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April 26 – May 3

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, April 28th

End of the Whirld
MASS Gallery
507 Calles St. #108
Opening Reception: Friday, April 28 , 7-10pm

Trump has been elected. Patriarchy is rampant, and the glaciers are receding. Wars  continue with no visible end. Alternative facts are presented as truth, and many artists are feeling a pervading sense of melancholy. With this in mind, MASS presents End of the Whirld, a group exhibition featuring four artists whose work is steeped in dark undertones present in the complexities of Westernized culture. Mike Calway-Fagen, Ted Carey, Robert Melton, and E. Schwinn will exhibit a mix of drawings, collage, photography, sculpture, and installation.


Saturday, April 29th

Abby Bagby: Kingdom
Women & Their Work
1710 Lavaca St.
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 29 at 7 PM – 9 PM

In Abby Bagby’s latest collection of “hair sculptures”, she unravels and explores human psychology through the manipulation of human hair within the context of assemblage. In this exhibition, Bagby clothes the human body in order to question societal and personal understandings of feminism, ambition, and beauty through the lens of women’s fashion. Touching on inspiration from surrealism, Bagby’s work is sure to entice curiosity.

The abject and slightly sinister use of human hair as the preferred material – and its imitation of fibers and fabrics often seen in today’s notable fashion houses – attempts to reveal the intricacy and complexity of being human through disassociation, appropriation, and camouflage. Oscillating between the obscure and the functional, viewers will enjoy getting lost in Bagby’s unique Kingdom.

Additional Exhibition Openings & Events


Marjorie Moore Art Sale & Trunk Show Art.Science.Gallery //916 Springdale Road // April 28 – 30

Austin-based artist Marjorie Moore is headed back to New England, and Art.Science.Gallery. is honored to host an art sale and trunk show featuring her work inspired by natural history and collections before she departs.


The Way Things Get Done ART on 5th // April 29th – May 28th // 1710 Lavaca St. // Opening Reception: April 29 at 7 PM – 10 PM

Gabe Leonard will be returning to Austin for his 4th exhibition at ART on 5th, titled The Way Things Get Done, on display Sat, April 29th – Sun, May 28th.  His cinematically styled oil paintings of outlaws, sharpshooters, and desperados are always a crowd favorite.  Leonard is based in California, and exhibits his work internationally.  His paintings can be found in the collections of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino.  This exhibition will include new original work on canvas, oil studies on paper, and hand-embellished limited edition giclees on canvas.
The artist will be in attendance at the opening reception, Saturday, April 29th from 7-10pm.

UMLAUF After Dark UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum //605 Robert E Lee Rd // May 2 from 6-8 p.m.

The UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum’s recently-debuted “UMLAUF After Dark” returns Tuesday, May 2, 6-8 p.m., with the UMLAUF free and open after hours. This May date features free evening yoga classes and local juice refreshments. A limited number of yoga mats will be available.

“UMLAUF After Dark” happens every first Tuesday of the month, offering UMLAUF visitors a chance to experience the special evening environment of the sculpture garden and in featured gallery exhibitions, in addition to the monthly themed activities, food and entertainment.

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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.

Nicole Awai: Material Re-Pose Courtyard Gallery at UT Austin // AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center 2nd Level //9am – 7pm Daily // Closes: April 29

The Courtyard Gallery is featuring Material Re-pose by the Trinidad-born artist Nicole Awai, who joined the Department of Art and Art History as Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing in 2015. This exhibition focuses on Awai’s non-medium-specific painting practice, which moves fluidly between two and three dimensions to explore notions of identity and history, and will feature a site-specific drawing executed directly on the walls of the Courtyard Gallery.

Anne Siems : Weaving Wally Workman Gallery // April 1 – April 29, 2017 //1202 West 6th Street // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10am to 5pm // Closes: April 29th

This is Wally Workman’s third solo show with painter Anne Siems. Siems’ work is deeply rooted in an appreciation of the European Masters, Early American Folk Art and vintage photography. This show presents for the first time Siems’ exploration in mark-making, reminiscent of weaving, stitching, and mending as well as an ancient alphabet or code. These are ongoing revelations – from painting to painting, abstract surfaces, realistic faces and delicate lines move into a whole.

Trigger Town ICOSA //March 31st – April 29th, 2017 // 702 Shady Lane //Hours: Saturdays 12PM – 5PM or by appointment // Closes: April 29th

ICOSA Collective presents Trigger Town, a collaborative exhibition between Kate Csillagi and Matt Rebholz that invites visitors into a dystopian society of riotous color and deranged narratives. The interwoven stories of Trigger Town are told through mixed media collage, video projection and papercraft puppets that confront the viewer with cartoon chaos and punk rock mysticism.

illiterate: Sean Ripple Pump Project //April 7-29, 2017 // Hours: Monday-Thursday: 2-4pm; Saturday: 12-5pm //702 Shady Ln. // Closes: April 29th

A bookstore…an exhibition.

