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Opening Reception for American Geographic Feb 1st

General Announcements, New Resource, Special Event or Display

The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design & Art Library


American Geographic by Tay Butler

Tay Butler is a photographer and collage artist who challenges history and
memory and repurposes archives, found material and original photography to
create both familiar and new compositions and perspectives from which to view
that history. Tay Butler is currently a student at the University of Houston, in his
senior year of the School of Art’s Photography and Digital Media Block Program.
With an expected graduation date of May 2019 and intentions to continue studies
after graduation, Tay is consistently building a portfolio of work and exhibitions
that include spaces all over Houston, TX like the Blaffer Art Museum, Texas Art
Asylum and Noble Artisan.

Opening Reception, February 1st 2019

Time: 5pm

Refreshments will be served


Pop-Up Library & Book Sale January 24

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In partnership with Blaffer Art Museum


Thursday, Jan 24th 11am -1pm

Browse through a selection of art books available for check-out with your Cougar Card as well “mystery boxes” for sale.



Rare Japanese Prints & 20th Century Architectural Photographs On View

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On display in the upper Mezzanine area throughout the Spring 2019 semester is four plates depicting photographs and technical drawings of the New York Telephone Building from a five volume series of plates titled, American Architecture of the Twentieth Century: A Series of Photographs and Measured Drawings of Modern, Civic and Industrial Buildings.

In the south wing exhibit case, visitors may also view a collection of rare books exploring Japanese woodblock printmaking from the Edo period. The display includes a Hokusai manga original plate, a few samples of Ukiyo-e style paintings and prints, as well as a brief explanation of the relief printmaking process.


Artists, your opportunity is here!

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Fresh from the Digital Library

General Announcements, New Resource

Student Art Exhibit “Play and Process” by  Felicia Lourdes Leyva is now available in the UH Digital Library.

Leyva is a sculpture BFA student at the University of Houston. While she has experimented with several mediums, her work mainly focuses on her increasing interest in fiber arts. Known for her fun and colorful style, she enjoys bringing new life to everyday soft materials like yarn, foam, and felt. Her work was recently exhibited at The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design and Art Library August-November 2018.

To find more information on Student Art Exhibits go here.

New Building Houston recordings online

General Announcements, New Resource, New Service

The Architecture, Design and Art Library has developed an online collection of interviews called Building Houston, which documents the oral history of Houston’s built environment, as told by the people who impacted it.  Architects, developers, planners, scholars, philanthropists, and community leaders discuss their work and its relationship to Houston’s urban fabric in this online collection.  Each subject is interviewed by a scholar or colleague who frames the discussion and provides context.  Ten recordings made earlier this year are now available in the UH Libraries’ audio/video repository.  Click on the link to see interviews with Leslie K. Elkins, Natalye Appel, James B. Thomas and others.

Two of a Kind 

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Fresh from the Kenneth Franzheim ll Rare Books Room, the William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library presents two Fall Semester displays: Clyfford Still and Les Vieux Hôtels de Paris.

The Clyfford Still’s exhibit consists of books gifted from the Clyfford Still Foundation which were formerly in the artist’s personal collection.

Les Vieux Hôtels de Paris previews photographs from three hotels in Le Quartier Saint-Paul from the early 20th century. To view the rest of this—one of a kind portfolio, contact Catherine Essinger at for an appointment.


Open house for new and early career instructors

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New Digital Resource on Houston’s Riverside Terrace

General Announcements, New Resource

A newly digitized and accessible collection focusing on Houston’s Riverside Terrace has been added to the UH Libraries Audio/Video Repository.

The collection features raw footage captured for the production of the 1987 documentary This Is Our Home, It Is Not For Sale by Jon Schwartz. The searchable and viewable clips comprise over 110 interviews with former residents, city council members, former University of Houston faculty, and other community leaders discussing the evolution of Riverside Terrace amid urban development, expansion of neighboring institutions, and changes in demographics during the 1950s and 60s. The firsthand perspectives of interviewees collectively provide a fascinating and honest narrative about race and real estate in mid-century Houston.

The complete documentary is available to watch in the UH Special Collections Reading Room. In addition, the papers of filmmaker Jon Schwartz are preserved and accessible in the Reading Room. This collection covers the full scope of records related to the production of the documentary. Interviews from the collection were digitized with the generous support of an Institute of Museum and Library Services TexTreasures grant, administered by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission.

Student Artwork Archived in the Digital Library

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The William R. Jenkins Architecture, Design, and Art Library offers art and design students the opportunity to exhibit their work inside its facility, giving them experience installing work in a public space, as well as the chance to explore the relationship between their work and the library’s materials.  Work exhibited in the Architecture and Art Library during the Fall Semester can be viewed in the UH Digital Library.  Use the links below to see each artist’s work.

Leah Bydalek

Angel Castelan

Jackelyn Cordova

Alton DuLaney

Isaac Farley


Students in the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design and the School of Art may propose to exhibit their work using our online form.

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