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Exciting things are happening in Austin art community this week! Austin Art Weekly is Art Alliance Austin’s weekly arts calendar. Scroll down to view the complete calendar of highlighted, current, and upcoming events for this week and beyond. Sign up is easy, get Austin Art Weekly in your inbox each week.

Upcoming Exhibitions



David Bennett: Patters of Meditation

Host: Generative Art Project, 1621 East 6th St, Suite 1107

Dates: February 16 – March 3, 2019

Opening Reception: February 16, 2-9p

Generative Art Project is pleased to announce David Bennett: Patterns of Meditation. The opening is Sat the 16th of Feb. 2-9pm

Running through March 3rd, the exhibition will feature four ambient video loops, nine unique images, and printed wooden blocks.

In the past, Bennett used repeated, rhythmic patterns mixed with photo collage, but his new pieces are entirely non-representational. One collection, rendered in black and white, is hard edged and energetic. While the other, done in a range of soft to bright pastels, calms the mind with its smooth, fluidity.     

Abstract heroic narratives by E9 from Mexico City, Mexico. Linguistic installations by Shirley Steele from Austin, Texas. Structural minimalism by Victor Velikanov from St Petersburg, Russia, and data mapping by Josh Winters also from Austin.


Paper Fields

Host: Gallery at Atelier 1205, 1205 East Cesar Chavez

Dates: February 16 – April 28, 2019

Opening reception: 6pm – 9pm, Saturday, February 16

Closing reception: 2pm – 5pm, Sunday, April 28

Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd

Dates: February 17 – May 26, 2019

Words/Matter highlights the depth and breadth of the Blanton’s Latin American collection, featuring approximately 150 works in a variety of media, dating from the 1930s to the present. The exhibition will also debut recent gifts to the museum, including several works donated to the museum by the late Jacqueline Barnitz, an internationally recognized scholar of Latin American art and UT Professor Emerita, and a group of Chicanx prints given to the Blanton by Gilberto Cardenas, a collector of Latinx and Chicanx art and professor at UT from 1975 to 1999.


Host: Sixth Street Gallery by CamibaArt Gallery, 2000 6th St.
Artists talk: February 17, 2-3:30p
DG Wright, Steven Eggert Rabbit, Vy Ngo, Alicia Philley, Sarah Presson & moderator Scott David Gordon


Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale Rd, 99

Dates: February 21 – April 7, 2019

Opening Reception: February 21, 7p

SWAARMS is the latest installation by Suzanne Wyss at Dimension Gallery open from Feb 21st – April 7th. Her new body of work is focused around the visual representation of working together to create something beautiful and bigger than the self, complete with thread growth machines and a site specific environment. This installation will be growing and changing throughout the time of the exhibition.

One for Us

Host: Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd 

Dates: February 22 – 25, 2019

Opening Reception: February 22, 7-10p

One for Us​ is an exhibition featuring the work of a multitude of women of color from all parts of Texas. ​The works included in this exhibition examine the current landscape of artists attempting to better understand their own identities within the radically troubling social milieu of the 21st century. Whether it is finding power within that marginalization or examining the origins of their otherness, the artists are able to explore this idea of identity in nuanced and complex ways. The works featured in ​One for Us​ explore the tension between the self and those surrounding the self. It mines the space between the experiences of women of color and how they have come to develop their identity within and through those experiences in order to establish their artistic and lived personhood. Into these works, the artists incorporate their lived experiences as women of color in the South while simultaneously bringing into question ideas of identification as it relates to intersections of race, religion, nationality, and sexuality.

Eternal Odyssey: Lyle Adair

Host:Link & Pin Gallery 2235 E. 6th St. #102

Dates: February 22 – March 17, 2019 

Opening Reception: February 23, 6-8p

Eternal is that which exists outside time with no beginning or end. Odyssey is a long wandering voyage with many twists and turns. Adair says that his pathway through the art world has taken him on a similar journey.

