Sawyer Yards is located just west of downtown Houston, in Arts District Houston, and is the largest studio complex and concentration of artists in Texas, and the second largest in the United States with close to 450 working artists. The five main studio buildings house nine dedicated gallery spaces. Along with the unique SITE Gallery, which occupies towering sixty-year-old rice silos, the campus hosts nearly eighty public exhibitions and happenings each year.

The Sawyer Yards Public Sculpture Program is an annually rotating showcase of sculptural work by local and regional artists. The sculptures are completely visible and accessible to the public, and occupy the four concrete sculpture pads at the Sawyer Yards campus. They are outdoors, and centrally located near the parking lot between the Art Alley, Second Saturday Art Market, SITE Gallery, the Silos at Sawyer Yards, First Industrial Studios, Winter Street Studios, and Silver Street Studios.


The public sculpture program provides a public art experience to all visitors and to the greater community, engaging people with ambitious outdoor sculptures by contemporary working artists. The program also exists to provide artists an opportunity to make and show large works, or even experimental projects such as ephemeral sculptures or installations.

Where the funding goes:

Donations go towards large stipends for selected artists to pay for their time, material and fabrication costs, and transport of their work. The remainder of the funding that we receive will be used to install robust, weatherproof  informational signage near our public sculpture pads, and for marketing costs including paid promotion both online and in print.