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New Permanent Installation

John Henry's Aluminum Sculpture "Archer" On Campus

John Henry and Archer(2)


Rice Public Art recently installed the newest addition to the collection. John Henry's "Archer," a 14 foot tall bright red aluminum sculpture, arrived on campus in late February, through a generous gift from Brad '65 and Leslie Bucher '69. The sculpture was installed between George R. Brown Hall and Brockman Hall for Physics. To learn more about the artist and the artwork, click here. Photo credit: Jeff Fitlow.

Welcome to Rice Public Art

Art expands our capacity to perceive, understand and represent the world. Rice Public Art seeks to generate encounters with art that advance the culture of inquiry that characterizes our university. By incorporating site specific works into the campus landscape and interior spaces, the program aims to challenge and inspire the community to imagine its work and lives from unconventional and potentially transformative perspectives. Rice Public Art works in collaboration with The Shepherd School of Music, the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts (VADA), the BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC) and the student organization Art Lab, among others, in an effort to broadly integrate our programming into the academic life at Rice University. 

News and Updates

  • John Henry's Archer InstalledFebruary 25, 2016 - “Archer", a bright red, 14 foot tall aluminum sculpture by artist John Henry, is the newest permanent installation in Rice University’s public art collection. The sculpture was recently installed in the outdoor area near Brockman Hall for Physics, and was made possible through a generous gift to Rice by Leslie ’69 and Brad Bucher '65. 
  • Geoff Winningham's Photographs Currently On View at BRCJanuary 22, 2016 - A selection of works from Professor Geoff Winningham's recent project, Of the Soil Photographs of Vernacular Architecture and Stories of Changing Times in Arkansas, will be on view through May, 2016. The photographs, and a book by the same name, capture folk architectures of the region, and their stories.
  • Katie Grinnan's Astrology Orchestra Fills Skyspace with Sculpture, SoundNovember 14, 2015 - On a sunny Saturday during Homecoming & Reunion Weekend, the James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace was filled to capacity with audience members, visiting alumni, curious passerby, performers and stringed instruments. The Skyspace was the site of artist Katie Grinnan’s Astrology Orchestra, an ongoing symphonic performance project.