UH PDM 17 Thesis Exhibition: xiii


The Photography and Digital Media BFA thesis exhibition will be April 21 at Alabama Song. Curated by Jennifer Ward and Vinod Hopson of Fotofest. Come out and celebrate with our 13 graduating students! pdm17.com

New Faculty Join the School of Art: Dana Frankfort, Rick Lowe & Leopoldine Prosperetti

This year the School of Art welcomes three new faculty members to its ranks. From left to right above, Dana Frankfort joins the painting faculty as Assistant Professor, with a rich history of exhibitions and teaching. Rick Lowe, Director of Project Row Houses here in Houston, joins us as Clinical Associate Professor in our IPEF program. Dr. Leopoldine Prosperetti joins the faculty as our historian of Renaissance art, with over two decades of teaching experience in a University setting as well as significant museum experience.

A New Director: Beckham Dossett Set to Lead the School of Art

We are very pleased to announce that long-time Graphic Design faculty member, Beckham Dossett, was elected to the position of Director of the School of Art by the faculty. Her tenure will begin in Fall 2017.

Graphic Design Class of 2016 Proposes Environmental Graphic Design Installations for Jack J. Valenti School of Communication

“Influence” by Matthew Oakes in the foyer of the Valenti School of Communication building

Under the direction of Associate Professor Fiona McGettigan, the 2016 graphic design senior class created environmental graphic design proposals for the Jack J. Valenti School of Communication. Three proposals were selected by the Valenti School. The selected projects graphically enhance the spaces, engaging students and faculty with compelling visual narratives that relate to the school’s mission. The permanent installations were completed this fall. “Influence,” by Matthew Oakes creates a dynamic graphic and 3D experience in the main lobby of the Communication building. Graphic narratives by Yoko Kristiansen and Tracy Ngo are located in the media production hallway and by Raafia Jessa in a communications classroom.

Art History Undergraduate Receives Mellon Fellowship at MFAH

Mai Kolkailah, a junior majoring in Art History, has been awarded the prestigious Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship for 2015–2017.  Only ten fellowships in the entire US were awarded this year. Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Mellon Undergraduate Curatorial Fellowship aims to provide specialized training in the curatorial field for students across the United States from diverse backgrounds. Mai’s fellowship, administered by the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, honors two outstanding students in the region who will work at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, on curatorial research projects tailored to their interests. Mai will begin her new position at the MFAH this September, joining a national network of partnering institutions, which include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the High Museum in Atlanta, and the Nelson-Atkins Museum in Kansas City.


Graphic Design Senior Exhibition
UHGD17 May 11


The Graphic Design Senior Exhibition, UHGD17, will be May 11 at Ecclesia from 7–10 pm. Come out and see the work of 23 graphic design students.  uhgd17.design

International Collaboration Begins with France

Curator Jennifer Burris Staton introduces a new site-specific Alvin Lucier music composition performed at Mimms Ranch outside of Marfa, Texas in May 2016. Photo: Sarah Vasquez

Join us on a three-year odyssey with our colleagues in Nantes, France, as we explore art-making in specific places around the world, made possible by a $232,000 grant from the FACE Foundation and in partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York. Graduate students from France visit us in Houston, our students visit the incredible art school in Nantes, France, and both groups reunite in Marfa over the course of summer semester to make art together. The project also involves public programming such as art exhibitions, concerts, performances, symposia and film screenings. For much more on this project, see stories from uh.edu and  frenchculture.org. Visit the project website at desertunit.org.

Trey Duvall, MFA ‘17, “Idiot Machines/Infinity Loops” at Lawndale

Trey Duvall,  from the series “Idiot Machines/Infinity Loops,” 2016

Trey Duvall’s recent one-person show at Lawndale featured work from his series “Idiot Machines/Infinity Loops.” Trey writes, the work is a series "emphasizing humor, futility and failure. Closed loop systems and tools that don’t achieve a purposeful outcome echo the ridiculous humor of quotidian life. Freed from the exhaustion of being useful, these machines and systems playfully exemplify an underlying futility and pointlessness.” Read more about Trey’s work and see images from the show at treyduvall.com.

Photography/Digital Media Alum Receives National Award

Adrienne Meyers, recent graduate of the UH School of Art's Photography/Digital Media program, was awarded a Portz scholarship by the National Collegiate Honors Council, which includes a cash award and the opportunity to present her work to the Council's annual meetings in Chicago this November. She was one of four recipients from  around the country. Dr. Bill Monroe, longtime Dean of our Honors College, will present her to other Deans and faculty who will be in attendance.

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Spring 2017 Events

Don't miss This is It! 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:30 pm,
Blaffer Art Museum & the Fine Arts Courtyard. An evening to celebrate our graduates students and their work with drinks, nibbles, cutting-edge art and design, plus many makers and thinkers! 
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39th MFA Thesis Exhibition opens at Blaffer Art Museum, April 7, 2017.

Annual School of Art Student Exhibition opens at Blaffer Art Museum, April 28, 2017