The New Glassell School of Art
The master plan for the Museum's campus transformation comprises two new buildings; a new conservation center; and a landscape plan that knits together a century's worth of signature architectural structures. Learn more about the overall Susan and Fayez S. Sarofim Campus project.
This redevelopment plan includes the construction of a new building for the Glassell School, designed by Steven Holl Architects. The new building is designed to house students of both the Studio School and Junior School, as well as residents in the Core Program. Students may refer to this webpage for general campus-redevelopment information and construction updates.
An overview of the timeline for Studio School classes:
- Sunday. May 20, 2018: Community day inaugurates the Glassell School of Art and Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza
- Monday, June 4, 2018: Glassell Junior School classes begin
- Fall 2018: Glassell Studio School classes begin
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Temporary Facility on Holcombe Boulevard
► Temporary facility for Studio School classes: 2450 Holcombe Boulevard, Houston, Texas 77021
Until construction is completed in May 2018, Studio School classes take place in a facility on Holcombe Boulevard, about seven minutes from the Museum campus. A former Nabisco factory, the building has been specially renovated for its new use for studio-arts programming. Students receive parking validation.
Highlights of the Temporary Space
• Ample studio spaces with natural light
• New labs for digital art-making
• A 100-seat theater
• Additional classroom facilities
New Glassell School of Art
In May 2018, the Glassell School of Art will have an 85,000-square-foot home designed by Steven Holl Architects. The new L-shaped building is constructed from a series of sandblasted, pre-cast concrete panels, alternating with panes of glass, in a rhythm of verticals and slight angles.
Highlights of the New Glassell School of Art
• Fronts onto to the Brown Foundation, Inc. Plaza, which provides ample outdoor space for programs and performances
• A street-level coffee bar for students and the public
• For the first time, all Glassell School of Art students are served under one roof, since the new building houses both the Junior School and Studio School, as well as Core Program residents
• The BBVA Compass Roof Garden, a sloping, walkable green roof offering dramatic views of the Sarofim campus
How long will Studio School classes take place in the temporary facility on Holcombe Boulevard?
Glassell Studio School classes are housed at the newly renovated Holcombe space through May 2018. Classes resume in the new building in fall 2018.
Does this construction impact Junior School classes?
No. Junior School students are not affected until they move to the new Glassell School of Art building when the summer semester starts on June 4, 2018. Classes continue at 5100 Montrose Boulevard until that time.
Does this construction impact the Core Program?
Yes. The Core Program's home has relocated to the Bermac Building, 4101 San Jacinto Street—about five minutes from the Museum campus. The Core Program will move to the new Glassell School of Art after it opens.
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