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treet art is different, and the unique skills of the artists are oftentimes extremely difficult to master. Street artists are self- taught, and their


work is often non-commissioned, displayed in impoverished areas and completed under dangerous and illegal work conditions. Yet it is a thrilling, self-motivated art form that deserves the respect of traditional artwork and more attention within galleries and private spaces. Although “different by design” and underappreciated by the mainstream, times are changing quickly and the gaze is on street art. On March 27, 2012, Houston will make contact with the world of street art. The HERE (Houston Enriches Rice Education) Project at Rice University will be hosting an art exhibition at the Betz


Street Art is HERE ORIGIN COLUMNIST | Aundrea Matthews


On March 27, 2012, the HERE (Houston Enriches Rice Education) Project at Rice University will be hosting an art exhibition at the Betz Art Gallery (1208 W. Gray) in Houston. The goal of the exhibition is to bring appreciation for artists that have been on the borders of the art world.


Art Gallery (1208 W. Gray) in Houston. The project is dedicated to showcasing and celebrating street artists and the art they place on the streets. The HERE Project was inspired to host the exhibition to indulge your senses in the art and culture developed in public spaces by unsanctioned street artists. The exhibition will be stylistically different in order to gain a deeper awareness of Houston artists that wish to keep their work unaffiliated, political, and in public areas. The HERE Project designed the exhibition to bring appreciation for artists that have been on the borders of the art world. To ensure the cultural memory of this exhibition, the highlighted artists will be invited to participate in a documentary that will be archived at the Woodson Library at Rice, and they will have the opportunity to “tag” a canvas that will be placed in a permanent public space at a Rice University residential college. The idea is to pay homage to the great Houston legends and continue the legacy of art at Rice with the scene’s young superstars. This event will consist of a


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mixture of photographs, street art, and a documentary that we wouldn’t necessarily get to see in a gallery space. This exhibition will capitalize on the energy already reverberating in Houston, and viewers will see in this nucleus of artists how they turned the streets of disenfranchised communities into living, breathing museums.


The HERE Project is an innovative curricular and research initiative that advances Rice’s relationship to the larger Houston community and enhances faculty research and both undergraduate and graduate education. It brings the unique sociopolitical research materials available in Houston to the Rice community and integrates Rice learning environments into the greater Houston area and beyond. The HERE Project builds intellectual infrastructure by creating a model for integrated learning and collaborative research.


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