UP Art Studio

Civic Pride Through Civic Art

A public art and consulting firm | Curation + Consulting + Community Engagement + Project Delivery Management

Mini Murals

Mini Murals is an award-winning civic art program of UP Art Studio. The program commissions artists to paint small-scale murals on traffic signal control cabinets and other utility cabinets in the right of way in diverse neighborhoods of Texas cities. Over the past 5 years, UP Art Studio has commissioned artists to paint more than 300 Mini Murals.

Big Walls Big Dreams

Big Walls Big Dreams is a series of murals curated and produced by UP Art Studio. Previous events have occurred annually in Miami during the world-renowned Art Basel Week since 2013. In May 2021, Big Walls Big Dreams is kicking off in Houston with a self-guided mural tour experience.

Houston Mural Map

Launched in July 2020, the Houston Mural Map website immediately became the go-to resource for people interested in seeing, visiting, and learning about the hundreds of vibrant murals in Greater Houston, and the artists who create them. It features an interactive digital map that shows the locations of hundreds of colorful street installations, which express the energy and cultural character of Houston.

About Us

UP Art Studio is a public art and creative placemaking consulting firm founded in Houston in 2012. The firm has successfully managed hundreds of projects since then. The firm facilitates transformative award-winning projects – achieving the goals of its mission of “Civic Pride through Civic Art” through collaborative efforts with artists and the people in communities. They facilitate projects in communities nationally, engaging people and achieving community development via the work of local and international artists.

 The firm’s principals and founders, Noah Quiles and Elia Quiles, are a husband and wife team who curate, create, manage, and implement public art plans and projects. Together, they and their associates offer proven experience in all areas of program and project management and delivery. They are passionate about harnessing the power of art and placemaking – and the creativity of artists – to uplift people, neighborhoods, and underserved areas.

Our Services

Visioning + Project Curation

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Artist + Artwork Selection Process

Creative Services

Fundraising + Sponsorships

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Project Planning + Project Management

budget, schedule, quality assurance

Project Delivery + Installation

with artist management

PR, Media + Marketing

Community Engagement + Relations

virtual or in-person

Event Planning + Production

virtual or in-person

SF Painted

Mini Murals

Events

Public Art Plans

Clients, Sponsors, and Partners

Public Agencies

Private Sector

Real Estate & Developers

Projects

TIRZ 25 Gateways: Painting & Lighting Consulting

TIRZ 25 Gateways: Painting & Lighting Consulting

Hiram Clarke / Ft Bend County Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ 25), Houston, TX, 2020 - present Project Summary: In 2020 UP Art Studio consulted on and designed a gateway for TIRZ 25. The gateway, which will be replicated at 5 major corridor intersections later...

TIRZ 9: Placemaking Opportunities Report

TIRZ 9: Placemaking Opportunities Report

South Post Oak Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ 9), Houston, TX, 2020 - present Highlights: • $100,000 annual budget • Worked with the Authority to clearly define vision, goals, needs, and desires to establish a set of civic art and placemaking priorities •...

Latest News

3D Mural Debuts in North Houston District

Need knowledge? Go straight to the source—your local library! Houston artist Dual was selected for North Houston District’s first commissioned mural hosted by the Aldine Branch Library. Dual was selected through an open Call for Artists, managed by UP Art Studio,...

Laredo Public Art Plan is a GO

How can public art beautify and economically vitalize a city? That’s the focus of our work as we develop a Public Art Master Plan for the City of Laredo. The City has dedicated “2% for Art” funding through its Capital Improvement Project program—creating a sustained...

Big Walls Big Dreams 2021

https://youtu.be/xFMQ2eIyQM8 Houston, we have street art! Thanks to nearly 30 artists and an amazing crew of staff and volunteers, this year’s Big Walls Big Dreams festival was an impressive and inspiring show of artistry that brought new life to streets throughout...

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Gayborhood!

The Montrose Tax Increment Reinvestment Zone (TIRZ) Board has big plans for the community! Asakura Robinson, a planning, urban design, and landscape architecture firm, was hired by the Board to lead the Montrose Livable Centers Plan. UP Art Studio served as a...

League City Sundays in the Park

League City is hosting Sundays in the Park events every Sunday in Mayfrom 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The events will feature food trucks, rotating entertainment, and an artist will be painting an "ugly black box" that stores the plumbing for...

Mini Murals Program 2021 (Deadline Extended!)

The deadline to submit to the 2021 Mini Murals Program Artists Registry has been extended to March 31, 2021. Visit the Artist Info page of our website for an overview of the program and application instructions. We’ve revamped the Mini Murals...

TEDx Houston

Why is Art Crucial to Developing Civic Pride?

Watch the TEDx Talk