Texas State University

Project Type: Student Residents

Location: San Marcos, TX

Project Goals

  • Connect to University Culture 
  • Engage Students and Inspire Conversation
  • Elevate the University
  • Create an Arts Destination

Since 2009 Art + Artisans has helped guide the public art program at Texas State University on spaces including Residence Halls, Academic Buildings, and Event and Student Centers. on a number of projects in the LBJ Student Center, Chautauqua & Gaillardia and Angelina Halls. From a major hanging installation in a two-story interior atrium space to innovative, symbolic sculptures showcased outdoors, and even an abstract piece created by technology and non-woven fabrics — it’s art like you’ve never seen before.

Angelina Hall

Completion: August 2017

Chautauqua & Gaillardia Hall

Completion: March 2013

The Outcome

When Texas State began expanding with new student housing residences, student centers, and academic buildings, the university also expanded its campus-wide public arts program.. Two locations for public art were chosen for the first new student housing residences, Chautauqua & Gaillardia Hall. a major hanging installation in the two-story interior atrium space, and an interactive exterior sculpture in the courtyard space.

A monumental atrium sculpture recalls the San Marcos River which runs through campus. Each leaf rotates 360 degrees but also is seen as part of the flowing river above. It is a beautiful metaphor for the students who are on their own path throughout their education, while always remaining a member of the larger student body. The interactive courtyard sculpture is a playful take on a school of fish. It can be climbed on, as well as change colors by pushing secret interior buttons found only by students in-the-know.

In 2017, Texas State wanted to bring another iconic sculpture to the lawn of their new housing complex Angelina Hall. Nine 14’ canoes stand 21’ tall and appear to float above the lawn. The intricate cutouts cast shadows during the day and beckon students to lounge beneath. At night with dramatic uplighting they become a beacon for this beautiful residence!