In light of the recent Stay Home-Work Safe Order requiring residents to stay home as much as possible, the DAC is proud to offer free digital programming for the public. Programs will be updated on a weekly basis beginning in early April.
Curating a Virtual Exhibit
Tuesday, November 17, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00PM
In an increasingly virtual world, galleries are having to find creative ways to showcase their exhibits. Many galleries, artists, and studios are transforming in-person shows into virtual exhibits to ensure safety and reach a broader audience. The Dougherty Arts Center will moderate a panel to discuss the ins and outs of putting together a virtual exhibit. The workshop will cover best practices and platforms to use and for hosting a show in the digital realm.
The Art of Drag: An Art A La Carte Event
Wednesday, November 18, 2020
Free & Online, Zoom Link Provided after registration on Eventbrite
Gather all your blushes, lip colors and lashes and log in to our special virtual makeup session! Local legend Amber Nicole Davenport (aka “The Legs Of Texas”) will guide you step by step through the process of perfecting a flawless “beat” look. Participants can ask questions, get helpful tips and more. At the end of the workshop, you will be invited to join in the big virtual grand entrance of your new look, and lip sync for your life!
This event is appropriate for audiences over the age of 13.
Pandemic Pity Party - A Virtual LGBTQIA Event
Monday, December 7, 2020
7:30- 9:00 pm
Calling all poets, musicians, and ribbon dancers! Celebrate the pandemic with an LGBTQIA Open Mic night full of irony, dramatics, feels and laughs. Who knows, maybe even some tiny violins. “Pity? Party of one?” Not today! Jump into a live zoom room with other cooped up pandemic people to creatively share in the collective sigh that is 2020. Free!
RSVP through Eventbrite to receive an event link via your email, as well as information on how to sign up to perform, if you wish to do so!
This event is intended to provide the LGBTQIA community with a safe space to meet, express their voice and celebrate their time during the pandemic. Acts that promote or glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual, or religious intolerance, or contain obscene material are prohibited. For more information or questions regarding appropriate material, please email DACTheater@austintexas.gov
Social Media for Artists
Tuesday, December 8, 2020
6:30 PM – 8:00PM
Building an online audience is increasingly important for the career of an artist, but keeping up with the latest social media trends can be challenging. This workshop will cover the strategies you need to know to build your brand, engage your followers, and expand your audience across platforms. Learn how to take control of social media effectively and efficiently, so that you have more time to get back to making art.
This workshop will be presented by Ty Nathan Clark, an abstract painter, writer, and film maker who has built his social media platform on his work, process, vulnerability, and transparency as an artist.
La Catrina Painting Demo with Leticia Mosqueda
Wednesday, December 9, 2020
Join artist Lecticia Mosqueda as she guides an online art demonstration in Spanish! Follow along as she paints La Catrina, one of the most recognizable symbols of the Day of the Dead Celebration. Don’t speak Spanish? Don’t worry! We invite you to still join in and enjoy as Moqueda brings La Catrina to life!
ArtsResponders: Artist Talk
January 13, 2021
The Dougherty Arts Center will host a virtual Artist Talk featuring two artists selected to participate in the Museums & Cultural Division’s ArtsResponders program. Sarah Wilson and Caroline Walker will discuss their artistic background, the progress of their social practice projects, and the inspiration behind their message.
The artists are seeking input! Learn more about their projects here
- Adult Art Lessons
Instructor-led lessons in various different mediums of ceramics, drawing & painting, and digital arts.
- Art Happens Here: 2 Minute Studio Tours
DAC 2020 Artists give the audience an inside look of their work spaces and where they create.
- Youth Art Lessons
Instructor-led lessons in various different mediums of visual, performing, and digital arts.
- Virtual Exhibits
Fall 2020 Exhibits
Discover the artists who were scheduled to exhibit during the Fall of 2020. Due to COVID-19, their shows have been postponed but you can still explore their art practice on our Fall Exhibits page.
Whether they are looking to the past to inspire the future of the arts, imagining a future without human, or celebrating the presence of tradition, artists Jonathan Paul Jackson, Emma Hadzi Antich, and Leticia Mosqueda create worth that not only causes a viewer to reflect, but urges them to act.
Enter Fall Exhibits Page Here
FotoATX 2020 Exhibits
Visit our interactive webpage to learn more about photographers Amar Gupta, Sarah Luna, and Michelle Gardella. Enjoy beautiful images celebrating the concepts of being, belonging, and community.
Summer 2020 Exhibits
Visit our interactive webpage to learn more about exhibiting artists, Nora McMillen Burke, Jon Nelson, and Marianne Levy and explore works including whimsical sculptures and paintings rich with symbolism
West 2020 Exhibits
Delve into the work of Cara Jackson, B. Shawn Cox, and Layla Luna and view artworks ranging in media from acrylic and flashe paint to origami and fiber.
Spring 2020 Exhibits
Learn more about Susannah Haddad, Austin Community College, and Nancy Wood and explore works ranging from ceramic Sriracha bottles and abstract landscape views, to digital renderings of the Texas Hill Country.
- Artist Professional Development
The Artist Resource Center is pleased to host free monthly professional development workshops for artists. Covering a different topic each month, our workshops give artists the tools to develop and advance their careers in the arts.
- Art is Everywhere Map
Art is Everywhere and we have proof. Check out the DAC's complete interactive guide to art you can safely enjoy from the comfort of your car. Use this map to plan out your next Sunday afternoon drive, go on an art scavenger hunt and more! Do you have a spectacular yard sculpture in your front yard or business you want to include on the map and share with the public?
Check out the link to find out how you can participate. Art is Everywhere Map
- Austin Art-O-Rama: Virtual Vendor 2 Minute Studio Tours
Dougherty Arts Center’s Austin Art-O-Rama artists show you where the art happens! Learn more about the virtual vendors and explore their studio spaces with these two-minute video tours.
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is taking the next steps toward moving the Dougherty Arts Center out of the beloved naval center and into a newly envisioned building to be constructed on Butler Shores Park.