Art City Austin

Art City Austin

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Art City Austin was April 29th – May 1st, 2016. Below are images of this landmark Austin event. This past year we moved to a beautiful new venue, The Palmer Event Center, and added a new indoor art fair component with contemporary art galleries from across the state. We’re planning for next year in the same location, contact us at to learn more.


Images by Josh Baker and Megan Watcki


Art City Austin 2016 is moving to the Palmer Event Center (900 Barton Springs Rd) in 2016. This city’s original fine arts festival returns to the place of its origin – the site of the old City Colosseum where the festival launched in 1950 as Art Mart. We’ll have art both inside and out. This new festival site will offer you more parking, more shade, indoor restrooms, more art, more festival, and much more to come.  We’re excited about this change and the many ways that it improves the festival. We’ll roll out more details over the coming months, but go ahead and save the dates now:

Friday, April 29  //  Saturday, April 30 //  Sunday, May 1, 2016

Join us for an evening reception and celebration party Friday night 


Eventbrite - Art City Austin 2016

Purchase your tickets online and get a free refillable water cup at Art City Austin!
Water and cups compliments of Terry McDaniel & Company, Investment Counsel

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Collector Reception & Art City Reception, Friday April 29th


You’re invited to an evening reception indoors at the Palmer Event Center on Friday, April 29 from 6:00 to 10 p.m. The reception will celebrate Art City Austin’s new location and newest addition the boutique Art City Fair presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, showcasing art galleries from across Texas as well as self-represented artists.

The reception caps a full day of art and music at Art City with a two-part reception. First, the Collectors Reception with drinks provided by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Winebow, Charles Smith Wines, Michelob Ultra and Ziegenbock and food by Stellla San Jac. The reception will take place on Friday, April 29 from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Tickets will include a swag bag and limited edition Art City Austin poster. Patrons can then stay for the Art City Reception from 7:30 to 10:00 p.m. with an extensive selection of complimentary bites hosted by Stella San Jac and a cash bar. Stella San Jac is led by Executive Chef Michael Cerrie and features an eclectic southern menu serving a mix of healthy cuisine and comfort food.



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Austin’s 1st Art Fair: Art City Fair presented by Tito’s Handmade Vodka


Last year 5 Austin galleries were included in Art City as a part of the Austin Art Pavilion. This year we’re expanding indoors featuring 25 booths with 10′ tall white gallery walls and mounted lighting. Galleries across Texas will be included along with self-represented artists. We’re pleased to bring Austin it’s first art fair.

Art Palace (Houston)
Beef Haus (Dallas)
Big Medium
CAMIBAart Gallery
Circuit12 Contemporary (Dallas)
Co-Lab Projects
Deborah Argyropoulos Fine Art
Devin Borden Gallery (Houston)
Dimension Gallery

Flatbed Press & Gallery
grayDUCK Gallery
Haus Collective (San Antonio)
Jeff Scott Studio
Muir Fine Art Gallery (Houston)
Photo Méthode Gallery
POP Austin

Rebecca Bennett Art Works
Roadhouse Relics (Todd Sanders)
Robin Roberts-Walker
Sandi Stewart
Studio 103
The Public Trust
Yard Dog Art Gallery
Yvonamor Palix Fine Art (Houston)


2016 Exhibiting Artists

Kristi Abbott 
Walter Arnold
Tom Beach
Erika Bell
Rebecca Bennett
Brian Billow
Bruce Bitter
Vicki Bolen
Viviana Bonanomi Santamarina
Daniel Bondroff
Ken Bonner
Keith Bradley
Ashleigh Branstetter
Jan Brieschke
Dara Burriss
Anne Byrd
Anne Camp
craig campbell
Clark Crenshaw
Dick Cunningham
Joseph Cyberski

Jared Davis
Greg Davis
Issan Elkin
Marilyn Endres
David Epps
Colleen Everett
Kenneth Fenton
Mike Ferrara
Dayna Fisk-Williams
Andy Fletcher
Douglas Fountain
Diane French
Yoram Gal
Joel Ganucheau
Greg Gawlowski
Nancy Germond
Amy Gillespie
Julia Gilmore
Harut Hakobyan
Erin Hanson
Meg Harper

Scott Hartley
John Hartung
Jolyn Hecht
Judy & David Hedblom
Shea Henke
Clifton Henri
Marty Hulsebos
Steve Hunsicker
Zachary Hunt
Hanan Ingel
YanFang Inlow
Serena Kojimoto
Kenneth Kudulis
Dan and Joi LaChaussee
Susie Larsson
Haley Lebeuf
Seung Lee
Tina Leto
Allen Levy
Li Li
Katharine LiBretto

