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


Artist + Artwork Selection Process

Creative Services

Fundraising + Sponsorships


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


Public Art Plans

Clients, Sponsors, and Partners

Public Agencies

Private Sector

Real Estate & Developers




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 Kicks Off Projects in Gulfton

One of the community engagement events for the Greener Gulfton plan was held in May at Burnett Bayland Park, where the team gathered input from the community for an upcoming public art pilot project. We are proud to be working on this alongside Asakura Robinson and...

Pilot Wows with League City Multi-Wall Mural

League City artist Pilot was tapped to complete a mammoth project at the League City Public Pool located at 450 W. Walker St. One building shows an underwater scene and scuba diver and the other building features birds and butterflies with a lush forest background. UP...

Open Call for Big Walls Big Dreams Houston Mural Festival – Artists Apply Now!

The Big Walls Big Dreams mural festival is making its triumphant return to Houston this November and UP Art Studio is looking for interested artists as well as large outdoor walls available to paint. To apply as an artist, fill out this application!  We are...

5 Corners District: New Public Art in 5 Corners

Please check this updated map to find all the great public art that UpArt Studio creates in the District with financial support of the District.

Houston Chronicle: Houston’s best murals, places for instagramable photos

Street art is everywhere in Houston. While many of the city's must-see murals were designed to bring visibility or awareness, each mural tells a different story. Some honor living or deceased Houstonians and some tout the city's rich and unique culture Here's a...

Collaborating With the 5 Corners Community On Public Art Outcomes

In April, Artists Elizabeth Umanzor and Jessica Padilla provided stunning live chalk art at the 5 Corners Community Day for the Southwest Livable Centers Study from Halff Associates and the Houston-Galveston Area Council! UP Art Studio was an exhibitor and surveyed...

TEDx Houston

Why is Art Crucial to Developing Civic Pride?

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