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; attracts over 20,000 attendess 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 and stakeholder on 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.
$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 holds an MBA from the McCombs School of Business and an MA in Art History from The University of Texas at Austin with a concentration in Modern and Contemporary Art and also attended the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston as an undergraduate with a concentration in painting. Prior to this position, Hursh was involved with Art Alliance Austin for the past three years in a part-time capacity while attending graduate school.
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.