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Elizabeth D. Rockwell’s Legacy 

By Katy Allred  Elizabeth D. Rockwell. Box 12, folder, 49. All photos courtesy of the Elizabeth D. Rockwell Papers, University of Houston Libraries.   What this donor, and I believe most donors want, is a way to make a positive difference…We want people to anticipate and solve problems, to listen and to act wisely. We are […]

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Burdette Keeland, Jr.: “The Bird” Who Built a Better Houston

By Robert Perla Ventura Known by his friends as ”Bird,” Keeland became one of Houston’s premier architects. Burdette Keeland, Jr. was a man as busy as they come. As an architect, professor, and chairperson of the Houston Planning Commission, Keeland was always working to better our city. A graduate of the University of Houston (UH) […]

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Public Art of the University of Houston

By Mercedes Del Riego Benches by Scott Burton, pink granite (1985). Best known for blurring the boundary between utilitarian objects and art, Burton was a minimalist sculptor inspired by the Bauhaus and abstract movements. This set of two benches sit nondescriptly in front of the Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design. All photos […]

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A Surprise Discovery: Making Art History Public Art

By Mercedes Del Riego 22 February 1916 “Sunday Evening in a Village in the Ardennes.” Says “Dear Irma, many heartfelt thanks and greetings, your Otto. Have had no mail from you for days.” All photos courtesy of Irene Guenther. Peter Guenther and his wife, Andrea, died a few short months apart. “I should not have […]

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Cougars Fostering Inclusion in the U.S. Military

By Christine Le with Jacob Loew General Barrye Price, LTC Melissa Comiskey, and 2LT Katelyn Kubosh have each played a role in opening doors to women in the U.S. Military. Photos courtesy of the U.S. Army. Serving in the military requires a noble spirit along with a strong passion for service and our nation. Enlistment, […]

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Making Memories at Miller Outdoor Theatre: A Centennial of the Arts

By Samantha de León Miller Outdoor Theatre during a summer symphony night. All photos courtesy of Miller Outdoor Theatre. In February 1969, forty-six years after Miller Outdoor Theatre opened and a year after moving into its new facility, Houston Chronicle fine arts editor Ann Holmes questioned what was next for the outdoor amphitheater. Nestled in […]

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