Moody Center for the Arts

Pile the Wood High!

Friday, Feb. 2, 2018 – Saturday, May. 19, 2018


Pile the Wood High!, a new exhibition of sculpture, drawing, and collage organized by Rice Professor Lisa Lapinski, celebrates generational influences and enduring connections among art students and teachers who are also working artists. Three generations of artists are represented, including noted California sculptor Hirsch Perlman, chair of UCLA’s Department of Art; Lapinski, who was a graduate student of Perlman’s at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena in the 1990s; and Anna Helm, Lapinski’s student at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.

The droll title, Pile the Wood High!, points to the exhibition’s playful tone as well as the material—finished hardwoods used by each artist. Perlman’s abstract wooden figures, Humanitas Equanimitas (2016), suggest a ritualistic gathering of couples, while Lapinski’s Little My #3 (Shaker board) (2017) wraps around the exhibition space just above the viewer’s head. Helm’s Unhushuwule Picnic Table (2017) displays humorous play on words beneath its intricately painted gingham cloth covering.


  • Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
    Hours change based on exhibition.
  • Free Hours: Always free and open to the public. Closed Sundays, Mondays, University Holidays, and during installation periods. Please check our website to confirm an exhibition is on view before planning your visit.

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  • The Moody Center for the Arts is located on the campus of Rice University, and is best reached by using Campus Entrance 8 at the intersection of University Boulevard and Stockton Street. As you enter campus, the building is on the right, just past the Media Center. There is a dedicated parking lot adjacent to the building. Payment for the Moody Lot is by credit card only. Maps are available at rice.edu/maps

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