|A committee of art professionals, artists and departmental representatives reviewed over 670 applications from artists across the state of Texas offering ready to hang “portable” artworks for Houston Airports to purchase. “Portable Works” are artworks that are not permanently sited and will be curated to enhance the aviation experience for passengers.
“As we continue our efforts to develop a Civic Art Collection truly reflective of our city, we must foremost extend our gratitude to all of the artist applicants who responded to this opportunity,” Theresa Escobedo, the Manager of the Civic Art Program for the City of Houston, said. “It is the tireless creative work of artists in our communities that have made it possible for Houston Airports to enhance the customer experience by providing a “sense of place” for millions of passengers.”
Included in this purchase are 2-D and 3-D works from renowned Texas artists like Dorothy Hood, Jesús Moroles, Mel Chin, and Bert L. Long, Jr. Additionally, artwork from local legends like Jesse Lott, Susan Budge, Gael Stack and Orna Feinstein are on the purchase list as well.
Houston’s Civic Art Collection is also soon to enjoy new artwork from Texas artists on the rise: Joyce Lin, Farima Fooladi, Mitch Stevenson, and Julia Barbosa Landois, all active in Houston, and from notable names across Texas: Letitia Huckaby, Adrian Esparza, and Ling-lin Ku.
“I’m beyond thrilled with the diversity and quality of these new works coming into our award-winning airports,” Houston Airports Curator of Public Art, Alton DuLaney said. “This new acquisition is monumental. We are grateful to the new artist and for the legacy pieces that reflect Houston’s thriving art history and culture.”
Find a complete list of artworks and learn more about panelists, here.