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Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County
News Release
Wednesday, August 31, 2011

MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON TO FEATURE METRO’S ‘ARTS IN TRANSIT’ EXHIBIT

When you travel METRO’s expanded light-rail system a few years from now you will have the opportunity to experience original, timeless art especially created to surround and welcome riders. The work, by 22 artists, speaks to the diverse Houston neighborhoods that span the East End, North and Southeast Lines.

On September 1, at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston (MFAH), the public will have the opportunity to view the final designs of METRO’s Arts in Transit program, which created the art for the three light-rail lines currently under construction.

METRO’s collaboration with the artists and the communities they represent is ongoing. It began with a call for artists and the selection process then gave way to design submissions – the artist’s own vision of how to transform 28 station platforms from simple, public spaces to inviting, cultural representations of the unique neighborhoods the lines will serve.

“This has been an enormously gratifying partnership. The artists have worked with METRO and the community to find the right public face for neighborhoods we serve via their station designs,” said Kimberly Williams, Chief Administrative Officer for METRO’s Capital Programs Department. “The rail-expansion project belongs to the community so this is a great opportunity to showcase their vision.”

WHAT: Reception to showcase final art designs of the East End, North and
Southeast Lines

WHEN: Sept. 13, 2011, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: Visitor’s Center next to Beck Garage, 5600 Fannin, Houston, TX 77005
(Located behind Museum District rail station stop. Parking available at MFAH garage)
On display will be the works of artists such as Jesse Sifuentes, Carroll Parrott Blue and Dixie Friend Gay, to name a few.

The artwork will be on display at MFAH from September 1 – October 10 during its regular business hours.  Artist Bios




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