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August 17 – August 23

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.

Friday, August 18th

2832 E. MLK Blvd, Suite 3
Gallery Shoal Creek
Austin 18 – September 30
Artist Reception: August 18 from 6-8 pm

Gallery Shoal Creek launches the fall season with solo exhibitions featuring two noted artists who have an established association with the gallery: KAREN HAWKINS and KOICHI YAMAMOTO. Exploration and experimentation dominate as each artist has developed a highly personal visual language and expresses devotion to a singular medium with infinite variations.

Friday, August 18th

Checked Out
ICOSA Collective Gallery
702 Shady Lane, Suite 190
Austin 18 – September 16
Opening Reception: August 18 from 8 to 11 pm; Performance at 9 pm

Offering various attempts to break your sensory deprivation and cool you down with slip away thoughts, Bug Davidson and Amanda McInerney present Checked Out: a two person exhibition with special guest performances at ICOSA Collective Gallery. These artists engage sorrow from various points of view vis à vis the personal and familial specter of death, to the global environmental and species loss as the temperature of the planet rises. The work offers slight reminders but mostly respite, a place to dip into the cooling purgatory of releasing demanding ideas to float by on a hot summer night. Stay as long as you like. Checked Out, a multidisciplinary show includes video, sculpture, photography, performance, and installation. 

Additional Exhibition Openings & Events

Approaching Crossover Dougherty Arts Center // August 18 – September 16 // 1110 Barton Springs Rd. // Artist Reception: August 23 from 7 -9pm

Fiber artist, Gary Anderson’s work represents a trail of visual, spiritual, and artistic artifacts that life has provided; clues which link us as human beings to a history that is recent as well as long past. Some artifacts left behind by our family members and ancestors serve functional purposes. Others, more spiritual in nature, seem to have a mystical aura and appear more intuitive or inspirational. Still others exist only in memory, embellishing a subconscious cast. Anderson creates both large installations that emote feelings of a history greater than ourselves and small works of fiber with hints of the past.


10 Year Anniversary Party Austin Art Garage //2200 S. Lamar Blvd // August 18 from 6 to 9pm

Austin Art Garage has been open for 10 years y’all! That’s 10 years of supporting local artists and providing attainable art to the public. They opened their doors in 2007 with a 500 square foot warehouse and have expanded into their now 2,000 square foot home. Celebrate with them on Friday, August 18th (6-9pm) and check out featured new original paintings by Sari Shryack.

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Ongoing Exhibitions

The People’s Gallery 2017 Exhibition Austin City Hall // February 2017 – January 2018 // 301 W. 2nd St. // Monday – Friday, 8am to 5pm

The 2017 People’s Gallery exhibition features works from Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations displayed throughout the first three floors of City Hall. This free, annual exhibition is designed to showcase regional artists and to encourage public dialog, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art.

Art After Six Austin City Hall // March – October // 6 to 8 pm // 201 West 2nd Street

ART AFTER SIX is an annual lecture series hosted in conjunction with the City of Austin’s People’s Gallery exhibitions. Running March – October on select Friday evenings from 6 – 8 PM, the series features conversation from a range of artists, framed within a larger subject for discussion. Following each event, visitors are allowed to explore the People’s Gallery exhibition during special “off-hours” viewing.


Disney POP! ART on 5th // 3005 South Lamar, Suite C 110 B  // Hours: Monday – Saturday 10am to 6pm, Sundays Noon to 5pm // Closes: August 18th

This summer, ART on 5th will be presenting Disney POP! – an exhibition of Pop style artwork by over a dozen official Disney Fine Artists. Unlike last year’s Disney showcase which featured princesses, landscapes, and scenes from favorite Disney films, this exhibit will focus on the energetic Pop Art style of artists like Trevor Carlton, Tennessee Loveless, and Tim Rogerson. Their highly stylized work and Warholesque repetition of imagery lend a contemporary twist to these classic Disney characters.

