Beyond the Bio is a series that takes you past the canvas and into the minds of the artists and curators who build the contemporary arts community.

Local gallery Wally Workman Gallery will be featured at Art City Austin: Art Alliance Austin’s 3-day art fair from March 31st – April 2nd at the Palmer Events Center.

Gallery Name: Wally Workman Gallery

Location: 1202 West 6th Street Austin, Texas 78703

What prompted the start of Wally Workman Gallery?

Wally started the gallery because she wanted to be a part of the arts. Not an artist herself, she was good at the business end and has been promoting artists for 37 years now.

What services and products do you offer?

Paintings, drawings, printmaking, sculpture

What guides you in selecting artist to represent? What qualities do you look for?

We choose artists that have work we personally would collect and that we think our clientele will collect as well. We look for artists who are committed to creating work long term and are interested in constantly evolving.

What new artists are you excited about today?

Elizabeth Chapin, Ellen Heck, Mallory Page, Nola Parker

What advice would you give someone who is thinking about buying their first piece of serious original art?  

You should really love it and look around a lot beforehand. If you are still thinking about it two weeks after seeing it, go for it.

Established in 1980 and located in a 100 year old historic house in Austin’s art district, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent. The gallery has two stories of exhibition space where one can view the 56 artists currently represented, including the contemporary talents of Will Klemm, Joyce Howell, and Mallory Page as well as the figurative work of Tracey Harris and Ian Shults.

Keep up with Wally Workman Gallery on their website, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Beyond the Bio is curated by Art Alliance Austin, with the assistance of Scott Nyerges.