Gary Love
Michael Madzo
Carol Martin
Michelle McDaniel
Joan Michlin
Hetty & Norman Metzger
Carlos Montanaro
Philip Morley
Connie Morrison
Katie Musolff
Lora Nava
Keun Park
Jason Pavalonis
Randy Polk
Clare Pousson
John  Powell
Dakota Pratt
Tom Radca
Danton Rezos
Robin Roberts-Walker
Chris Robleski
Ellie Rusinova

Mary Kay Samouce
Mitchell Sandvig
Alex Santamarina
Aline Sar
Radim Schreiber
Alan Serota
Eric Silva
Christopher Smith
Thomas Snyder
Sandi Stewart
Gene Swensen
David Tate
James Tucker
Greg Turco
Marjolyn van der Hart
William Vanscoy
Nicholas Vicknair
Karen Walker
Jon Welborn
Mike Woodward


Black Fret Music Stage Presented by KGSR 93.3 FM


Art City Austin is once again partnering with local music nonprofit Black Fret to provide a stellar lineup of local Austin musicians to play on The Black Fret Music Stage Presented by 93.3 KGSR. Black Fret is a 501c(3) public charity that is built upon the simple principle that our local music, like the symphony and the opera, is worthy of the community’s support. Through their generous patronage, Black Fret has been able to award $280,000 in grants to Austin musicians in just two years. The lineup for the stage will include a number of Black Fret Grant Recipients.

Lincoln Durham performing at Art City Austin 2015 on the Black Fret Music Stage. Photograph by Rich Merritt.

“Black Fret is excited once again to have the opportunity to present our awarding winning musicians to the thousands of attendees of Art City Austin,” said Colin Kendrick, Founder of Black Fret. “We truly enjoy curating the Art City music stage and love integrating with another stellar nonprofit that supports our local art scene.”

Art City Austin 2016 Black Fret Music Lineup

Friday, April 29th

12:00 pm – gates open
2:30 pm – Barbara Nesbitt
4:00 pm – Eric Tessmer
6:00 pm – general gates close
6:00 pm – Collectors Reception
7:30 pm – Art City Reception
10:00 pm – reception ends

Saturday, April 30th

10:00 am – gates open
11:00 am – Warren Hood
12:10 pm – Jakie Venson
1:20 pm – Jonathan Terrell
2:30 pm – Water & Rust
3:40 pm – Zeale
4:50 pm – Barfield! The Tyrant of Texas Funk
6:00 pm – gates close

Sunday, May 1st

11:00 am – gates open
12:00 pm – Sarah Sharp
1:10 pm – Hard Proof Afrobeat
2:20 pm – Emily Wolfe
3:30 pm – Dan Dyer
4:40 pm – Calliope Muscials
6:00 pm – gates close


Volunteer at Art City


Volunteer at Art City! Join a community of helpers and then get into the festival for free! Sign up here:

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot

Buy Tickets to Art City

Three Ticket Options: 

Single Day Pass


Free for kids 12 and under

General one day admission to Art City Austin, either: Friday noon – 6pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, or Sunday 11am – 6pm

Art City Pass


Admittance to the Art City Reception from 7:30 to 10:00 pm with complimentary bites and a cash bar. General admission to Art City Austin for the entire festival.

Collectors Pass


Admittance to the Collectors Reception on Friday, April 29th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm with complimentary bites and drinks. Stay for the Art City Reception from 7:30 to 10:00 pm with complimentary bites and a cash bar. Admittance in Art City Austin for the entire festival. General admission to Art City Austin for the entire festival.

Pass also includes a limited edition poster by Los Angeles based artist Russell Etchen and gift bag.

Eventbrite - Art City Austin 2016

Purchase your tickets online and get a free refillable water cup at Art City Austin!

Water and cups compliments of Terry McDaniel & Company, Investment Counsel


Art City Austin 2015 Sponsors:

Cultural Arts Division for ticketbud

Tito's for ticketbud

ziegenbock logo 100 x 100

mich ultra 100 x 100

Black Fret for ticketbud

McDaniel for ticketbud

South Audi Logo 100 x 100

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Josco for ticketbud

In Kind Sponsors:

stella san jac 100 x 100

icon 100 x 100

CSI for ticketbud

Republic National for ticketbud

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Media Sponsors:

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This project is supported in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.