‘Cargo Space’ mobile arts residency and art space to be unveiled at Rice Sept. 26

Following a yearlong transformation, a former Rice University transit bus will be unveiled to the public as a mobile arts residency and art space at a Sept. 26 open house at Rice. Called “Cargo Space,” the bus will host artists from Houston and around the world.

The open house will be from 8 to 10 p.m. at the Sewall Hall loading dock.

Sperandio along with Rice students, alumni and community volunteers built the Cargo Space using green materials and processes. It has a bunk room that sleeps up to six, a lavatory, a dinette and a kitchenette with a refrigerator and sink. The goal is to host artists of all stripes and cultural workers for extensive road trips across the United States and events around Houston.

Cargo Space will have its first commission this fall with the Hardesty Arts Center in Tulsa, Okla. During October, Sperandio will travel to and from Tulsa along with six artists from Houston to stage an exhibition there.

Cargo Space is funded in part by the Humanities Research Center, Rice’s Office of Parking and Transportation and the Department of Visual and Dramatic Arts.

For more information about the Cargo Space project, visit www.thecargospace.com.

About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.