ArCH Exhibitions and Programs

Upcoming Exhibition:

Big, Hot & Sticky
Curated by Dalia Munenzon and Maggie Tsang

June 27-August 23, 2024
Monday - Thursday 9am - 5:00pm, Fridays 9am - 3pm
Call or email to visit the exhibition outside of the hours listed above.

Architecture Center Houston
902 Commerce St
Houston, TX 77002

Funding Provided By

Program Sponsor

Once & Future Architecture

AIA Houston Artisan of the Year Patrick Renner
June 22 – August 18, 2023
Reception Thursday, June 22, 5:30-7:30pm



Architecture Center Houston and AIA Houston are proud to announce their upcoming exhibition Once & Future Architecture by artist Patrick Renner opening Thursday, June 22, 2023, 5:30-7:30pm, and continuing through August 18. Renner is also being honored as the AIA Houston Artisan of the Year.

In Once & Future Architecture, Renner pays tribute to one of nature’s chief builders and architects, the mud dauber. Inspired by a piece he created in 2012, wooddauber, Renner fills the Center with a larger-than-life dauber nest. Renner’s fascination with the non-aggressive wasps began when he noticed the laboriously constructed nests throughout his Houston studio. “The unseen labor of the insects daubing mud bit-by-bit in a meticulous way appealed to my sense of meditative construction,” said Renner.

Constructed from architecture refuse Renner collected over the years, the installation is a patchwork of found materials that wraps around the gallery providing viewers an immersive experience of the labor and craftsmanship. “The colloquial action of ‘daubing’ also feels like it bridges a gap in my practice with the usage of the various colors of painted wood; throughout my career as a sculptor, I’ve explored the relationship between form and color with a sculptural vernacular that bounces between the poles of architecture and painting,” said Renner.

Once & Future Architecture exhibition is accompanied by an artist talk and student workshop. Check our online events calednar here for upcoming program.

Patrick Renner is a fourth generation Houstonian. He received his BFA from the Kansas City Art Institute in 2004 and his MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2006. As a sculptor, Renner has established himself in the Houston art scene over nearly two decades with an extensive exhibition history in his hometown. Additionally, he has shown at venues throughout the US, as well as once in a Cuban sound arts festival in 2006, and the Busan Art Fair in South Korea in 2016. Renner has been a collaborator in various capacities, helping establish the alternative art space El Ríncon Social on Houston’s east side, and as a founding member of the multidisciplinary art group {exurb} from 2011-2016.

Patrick taught art for nearly a decade at the high school level before leaving to pursue being an artist full time. He then co-founded the public sculpture production company Flying Carpet Creative, established in 2015, which has authored over a half-dozen large public projects to date throughout Texas cities as well as Memphis, TN and Scottsdale, AZ.

Some career highlights include: selection for Lawndale’s Big Show six times, with top prizes two of those years; three prizes awarded out of four years of participating in the Houston Art Car Parade with his high school students, including a Mayor’s Cup (top prize); three very wacky floats in the Houston Thanksgiving Day Parade with collaborator Alex Larsen; the Museum District Business Alliance Cultural Arts Community Improvement Award for Funnel Tunnel in 2013; a Houston Press MasterMind Award in 2015; Artist of the Year awards from both the Houston Press and the American Institute of Architects (Houston chapter) in 2016; and most recently, #1 in Glasstire’s Top Five for his exhibition BOUNTY at Redbud Gallery in February 2020.