Radiant Davis Gallery // 837 W 12th Ave. // Hours: Mon-Fri 10am-6pm, Sat 10am-4pm // Closes: August 19

Davis Gallery is pleased to announce their annual summer group show, an exhibition focused on radial compositions, luminescent surfaces, circular shapes, and all things Radiant. The goal of the exhibit is to invite the audience to explore the importance of form, composition, and tone, by studying how each piece fits into the show’s parameters. Each artist has created new work specifically for this exhibition, or carefully chosen work from the past, which uniquely recognizes the Radiant concept.

Ellen Siebers: Sunbathers Big Medium // 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101 // Hours: Tue – Sat, 12-6pm // Closes: August 19th

Sunbathers is a series of paintings inspired by the confined space found in both interior and exterior environments. The use of the square as object-like reference without spatial hierarchy acts as both a container and a window to present a flattened and abstracted view into the figurative subjects, domestic objects, and the circumstances in which they exist. These gestures and concepts are filtered through an observational experience that is individually and specifically human; an experience also used as a pragmatic approach to painting. The mind’s eye acts as presence in the experience of digesting experience, with continuous limitations and visual processes which necessitate us to link together a series of images, perspectives, and perception. Acts of preservation or reanimation begin to feel like mythology; preserving something vital in paint is a matter of physicality and memory.

“It’ Is Never Too Late To Turn Around” ATM Gallery // 5305 Bolm Rd. // Hours: Saturday and Sunday, 11-4 // Closes: August 25th

Concerning the ecological crisis, we as a species find ourselves in now, Harral’s performance, paintings, and drawings aim to return to the concept of trance states of consciousness as a way to reconnect with the land by brushing off the base of our primordial being. Sometimes, the only way to get out is to go in.

EXPEDITION BATIKBACK DEMO Gallery // 721 Congress Ave. // Hours: Thursday – Saturday, 12-6pm // Closes: August 26

For EXPEDITION BATIKBACK curator and artist Steef Crombach offered six artists from Austin and two artists from The Netherlands the opportunity to learn the process and create works in the traditional Indonesian technique known as Batik. This fully saturated fabric dyeing process allows the artist’s compositions to become three-dimensional objects, viewable from front and back. When suspended from the ceiling in the gallery they create a structure for visitors to navigate. After their exhibition at DEMO Gallery, the works will travel with Steef back to Holland to be shown there.

The Little Things Link & Pin Gallery // 2235 E. 6th St. #102 // Hours: Friday – Sunday, 11 AM to 4 PM // Closes: August 27

Kiah offers a wide range of professional artistic and decorative painting services for residential and commercial spaces, and has worked with numerous designers, individuals and businesses across Central Texas to help achieve their artistic goals. She is currently represented by JWV Artists in Charlotte, NC, Alexander & Victor Fine Art in Greenwood, MS, and Segreto in Houston, TX. She has sold close to 100 works and commissions to galleries and private collectors. Denson lives on the outskirts of Austin, TX with her dog, two cats and a handful of hens. She works primarily in her sunny home studio, and also maintains a studio space at the east Austin art complex, Canopy.

YLA 22: ¡Ahora! Mexic-Arte Museum // 419 Congress Avenue // Monday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm // Closes: August 27

YLA 22: ¡Ahora! marks the twenty-second installment of the emerging Latinx artist exhibition series at Mexic-Arte Museum. In an era of socio-political upheaval in the United States – from U.S.-Mexico border relations to widespread economic inequalities, increased racial tensions, and subsequent hate on the rise across the country – the selected artists navigate matters of gender restrictions, immigration politics, cultural heritage, and privilege. Their artworks confront viewers with prominent issues of the contemporary Latinx experience in the United States. 

Capricho Mexic-Arte Museum // 419 Congress Avenue // Monday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm, Friday & Saturday 10 am – 5 pm, Sunday Noon – 5 pm // Closes: August 27

Capricho is a project by artist Mark Menjivar that activates the archives of his late grandfather, Joe Font. Originally from Puerto Rico, Font extensively photographed various places in Latin America for a period of over 30 years. A main component of the project is a book of photographs taken by Font, which has contextual information added by family and friends at his funeral. Menjivar compiled, scanned, and laid out these archives into a new book with some handwritten text. Additionally, Menjivar will work with families in the community to tend to their own family archives and create meaningful projects that reveal a shared human experience.

