The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department, requested proposals from professional visual artists or artist teams to design, fabricate, install and de-install short-term or time-based exterior artworks in City-owned sites within Austin Public Library Department property.
For the third year, the TEMPO 2019 program will culminate in a temporary public art festival, which will be a registered group exhibition during East Austin Studio Tour in November. The ‘TEMPO Convergence’ festival is will be located in Edward Rendon Sr. Park, located along Ladybird Lake just east of I-35.
The intent for the temporary public art program is to promote tourism, cultivate curiosity, spark imagination, engage the community in a meaningful dialogue about public art, foster work by local artists and cultivate exploration of the City of Austin. Artists are encouraged to create artworks that reflect the district in which they select to exhibit and design artworks that can be easily installed and de-installed.
Seven proposals were recommended for commissions to be sited at various library branches August 25 to November 7. Artworks will be re-installed in Edward Rendon Sr. Park for East Austin Studio Tours from November 8 to 30.
Recommended Finalists are:
Michael Mendoza + Jeff Grauzer + Courtney Bee Peterson
Click here for TEMPO 2019 project descriptions and locations.
Click here for the 2018 video showcase
Click here for TEMPO 2018 project descriptions and locations.
TEMPO 2D 2019 awarded artists:
Olaniyi Akindiya (ABIA)
Lucas Aoki (Northwest District Park)
Steffany Bankenbusch (Austin Nature and Science Center)
Samson Barboza (South Lamar and Treadwell)
Samara Barks (Mabel Davis District Park)
Essentials Creative (4801 Bolm Road)
Alonso Estrada (Eiland Moss Skate Park)
Brian Joseph (Springswood Park)
Larissa Stephens (Gustavo “Gus” Garcia Recreation Center)
Bill Tavis (7600 Wood Hollow Drive)
In 2018, TEMPO expanded to include wall-based artwork! Through the TEMPO 2D program, twelve local artists were selected to create hand-painted murals, vinyl adhesive artwork, and fiber art at locations across Austin including public parks, the Austin Bergstrom International Airport, and other high-profile locales. In October 2019, ten new artists will create all new works!
Click here for 2018 project descriptions and locations.
TEMPO 2D 2018 awarded artists:
Matthew Briar Bonifacio (Bolm Road)
Lance Bradley (Mabel Davis Skate Park and Pool)
Show Goat Mural Works (Eiland/Moss BMX/Skate Park)
Kel Brown (Rosewood Neighborhood Park)
Veronica Ceci aka Flash Collective (30th and N. Lamar)
Rebecca Harrell (Jamie Odom Gazebo)
Jonathan 'Chaka' Mahone (Austin Public)
Jesse Melanson (Austin Nature and Science Center)
Christine Angelone and Alexander Bingham (Wood Hollow Drive)
Luis Angulo (Barton Springs Road)
Adreon Henry (Bartholomew Pool)
Rakhee Jain Desai (Austin Bergstrom International Airport)
Another expansion of the TEMPO program this year is TEMPO Refresh, an initiative through which an artist has re-imagined an existing work in the AIPP collection. For the inaugural year of this pilot program, artist Laurie Frick has created an installation on top of and around artist Carl Trominski’s Moments--an artwork comprised of "blue signs" sited on the Lamar Bridge Underpass. The work was chosen to mark and celebrate Moments' 15th anniversary and because Moments is one of the most discussed artworks in the City's collection. Trominski has been supportive of the concept from the beginning, and generously stated, “I am totally open to a temporary artwork intervention for Moments. This project was a great opportunity for me at the time and I'm happy that it can continue to provide opportunity to others today.”
Laurie is an artist who explores data through her artwork, revealing the people behind the numbers. Proposing to re-paint the walls of the Lamar Boulevard Underpass in vibrant color, her murals highlight why visitors come to Austin and what they do when they get here. The artwork is expected to remain in place until September 2019.
Artist rendering of 2018 TEMPO Refresh project
TEMPO 2018 is completed. For the 2018 cycle, ten artists were selected to create installations for each of the City’s council districts. A collective exhibition of all the works, TEMPO Convergence, will be hosted at Edward Rendon Sr. Park as part of the East Austin Studio Tour, November 10-18, 2018.
TEMPO 2018 awarded artists:
Adrian Aguilera and Betelhem Makonnen
Clare van Montfrans and Elizabeth Farrell
Nathan Nordstrom and Peter Krsko
Guided and self-guided tours for TEMPO and TEMPO Convergence will be held at the times and locations listed below:
TEMPO Convergence Guided Tours
(Participants to meet at the Camacho Activity Center parking lot, 34 Robert T Martinez Jr St. Parking is free but limited.)
November 10 at 11 am - Saturday Strut Opening event
November 14 at 4 pm – Art Dog Walk with Austin Animal Center
November18 at 4 pm - Sunday Stroll Closing Event
2018 TEMPO INSTALLATION VIDEO PLAYLIST