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UHD Hosting Nov. 15 'Saving Banksy' Screening

The work of street artist Banksy has provoked and amused audiences around the globe. His politically-charged (and often humorous) paintings can be found on walls across Europe and America.

Among his most prolific street paintings is the Haight Street Rat in San Francisco. The painting of a rodent (wearing a beret in Che Guevara pose) is one of the artist’s last remaining stencil works in the Bay Area. When the City of San Francisco ordered a building owner to paint over the art, conservator Brian Greif stepped in to preserve the Rat.

For the rest of this story, patrons are encouraged to attend UHD’s screening of “Saving Banksy.” The film—which details the efforts to preserve this work—will be screened 5 p.m., Nov. 15 in the Milam Room (third floor, Girard Street Building). 

Greif, the film’s producer, will host a discussion following the film with artist Blek Le Rat (aka Xavier Prou).

The event is presented by UHD’s Department of Arts & Communication in collaboration with LCD Gallery and Up Art Studio. It precedes Prou’s exhibition “ALL CAPS,” which is on view at LCD Gallery (114 Main Street).

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 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.