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It’s Back! O’Kane Gallery Hosts High Art Exhibition May 14-21


By Sheryl E. Taylor

Karen-Silva-Leaning-Through-Red (Sharpstown)After a two-year absence, UHD’s High Art Exhibition, 2022 – an annual tradition – is marking its return. The show will run May 14-21

“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

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 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.