Bad Boys, Good Dogs, Everyone Else in Between ATM Gallery // 5305 BOLM RD. SUITE #12 // Closes: April 30

This body of work continues explorations and meditations on the dynamics of physicalities. In representations of retaliation, revenge, or resistance, alluding to myth and fable structures, the work considers both bodily and ecological turmoil. Many of the pieces included in this collection, specifically the fiber works, are investigations into marrying domestic comfort objects with more mischievous and playful elements. What is the difference between decoration and defacement?

William Cauthern Presents Link & Pin // 2235 E. 6th St // Hours: Fri – Sun 11am – 4pm // Closes: April 30

William Cauthern is an accomplished sculptor, printmaker and art educator. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with an emphasis in sculpture and a minor in printmaking from the University of Texas at Austin in 1998. An experienced educator, he has been a member the McCallum Visual Arts faculty since 2002, where he currently teaches sculpture and printmaking

The New Cuban Color: Works by Limonta, Mederos, and Valdes Flatbed Press & Gallery // Hours: Tues. – Fri. 10 to 5pm, Sat. noon to 5pm // March 17 – May 6 //2830 East MLK Jr Blvd // Closes: May 6

Flatbed Press is pleased to present New Cuban Color:  Prints by Limonta, Mederos, and Valdes in the O2 Project Gallery space. Organized by Alfredo Felipe Valdes, works in this exhibition utilize the human form as a symbolic vehicle to explore moments of human experience: birth, death, love, or the idea of origin and guilt in our Western tradition. From the intricately textured collagraphs of Isolina Limonta to the expressive and painterly monoprints of Yordanis Garmendia Mederos and Alfredo Felipe Valdes, this exhibition captures a wonderful glimpse of the contemporary printmaking happening in Cuba today.

String Room Co-Lab Projects // April 8, 2017 – May 6, 2017 // 721 Congress Ave //  Closes: May 6

Many fixed sound installations confine the audience and bind performer/sound artist into static points within a contained room. In “String Room”, grand piano strings are tensioned from ceiling to floor, each aligned differently throughout the gallery. These configured strings allow the viewer to pluck the strings as they walk around the space. The room becomes an activated place where a viewer interacts with the instrument and depending on the number of participants at any given time, the room can become vibrant cacophony or a minimal soundscape.

DEPTH & DECAY – featuring Jason Eatherly and Dave Lowell ART on 5th // Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm, Sundays Noon-5pm // 3005 South Lamar Boulevard // Closes May 7

ART on 5th is pleased to announce an exhibition featuring two Austin-based artists, Jason Eatherly and Dave Lowell. The exhibition Depth & Decay will feature original paintings and drawings from Jason Eatherly, and original five- and six-color stencils with spray paint on canvas and panel by Dave Lowell. Both Eatherly and Lowell are highly regarded street artists both locally and nationally, and are quickly making their names known in the fine art world as well.

in order to: 2017 Design M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // Hours: Tues – Fri 10am to 5pm; Sat 12 to 5pm // Closes: May 13

in order to is the 2017 thesis exhibition of three M.F.A. students in Design at The University of Texas at Austin: Tirza Hutagalung, Em Karimifar, and Nevena Peeva.

in order to displays three master’s projects: an affordable and adaptable table design for active-learning classrooms, an Arabic/Latin multi-script typeface and a magazine promoting sustainable fashion.

Trouble: 2017 Studio Art MFA Thesis Exhibition Visual Arts Center // 2300 Trinity St // Hours: Tues – Fri 10am to 5pm; Sat 12 to 5pm // Closes: May 13

Trouble brings together fourteen artists at the conclusion of their cross-disciplinary MFA educations. Elements of installation, painting, photography, sculpture, print, and video—the individual products of each participant’s practice—converse across two stories and four galleries. Bound by more than just two or three years of collective studio incubation, each artist confronts distinct questions around lived, felt, or speculated experiences.

Structural Utopia Flatbed Press and Gallery //2832 East MLK Jr Blvd // Hours: Tue.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 12pm-5pm // Closes: June 3

For decades, Ann Conner has employed the use of “ready-made” patterns and objects in her drawings and woodcuts elevating them to fine art using color and carefully orchestrated arrangements. The world in which Conner discovers these “ready-mades” might be the visual jumble of a craft store or the utilitarian tools of architectural templates. Singly these ready-made shapes can be seen as idealized post-modern forms but grouped, carved and printed by Conner, the final works reach for a visual Utopia.

