WHAT IS THE ART ALLIANCE?
We work collaboratively with artists, museums, independent curators, and galleries to create a diverse and powerful series of programming which highlights Austin as an emerging contemporary arts capital. Art Alliance’s mission is to support and contribute to the growth, prominence, and sustainability of Austin’s art scene, ultimately making Austin a great art city.
WHAT WE DO?
1) Produce Art City Austin, Austin’s original fine art festival and the largest art marketplace in central Texas. Now including a boutique contemporary art fair featuring the best galleries from across the state.
2) Promote the entire Austin visual art community, each week, with Austin Art Weekly. The best fine arts resource in Austin.
3) Throw Austin’s biggest and craziest contemporary art party each fall, ARTBASH.
4) Austin Art Breaks are regular meet-ups that offer unique experiences, connect patrons to Austin’s creative community, and builds a community of collectors and patrons.
5) Organize Pecha Kucha, a local chapter of the global phenomenon. PK is brief talks by members of Austin’s creative community including Oscar nominees, Grammy winners, and Austin’s best artists and designers.
6) Leader of Art Austin, a coalition of galleries, museums, and art spaces designed to work together to elevate Austin’s fine art community.
WHO WE ARE?
We have deep roots, yet run on the energy and passion of entrepreneurs – call us a 65-year-old startup. We’re a staff of three, with the backing of a dedicated board, and a multitude of volunteers. We’re a bootstrapped organization that has a broad mix of earned and contributed revenue.
WHERE DOES YOUR SUPPORT GO?
It goes right into our programming. We’re growing in order to enhance and expand current programming and if things go well we’ve got new programming partnerships lined up.
WHERE IS FUTURE GROWTH WITH THE RIGHT SUPPORT?
Art Alliance Austin is your entry point to the Austin art scene.
About / Mission
Established in 1956, Art Alliance Austin engages people with great art by supporting Austin’s most promising visual artists and arts organizations to build a vibrant, informed community.
Our priorities are to:
CONNECT: we connect the public to art and connect new opportunities to artists and exhibitors
GROW: we exist to grow the Austin art scene
EDUCATE: we educate and engage the community about the arts in Austin
Art Alliance Austin is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit. We rely on you to make all that we do possible. Please consider becoming a member today, enjoy the benefits and exclusive events that accompany membership, and know that you’re helping us do the work necessary to support the Austin art community.
BECOME A MEMBER: Learn more about membership here.
VOLUNTEER: Interested in volunteering? Contact us at email@example.com for current opportunities.
DONATE: Donations can be made here.
Collectors Circle Members
David Bodenman and Sue Edwards
Berkeley and Brent Claxton
Jada and Michael Garrison
Erik Hiduke, Attorney at Law
Asa Hursh and Erika Patall
Sharon and Greg Kronberg
Holly and John McDaniel
James Morley, Sally and John Morley Family Fund
Vincent and Dara Prothro
Joel and Elisa Sumner
Donors / Members
Elizabeth Baron Pahlke
Ryan and Annie Bennett
Kevin and Corinne Brown
John and Judy Bush
Robb and Allison Bush
Troy Campa and Rene Ibarra
Steve and Lana Carlson
Will Chambers and Claire Dunn
Tom and Paula Coopwood
Alejandra De Hoyos
Monica and Jerry Dirba
Linda Esper and Robert Finch
William (Bo) Garner
Luis and Suzanne Gonzalez
Clayton Harrell and Rebecca Rothfus
Jenny and Kurt Heusner
Michelle and Teddy Just-Linder
Mi Young Lee
Michelle and Jacob McDaniel
Donald and Rebecca Minnick
Loren Mullins and Austin Divino
Victoria and George Rarmirez
Rick and Jo Ann Reyna
Carole Tower and Matt St. Louis
Julie Van de Zande
Claude Van Lingen
$2.5 million in annual economic impact
$350K directly impacting downtown businesses
$322K gifted to downtown art institutions since move in 2000
$254K in earned media value (2010: Alliance)
$89.4K in commissioned projects since 2008
35K event attendees / 1K event volunteers / 50 volunteer leadership
Art Alliance Austin Staff
Asa Hursh is the Executive Director of Art Alliance Austin. He has served as the organization’s Executive Director since the summer of 2014. Under Hursh’s leadership the organization has launched Austin Art Weekly, Austin Art Breaks, the Art City Fair, and merged with Art Austin, all of which focus on elevating Austin’s art scene and creating more education and access points in order to connect the public to contemporary art in Austin. Hursh attended graduate school at the University of Texas where he received an MA in Art History with a concentration in Modern and Contemporary Art and an MBA from the McCombs School of Business. He also holds a BFA in painting from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Holly McDaniel is the Director of Development and oversees all aspects of funding for Art Alliance Austin. She maintains and grows the community through cultivation, corporate sponsorship, planned giving, and membership campaigns. Before joining the Alliance, Holly was Director of Philanthropy at KMFA, 89.5. Her extensive background in development includes Polytechnic School and GLAAD, The Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation in Los Angeles, California. Holly attended Occidental College where she majored in Art History.
Wendy Prindle is the Director of Operations and manages logistics, planning, and coordination of Art Alliance Austin’s events as well as daily office business. Wendy has over 11 years of experience in the event industry, including management at The Driskill Hotel and founder of her own event planning company. She heightens the level of events through attention to detail and a passion to create unique experiences. Wendy was a longtime volunteer for Art City Austin before joining the organization’s staff and is a graduate of Texas State University.
Support Our Efforts
Your support through membership, donations, and volunteering enables Art Alliance Austin to engage people with great art and allows us to respond quickly and effectively to new ideas that you wish to see happen. Join or renew your membership with a simple online membership form. Like us on Facebook too!
Art Alliance Austin is funded in part by board trustees, members, and patrons. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.
Art Alliance Austin projects are funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and in part by the City of Austin Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division, believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.