Lyle Adair’s copper odyssey began in 1998 when he started working at an art gallery in South Austin, Texas. He apprenticed there with an internationally recognized artist. He was taught the tools of the trade, using hammers, chisels, and an oxygen acetylene torch to burn, anneal, bend, fuse, and shape copper. His eyes were opened to the vast opportunities copper has to offer. Adair is an award-winning sculptor and has exhibited both nationally and internationally.

The People’s Gallery 2019

Host: Austin City Hall 301, 301 W 2nd St

Dates: February 22, 2019 – January 1, 2020, M-F 8a-5p

Opening Reception: February 22, 6-9pm

The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. This year, approximately 1,250 entries were submitted by more than 350 local artists. A diverse panel of three local visual arts professionals served as the jury this year: Vy Ngo, Ric Nelson, and Stephanie Sandoval. This year, the People’s Gallery exhibition will include a special selection of photographs— Bold Beauty Project Texas. Featuring images of Texas women with disabilities by a range of photographers from across the state, the presentation aims to break down the stigma associated with disabilities and encourages all to recognize the beauty of the courageous women featured. Images: (left to right) Jennifer Idol, Greg Davis, Larry Akers, Sean Lott

Robots in Rowboats: Lauren Briére

Host: at Art For The People

Dates: February 9

Opening Reception: February 22, 6:00pm-9:00pm

Artist Lecture: Nicolás Uribe

Host: Atelier Dojo, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, Ste #106B

Date: February 22, 7-9:30p

The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 South Lamar Blvd, Suite C110-B

Dates: February 23 – March 2, 2019

Opening Reception: February 23, 7-10p

Ao5 Gallery has been the proud host of one of the world’s largest collections of The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss for over two decades. This year’s extraordinary exhibition will showcase the rare and long sold-out Earth Friendly Lorax series. This matched set is signed by Audrey Geisel herself, Dr. Seuss’s wife and his biggest advocate, who managed his estate and artwork up until her recent passing in 2018. 

As always at this annual event, we will share with you the fascinating history of this collection, as well as stories and anecdotes about Ted Geisel’s life and career. Join us as we celebrate the work of one of America’s most important artistic icons.

Denise Elliott Jones: Does it Match the Sofa

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Dates: February 13 – March 17, 2019

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 13, 7 – 9pm

Artist Talk & Activity: February 27, 7pm

A lighthearted look at the relevance of art, how it tells a story, makes someone feel good, connects to a memory, or how it matches (or doesn’t!) the sofa.

Drawing Games

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St.

Date: February 28, 7p

Join exhibiting artist Hedwige Jacobs for an evening of collaborative drawing games and spirited conversation. Materials provided by Women & Their Work. Please bring any pattern-lined envelopes you have for the artist to use in later projects.

No Me Olvides (Do Not Forget Me): Curated by Fernando Muñoz

Host: Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101

Dates: March 1 – 30, 2019

Opening Reception: March 1, 7-10pm

No Me Olvides presents stories told by eight local established Latino artists. Through art, music, poetry, and food, these stories build a narrative of happiness, melancholy, sadness, and hope. Curated by Fernando Muñoz, No Me Olvides examines issues of migration, displacement, family, memories, and the importance of belonging.

Featuring artists Alejandra AlmuelleJC AmorrortuCecilia ColoméFidencio Durán,Carlos LowryPeter F. OrtizElvira Sarmiento, and Liliana Wilson.


Elizabeth Chapin

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: March 2 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception: March 2, 4-7pm

Artist Talk: March 2, 4pm

On Saturday, March 2nd, Wally Workman Gallery will open their 3rd solo show with figurative painter Elizabeth Chapin. Chapin’s large scale works reference her Southern upbringing and the conflicted nostalgia surrounding the gentility and graciousness of the South. Chapin views much of this culture as made possible largely by graceless and dark systems. This obfuscation of ugliness and the worship of appearance is the theme that runs throughout her new body of work. Using the idea of lace as a metaphor for this experience and referencing historical religious painting, she explores beauty as safety for both the oppressed and the worshiped and idealized. Halos of fabric, acrylic and neon surround Chapin’s paintings. Some of the pieces are stuffed like giant decorative pillows, epitomizing the comfort of beauty. With these works, Chapin has exposed Southern portraiture as a pre-instagram status symbol and examines the pleasure and willful ignorance derived within it.


