About

About

 

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?

We currently have 4 targeted growth opportunities. Interested in learning more? Contact Asa Hursh or Holly McDaniel.

 

your connection to austin art

 

Art Alliance Austin is your entry point to the Austin art scene.

Stay connected to the arts in Austin through our weekly listing of exhibition openings and art events with Austin Art WeeklySign up here for free.

 

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

Grover Bynum
Clay and Siyu Ye Byrne
Valerie Cason
Brian and Cami Cobb – Ambassadors
Anthony and Linda Grant
Charlotte Grant
Sally Hartman
Erik Hiduke, Attorney at Law
Asa Hursh and Erika Patall
Holly and John McDaniel
James Morley, Sally and John Morley Family Fund
Michael Osborne and Dana Sprute
Maggie Patall
Randy Potts and Terri Thomas
Vincent and Dara Prothro
Steve Redman
Joel and Elisa Sumner
Danny and Emily Walker

Donors / Members

Stacey Abel
Jordan Acosta
Rubina Anjum
Pam and Ken Arthur
Rebecca Ashe
David Bailie
Shilpa Bakre
Barton Ballard
Charles Barnett
Elizabeth Baron Pahlke
Jeffrey Beckage
John Beales
Charles Bell
Ryan and Annie Bennett
Donna Benson
Robert Bilgrad
Robert Boland
Jessica Boone
Troy Campa and Rene Ibarra
Steve and Lana Carlson
Jane Caruso-Dahms
Mattie Cecil
Will Chambers and Claire Dunn
Charles Chapman
Valerie Chaussonnet
Michael Chesser
Claudia Chidester
Berkeley Claxton
James Claybar
Tom and Paula Coopwood
Patrick Corrigan
Brenda Costin
Karlene Cusick
Katy David
Joe Davis
Regan Davis
Jonathan Denham
Monica and Jerry Dirba
Carl Doerr
Yvonne Doerr
Lauren Donder
Anne Elizabeth and Joaquin Avellan
Megan Elwell
Linda Esper and Robert Finch
Amy Evens
Lucinda Feshbach


Pam Fielding
Valerie Fowler
Kristi Frazier
Julie Fritz
Luis Garcia
April Garner
William (Bo) Garner
Clair Gaston
Leila Godbold
Marcie Goltz
Samuel Gosling
Ihor Gowda
Kiley Grantges
Harvey Guion
Clayton Harrell and Rebecca Rothfus
Maggie Harshbarger
Susan Hausmann
Carol Hayman
Jan Heaton
Jenny and Kurt Heusner
LA Hollins
David Hursh
Robyn Jamison
Clay Janca
Donald Jansky
Nicole Jeffords
Kevin Johns
Rebecca Johnson
Jean Jones
Linda Johnston
Becky Jolin
Dennis Jones
Michelle and Teddy Just-Linder
Rachel Kalisky
Rachelle Kearns
Colin Kendrick
William Kolb
Sharon and Greg Kronberg
Adam Kruger
Veronica Kumpf
Eric Lee
Suzanne Ledet
Ysabel LeMay
Cindy Levit
Karen Light
Jane Louis
Jeff Mace
Steven Maddox
Ed and Susan Malcik
Carrie Marshall
Amanda Marzullo
Marta Masferrer
Rhonda McCollough
Lauren McFarland
Michelle and Jacob McDaniel
Rubi McLaughlin
Samantha McMahon
Meredith Miller
Melissa Miller
Sharon Miller
Donald and Rebecca Minnick


Frank Miranda
Patty Mitter
Diane Mowery
James Morley
Elizabeth Newman
Vy Ngo
Becky Nichols
Nick Nobel
Adrian Orozco
Connie and Samuel Pate
Veeral Patel
Judy Paul
Scott Paxton
Ed Pierce
Brian Powell
Sarah Presson
Amanda Rainey
Jean and Dan Rather
Karina Reyes
Sabino Renteria
Rick and Jo Ann Reyna
Thomas Ross
Clay Routh
Hannah Saadallah
Monisha Saggi
Harry Sauer
Traci Sigmon
Angela Silverthorne
Julie Skymba
Frank Smith
Andrew Stack
Donna Starnes
Amber Stratman
Dave Sullivan
Heather Sweatt
Stephanie Taparuaskas
Cindy Taylor
Carole Tower and Matt St. Louis
Scott Turrentine
Brian Upp
Chris Van Loan Senior
Claude Van Lingen
David Wasser
NJ Weaver
Tina Weitz
Ann Wieding
Jim Williams
Steve Winograd
Sallie Wood
Chelsea Wylie
David Yeager
Jill Young
Catherine Zinser
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 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.