Rice Public Art’s new “Off the Wall” series will commission a site-specific installation by a recent alumnus or alumna of the Core Residency Program at the Glassell School of Art. Each installation will be on view for one year on the south wall of the Raymond and Susan Brochstein Pavilion, a modern structure designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners that houses a popular campus café. A new commission will be featured each year for three years.

The inaugural artist in the series will be Harold Mendez (b. 1977). Mendez’s work often integrates photography and sculpture to explore notions of identity and place. A first- generation American born in Chicago to Colombian and Mexican parents, Mendez addresses history and meaning in the context of geography and cross-cultural discourse.