ten new art commissions pic1
ten new art commissions pic1

September 21, 2022 — HOUSTON – The Mayor’s Workplace of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) is happy to have a good time ongoing work which can convey ten new site-specific artwork commissions to each George Bush Intercontinental and William P. Passion Airports. The commissioned works, which will likely be added to the Metropolis’s Civic Artwork Assortment, are sponsored by Houston Airports (HAS) on behalf of the Metropolis of Houston via MOCA’s Civic Artwork Program.

Artists submitted {qualifications} for consideration within the Summer season of 2020. These alternatives, which prioritized financial help for artists and artwork organizations, have been superior to assist meet the wants of artists, organizations, and small companies closely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Eligibility for the fee alternative was prolonged past the Larger Houston Space to artists from or dwelling within the state of Texas.

“On the peak of the worldwide pandemic, Houston thought-about a number of alternatives to help artists and artist groups inside our artistic financial system,” stated Mayor Sylvester Turner. “By their artistic work, the artists we engaged for these fee alternatives can help much more small companies as they fabricate and set up the paintings. Native and worldwide vacationers can get pleasure from their work at Houston’s airports.”

The brand new commissions convey the Metropolis’s Civic Artwork Assortment at Houston Airports to just about 350 items, making it one of many largest public artwork packages within the aviation business.

“These artworks are designed particularly to raise the passenger expertise at each Bush and Passion airports,” stated Mario Diaz, Director of Aviation for Houston Airports. “Having these proficient Texas artists add colour, magnificence, and character to our terminals is a present tens of millions of vacationers will get pleasure from 12 months after 12 months.”



“Karankawa Solar Dream and the Reality Teller” by Cruz Ortiz.

A press convention saying the artist choice was hosted at Bush Intercontinental Airport in December, and artists have been onerous at work growing their artworks. The varied vary of completed artists and artist groups growing commissions consists of:



A panel of nationally acknowledged curators, native arts professionals, and group members have been important to the commissioning course of for each of Houston’s award-winning airports.


Set up of “Clouds” by William Cannings at Passion Airport.

To date, two out of the ten commissions have been put in with the remainder scheduled for set up by the top of October 2022. Each “Clouds” by artist William Cannings and “Karankawa Solar Dream and the Reality Teller” by artist Cruz Ortiz can now be seen by vacationers departing from and arriving at Passion Airport, the primary airport in North America to earn a 5-star worldwide ranking.

Origin of Funding

Funds for the everlasting works of public artwork at Houston Airports have been allotted by a Metropolis of Houston ordinance which mandates that 1.75% of certified and relevant Capital Enchancment Undertaking {dollars} be put aside for civic artwork. These funds are generated by the Houston Airport’s Enterprise Fund – a non-taxpayer, self-sustaining fund of the Metropolis. Below contract and in partnership with MOCA, Houston Arts Alliance administers these city-funded public alternatives to amass and preserve the Metropolis of Houston’s public artworks.

Concerning the Mayor’s Workplace of Cultural Affairs

The Metropolis of Houston Mayor’s Workplace of Cultural Affairs guides the Metropolis’s cultural investments with insurance policies and initiatives that increase entry to arts and cultural packages locally, entice guests and leverage personal funding. Be taught extra at www.houstontx.gov/culturalaffairs and observe us on Fb and Instagram @HoustonMOCA.

About Houston Airports

Houston Airports is the Metropolis of Houston’s Division of Aviation. Comprised of George Bush Intercontinental Airport, IAH, William P. Passion Airport, HOU, and Ellington Airport/Houston Spaceport, EFD, Houston Airports served 45 million passengers in 2021 and practically 60 million in 2019. Houston Airports types one among North America’s largest public airport methods and positions Houston because the worldwide passenger and cargo gateway to the South-Central United States and as a main gateway to Latin America. Houston’s Passion Airport lately turned the primary 5-star airport in North America and Bush Airport maintained an distinctive 4-star ranking for a fifth consecutive 12 months.

About Houston Arts Alliance

Houston Arts Alliance (HAA) is a neighborhood arts and tradition group whose principal work is to implement the Metropolis of Houston’s imaginative and prescient, values, and targets for its arts grantmaking and civic artwork investments. HAA additionally executes privately funded particular initiatives to satisfy the wants of the humanities group, similar to catastrophe preparation, analysis on the state of the humanities in Houston, and non permanent public artwork initiatives that energize neighborhoods. To be taught extra about HAA, go to www.houstonartsalliance.com and observe us on Fb and Instagram @HoustonArtsAlliance.

For inquiries about this announcement or concerning the Metropolis of Houston’s Civic Artwork Program, please contact the Mayor’s Workplace of Cultural Affairs: cultural.affairs@houstontx.gov or 832.393.1099.


Mary Benton
Director of Communications
Workplace: 832.393.0830
Cellular: 713.208.6229

Brent Taylor
Public Data Officer/Deputy Press Secretary
Workplace: 832.393.0808
Cellular: 713.882.5090