First Gator Grit of 2020 Kicks Off Feb. 25
By Sheryl E. Taylor
"Art In The Community” is the topic for February’s installment of the Gator Grit Speaker Series at 11:30 a.m., Tuesday, Feb. 25 in the UHD Welcome Center’s TDECU Tour Room. Featured speakers include:
- Sebastien “Mr.D” Boileau, Founder & CEO, Eyeful Murals & Designers, Inc.
- UHD Alumna Elia Quiles (’03), Co-Founder, UP Art Studios
- UHD Alumna Anibeth Turcios (MBA ’19), Deputy Director, Greater Northside Management
- Geraldina Wise, Artist, Sawyer Gallery & Studios
Moderated by UHD’s very-own Mark Cervenka, professor of Art and Director of the O’Kane Gallery.
The panel will address the significance of public art in the community, as well as Houston's burgeoning art scene.
Boileau is no stranger to applying his creativity in the community. The veteran muralist is currently putting final touches on the long-awaited Gator Wall. Likewise, Quiles' studio is adding color to the city through the Houston Mini Mural project, which adds vibrant art to traffic signal control cabinets. Turcios also has a hand in brightening the city by coordinating the installation of murals and art projects in the city's Northside. And, Wise contributes to Houston's creative landscape as both an accomplished painter and through her support of emerging artists at the nearby Sawyer Street Studios.
Refreshments will be served. To attend, RSVP to: uhdfebgatorgrit.eventbrite.com
Upcoming Gator Grit Speaker Series:of grit that inspire courage, resolve and tenacity at UHD and in our community.
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.