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, 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 four, 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.
- $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
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:
- Become a member: Learn more about membership here.
- Donate: Donations can be made here.
- Volunteer: Interested in volunteering? Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for current opportunities.
- 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 Jade Walker.
Collectors Circle Members
East Austin Art Emporium
Mrs. S Nicholson Brorby
Donors / Members
Pam & Ken Arthur
Paul & Ilene Barr
Bercy Chen Studio
Robert Boland & Jade Walker
Anne Elizabeth Brown
Paige & Scott Cox
Janet & Mike Hebert
Scout Stormcloud Hook
Kristin Johnson & Mary Bersagel
Sarah Frankie Linder
Nina & Matthew Mitchell
Anna HT Nguyen
Marcia RaffBeth Remsbury
Rick & Jo Ann Reyna
Joel & Elisa Sumner
Wendy Dunnam Tita
Art Alliance Austin Staff
Jade Walker is the Interim Executive Director of Art Alliance Austin. She oversees the vision as well as the overall management for the organization. She was previously the director of the Visual Arts Center and the Courtyard Gallery at The University of Texas at Austin and ran the Baughman Center at the University of Florida. Jade is a practicing artist and received the Artist of the Year Award in 2016 from the Austin Critics’ Table. Originally from Tampa, Florida, she moved to Austin in 2005. She earned her BFA in Studio Art from the University of Florida and her MFA in Studio Art from The University of Texas at Austin. She sits on the Austin Art in Public Places Panel for the City of Austin and the planning committee for Christian- Green Gallery at the Warfield Center.
Karen Jantsch is a decade-long resident of Austin, and a life-long lover of the Arts.
Originally from Norwich, CT, her childhood was filled with countless arts activities, cultural festivals and community concerts. She began began trombone lessons through the public-school program in elementary school and graduated from the Norwich Free Academy with a full scholarship to pursue a degree in Classical Trombone Performance at the University of Miami. After graduating from UM, she felt inspired by the influence of the public school music program that produced her as a musician (which had since been eliminated by the School Board) and made a personal commitment to dedicate her career toward ensuring the Arts survive to inspire future generations. She went on to earn her Master’s Degree in Arts Administration at the University of New Orleans, while opening and producing events at the then brand new Ogden Museum of Southern Art.
After moving to Austin in 2007, she would quickly be presented with the opportunity to open another new arts institution—the Long Center for the Performing Arts. As an inaugural member of the Programming staff, she spent eight years building programs that would engage a broad spectrum of the Austin community from patrons to local arts renters. Notable projects include: producing the Long Center’s Sneak Peek Weekend & Grand Opening Events; the first outdoor art installation-Architects of Air’s Luminarium; the creation and production of All Summer Long and Bubblepalooza!; five national television appearances including Jimmy Kimmel, So You Think You Can Dance & America’s Got Talent; expanding programming for families and presenting icons like Carol Burnett, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Hillary Clinton.
Karen joined the team at Art Alliance Austin in January of 2017 in the role of Associate Director overseeing Finance, Development, Sponsorship & General Office Management.
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.
Ashlee Pryor is the Digital Marketing & Community Manager of Art Alliance Austin. She manages the structure for community building VIA social media as well as overseeing coordination of membership endeavors. Originally from Harlingen, Texas, she moved to Austin in 2010. She is the social media manager of ColdTowne Theater and the Vendor & Community Content Coordinator of local creative non-profit, #bossbabesATX.
Asa Hursh is serving as a Leadership Consultant for Art Alliance Austin. He previously 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 at Austin 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.
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.