About

About

 

 

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.

Sign up for our weekly selection of the best Austin art openings and events:

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

 

Support

 

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 MEMBERLearn more about membership here.

VOLUNTEER: Interested in volunteering? Contact us at info@artallianceaustin.org for current opportunities.

DONATEDonations can be made here.

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Collectors Circle Members

David Bodenman and Sue Edwards
Grover Bynum
Mark Cathcart
Berkeley and Brent Claxton
Jada and Michael Garrison
Sharon and Greg Kronberg
Vincent and Dara Prothro
Steve Redman
Joel and Elisa Sumner

Donors / Members

Stacey Abel
Rubina Anjum
Elizabeth Baskin
Bill Bastas
Al Beavers
Charles Bell
Sharon Bibbee
Lizzie Brenner
Kevin and Corinne Brown
Sarah Burleson
John and Judy Bush
Robb and Allison Bush
Troy Campa and Rene Ibarra
Claudia Chidester
Art Cook
Tom and Paula Coopwood
Gege Cordeiro
Alejandra De Hoyos
Elizabeth Decker
Monica and Jerry Dirba
Lauren Donder
Claire England
Linda Esper and Robert Finch
Lucinda Feshbach
Paula Fontaine-Haake
Lynne Fowler
Julie Fritz


Lynn Gambrill
Myrna Garcia
William (Bo) Garner
Leila Godbold
Neena Gohil
Luis and Suzanne Gonzalez
Ihor Gowda
Harvey Guion
Clayton Harrell and Rebecca Rothfus
Susan Hausmann
Robin Hegemier
Jessie Hester
Meta Hunt
David Hursh
Asa Hursh and Erika Patall
Beth Jackson
Clay Janca
Jane Wu
Nicole Jeffords
Jean Jones
Steve Jordan
Colin Kendrick
Latrice Keys
Robert King
Kerry Kittrell
Marianna Kretschmar
Anitra Kyees
Eric Lee
Mi Young Lee
Becky Liljenwall
Jennalie Lyons
Jeff Mace
Steven Maddox
Deborah McDaniel
Holly and John McDaniel
Michelle and Jacob McDaniel
Lisa McGiffert
Donald and Rebecca Minnick


Loren Mullins and Austin Divino
Jimmy Navarro
Nick Nobel
Adrian Orozco
Cameron Petri
John Pillot
Lee Prescott
Victoria and George Rarmirez
Thomas Reissig
Sabino Renteria
Rick and Jo Ann Reyna
Peter Rock
Monisha Saggi
Jeri Salter
Susan Scafati
Kimberly Smith
Gordon Stole
Dave Sullivan
Gene Swensen
Tom Swift
Stephanie Taparuaskas
Kay Taylor
Carole Tower and Matt St. Louis
Michelle Tullous
Lee Valkenaar
Julie Van de Zande
Claude Van Lingen
Brian Vattiat
Iris Viera
Maria Villanueva
Mark Walczak
Debra Watkins
Carolyn Watts
Erin Whalen
Will Chambers and Claire Dunn
Megan Winget
Lane Wingo
Tracey Zuccala

 

Key Statistics

$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.