Mural Pioneer: Keith Haring & the HUE Mural Arts Festival

The definition of art CAN be broad and rapidly moving like the society it’s created in. The method, movement, intention, message and location of art matter. Paintings can be produced quickly to shake, move and inspire and then be distributed liberally for mass consumption and be ART. One pioneer of such contemporary art ideology was Keith Haring.

In 1982 he was interviewed by a then youthful Charles Osgood. I was reminded of this while viewing Osgood’s final episode of CBS Sunday Morning Show on September 25th. I remember many Sunday mornings of my life watching Osgood and am quite certain that when this originally aired, and I was in grade school, I was sitting on a couch next to my Dad fascinated with no idea that I would be spending the rest of my life enthralled with street art.

Fast forward to 2016 and street and mural arts are still a fairly distributed and emotive aspect of city life. This weekend Houston will be hosting artists from around the world to participate in the HUE (Houston Urban Experience) Mural Fest.

HUE 2016 Poster Art copy

Here’s the deal: Houston First presents the city’s second annual Houston Urban Experience (HUE) Mural Festival, celebrating Houston’s diverse arts community. The festival will feature over 100 artists from around the world, including Puerto Rico, Iran, Mexico, Argentina, Brazil and Spain, transforming Houston’s cityscape from concrete to color.

Artists will have approximately 190 hours to create their designs using various forms of tools, techniques and styles of mural art including graffiti, muralism, paint brush work, airbrush, roller brush, wheat paste and stencil. Nearly 90 percent of the murals created in the event’s inaugural 2015 year will remain, and new murals will cover an additional 20,000 square feet of wall space within roughly the same footprint. With the assistance of nearly 100 volunteers in the community, the event will broaden its scope of festivities, guided tours and community programs.

Festival goers are encouraged to experience the art-in-progress through either daily guided or self-guided tours, utilizing the printed map and brochure. Throughout the festival, visitors can also enjoy artist vendors, live demos, mural tours and tastes of official festival beer Estrella Jalisco at select locations and more.


Saturday, October 15- Saturday, October 22, 2016

11 am – 7 pm


Murals will be located throughout Houston’s EADO, East End and Northside areas of Downtown.

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