About Us

University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery is Bay Area Houston's premier venue for the visual arts created by living artists. Our mission is to promote scholarship, inspire creative excellence and deepen an understanding of the visual arts.

Exhibitions in the gallery include group shows featuring the talents of UHCL students in all media, thematic exhibitions of regional artists, and retrospectives of nationally and internationally recognized artists. 


  Jeffrey Bowen, Director

Jeffrey Bowen portrait

Jeffrey Bowen


Email: bowen@uhcl.edu
Phone: 281-283-3376

Office: Bayou Building, Room 1613


Since 2011, Jeffrey S. Bowen has run the University of Houston-Clear Lake Art Gallery, where he has organized scores of exhibitions and public educational programs. Among his major accomplishments, he has overseen the gallery’s first major renovation, overhauled its brand identity, including launching a new website, and raised tens of thousands of dollars in grants and individual gifts. Before his position at UHCL, he managed the University of Houston Blaffer Art Museum’s public relations, marketing, and membership initiatives. Prior to moving to Texas, Jeff worked in the membership department at the Nantucket Historical Association. In all three positions of his professional career, Jeff gave each organization its first presence on social media. In addition to working in the museums/galleries field, Jeff is also an adjunct instructor of art history and art appreciation. He has led presentations on marketing and audience development and is published on the subject. A native of Rhode Island, Jeff earned a Master of Arts in museum studies from Syracuse University and a Bachelor of Arts from Penn State University.

  Karen Fiscus, Exhibitions Coordinator
Karen Fiscus portrait

Karen Fiscus

Exhibitions Coordinator

Email: fiscus@uhcl.edu
Phone: 281-283-3311
Office: Bayou Building, Room 2121


Karen Fiscus has been with UHCL since 2001, starting as an Instructional Assistant before being promoted to her current position in charge of installing exhibitions and art in the gallery and throughout campus. Prior to her career in art handling, Karen has worked for H&R Block as an editor during tax season and as a laboratory assistant at Hercules Research Center and The Ohio State University School of Veterinary Medicine. A practicing ceramic artist, Karen has exhibited her wheel thrown and altered work at the Brandywine Festival of the Arts, Texas City Art Festival, The Arts Alliance Center at Clear Lake and Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. She has also taught ceramics at Alvin Community College. She is a past member of Aikido School of Ueshiba and the Houston Potters Guild and current member of the Salt Grass Potters and the UHCL Art Association. Karen was born in Smethport, Penn. and grew up in Lexington, Ohio. She has a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from The Ohio State University and received her Master of Arts in Humanities from UHCL. 

  • Art Gallery

    Phone: 281-283-3376
    Email: artgallery@uhcl.edu

    Bayou Building, Atrium I, Level 1
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 94
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Gallery hours:
    Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
    Friday, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.