set students on a positive trajectory upon graduation. Students grow into self-assured artists who proudly embody their identity.

Formal applications for CAMP positions include a questionnaire and interview. It is a competitive selection process and students/mentor matches are determined by assessing complimentary skills, goals and schedules.

Tay Butler's installation in the School of Art courtyard

Yard Works

YardWorks is a collaboration between two units at the University of Houston: Public Art of the UH System and the School of Art. Together, we’ve initiated a $20,000 commission, awarded

biennially, to create site-specific work for the Louise J. Moran Fine Arts Courtyard on the UH Main Campus. The opportunity targets early-career Texas artists, intending to make connections and build community among Texas schools of art. The YardWorks initiative is committed to giving first public art opportunities to young Texas artists.

A call for entry is published biennially and distributed widely among Texas schools of art and the SOA’s extended community. A committee assesses the applications, interviews finalists and selects the winner based on feasibility, artistic excellence and community engagement.

Photo of Menil Intern Zoie Buske

Art History Fellowships

Graduate students (MAs) in the Art History Program have the opportunity to apply for five one-to two-year internships as curatorial assistants with four of the city’s leading art museums including the Menil Collection, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston, and the Museum of Fine Arts Houston. Students may also apply for a two-year internship as assistant art editor for Gulf Coast, the nationally distributed literary journal housed in the UH’s English department, and for a two-year internship as a research assistant with Public Art of the University of Houston System.

Students at UH GAP event

University of Houston Graphic Alumni Partnership (UH GAP)

The alumni members of UH GAP support the Graphic Design Program by raising funds for scholarships and hosting public events to raise the profile of the program and bring awareness of the value of design education and the role of graphic design in society. In the fall of every year, UH GAP invites a nationally recognized designer to make a public presentation as part of the Main Event, its annual scholarship awards night.

photo of visiting speaker John Yau

School of Art Speaker Series

The School of Art welcomes the public to engage with six visiting speakers annually. The series features practitioners and thinkers at the forefront of contemporary art, criticism and design. Distinguished guests offer a diverse range of perspectives on the most pertinent issues facing today's makers and scholars. In addition to presenting their work to a large audience of students and community members, speakers spend extended periods engaging directly with students in small gatherings for focused debate and conversation in formats tailored to their individual practice. Past engagements have included hands-on workshops, master classes, studio visits, demonstrations, and interactive performances. Past speakers include Gina Beavers, Rachel Weiss, Mary Maggic, Liza Enebeis, William Camargo, Samara Golden, John Yau, Julia Guernsey, Candice Lin, Derrick Adams, Charlene Villaseñor Black, Aruna D'Souza, Beverly Fishman, Coco Fusco, Nicholas Galanin, Jeffrey Gibson, Lisa E. Harris, Rob Hopkins, Miwa Matreyek, De Nichols, David Rokeby, RaMell Ross, Richard The, and Margaret Wertheim.


1100 Louisiana St

Since 2018, the Photography and Digital Media program has partnered with Hines Property Management to create video content for the 1100 Experience, a massive 4K video screen located in the busy lobby of 1100 Louisiana Street in downtown Houston. Adjacent to a popular coffee shop and with easy access to the Houston tunnel system, the 1100 Experience is viewed by hundreds of Houston professionals daily. PDM students get professional, hands-on experience working with a client and making video for the public realm. They also learn to work collaboratively among their peers in small groups.