In 1969, by a vote of the Texas legislature, the University of Houston adopted a “Percent for Art” program, becoming the first state university in Texas to dedicate funds from new construction to the acquisition of art. University leaders believe a public art program will greatly enhance the student experience, improve the campus, and increase the prestige of the university.
Over the past 50 years, the UH System has acquired almost 700 works of art for its five campuses. This ambitious program enriches cultural and academic life for staff, faculty, students, and visitors. Michael Guidry, curator of public art, will guide us on a customized, hour-long walking art tour of the university’s central campus.
Mr. Guidry came to UH in 2005 after serving for nine years as the assistant registrar and curator of traveling exhibitions for the New Orleans Museum of Art. He received his B.A. from the University of New Orleans in 1992 and his M.F.A. from University of Houston in 1996. As curator, Mr. Guidry oversees the collection, maintenance, and care of artworks, and commissioning of new artworks at all UH System universities.
Registration for fall 2018 is ongoing. You may register online, by mail, or by phone with a credit card.
The interest list for the fall and spring study tours is also now open. If you are interested in traveling with the Houston Seminar to Natchez in the fall of 2018 or Virginia in the spring of 2019, please call the registrar at 713.666.9000 to place your name on a list. Please see Terms and Conditions for "travel list" policy.
Please note a date in the Mid-term Elections course has changed from that published in the brochure. The course will meet the first two Mondays, October 29 and November 5 as planned, but will meet Tuesday, November 13 instead of Monday, November 12.
Also note Art Underground: Carlos Cruz-Diez at the Cistern is FULLY SUBSCRIBED. Please contact the registrar if you would like to be wait listed for this course.
Have a great summer. We look forward to seeing you this fall!
For additional information about any of our courses, to register offline, or to add your name to our mailing and/or email lists, please contact our adminstrator at registrar.houstonseminar.org or phone 713.666.9000.