The City of Austin Economic Development Department is proud to announce the ATX Month of Love, a celebration throughout February of Austin-area visual artists including three public exhibitions and three public art opportunities. All events are free and open to the public.
Artist INC Alumni Exhibition When: February 11-29, Opening Reception February 14, 4-6 pm Where: La Peña Gallery, 227 Congress Ave.
The Artist INC Alumni Exhibition features artists who participated in the 2014/2015 Artist INC Live Austin program, a nationally-recognized arts entrepreneurship program offered by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division in partnership with the Mid-America Arts Alliance. Exhibiting artists include: Thomas Athey, Jess Bee, Cindy Debold, Autumn Ewalt, Valerie Fowler, Kelsey Jenkinson, Lawrence Jolly, Kelli McDonald, Teruko Nimura, Mark Puente, Quinten Rhea, Daniel Rivera, Philip Rogers, Terri St. Arnauld, Liana Tomchesson, and Alison Young.
Travis County Sherriff’s Office Inmate Art Exhibition When: February 14, 21, and 28, Opening Reception February 14, 1-3 p.m. Where: Grant A.M.E. Worship Center, 1701 Kramer Lane
The Travis County Sherriff’s Office, in partnership with Grant A.M.E. Worship Center and the City of Austin Economic Development Department, will present an exhibition of artworks by incarcerated individuals. An opening reception featuring music and refreshments will take place on Sunday, February 14, 1-3 p.m., and the exhibition will be on view on the following Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.
The People’s Gallery 2016 Opening Reception When: February 26, 6-9 p.m. Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street
The 2016 exhibition presents over 100 artworks on loan from Austin-area artists and organizations displayed in the public spaces of the first three floors of City Hall. The gallery is proud to include a selection of artworks by Austin Independent School District students, as well as a special exhibit of art by current and former Caritas of Austin clients who have experienced homelessness. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, February 26, 6 to 9 p.m., to meet the artists and view artworks throughout the first three floors of City Hall. The event will feature light refreshments and an acoustic guitar performance by Texas Cultural Trust Young Master Thales Smith. The reception is presented with support from Whole Foods Market, Texas Cultural Trust, and the City of Austin Small Business Program. Limited parking is available in the City Hall garage; however, visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation.
The City of Austin is also currently seeking to commission artists or artist teams for three unique public art projects through the Art in Public Places program. Professional artists who live and work in the Austin metropolitan area, including Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible to apply for all three projects.
Austin Convention Center Parking Garage
Deadline to apply: February 18, 2016, 5 p.m.
The City seeks to commission an artist to create a permanent public artwork for the Austin Convention Center’s parking garage at the corner of Brazos and 2nd Streets. The project will engage the entire height of the parking garage and presents the opportunity to create a new landmark at a highly visible downtown intersection.
Austin Fire Department Artist-in-Residence
Deadline to apply: March 3, 2016, 5 p.m.
The artist-in-residence will document the people and operations of six fire stations spending approximately 10-15 hours per week observing the activities of the fire stations over a 2-3 month period. At the end of the residency period, the artist will submit a proposal for creating a series of 2-dimensional works to be sited on the interior or exterior walls of the fire stations. Artists who are new to public art or work primarily in 2-dimensions are particularly encouraged to apply for this opportunity.
TEMPO 2016 Temporary Public Art Project
Deadline to apply: March 10, 2016, 5 p.m.
Proposals are requested from professional visual artists or artist teams for site-specific, short-term artwork or time-based artworks at pre-selected City-owned sites across Austin, including parkland, libraries, right-of-way, and community centers. Emerging and experienced artists are encouraged to apply. Multiple commissions will be awarded.
City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.
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