Rice University
Rice Magazine| The Magazine of Rice University | No. 3 | 2009

A Venue for Art

HubbardBuilding on its commitment to incorporate art into its landscape and interior public spaces as part of Rice’s Vision for the Second Century and the Centennial Campaign, Rice has appointed Molly Hubbard as university art director. Hubbard will have an active role in collaborating with artists and patrons to create opportunities for public art on the Rice campus. The collection will create a more vibrant and dynamic campus and will more intimately connect Rice with the arts community in Houston and beyond.

In her newly established role, Hubbard is charged with developing a master plan for art on campus and steering Rice’s art committee, co-chaired by Raymond Brochstein ’55 and Suzanne Deal Booth ’77, to review artists’ works and proposed projects. She also will have a role in developing collaborative art education programs within Rice and with other Houston art groups as well as engaging patrons to support the programs.

Hubbard and the art committee plan to work with both established and emerging artists from diverse backgrounds and regions. The commissioned works will be site-specific and multidimensional in a variety of media, with a focus on high aesthetic value and conceptual merit.

“Think of the entire campus as a venue for art,” Hubbard said. “We will not only make meaningful contributions to the lives of Rice students and stakeholders, but also by opening our campus to the Houston community and visitors, we will become a destination for the experience and enjoyment of art.”

Hubbard is well-prepared for her new role at Rice. She has been a member of the Rice Art Committee for a year and served as director of special projects for the School of Humanities for art, film and creative writing projects. Recently, she was appointed by Texas Gov. Rick Perry to a six-year term on the Texas Commission on the Arts. The commission encourages appreciation for fine arts in Texas and works to drive economic development and increase access to the arts.