City & Sky: Nate Otto

Host: Yard Dog Art, 1510 S. Congress Ave

Dates: March 2 – April 14
Opening Reception: March 2, 7 – 9 pm
Nate Otto is an artist, illustrator, and muralist based in Chicago.  His work occupies its own lane somewhere in between the worlds of folk art, street art, lowbrow art, and contemporary fine art.  His paintings and drawings are ruminations on urban life and landscape and stylistic explorations into what Nate dubs “whateveriwanttodoism.”  In 2018 alone Nate did over fifteen murals in five different cities and he has done recent client work for Apple, Vans, Goose Island, and many others.  City and Sky is Nate’s second show at Yard Dog.

Bumin Kim: Walk the Sky

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St. 
Dates: March 9 – April 18, 2019
Opening Reception: March 9, 7-9p
In Walk the Sky, Kim’s work examines the nature of line beyond the two-dimensional surface into three-dimensional space. While thread and string are usually synonymous with the utilitarian actions of weaving and stitching, here they emphasize the energy, delicacy, and grace found in painting. These works shift, undulate, and pulse towards us, declaring themselves as entities emancipated from the confines of flatland, and now poised and vibrating just above the surface. The exhibition will be on view through April 18.

Ordinary Time: Elijah Barrett

Host: Atelier 1205, 1205 E Cesar Chavez St

Dates: March 22 – 24, 2019

Opening Reception: March 22, 7-10p

Elijah Barrett in conversation with Chad Dawkins, Curator and Director of Exhibitions, Southwest School of Art, at 7PM

Ordinary Time is a new group of photographs by Austin-based artist Elijah Barrett. In this work, ordinary subjects—a rose vine climbing along an old wooden fence; a young man exhaling from a cigarette; a loose tangle of electrical cable overhead—in their simplicity, in their disquiet, in their wistfulness, become “stations” or halting-places for contemplating the transcendent. The exhibition features 12 photographs, in color and black and white.

Current Exhibitions



Scenes: Martha Hughes

Host: OLA Gallery, 201 E 5th St #104

Opening Reception: February 15, 6-9p

OLA is proud to introduce artwork by Martha Hughes. Deriving from Marfa, Texas, these paintings in the Scenesseries depict everyday, prosaic interiors and landscapes, with ambiguous, vertiginous spaces that reflect Hughes’sense of never feeling quite at home in the world. Hughes reflects, 

Works in this series were initially influenced by children’s tempera paintings, which are typically colorful, flat, and simple. I often find inspiration from glossy interior design and architecture magazines, with their strange, carefully staged photographs of impossibly pristine, impossibly beautiful houses, gardens, and pools.


Host: Russell Collection, 1009 W 6th St

Dates: February 9 – March 1, 2019

Opening Reception: February 9, 6-9p

Ghost Pepper Glass at Artworks

Host: Artworks, 1214 W. 6th Street 78703
Dates: February 1 – March 1, 2019
Ghost Pepper Glass is a collective of glass blowing artisans that offer studio time, demonstrations, and classes for glass blowers of all levels from novices to professionals at their facility on the east side.  We asked them to take some time out of their busy schedule to create some one-of-a-kind pieces to exhibit in our gallery, and WOW, did they deliver.  Their art will be on display all month, and we will have a closing reception on Friday March 1st from 4pm-7pm to thank the artists for their beautiful work.  The gallery and reception are open to the public.

Viscosity Artist Talk

Host: Link & Pin, 2235 E 6th, 102

Dates: January 11 – February 17, 2019

Artist Talk: February 9, 6-8p

Daniel Johnston & Jeff Wheeler: On Their Way to Heaven or Hell

Host: Volcom Garden, 1209 E 6th St.

Dates: February 9 – March 8, 2019

Opening Reception: February 9, 7-10p

Art of Celebration

Host: Art for the People, 1711 S 1st St

Date: February 2 – April 27, 2019

Opening Reception – February 8, 6:30-9p


Larry Akers: Fluid Patterns

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Dates: February 2 – March 17, 2019

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 13, 7 – 9pm

Artist Talk & Activity: Wednesday, February 27, 7p

Illumination, color, and patterned, permeable or reflective materials are used by Akers to create kinetic sculptures where the only moving part is the viewer.

