Artist Project Space

The Artist Project Space (APS) is a student-run gallery in the main corridor of Arbor North Building. University of Houston-Clear Lake Art and Design faculty members established APS as a staple of student life within the program, a place where student artist and curators can present their work in a public setting. APS strives to facilitate a creative, interdisciplinary exchange between students, professors and arts professionals across the UHCL community and beyond. APS also serves as an advocate for student voices and an outlet for innovative, challenging work.

Map of APSReview Process

Art and Design program faculty members are the curatorial voice for APS, reviewing all proposals and setting the exhibition schedule throughout the school year. Both installation and de-installation are the sole responsibility of the artists/curators. Upon completion of the show, all walls must be repaired and painted, leaving the space in the same condition in which it was received. Budget needs are the sole responsibility of the individuals submitting proposals.

Review Criteria

The Art and Design program encourages proposals that are site-specific, traditional, non-traditional, experimental or collaborative. Visual art in all media, including installation, video and performance art, will be considered. Strong proposals will present works that are:

1. Original, innovative and contemporary
2. Non-commercial
3. Difficult to show elsewhere
4. Feasible, based on project description and demonstrated ability
5. Thematically coherent, if created by more than one artist
6. Site-specific, if submitted by one artist or collaborative team
7. New or haven’t been exhibited in Houston

Proposal Guidelines

The Art and Design faculty will only review digital submissions. Please provide the following information to makepeace@uhcl.edu:

  • Narrative - Limited to one page/500 words. Include a description, exhibition title and the names of artists involved. Also, state the ideal time frame (shows usually do not exceed five weeks).
  • Checklist - Provide a list of each piece you wish to show in the exhibition, noting caption information that include title, year, medium and dimensions.
  • Work Examples 
- For visual artists, we'll accept a maximum of 15 digital images of work. Image files must be in .jpg format. Images should be at least 1,000 pixels on its shortest side, but the total file size of all the images is not to exceed 10MB in email attachments. For video and performance artists, include a YouTube or Vimeo link to no more than five minutes of video.
  • Resume/CV - Save this document as a PDF or Microsoft Word document (.pdf, .doc, .docx). For group exhibitions, please save all resumes to one document.
  • Exhibition Design - Refer to the floor plan above to plan your layout.
  • Installation/Maintenance/Safety/Accessibility Concerns

Make sure all files are complete and will open in their respective software. The Art and Design faculty will not review files that we cannot open. The selection process may take six to 12 weeks for completion. We will notify you of your proposal status by email as soon as we finalize the selection process.

Exhibition Marketing and Reception Planning

All promotional materials must go through the UHCL Office of University Communications for approval. You will need to send a proof of your design to brandguide@uhcl.edu before printing to ensure compliance with university branding guidelines, which you can review on https://www.uhcl.edu/brand-guide/. Event notifications should contain the sentence: “Any person needing an accommodation for a disability in order to participate should contact the UHCL ADA Coordinator at 281-283-2648 at least one week prior to the event to arrange for the accommodation.”

To request an official UHCL press release about your exhibition, submit your show details to https://www.uhcl.edu/news-events/story-idea at least four weeks before the event to allow for maximum publicity.

In preparation of your opening reception, we also recommend filling out the facilities request form found on https://www.uhcl.edu/about/administrative-offices/facilities/scheduling/. To place directional signage guiding visitors to the opening reception, contact scheduling@uhcl.edu; you can download a map from https://www.uhcl.edu/maps/ and indicated where you’d like FMC to put the signs. For policies on serving food, refer to https://www.uhcl.edu/about/administrative-offices/risk-management/forms.

Finally, in your exhibition marketing, you should provide detailed information on parking for visitors. Information is available on https://www.uhcl.edu/maps/parking/.

Contact
  • 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.