Fine Art in the GPAC

Public Art at the Gaertner Performing Arts Center

The James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center (GPAC) is a diverse performing arts facility that houses three state-of-the-art performance venues, multiple rehearsal studios and faculty/staff offices. However, it is also a gallery--both inside and out--for the visuals arts. On, around and inside the GPAC, the walls and open spaces showcase the work of internationally known artists and sculptors.

Putting the Art in the James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center

The marriage of Art and Architecture elevates Sam Houston State University’s new, 100,000 square foot James and Nancy Gaertner Performing Arts Center to a rare space on campus.  WHR Architects, along with a University art committee, chose Art + Artisans, a Texas art consulting firm, to help commission the art for the space.

Eight major works comprise the heart of the original collection.  Most prominent is a 16-foot wood and steel installation, "Around the Flower Wall" by internationally known sculptor James Surls, a University Alumnus and former art professor.

Work by photographer Joe Aker, glass artists Kathleen Ash and Jason Lawson, renowned SHSU former professor emeritus of art Charles Pebworth, kinetic sculptor Tim Prentice and sculptor Hoss Haley are all represented within the facility. On permanent loan is another major sculpture by Texas artist Jesus Moroles.

View the artwork below or download the walking guide and see the works in person. 

Tim Prentice's untitled kinetic sculpture of metal sheets affixed to the brick wall of the Performing Arts Center at SHSU Two metal and stone assemblages by artist Charles Pebworth Detail photo of the disc shaped metal and stone assemblage by artist Charles Pebworth Photographer Joe Aker's large scale photomontage mural titled Spanish Symmetry Sculptor Jesús Moroles' floor-to-ceiling carved marble column titled Diamond Waves Column Detail of the texture of sculptor Jesús Moroles' carved marble column titled Diamond Waves Column Hoss Haley's sculpture Toric Fan, shaped metal blades bolted together Detail of bolts on Hoss Haley's sculpture Toric Fan, shaped metal blades bolted together Artist Kathleen Ash's Elemental Mandala, glass shapes and metal affixed to the wall in a large, cloud-like patternArtist Kathleen Ash's Elemental Mandala, glass shapes and metal affixed to the wall in a large, cloud-like pattern Sculptor James Surl's Around the Flower Wall is a hanging mobile of several radially arranged carved wooden paddles Detail of sculptor James Surl's Arround the Flower Wall, a hanging mobile of several radially arranged carved wooden paddles Four large square paintings in bright colors by painter Stanley Lea Detail of one of four large square paintings in bright colors by painter Stanley Lea Three large photographs of dancers on the stage, by photographer Rebecca Finley Bright orange mass of spiraled blown glass artwork by glass artist Jason Lawson Detail of the bright orange spiraled blown glass artwork by glass artist Jason Lawson


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