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

HEROES & ICONS MURALS: S/SGT MACARIO GARCIA

HEROES & ICONS MURALS: S/SGT MACARIO GARCIA

Houston, TX, 2021 Local Latino War Hero Macario Garcia Honored In New Mural  On Veteran’s Day, a public artwork memorializing the decorated WWII hero will be unveiled at a ceremony in East End’s Magnolia Park Houston, Texas – A major mural honoring Staff...

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...

Latest News

UP Art Studio Brings Big Walls Big Dreams Back to Art Basel Week Miami

The Big Walls Big Dreams mural festival was in full swing from November 29th to December 4th. Coinciding with the world-renowned Miami Art Week, UP Art Studio returned to Miami for the first time since the pandemic began with a crew of 20 artists. The 17 murals,...

Macario Garcia, Latino War Hero, Honored with Mural in the East End

On Veteran's Day, UP Art Studio gathered at Fire Station #20 (located at 6902 Navigation Blvd. and 69th St) with local representatives to recognize Staff Sergeant Macario Garcia, a pillar of the Latino community. An official unveiling ceremony for the large-scale,...

Play Path Engages 5 Corners District Community

Artist Joy Matheson was chosen to bring the Sims Bayou Trailhead to life with an activity play path as part of the 5 Corners civic art program. The path is designed to engage children in art-guided play along the route, and includes elements like hopscotch, counting...

TIRZ 25 Debuts Lighted Columns

TIRZ 25 recently installed lighting on the painted columns at S. Main @ Fondren, a continuation of the new public art program UP Art Studio produced for the 5 Corners community. The project was established under a tri-party agreement, in collaboration between...

Mural in North Houston District Sports New Augmented Reality Feature

Phase 2 is live for North Houston District's Spreading Knowledge mural! The mural was painted over the summer by artist Dual and now includes a special augmented reality (AR) feature for an enhanced viewing experience. The interactive AR elements can be viewed with a...

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,...

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