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Artist Conversations Series to Feature Creator of UHD ‘Cloud Deck’ Artwork


By Mark Kramer

The creator of the four-story, eye catching structure inside the atrium of the University of Houston-Downtown’s Shea Street Building will be one of the featured creative talents as part the Public Art University of Houston System’s “On Site x Off Site Live Artist Conversations Series.”

New York artist Jacob Hashimoto, who designed “Cloud Deck,” housed in the Marilyn Davies College of Business will be part of a panel discussion at the virtual event that will be held from 5-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 23. Registration is required.

Hashimoto’s three-dimensional structure that was commissioned in 2010 is comprised of thousands of miniature kites made of bamboo stiffened rice paper hexigons suspended with nylon fishing line and is clearly visible from both inside and outside the Shea Street Building.

"I wanted people to have this sensibility…you could see through the piece to the city and see through the building to the piece," Hashimoto explained in a 2018 interview with UHD News.

Joining Hashimoto for the live event will be Internationally known artist Margo Sawyer, whose latest work, “Synchronicity of Color: Victoria” is displayed at the University of Houston-Victoria. Dr. María C. Gaztambide, Director and Chief Curator, Public Art of the University of Houston System will serve as moderator for the discussion.

To learn more about the live artist’s series, visit their website.

About the University of Houston-Downtown

The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) – the second-largest university in Houston – has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974.

As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates more than 15,000 students; boasts more than 61,000 alumni and offers 45 bachelor’s, nine master’s degree programs and 16 fully online programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service; Sciences & Technology; and University College).

For the fourth consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report ranks UHD among universities across the nation for Best Online Criminal Justice Programs (No. 27 and No. 15 for Veterans) and Best Online Bachelor’s Programs.

UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston and one of the lowest in Texas. U.S. News ranked the University among Top Performers on Social Mobility and awarded UHD a No. 1 ranking as the most diverse institution of higher education in the southern region of the U.S. The University is noted nationally as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, Minority-Serving Institution and Military Friendly School. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.