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The UH System’s Public Art program is launching a new outdoor exhibit this fall at the UH Main Campus.

The collection, titled “Color Field”, will feature the works of six contemporary artists in the form of large-scale sculptures throughout the campus.

“Color Field” is a collaboration between the Public Art program at UH, which is one of the oldest public art programs in the nation, and the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. The program hopes that this is the first of many collaborations of its kind.

The collection of “Color Field” works are as follows:

“Here” (2019) by Sarah Braman
“Untitled (Wind Chimes)” (2014) by Sam Falls
“Back to Kansas” (2015) by Spencer Finch
“Negative Space” (2019) by Odili Donald Odita
“Forms from Life” (2019) by TYPOE
“Cloud,” “Gigaff,” “Pop,” “Bunny,” “Kitty,” and “Pink Sexy” by Jeffie Brewer
And a sound exhibit called “Color Field Outside/In” and “Color Field Inside/Out” (2019) by Amos Cochran

Public Art Director and Chief Curator, María Gaztambide, said she is particularly excited for “Back to Kansas” by Spencer Finch.

“If you sit with this work for at least 30 minutes during the dimming light of sunset, you will see how the colors shift from vibrant to grayscale. This change is not an illusion, but an effect of your eye’s response to color and light over time. Finch chose this effect as a reference to the (“The Wizard of Oz”) film, which begins as it ends — depicting Kansas on black and white film; only shifting to Technicolor while in the fantasyland of Oz.”

Gaztambide said students can expect a wide array of programming surrounding the exhibition. Students can look forward to events like an opening watch party in October, or “Public Art Walks” taking place throughout the year via Instagram Live.

The exhibition will run from October 2020 till May 2021.

Image Credit: Spencer Finch (b. 1962). “Back to Kansas”, 2015. Exterior household paint on canvas. 190 × 186 inches. Collection of Christian Keesee, New York and Oklahoma. © Ironside Photography

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