United States

6100 Main Street, 352 Sewall Hall
Phone: 713.348.6069
Fax: 713.348.5980
Website: ricegallery.org

Rice University Art Gallery

Rice Gallery is the only university museum in the United States devoted to site-specific installation art. Five times a year, Rice Gallery invites contemporary artists to create new installations on-site.

Rice Gallery funds the artist’s creative process from start to finish, and installations here can become a turning point in an artist’s career. Young artists have the opportunity to expand their processes into well-developed, large-scale works, while mid-career and established artists can “fine-tune" their ideas and methods, or try something new.

Since 1995, Rice Gallery has commissioned more than forty installations. It is a nationally recognized contemporary art space enjoyed by almost 40,000 visitors annually, and it is celebrated among artists as "a great place to show."

Previous Exhibitions

El Anatsui, Shigeru Ban, Ball-Nogues, Sol LeWitt, Barry McGee, Judy Pfaff, Karim Rashid, Jennifer Steinkamp, and Jessica Stockholder are among the artists who have created site-specific work for Rice Gallery.

Exhibitions (31)

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Forthcoming exhibitions

Dinh Q. LĂŞ
"Crossing the Farther Shore"
10 April - 28 August 2014

HOUSTON, Texas, (April 2, 2013) — Dinh Q. Lê is planning an ambitious, architectural installation of black and white photographic ephemera taken from the Vietnam War era, pre-1975. He has collected these photographs over the years that are often similar to the images that might fill a family’s photo album: portraits, scenic vistas, snapshots from events, etc. They are stitched together in monumental grids and paired with text handwritten on the back of the photographs. Specific recollections of the Vietnam War era have been chosen by Dinh Q. Lê from oral history interviews, including those conducted by Rice University’s Chao Center for Asian Studies with Houston’s Vietnamese community, the second largest outside of California. The large photo assemblages will be hung from the ceiling to create ethereal, cube-like structures inspired by the rectangular mosquito nets used in Vietnam. Dinh Q. Lê characterizes the gesture as a “sleeping, dreaming memory of Vietnam." The opening celebration on April 10 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm and featuring remarks by Dinh Q. Lê at 6:00 pm is free and open to all. Complimentary beverages, including ale from Saint Arnold Brewery, will be served. Paid parking (credit card only) is available directly in front of the gallery on the Fondren Visitors’ Lot and there is plenty of free parking near the Rice Stadium. For more information see the VISIT page at ricegallery.org or call 713.348.6069.

“My Voice Would Reach You” April 4-19, 2014
Capital. Art. Culture: Contemporary Asian Art Festival

My Voice Would Reach You celebrates the breadth and vigor of cont...+ [ Read all ]


Admission is free and exhibitions are suitable for all ages.

Opening hours

During the academic year, Rice Gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, 11:00 to 5:00, Thursday until 7:00, and Sunday, noon to 5:00, and is closed Mondays and university holidays.

While the gallery is normally closed during the summer months, a Summer Window installation can be viewed through the front window.

Getting there

Rice Gallery is on the ground floor of Sewall Hall, and is best reached by using Campus Entrance 1 at the intersection of Main Street and Sunset Boulevard. When the entrance road dead-ends, a left turn will take the visitor directly into paid visitor parking in the Founder’s Court Lot.

Payment is by credit card only; $1.00 per 15 minutes with an $11.00 daily maximum.

Greenbriar Lot, an economical alternative for Rice parking, is west of the football stadium. Enter the lot from Greenbriar Boulevard at campus entrance 13A or 13B. Take the Greenbriar shuttle to Bus Stop A. Then take the Inner Loop shuttle to Allen Center. Sewall Hall is across the street from Allen Center.

Payment for Greenbriar Lot is by credit card only; $1.00 per day.

By METROrail:
Hermann Park/Rice University Station

Maps are available at: rice.edu/maps.


Wheelchair access is on the south side of Sewall Hall, the left side of the building.

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Guided tours are available to groups of ten or more. Reservations must be made at least one week in advance.

For further information, please call 713.348.5770, fax 713.348.5980, or e-mail ricegallery@rice.edu.


Members provide direct support for Rice Gallery’s outstanding exhibition and educational programs. Members receive invitations to openings and special events, recognition on Rice Gallery’s web site and printed materials, and an exhibition catalogue.

Rice Gallery Patrons are a special group of donors who provide the primary support for exhibitions. Patrons’ commitment allows the gallery to bring to Houston some of today’s most dynamic artists. Patrons receive all exhibition catalogues published by the gallery. Patrons’ support is recognized on Rice Gallery’s web site and all printed materials, and each year they are welcomed at a special dinner in their honor.


Rice Gallery exhibitions and programs receive major support from Rice Gallery Patrons and Members, The Brown Foundation, Inc., and the Kilgore Endowment. Exhibition catalogues are funded in part by the Robert J. Card, M.D. and Karol Kreymer Catalogue Endowment. The gallery receives partial operating support from the City of Houston. KUHF-FM and Saint Arnold Brewing Company provide in-kind support.