Structural Utopia will include the four Starwood woodcuts, Flatbed’s newest work with Conner. Starwood Suite tracks the visual narrative of LA to Old Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Columns of stars, “choo-choo” train and baby dinosaur shapes are arranged up and down the wood grain. Colors reflect the glam of Hollywood Boulevard, animated films, and also the hues of Sunset Strip. The newest suite of work, Dream Lover, takes its color choices from Ann’s fascination with automotive candy like colors evident in the California car culture.

Constructed Atopia Flatbed Press and Gallery //2832 East MLK Jr Blvd // Hours: Tue.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 12pm-5pm // Closes: June 3

For Heather Parrish the issue of inhabitation – what it means to be embodied, and how this embodiment exists in relation to the world – is an interest that fuels her work. This heightened sensitivity to ‘self’ and ‘surrounding’ is rooted in her culturally nomadic childhood. “I am fascinated by our ongoing negotiations to establish a sense of belonging and our complex experience as inhabitants, embodied, housed, navigating the flow of ever-changing relative relationships between interior and exterior.”

The concept and imagery for this print and video installation exhibition grew out of a collaboration with Brooklyn-based scientist Dr. Elizabeth Henaff. The subject of her study is the Gowanus Canal, an EPA superfund site which is the urban industrial ruin of decades of toxic waste dumping. This canal is the simultaneously feared and beloved defining feature of a vibrant Brooklyn community. Dr. Hennaff studies the microbiome that inhabits the eleven feet of toxic sludge layered on the waterway’s bottom. Through genetic analysis, she has found that these organisms, shaped by their environment, have evolved to break down the toxicity in a hopeful example of bio-remediation. Parrish uses this metaphorically rich dynamic of reciprocity to reflect on the interconnectedness of bodies of water, humans, and the urban environment.

Charlotte Smith: Color Full CAMIBAart Gallery // 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 111 // Hours: Tuesday through Friday: 10:00am – 5:00pm, Saturday: noon – 5pm // Closes: June 24

Charlotte Smith has presented more than 24 solo exhibitions over the last 20 years.  On April 21st CAMIBAart Gallery is proud to present the first solo exhibition of Charlotte Smith’s artworks in almost 2 years, with a brand new body of work fresh from the studio.  Continuing her passion for layers and piles of paint, her exhibit “Color Full” exemplifies all that is so seductive about her artwork.  The show is filled with movement and layer upon layer of bright colors organized in her identifiable style.  On the surface, many of the artworks in this exhibit may be reminiscent of some of her work from the mid 2000’s, look deeper and notice that they are emboldened with the knowledge and history of her work between then and now, exposing a fresh perspective.  Enter this carnival of color with open eyes and you’ll see that Charlotte Smith continues to produce works that are exploratory and fresh!

Kari Cholnoky & Landon O’Brien Big Medium //916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #101 // Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 12 – 6pm // Closes: June 24

The two person exhibition, Kari Cholnoky & Landon O’Brien, pairs the three-dimensional work of Austin-based Landon O’Brien with wall pieces by New York-based Kari Cholnoky. Characterized by material exploration, extreme physicality, and incendiary formal considerations, the objects and imagery on view share a coherence in manifesting off-putting aesthetic experiences.

Beth Consetta Rubel’s Higher Learning George Washington Carver Museum & Cultural Center //2235 E. 6th St. #102 // Hours: Monday-Wednesday 10am -6pm; Thursday 10am-9pm; Friday 10am-6pm; Saturday 10am-4pm // Closes: June 24

Featuring innovative and satirical renditions of trending topics-from the racial passing of Rachel Dolezal to the ongoing protests at Standing Rock-Rubel explores the intersection of pop culture and identity, questioning the role of mass media in our collective education.

SEBASTIÁN: THE GEOMETRY OF SPACE AND TIME // Mexic-Arte Museum // April 8, 2017 – June 25, 2017 //419 CONGRESS AVE //  Closes: June 25

Sebastián: The Geometry of Space and Time examines his artistic practice in relation to mathematical concepts and their overlap with his designs and sculptures. He often combines the brilliant colors of Pop art with the abstract forms of minimalism and are at the same time gestural and emotionally expressive.

Upcoming Exhibitions & Events


Scry Pump Project // May 5 – June 3 //702 Shady Ln. // Opening Reception: Friday, May 5, 7-10pm

From reading signs in the dirt to looking through the darkest skies, our engagement with the landscape has always led to a temporary cultural understanding of who and where we are in relation to it.

