The Blaffer Art Museum is the contemporary art museum of the University of Houston.

Founded in 1973, the Blaffer endeavors to further the understanding of contemporary art through exhibitions, publications, and public programs. As the gateway between the University of Houston’s Central campus and the City of Houston, Blaffer Art Museum is a catalyst for creative innovation, experimentation, and scholarship. Its exhibitions and programs are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, create community through dialogue and participation, and inspire an appreciation for the visual arts as a vital force in shaping contemporary culture.


Blaffer Art Museum was named in honor of the late Sarah Campbell Blaffer, a noted Houston art patron and collector. On the occasion of the building of a new $5.3 million Fine Arts Center at the University of Houston, Blaffer, the daughter of William Thomas Campbell, founder of Texaco, and wife of Robert E. Lee Blaffer, founder of Humble Oil (later Exxon), promised major works of art in her collection toward the building of a teaching collection housed at the University.

Dedicated on March 13, 1973, the new museum immediately became a vital force in the presentation and promotion of the visual arts in Houston. Read more.


University of Houston Public Art Collection

On September 6, 1966, the University of Houston Board of Regents and then President Philip Hoffman established a policy which dedicated 1% of the construction costs of all future building projects to the acquisition of works of art. The University of Houston was undergoing an unprecedented building boom, and they believed a public art program would greatly enhance the campus as well as the prestige of the University. The University was the first state institution to establish a percent-for-art program. Read more.


Steven MatijcioJane Dale Owen Director & Chief Curator


Tyler BlackwellCynthia Woods Mitchell Curatorial Fellow


Youngmin ChungChief Registrar and Exhibition Manager


Katherine VenemanCurator of Education


Colleen MaynardExecutive Administrator


Schuyler ShiremanAssistant Registrar & Installation Manager


Amanda PowersGraphic Designer & Social Media Coordinator


Layla Bispo Security Coordinator


Blanca Wilson Security Coordinator


Thank you for your interest in employment with the Blaffer Art Museum at the University of Houston. Blaffer offers a range of career opportunities, both part-time and full-time. Full-time positions require specialized education and experience, while part-time positions are generally for students.

The link to current job openings for full-time staff is jobs.uh.edu. You must apply through the University of Houston in order to be considered. For part-time student positions, the link is www.career.uh.edu.

Students have opportunities to work in various capacities of the museum, such as gallery attendants, docents, office assistants, installation assistants, and interns. Blaffer Art Museum welcomes applications for internships in the fall, spring, and summer

semesters. Internships are not paid and must be pre-approved. Contact the applicable department at the university or college you attend to find out if academic credit is available.

We are also strong supporters of the University’s work-study program. Students participating in the work study program can be gallery attendants, installation assistants, or office assistants. For more information or questions regarding staff positions or gallery attendant positions, please contact jloalbo@uh.edu. For installation assistants, please contact Schuyler Shireman at skshireman@uh.edu. For the docent and intern program, please contact Katherine Veneman, Curator of Education, at kveneman@uh.edu.

The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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Phone: 713-743-9521
Mailing Address: Blaffer Art Museum
University of Houston
120 Fine Arts Building Houston, TX 77204