Elizabeth and Albert Kidd

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Elizabeth and Albert '64 Kidd

Albert Kidd, a Rice University trustee emeritus, served as an executive with the Exxon Mobil Corporation for nearly forty years. He graduated from Rice with a B.A. and a B.S. in mechanical engineering. Elizabeth Kidd earned her B.A. from UT Austin and a M.A. from Drew University in New Jersey.

Elizabeth and Albert '64 Kidd Photo credit: Jeff Fitlow
Artist Lino Tagliapietra, second from left, is joined by, from left, Elizabeth and Albert '64 Kidd and Rice President David Leebron

The Kidds are longtime supporters of Rice and the Public Art Program, as well as a number of other Houston-area organizations including the Herman Park Conservancy, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Menil Collection, Houston Grand Opera, American Festival for the Arts, Houston Public Library, and Brazos Bookstore. They are also active benefactors of many Santa Fe groups including the Santa Fe Opera, Site Santa Fe, Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Museum of New Mexico Foundation.  In addition to Albert's long service on the Rice Board Building and Grounds Committee, their many commitments to Rice have included service as Co-Chairs of the William Marsh Rice Society, as well as support of the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies, the Baker Institute, the Shepherd School, the Rice Historical Society, the Lynn Lowrey Arboretum, and Fondren Library.

The Kidds' support of the new Rice Public Art program gave the program its very first site-specific commission.  Admirers of the glass art of Lino Tagliapietra and longtime benefactors of Fondren Library, the Kidds were inspired in 2007 to commission him to create a work for the newly renovated library.  At the unveiling in 2008 of the glass art installation Endeavor, Albert said, "Like Rice, Lino is committed to excellence. It is so fitting to have his work in a university, given his commitment to teaching and mentoring." The Kidds went on to say, "As native Houstonians we feel that Rice Public Art can make a great contribution to the university, the city of Houston, and beyond.  Art is elevating and should hold a central place in cities and institutions, and our involvement with Rice's program has been an extremely rewarding experience."