Anthony Shumate, Monumental Moments, 2015. Buffalo Bayou Park. Photo: Anthony Thompson Shumate
Originally labeled “Civic Art + Design,” this section of the website has been renamed “Public Art” to reflect better the broad range of Houston Arts Alliance’s public art projects. The 2006 City of Houston Civic Art Ordinance references the Civic Art Program, which influenced the naming of the HAA department/program as Civic Art + Design and is still in place.
- HAA’s Civic Art + Design program champions projects that transform urban space in order to express and celebrate Houston’s distinctive identity. It does this by:Commissioning new permanent public art;
- Invigorating public spaces through its Temporary Art Program; and
- Conserving art in the City of Houston collection for future generations to enjoy.
Creating public spaces for civic and cultural use requires artists, designers, architects, and the community to collaborate. By actively fostering these partnerships, both public and private, Civic Art + Design initiates, manages, and maintains civic artworks throughout Houston. It serves a vital role as catalyst for change that generates a culturally relevant and rich environment for residents and visitors alike.
Civic Art + Design commissions of permanent artwork have ranged from Houston artist Bert Long’s monumental mural ART/LIFE for the Looscan Neighborhood Library to Dennis Oppenheim’s graceful Radiant Fountains at the gateway to the Bush Intercontinental Airport to Matthew Geller’s witty Open Channel Flow at the Sabine Street Pump Station.
The Temporary Art Program (TAP), launched in 2009 with an exhibition of works by James Surls on the Rice University campus, provides curatorial vision and professional expertise for projects that take art beyond the walls of museums and galleries. TAP installations have included Konstantin Dimopoulos’s The Blue Trees, a response to the loss of millions of trees during the 2011 drought and Hurricane Ike, and Jo Ann Fleischauer’s What Time Is It?, a collaboration with the contemporary music group Musiqa.
The City of Houston Art Collection comprises all works of art in all media that have been purchased, commissioned, or donated to the City and accepted into the collection by City Council. In its role as manager and conservator of the collection, Civic Art + Design monitors the condition of pieces, performs conservation, contracts with outside conservators, and recommends accession and deaccession policies.
Funding for many Civic Art + Design projects derives from HAA’s contract to provide professional services to the City of Houston’s General Services Department, Houston Airport System, and Houston First Corporation. HAA receives a fee of 17 percent of the contract amount for each project. This fee covers the costs of professional project management including contract management, project planning and implementation, and onsite project support. The City generates funds for the aesthetic enhancement of public facilities and civic space and for the conservation of works in the City of Houston Art Collection through the percent-for-art ordinance, which sets aside 1.75 percent of eligible city capitol improvement project funds for these purposes.
Houston Arts Alliance also raises funds from private donors. The TAP is financed primarily from these sources.
Civic Art + Design also administers private commissions and conservation efforts. It provides exhibition planning, placemaking services, urban design consultation, and temporary artwork project management.
CIVIC ART PROGRAM COMMITTEE
Valerie Cassel Oliver
Craig Massey, Chair
Deborah McNulty, Nonvoting
To view a report, select a fiscal year below.
» 2011-2015 (FY12-FY15) Civic Art + Design Program Report
» 2008-2010 (FY09-FY10) Civic Art + Design Program Report
» 2007-2008 (FY08) Civic Art + Design Program Report
» 2006-2007 (FY07) Civic Art + Design Program Report
Looking for additional information? Our annual reports are available for download.