Third Space, School of Art

Third Space, the School of Art’s student gallery, is located on the third floor of the Fine Arts Building. The newly renovated 400 square-foot space opened in September 2014. Beginning September 2015, School of Art faculty and students may submit proposals for shows to a faculty committee for consideration.

Third Space Prioritization and Timeline

Faculty who wish to present student group shows (class shows) have until May 15th for the Fall and November 1st for the Spring to submit a proposal.

Students may submit proposals for exhibitions by May 31st for the Fall and November 15th for the Spring to receive equal consideration. After these deadlines, proposals are considered on a first come-first served basis according to time slots available.

Download Third Space Proposal & Submission Guidelines


Printmaking Studios, School of Art

We have two superb printmaking studios for innovative and experimental investigation with traditional and non-traditional methods and media in intaglio, lithography, relief, and silkscreen. Materials and equipment are available for etching, aquatint, and photopolymer intaglio techniques; stone, plate, polyester plate, and positive-printing photo-plate lithography; linocut, woodcut, and photopolymer relief techniques; oil and water-based monoprint and monotype; and traditional and photographic silkscreen applications. The printmaking facilities also include materials and a growing array of equipment for the book arts.

Undergraduate studio classes include printmaking fundamentals with intermediate/advanced classes offered in intaglio, lithography, photo-based printmaking, relief printmaking, monoprint and monotype, and book arts. The Graduate Printmaking Studio supports personal, self-directed investigation into print media

Patrick Masterson, Affiliate Artist

Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston

Blaffer Art Museum, the Museum of The University of Houston, is located within the School of Art’s Fine Arts Building. Blaffer presents innovative, challenging exhibitions and programs that bring the university and the extended community into closer engagement with important cultural issues of our time. It is an invaluable resource for the study of art, art history, and other related disciplines.

Previous exhibitions include the first major U.S. museum exhibitions of work by Chantal Akerman, Urs Fischer, and Miguel Angel Rios; group shows A Fiction of Authenticity: Contemporary Africa Abroad, Damaged Romanticism: A Mirror of Modern Emotion, and One Way or Another: Asian American Art Now; and ambitious exhibitions of work by Jane and Louise Wilson, Jessica Stockholder, and Chuck Close. Blaffer Art Museum is home to the School of Art’s Annual Student and Masters Thesis exhibitions.

Blaffer Art Museum

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

The University of Houston is proud to be a leader in the field ofinterdisciplinary programming in the arts. The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts promotes collaboration, experimentation, and innovation in the arts. The Center supports the creation and presentation of new works, sponsors visiting artist residencies, and offers courses, scholarships, lectures, and symposia, all in a creativealliance with the School of Art, Creative Writing Program, Moores School of Music, School of Theatre and Dance, and Blaffer Gallery.

The Mitchell Center has an ambitious yearly schedule of visits and presentations by world-renowned artists, performers and writers, from Philip Glass to Dick Hebdige. Glass, one of the world’s most compelling and influential living composers, presented an evening of conversation, multi media performance, and selected works performed live at the piano. Dick Hebdige, recentMitchell Center Visiting Scholar, is a cultural critic who was invited to the campus for a series of three multimedia lecture performances, including the riveting X Syndrome: Vertigo and Autobiography,  an intensely “personal” narrative about an ascent into and out ofmadness. Hebdige has written on popular culture and music, theanthropology of consumption, media, art and critical theory. In addition to his presentations, Hebdidge met with School of Art students for discussion and critique.

The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts

Visual Resources Library, School of Art

The VRL is also the primary source for supplying AV equipment and technical support to faculty and students for classroom presentations.  Digital projectors, slide and video projectors, DVD and VCR players, and laptops are in inventory, and a limited number of workstations are available within the library for student use.

The VRL includes group and individual work/study space for students as well as opportunities to take advantage of digital technology for research and collaboration.

The library is conveniently located within the Fine Arts Building, and is open Mon. through Fri., 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library,
University of Houston

The library collects resources on all periods of art and design, as well as art criticism and museum studies.  The collection consists of approximately 110,000 books on art disciplines, art history, architecture, and design.  It contains over 1000 serial titles, 160 of which are current subscriptions.  Many of the books and journals are available in electronic, as well as print format. Over 300 video titles may be borrowed, as well.  In addition to library holdings, the library system provides access to online databases and indexes in the arts and humanities.  These include the WilsonWeb suite of arts and humanities databases, Artbibliographies Modern, the Bibliography of the History of Art, Oxford Art Online, the Index of Christian Art, and three databases of image reproductions (ARTstor, Art Museum Image Gallery, and the Bridgeman Art Library Archive).

The library is located in the School of Architecture building, next door to the Fine Arts building.

W.R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library

M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston

In addition to the facilities and collections of the Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston art history graduate students have full access to the M. D. Anderson Library, the main library on campus.  While most art history materials are housed in the Jenkins Library, M. D. Anderson offers a wealth of books and journals—many in electronic format—in such related areas as history and religion, as well as inviting spaces designed to meet a variety of student needs, from quiet carrels for individual reading and writing to comfortable study rooms for collaborative projects.  For those with an interest in technology, the library boasts a state-of-the-art Learning Commons featuring specialized software and expert support staff.  You are also invited to work with any of the highly qualified liaison librarians whose subject knowledge and research skills can help you make the most of your library experience.

Special Collections in the M.D. Anderson Library holds over 60,000 rare books and over 5000 linear feet of archival materials, which are available for research projects and student-curated exhibitions. Among the holdings are a dozen medieval manuscripts, including a very fine 13th century decorated Bible and three books of hours. Other collection highlights include over 50 incunables (books printed before 1501), the Alvin Romansky Collection of Franco-Prussian War and Paris Commune Caricatures, and a wide array of fine press and artists’ books.

M.D. Anderson Library

M.D. Anderson Library Location

Additional Library Resources

In addition to University of Houston’s own resources, students have access to other libraries in Houston, including at Rice University, the Museum of Fine Arts, and the Menil Collection. 

Art Resources include the Menil Collections (including the Byzantine Fresco Chapel Museum, the Rothko Chapel, the Cy Twombly Museum, and Dan Flavin Light Installation) and the Houston Museum of Fine Arts, as well as smaller institutions such as the Contemporary Art Museum, Museum of Contemporary Crafts, the Houston Holocaust Museum, and the Museum of Printing History—to name only a few—and an array of contemporary art galleries and alternative art spaces. The UH Anderson Library offers an impressive collection of medieval manuscripts, modern book illustration, and artists’ books. UH students can also easily access art museums in Austin, San Antonio, and Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas, as well as high quality but perhaps lesser-known collections elsewhere in the state.