HOUSTON — Art at University of Houston-Clear Lake received a financial boost when the university received a three-year $400,000 grant from Houston Endowment. The funds will allow UH-Clear Lake an opportunity to expand the outreach component of art programming to enhance audience development.
“Because of a commitment to art since its inception, the university has developed a reputation built on activities focused on academic excellence and audience access,” says UH-Clear Lake Associate Vice President for University Advancement Dion McInnis. “We look forward to strengthening this commitment with the assistance of this generous grant from Houston Endowment.”
Money from the endowment will allow the university to grow its audience and donor base. Among the items being funded is the addition of a coordinator of audience development and financial support of a part-time exhibition technician, with the possibility of expanding the position to full-time in the future. The coordinator will oversee gallery renovations, program development and implementation of other activities provided by the grant, while the technician will be responsible for exhibition installations across the campus and throughout the Bay Area Houston community. The technician will also serve as the custodian of the permanent art collection.
Eight more components, bringing the total to 10, have been funded by the grant including gallery and workroom renovations, an art collection display, cooperative/collaborative art events, international art consortium art/artist exchanges, virtual outreach projects, “Art Matters” presentations to the public, art salons/donor cultivation events and interdisciplinary art projects.
Art has been an important part of UH-Clear Lake’s history. In 1980, just six years after UH-Clear Lake was created, more than 36,000 art fans visited the university to experience Judy Chicago’s “The Dinner Party.” With assistance from Houston Endowment, the university invited art fans to return for Judy Chicago’s “Setting the Table” in February. The new exhibition includes drawings, maquettes and test plates Chicago used during the creative process of “The Dinner Party” and will be on display through April 30 in the university’s Alfred R. Neumann Library.
UH-Clear Lake students can choose to study in several art degrees and programs at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts in Digital Media Studies. Other art opportunities at the university include the Art School for Children and Young Adults; an annual student art show and sale; and the exhibition of the university’s art collection and 38 permanent art pieces.
“Houston Endowment’s support of art audience development is only possible because of the years of great work by our art faculty members and others who have helped us reach critical mass in our art education, outreach and service,” says McInnis. “We have a wonderful blend of activities and talents that will enable the university to attract, engage, inform and enlighten new and familiar audiences thanks to the financial support of our creative plans.”
Houston Endowment supports nonprofit organizations and educational institutions that produce and maximize enduring benefits for the people of the greater Houston area. Jesse H. and Mary Gibbs Jones established Houston Endowment as a private philanthropic organization in 1937 to help create a community where the opportunity to thrive is available to all.
For more information about art exhibitions at the university, visit http://hsh.uhcl.edu/Art_Exhibition or http://hsh.uhcl.edu/Art_Gallery.
University of Houston-Clear Lake offers more than 40 undergraduate and over 45 graduate degree programs, including a doctoral program, from its four schools, which include the School of Business, School of Education, School of Human Sciences and Humanities, and School of Science and Computer Engineering. For more information about the university, visit http://www.uhcl.edu.