Gator Pride Hits The Streets
By Sheryl E. Taylor
Passersby can now experience University of Houston-Downtown Gator Pride at the intersection of North Main and Commerce Street.
Recently, a Gator mini mural, created by Houston’s award-winning UP Art Studio in collaboration with UHD’s Office of University Relations, was installed. The studio’s Mini Murals Houston project began in 2016 with 31 traffic signal control cabinets in the pilot phase. There are now more than 200 mini murals throughout Greater Houston.
Artist Anat Ronen was selected by UP Art to paint the Gator mini mural, which is comprised of four panels featuring the Gator’s eye, leg, body and profile.
“We are delighted that our UHD Gator mascot has made his way further into the city,” says Elisa Olsen, Executive Director of University Relations. “The mini mural is a dynamic and artistic representation as well as the fact that our very own alumna Elia Quiles helped to facilitate this project makes it even more special.”
UP Art Studio has partnered with various local businesses and entities to create Mini Murals Tours that offer city residents and visitors to experience a visual excursion of the mini works of public arts through foot, bike and car. UP Art Studio is now working with the City of Austin Department of Transportation to create mini mural installations to beautify neighborhoods throughout Austin.
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 Dr. Juan Sánchez Muñoz. Annually, UHD educates more than 14,000 students; boasts over 50,000 alumni and offers 44 bachelor’s and eight master’s degree programs within five colleges (Marilyn Davies College of Business; Humanities & Social Sciences; Public Service, Sciences & Technology; and University College). In 2018, UHD grew its First Time in College student population by 11 percent and transfer students by 14 percent.
UHD has the most affordable tuition among four-year universities in Houston. It also is ranked among 15 U.S. universities with lowest net price to students (according to the U.S. Department of Education). The University is noted nationally as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Minority-Serving Institution. For more on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit www.uhd.edu.