Texas Southern University Historic Murals to be featured on HoustonPBS

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 8/28/2013, 3:27 p.m.
On Thursday, August 29th at 7pm as part of its program ‘Arts InSight’, HoustonPBS / Channel 8 will feature a ...
TSU Mural at Texas Southern University (Photo courtesy of Scott Haskins)

On Thursday, August 29th at 7pm as part of its program ‘Arts InSight’, HoustonPBS / Channel 8 will feature a story about the TSU Mural Program. Arts InSight explores the heritage and tradition of mural painting at Texas Southern University, which began in 1949 and now includes 123 murals by African American artists. The story includes interviews with artists, students and administrators and features the work of John Biggers and the student murals that adorn the walls of Hannah Hall.

Mural painting has been part of the curriculum at TSU since 1949 when it was directed by John T. Biggers and Harvey Johnson. Art majors painted the murals as a visual representation of the culture of African Americans. Walking through the halls of Hannah Hall on Texas Southern University is like walking through a museum. The walls show everything from Reconstruction to the Civil Rights Movement to the establishment of HBCUs. Texas Southern University boasts as the only university within the United States to hold this one-of-a-kind art exhibit.

Here’s a link to a tease for the program: http://youtu.be/TLrSVLGbvew