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 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.
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.
- $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?
Collectors Circle Members
Clay and Siyu Ye Byrne
Brian and Cami Cobb – Ambassadors
Anthony and Linda Grant
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
Randy Potts and Terri Thomas
Vincent and Dara Prothro
Joel and Elisa Sumner
Danny and Emily Walker
Donors / Members
Pam and Ken Arthur
Elizabeth Baron Pahlke
Ryan and Annie Bennett
Troy Campa and Rene Ibarra
Steve and Lana Carlson
Will Chambers and Claire Dunn
Tom and Paula Coopwood
Monica and Jerry Dirba
Anne Elizabeth and Joaquin Avellan
Linda Esper and Robert Finch
William (Bo) Garner
Clayton Harrell and Rebecca Rothfus
Jenny and Kurt Heusner
Michelle and Teddy Just-Linder
Sharon and Greg Kronberg
Ed and Susan Malcik
Michelle and Jacob McDaniel
Donald and Rebecca Minnick
Connie and Samuel Pate
Jean and Dan Rather
Rick and Jo Ann Reyna
Carole Tower and Matt St. Louis
Chris Van Loan Senior
Claude Van Lingen
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.