WE CONNECT YOU TO THE AUSTIN ART COMMUNITY.
Art Alliance Austin is your entry point to the Austin art scene.
We connect you to the arts in Austin through our weekly listing of exhibition openings, through many events across the year, and through intimate introductions to local gallerists, artists, and collectors.
Supporters of Art Alliance Austin are the backbone of our success and allow us to build a transformational model for the Austin art community by providing marketplace opportunities for Austin’s most exciting galleries, art non-profits, and individual artists.
We believe Austin should be the most prominent contemporary art city in Texas and through our work, we are building a sustainable vision and collaborative connections to make that a reality.
Don’t miss our exciting events throughout the year!
ART CITY AUSTIN (April): Austin’s second oldest outdoor festival (since 1950); the largest art marketplace in central Texas; attracting about 15,000 attendees downtown to buy, collect and admire great art.
ART PAVILION: An art fair within Art City Austin. The inaugural year (2015, presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka) featured a 40′ x 80′ gallery space representing local contemporary art curated by 5 Austin establishments: Tiny Park, Pump Project, Co-Lab Project, Camiba Art, and Wally Workman.
ART BREAKS: Monthly member-only meet ups at galleries, private collections, artist studios, or other special locations; get a behind-the-scenes look at the art world and create new connections.
PROJECTS: Commissioned public art projects and exhibitions include: Hello Lamp Post, 20’ WIDE, Play Me I’m Yours, Red Swing Project, Files Desk and Chairs, Ink Tank Vending Machine, and more.
ART NIGHT SERIES : A festive introduction to local galleries. Each event highlights four galleries and we transport you to each. In conjunction with Big Medium’s EAST and WEST studio tours.
PECHA KUCHA: Pecha Kucha is a short form presentation by area creatives, including: architects, musicians, artists, filmmakers, entrepreneurs, writers, etc… Art Alliance supports the series in conjunction with the Pecha Kucha curatorial board, led by Lana McGilvray and DJ Stout.
AUSTIN ART WEEKLY: Free listing of opening exhibitions and art events to keep you up to date on the local art happenings in Austin.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Sharon and Greg Kronberg
Vincent and Dara Prothro
Joel and Elisa Sumner
Donors / Members
Kevin and Corinne Brown
John and Judy Bush
Robb and Allison Bush
Troy Campa and Rene Ibarra
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
Asa Hursh and Erika Patall
Mi Young Lee
Holly and John McDaniel
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
Will Chambers and Claire Dunn
$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 joined Art Alliance Austin in 2011 in a various part-time capacities while attending 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. Hursh 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 Austin Art Pavilion, all of which focus on bringing more attention and regard for Austin’s talent art scene.
Hursh 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.