It’s Back! O’Kane Gallery Hosts High Art Exhibition May 14-21
By Sheryl E. Taylor
“In the spirit of Jim and Ellen Seigler’s generous endowment, High Art supports and recognizes the emerging creativity of high school students throughout our community. With more than 20 Houston-area high schools participating and well over 100 works of art, the exhibit is full and brimming with beautifully rendered works and inventive compositions,” said Mark Cervenka, Director of UHD’s O’Kane Gallery.
The annual exhibition made its debut at UHD in the late ’90s thanks to Anne Trask, the previous O’Kane Gallery director, and Cervenka eagerly continued the tradition when he took over in 2000.
The Sieglers have sponsored this exhibit since its beginning, first through Jim’s role as the art director of Houston department store Foley’s. After Jim’s retirement, he and Ellen generously continued to sponsor the show, creating an endowment to ensure “High Art” can continue.
For more information, visit the O’Kane Gallery website.
Artwork: “Leaping Through Red” by Karen Silva, Sharpstown High School
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.