About

About

 

What is Art Alliance Austin?

 

Art Alliance connects the public to Austin’s contemporary art community.

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 and curate Art City Austin, A, Art Alliance Austin’s 3-day art fair. It’s the largest art marketplace in central Texas and includes top contemporary art galleries from across the state.

2) Promote the entire Austin visual art community, each week, with Austin Art Weekly. A free and comprehensive guide and the best arts resource in Austin.

3) Throw Austin’s biggest and craziest contemporary art party each fall, ARTBASH.

4) Austin Art Breaks are unique monthly experiences that educate and connect Art Alliance members to Austin’s visual art scene.

5) Produce 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.

Over the past 2 years we’ve worked to create a connected series of platforms to showcase the art work that is being made, sold, and exhibited in Austin. We’ve added a Texas Art Fair to our outdoor art festival, which is the largest art marketplace in Central Texas. We’ve taken a leadership role at Art Austin, a pooled marketing effort for Austin galleries, museums, and alternative art spaces. We’ve created monthly art education meet-ups called Art Breaks. We’ve created the most comprehensive listing of art exhibitions and events with Austin Art Weekly. And because of these changes we’ve increased membership by over 10 times previous numbers and we’ve increased corporate sponsorship by over 300% over that time. And we’ve increased our reach digitally and in person – reaching over 10,000 people per year in person and over 20,000 per digitally every week.

But we’re adding this programming and continuing to tweak this programming because we are in continual dialogue with our gallery, museum, and artist partners. Our mission is to support them and contribute to the growth, prominence, and sustainability of Austin art scene. For example, we launched the indoor art fair this year with booth prices for galleries at less than 20% of the price as second tier fairs like Texas Contemporary or the Houston Art Fair. And this is a sustainable pricing model – we can keep costs lower for our gallery partners because we’re a nonprofit and that’s part of our mission.

Affordability is a key topic of discussion in Austin today and a lot of organizations are working on how to combat that issue and make sure that Austin stays the create a wonderful place that so many people have fallen in love with. And cost-of-living is part of that conversation, the other part is revenue for artists. And we focus on creating opportunity for artists and galleries to create new sales, new commissions, and new connections to more opportunities. This part of the conversation is just as important, if not more important than that cost-of-living conversation, because the growth of our city will inevitably increase costs but it also increases opportunity, and so it’s critical to have nonprofit organizations like ours that can work in the interest of the arts to realize those opportunities.

 

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.

 

Art Alliance and our supporters are dedicated to ensuring that the Austin of tomorrow reflects the contemporary and vibrant city that we all envision and want to live in. We believe that Austin should not just be the live music capital of the world but also be the best city for contemporary art in Texas.

 

Key Statistics

 

  • $2.5 million in annual economic impact
  • $100K+ in commissioned projects since 2008
  • 15K annual event attendees / 1K annual event volunteers / 50 annual volunteer leaders
  • 41 gallery partners in 2016
  • 14 museum and non-profit organization partners in 2016
  • 166 artists featured in programming in 2016

 

 

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.

Want to help? Here’s how you can:

  1. Become a memberLearn more about membership here.
  2. Donate: Donations can be made here.
  3. Volunteer: Interested in volunteering? Contact us at info@artallianceaustin.org for current opportunities.
  4. Tell a friend and share our work on social media: facebook, instagram, and twitter

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.

 

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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
Eric 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

 

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. Since starting in 2014, she has increased membership by 200% and has engaged the art 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 holds a BAA in Art History from Occidental College.

Andrea Hyland is the Program and Events Manager and manages programming and events for the organization.  Andrea’s exceptional event production experience includes both large and intimate events varying from curated exhibitions to large fundraising events.  Andrea has previously worked with Art Alliance Austin as the curator for ARTBASH 2015 and collaborated with artists locally and from across the country where she proved her talent in creating captivating events that engage new audiences with contemporary art. Andrea is from Springfield, Massachusetts and moved to Austin in 2007. She earned her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin.

 

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.