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) is the second-largest university in Houston and 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 approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.