Amber Kaiser: Women Of Our History

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Dates: February 2 – March 17, 2019

Opening Reception: February 13, 7 – 9pm

Kaiser creates a body of work that pays homage to the brilliant and brave women who have inspired so many.


Host: Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 E 6th St #102

Dates: January 11 – February 17

Opening reception: February 9, 6 – 8pm

Organized by Flash Collective,Viscosity is a visual art exhibition featuring hand pulled prints by 24 self-identified female artists of varying ethnic backgrounds from around the United States, Canada and Finland. A term often used in the print studio, viscosity refers to the degree of ink’s resistance to flow, or its ability to adhere to a surface. In this exhibition, the term functions as a metaphor for the shifting status of women in the field of print. The increase of women in print has not yielded an equitable space for the female voice within this arena. Viscosity is a declaration against marginalization.

Viscosity consists of work by each by the following artists: Judith Baumann, Katherine Brimberry, Marissa Cartagena, Deborah Chaney, Veronica Ceci, Candice Corgan, Ana Cortez, Maria Erikson, Jill Graham, Rachel Heberling, Maggie Lomeli, Elizabeth Melnyczuk, Jack Michael, Ashley Ortiz-Diaz, Angela Pilgrim, Kathryn Polk, Jessica Robles, Zeinab Saab, Kristin Sarette, Beth Sheehan, Lyla Shlon, Klaire Smith, Bryn Sumner, Ashley Taylor and Erika Walker.


Subwaves: An Installation by Eto Otitigbe

Host: George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center, 1165 Angelina Street

Dates: October 18 – February 28, 2019

“From ocean waves to acoustic waves extracted from protest music, SUBWAVESexplores both the physical and ideological shape of currents. Using sculpture, performance, sound, and abstract sketches, Eto Otitigbe creates public art installations that probe the intersections of race, power, and technology.”

Jade Walker: Little Soldiers

Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale, Ste. 99

Dates: January 10 – February 24, 2019

Opening reception: January 10, 7-10p

Little Soldiers is part one of a two-part exhibition by Jade Walker investigating the human body in collision with disease. The concept of healing runs deep through the installation. In each stitch there is a connection back to the body and how we as humans fight to heal, grow and evolve.


Amze Emmons – Momentarily/ Yoonmi Nam – Arranged Flowers

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez

Dates: January 11 – February 24

Opening reception: January 11, 7 – 10pm

grayDUCK is celebrating Print Austin 2019 with two exhibitions showcasing exceptional print makers: Amze Emmons and Yoonmi Nam.


Artists in Conversation: Jessica Stockholder & Robert Davidson

Host: The Contemporary Austin -Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave.

Dates: September 15 – March 3

In just two weeks, The Contemporary Austin will unveil a brilliant new exhibition by acclaimed Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder. Bringing painting into three-dimensional space through the use of everyday objects, Relational Aesthetics, explores how form, color, abstraction, and relationships – between things, or even between artists – may generate meaning. In this spirit, Stockholder has invited the renowned First Nations sculptor, painter, and printmaker, Robert Davidson to exhibit a selection of works on paper.

As part of our opening weekend celebrations, we are delighted to host a conversation between Jessica Stockholder and Robert Davidson on Saturday afternoon, September 15. It is my pleasure to invite you to hear these celebrated artists speak together about their concurrent new exhibitions, Stockholder’s Relational Aesthetics and Davidson’s U and Eye, curated by Jessica Stockholder.


Host: The Contemporary Austin, 700 Congress Ave.

Dates: September 15 – March 3

This exhibition of the work of Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder (American-Canadian, born 1959 in Seattle, Washington, and raised in Vancouver, British Columbia) will span both of The Contemporary Austin’s venues. At the entryway to Laguna Gloria, Stockholder has created a new outdoor sculpture commission, Save on select landscape & outdoor lighting: Song to mind uncouples, 2018, which will be on view in late 2018.