SHSU public art collection lets visitors wander and wonder

The art on campus offers passersby – college students, lecturers, dad and mom – motive to wander and wonder.

HUNTSVILLE, Texas — You can discover art nearly wherever within the Houston space – that features school and college campuses. Sam Houston State University in Huntsville isn’t any exception.

“The campus itself is beautiful. We have rolling hills, lots of trees,” Michael Henderson, chair of the SHSU Department of Art, mentioned.

Mixed in with the inexperienced of nature and brick of the buildings are pops of coloration.

“We have a lot of beautiful art for people to look at,” Henderson mentioned. “Forms and colors and shapes and things to make them think about art while they’re walking around, sort of like an outdoor museum.”

Some of that art surrounds the brand new Dana G. Hoyt Fine Arts Building, which incorporates the Ruth Felder and Robert Bush Smither Gallery.

“This area of campus is now sort of the arts quadrant,” Henderson mentioned. “We’re across the street from the performing arts center, the theater, and just near the music building.”

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That would be the arts quadrant, however you will discover large sculptures and installations throughout campus.

“We have a lot of art that’s been acquired in the past few years as campus has grown a lot and we’ve been able to purchase things with public art fund money,” Henderson mentioned. “We’ve focused on purchasing art by artists who have a Texas connection in most cases.”

Dan Phillips is a kind of artists. Though Houstonians might know his title from his work at Smither Park, Phillips known as Huntsville dwelling. He has a chunk on campus: an intricate mosaic set up within the courtyard of the Lowman Student Center.

The art offers passersby – college students, lecturers, dad and mom – motive to wander and wonder.

“The art is like punctuation marks that give you something to think about and look at it,” Henderson mentioned.

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It’s a reminder that the art scene right here has far more to supply than simply the enduring Sam Houston statue everyone knows.

“There’s a lot of art in the town also and there’s a lot of artists,” Henderson mentioned.

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