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Science is Art in Brockman Hall for Physics (June 19, 2015).

A new permanent art installation in Brockman Hall for Physics is a large-scale screen-printed work that represents the history and evolution of scientific discovery. Culled from images that scientists and students create and work with in their research, "Asymmetric Seekers" by artist Debra Barrera and master printmaker Carlos Hernandez presents colorful images that each correspond to a field of study within physics and astronomy.



The Turrell Skyspace at Rice University premiers a new feature (February 9, 2015).

SIGHT AND SOUND: James Turrell's "Twilight Epiphany" Skyspace lights up the western end of Rice University's campus. Read how Rice students and faculty are integrating sound and performance into this soaring work of art.


Interdisciplinary Student Team mentored by Rice Public Art builds first student-designed piece of public art on campus (October 3, 2014).

The project in question SoundWorm! deals with notions of compressing the public realm via digital mean. This large interactive installation is comprised of 26 feet of bending steel pipes, and was completed in October 2014 by a small group of students in the Architecture School, along with faculty and staff advisors. 


Joseph Havel's newly-commissioned work In Play installed on Great Lawn of Anderson-Clarke Center (May 28, 2014)

In Play is an outdoor sculpture made up of five bronze orbs. Havel, a longtime Houston resident, cast each in bronze using a fabric form, confounding the material nature of the sculpture. At first glance, the orbs appear heavy, as traditional bronze sculptures often are. In fact, their hollow and intricate construction challenges our expectations, where upon closer inspection detailed traces of the original cloth and lace forms are apparent on the surface.


James Turrell Twilight Epiphany Skyspace hosts Houston premier of Inuksuit, a monumental percussion work (Sept. 21, 2013)

Rice University hosted the first performance in Houston of Inuksuit by noted American composer John Luther Adams. The outdoor performance used Turrell's Twilight Epiphany as its anchor. It featured percussionists from Rice's Shepherd School of Music, the University of Texas at San Antonio, Texas A&M, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi, Sam Houston State University, the Colburn School and the local Houston area. Brandon Bell, a predoctoral candidate at the Shepherd School of Music, organized the performance with support from the Shepherd School and Rice Public Art.

Mark di Suvero's Po-um (Lyric) installed on campus (Jul. 3, 2013)

Po-um (Lyric) is a prominent sculpture installed in Herzstein lawn—just a short distance from di Suvero's contemporary Michael Heizer’s 45°, 90°, 180°. The work's twisted form of abraded steel sits atop a needle-like base, weighing a total of over six tons. It was designed with the specific ability to rotate and balance on its own axis. This video details the installation of the monumental sculpture on campus.



Mixing Art with Science at Rice University (Nov. 30, 2012)

Dana Frankfort's monumental painting "THINK," is the latest addition to the artwork on display at Rice's BioScience Research Collaborative (BRC). Molly H. Hubbard, Director of Public Art, discusses the union of art and science in the building at the corner of University and Main.


Bronze Sculpture of Edgar Odell Lovett Unveiled (Oct. 17, 2012)

The 8-foot tall bronze sculpture of Rice University's first president, Edgar Odell Lovett, was created by sculptor Bruce Wolfe. The sculpture is installed in front of Keck Hall, where Lovett delivered his final formal address in March, 1946.



The Turrell Skyspace at Rice University (May 11, 2012)

The highly anticipated Skyspace by famed American artist James Turrell opened early to Rice students, faculty and staff, who got a sneak preview during an exclusive celebration for the Rice community.



Jaume Plensa's 'Mirror' installed on Rice campus (Feb. 24, 2012)

Plensa's work, installed in the Central Quadrangle, was designed specifically for that space by acclaimed Catalan artist Jaume Plensa. It's called "Mirror" and, according to its first visitors, it's irresistible.


Around Campus: Rice Public Art (Nov. 3, 2010)

A brief overview of the Rice Public Art program at the end of 2010.


Magnificent Seven: Houston Celebrates Surls (Mar. 18, 2010)

From March through August, 2010, this six-month exhibition featured seven works of steel and bronze sculptures by internationally acclaimed artist James Surls. The project was a partnership between the Rice University Public Art Program and the Houston Arts Alliance, with support from a city of Houston Special Initiative Program grant and private donations.