The Houston Airport System, with the support of the Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs, has made its largest one-time art acquisition that will be installed at Houston’s award-winning, four-star George Bush Intercontinental Airport and William P. Hobby Airport.
HAS paid for the art with its Enterprise Fund, a non-taxpayer, self-sustaining revenue source.
“Art helps to define a city, and this is an important investment in our creative community,” said Mayor Sylvester Turner. “This is the largest number of artworks COH has acquired at one time in its history, and we will explore future opportunities to add artwork from Houston artists into the Civic Art Collection at Houston Airports.”
The 74 artworks selected underwent one of the most competitive processes to date. Eligibility for this opportunity was opened to include artists across the state to represent the diverse creative communities active in Houston and Texas.
“The City's Civic Art Collection featured in Houston's Airports now includes the work of legendary Texas artists which truly reflects the artistic and cultural essence of our city and our state,” Houston Airports Director Mario Diaz said. “But more importantly, it adds artworks from underrepresented artists and showcases Houston’s airports as global air-service gateways.”
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,” said Alton DuLaney, Houston Airports Curator of Public Art. “This new acquisition is monumental. We are grateful to the new artists and for the legacy pieces that reflect Houston’s thriving art history and culture.”