Crit Group 2017 grayDUCK Gallery // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez . // Hours: Thursday to Saturday, 11-6pm & Sun 12-5pm // Closes: Sept. 3rd

The Contemporary Austin and grayDUCK Gallery are pleased to present the exhibition Crit Group 2017, featuring recent works by the eight artists selected to participate in the museum’s Crit Group this year. This seven-month-long program gives Austin artists the chance to strengthen their practices with input from each other and established professionals in the field. The 2017 program was co-directed by guest critics Sterling Allen and Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, along with Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement at The Contemporary Austin.

STUDIO SCENE SEEN CAMIBAart Gallery // 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd // Hours: Tuesday through Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday: noon – 5pm // Closes: September 9

In addition to their gallery spaces, CAMIBAart also curates and leads guided art tours locally and around the world with a focus on Latin America.  As part of the traveling itinerary for these tours, currently including five international destinations, CAMIBAartTours visits a wide range of museums, public art projects, historical sites, and artist’s studios.  This summer, for the first time, they have brought back artworks from just five of the dozens of artist studios we visit each year.

Catherine Lee: Time Lora Reynolds Gallery // 360 Nueces, Suite 50  // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11AM – 6PM // Closes: September 9th

Catherine Lee’s sculptures (as small as a fist or as large as a sedan standing on end) are faceted polygons or polyhedra made from clay or cast metal. Freestanding hung on the wall, or placed on shelves or plain steel pedestals—some are singular works, others are grids of dozens of nearly identical, handmade components. They resemble pottery shards, knife blades, arrow heads, amphorae—objects archaeologists might pull out of the ground to puzzle over how people made and used them in ancient times.

Jessica Halonen: Remnants, Relics, and Incidentals Lora Reynolds Gallery // 360 Nueces, Suite 50  // Hours: Wednesday – Saturday: 11AM – 6PM // Closes: September 9th

Jessica Halonen’s newest body of work began with a residency in Berlin spent researching the color blue. Paintings, cyanotypes, sculptures, and found objects have all come out of this project. In addition to examining blue from a scientific and historical perspective, Halonen is interested in the color’s wide-ranging associative potential—particularly with its capacity to suggest ephemerality and melancholy.

Your Nowhere is my Somewhere. See You There. Bale Creek Allen Gallery // 916 Springdale Road, Building 2 #103 // Closes: Sept. 9

A show of works drawn from Hills Snyder’s travels in West Texas and Eastern New Mexico.

The Birds Art.Science.Gallery. // 916 Springdale Rd. // Hours: Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 12 – 6 pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12 – 4pm // Closes: October 1

Art.Science.Gallery. announces the opening of The Birds, the gallery’s newest art exhibition about ornithology: the science of birds. Work by 10 artists from Texas, Illinois, Florida, Missouri and Portugal will showcase work in multiple media that that is steeped in and reflective of scientific ideas about birds. Works in the exhibition explore topics such as bird migration, communication, taxonomy, feeding behavior, natural history, flight behavior, bird diversity and conservation.

Giant Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm // Closes: October 1

Teresa Hubbard and Alexander Birchler’s expansive practice interweaves hybrid forms of storytelling and invites suggestive, open-ended reflections on place, history, and memory. In their three-channel film installation Giant (2014), Hubbard / Birchler present a decaying movie set just outside Marfa, Texas, left behind after the 1956 filming of Giant, starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. Weaving together the cinematic past and present, the film captures scenes from a Warner Bros. office in 1955 and the skeletal remains of the movie set today as seasons change, day turns to night, and parts of the structure swing and fall off.

