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Brown Bag Gallery Talks

Brown Bag Gallery Talk

Brown Bag Gallery Talks are held with each exhibition. Using their own vantage point, a guest speaker who is an artist or arts professional gives a tour of the exhibition. The talk will be held in the gallery corresponding to the exhibition. Guests are encouraged to bring their own lunch to continue the conversation in the Blaffer café.

First Thursday

Join Blaffer Art Museum, the Blaffer Student Association, and Coog Radio for First Thursdays at the museum! Enjoy a little r&r and get your creative juices flowing with music, small bites to eat, and local brews from Karbach. No lecture, no program, just fun!

This semester, enjoy complementary beer from a featured guest bartender, who will welcome visitors to enjoy beer and conversation as part of Tom Marioni’s beer salon in the exhibition Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art.

On Screen @ Blaffer:

Join Blaffer for an all new film and video program with both daytime and evening screenings for our on-campus and greater Houston communities!

Special Programs
In addition to regularly scheduled events, Blaffer sponsors numerous lectures, panel discussions, special performances, and workshops held in conjunction with specific exhibitions.

Visiting Artist and Scholar Series

The 2013-2014 Visiting Artist and Scholar Series boasts a second season of sustained collaboration between the School of Art and Blaffer Art Museum designed to bring artists and scholars to the University of Houston. This series continues to integrate the visual arts on campus, build upon our first and widely successful year of programming under the united theme of “Materiality,” and continues to support University-wide efforts to place UH on the national stage, where other leading university arts programs organize and fund similar programs. Artists and scholars selected in conjunction with School of Art curriculum and Blaffer exhibitions are invited for public lectures or conversations, and will conduct workshops and studio visits with UH students. The series directly reflects and builds upon three Blaffer exhibtions: Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art, Zineb Sedira: Lighthouse in the Sea of Time, and Anton Ginzburg: Walking the Sea.

To see a list of upcoming guest lecturers, click the Visiting Artist and Scholars link.

The 2013-14 Visiting Artist and Scholar Series is co-presented by the UH School of Art and Blaffer Art Museum. This project is supported through the Innovation Grants  program of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center for the Arts, which is funded in part by the Houston Endowment, Inc.

Contact Us
For more information on these programs or current events, please see the calendar, call the Education Department at 713.743.9526, or send an email to