Epic Tales from Ancient India Blanton Museum of Art // 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 11am – 5pm, Sunday 1pm – 5pm // Closes: October 1

Abduction, betrayal and heroic battles.  Larger-than-life stories depicted with the miniaturist’s delicacy of touch and vibrant colors.   This upcoming exhibition is drawn from the San Diego Museum of Art’s Edwin Binney 3rd Collection of Indian paintings.  The images provide a compelling introduction to classic Indian and Persian texts: Ramayana, Bhagavata Purana, Ragamala, and the Persian Book of Kings, Shahnama.  Although most of the paintings depict scenes of epic adventure, images related to the Ragamala provide a change of pace; this text deals with a range of specific musical modes and the varied emotions they convey.  There’s something for everyone—bring the kids! 

Texas Bird Project | Frank X Tolbert 2 Flatbed Press and Gallery // 2830 East MLK Jr Blvd. // Hours: Tuesday – Friday, 10 AM to 5 PM; Saturday, 12 PM – 5 PM and by appointment // Closes: October 7

Frank X Tolbert 2 has a magical way of interpreting the world with line and color.  For the past three years he has explored the birds of Texas in paintings, etchings and drawings.  In the process Tolbert’s birds have been transformed through his work into darkly familiar personalities.  Flatbed is excited to show the large scale paintings, prints and drawings that have emerged from his ornithological sojourn.  Expect the unexpected for these are no ordinary birds. Tolbert’s Texas Birds fly artistic boundaries.

Upcoming Exhibitions & Events


We Were There: Sandy Carson Pump Project // August 25 – September 23 // 702 Shady Ln. // Artist Reception: August 25 from 7-10pm

This project and exhibition explores the symbiotic relationship between rock concert fans, the bands, and the photographer at music festivals. It is also a self-portrait of a music fan, musician, and photographer, who has been on both sides of the stage, barrier, and photo pit. These images were made over the last 10 years on assignment at various music festivals in Austin, Texas, from the sweaty pit of each concert. Without the band there are no fans; without the fans, there is no band. One just cannot exist without the other.

About Us Dimension Gallery // Austin 26 – September 30 // 979 Springdale, Ste. 99 // Artist Reception: August 24 from 7-10 pm

About Us is an exploration of hypothetical effects our culture has on the world. This exploration is primarily concerned with the layering of human activity and extruding abstract ideas about the artifacts we are adding to the strata for future generations to unearth. Our understanding of past civilizations is expanded and redefined by examining their excavated artifacts, we too will leave a story behind that tells others about us.

Geisler + Peralta Wally Workman Gallery // September 9th – September 30th // 1202 West 6th Street // Opening Reception: Saturday, September 9th from 6PM to 8PM // Artist Talk & Preview Happy Hour: September 7th at 6PM

On Saturday, September 9th, the Wally Workman Gallery will open its first show with Austin-based artists William Geisler and John Peralta. Both artists work with systems, Geisler with grids on a two-dimensional plane and Peralta with mechanical objects on a three-dimensional plane. Geisler uses encaustic and collage to create bold, layered patterns. Peralta scours estate sales and deconstructs found treasures, elegantly suspending them in brightly lit box frames. The combination of the two is a show built on structure and pattern.

Elliptical Thinking Wally Workman Gallery // October 7 th – October 28th // 1202 West 6th Street // Opening Reception: October 7th from 6PM to 8PM // Artist Talk & Preview Happy Hour: October 5th at 6PM

On Saturday, October 7th, the Wally Workman Gallery will open their 4th solo show with artist Ellen Heck. Heck’s work is a study of identity- its creation, variability, persistence, and change. Her most often chosen medium – printmaking – reflects and parallels these themes. This show will feature large-scale abstract works as well as intimate portraits.

East Austin Studio Tour // November 11-12 & 18-19

Big Medium’s 16th annual East Austin Studio Tour is November 11-12 & 18-19, 2017! The free, annual, self-guided art event provides opportunities for the public to meet the local artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces. To participate in EAST, artists may apply online at between July 11 and August 11, 2017.