This inherent urge to look out, in order to ground our presence, resonates with our cultural obsession with the photograph as a form of reality. Before photography’s ability to fix light, various objects were used as a means of mediation between scientists and artists with the intention of producing an idea of truth. The photograph, record or artifact as an object is void and empty. However, our ability to afford these objects power to transcend our cultural perception interests me deeply.

SCRY – the act of looking into an object to see visions; is a collection of sites, field notes, and observations of our presence within the landscape. Responding to our intentions of utilizing the land as a point of departure and looking through it as a means of understanding and discovery.

:palm_tree: :palm_tree: :palm_tree: ICOSA Collective //702 Shady Lane //May 5 – May 27 // Artists’ reception:  May 5, 2017 Friday 7 PM– 10 PM

In 1946, Louis Réard debuted his revolutionary new swimsuit design to audiences in Paris. He said it would split the atoms of fashion in a nuclear explosion; he called it the “Bikini,” after the famed Marshall Islands site where the United States tested the Hydrogen bomb and other atomic weaponry.

The Bikini has come to symbolize the tropical paradise vacation, all but obliterating the destructive connotations of the term’s origin. In 🌴🌴🌴 , Sara Vanderbeek and Jenn Wilson explore the dualistic meanings of Paradise. Vanderbeek’s paintings both celebrate and deconstruct the textile design, landscapes and colors of tropical culture, while Wilson’s paintings of Arcadia and mythic utopias explore the darker side of the “ ideal ” through an art historical lens.

McCallum Fine Arts Academy Spring Show Link & Pin // 2235 E. 6th St //May 5 – May 21 // Artists’ reception:  May 5, 2017 Friday 6 PM– 7:30 PM

The Visual Arts Program at the McCallum Fine Arts Academy currently focuses on the development of students’ technical skills and critical thinking in a variety of media. The visual art aspect of the larger integrated curriculum emphasizes the application of art elements and principles of design in art production, the study of art history and diverse cultural heritages, and the development of visual discrimination and judgment through art criticism and aesthetics.

Of five Austin high school students selected for the 2017 People’s Gallery Exhibit at the Austin City Hall, three are students at The Academy. Works on display at Link & Pin will include UIL All State pieces and recipients of national scholastic art and writing gold and silver awards. 

The Blue Green Grass Of Home Yard Dog // May 2nd – June 11th //1510 S Congress Ave // Opening Reception: Friday, May 5th from 7 to 9pm

Bill Miller is a collage artist who has been using vintage linoleum flooring as his medium for almost 20 years and currently lives in Pittsburgh PA.  Linoleum was the ultimate interior medium, present in all aspects of 20th century life from Grandma’s kitchen to the corner drug store and neighborhood school. Miller’s innovative work is recognized for pictorial assemblages that rely only on the flooring’s found surface, with no added paint, to render his subjects. Miller’s images range from bucolic landscapes to surrealistic, fiercely political pieces that draw on iconic news and pop culture images that have informed society’s common memory. His unexpected use of familiar patterns taps into the medium’s nostalgic qualities, imparting a sense of personal history and rediscovery within each piece.

Joyce Howell Solo Show Wally Workman Gallery // May 6th – May 27th //1202 West 6th Street // Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6 from 6 to 8pm

On Saturday, May 6th, Wally Workman Gallery will open their 5th show with Texas abstract painter Joyce Howell. Howell lives and works in Kingsland, Texas on the Colorado River, providing ample opportunity to observe color changes relating to atmosphere, temperature, wind, time of day and season. Howell feels even the most pastoral scene, when observed carefully, is riotous in color, texture, pattern and value. Observation of these elements affected by depth, wind, light and shadow are played out with paint in the studio and come to life throughout her current body of work.

SECOND SATURDAYS ARE FOR FAMILIES: RECYCLED ROBOTS  Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria //3809 West 35th Street // Saturday, May 13, 11A-3P

The Contemporary Austin invites families to attend May’s creative workshop, inspired by the aluminum surface of Tom Friedman’s sculpture, Looking Up, at Laguna Gloria! Put everyday materials together to form a robotic work of art, then stop by our animation station to bring your metallic creation to life!


UMLAUF’s Family Day UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum //605 Robert E Lee Rd // May 14 from 2-4 p.m.

UMLAUF’s May 14th Family Day celebrates Mother’s Day with a Kimono Fashion Show hosted by the Japan America Society of Greater Austin, and the UMLAUF welcomes visitors to dress in their choice of festive attire, whether Mother’s Day dress, casual or kimono!

UMLAUF Family Days, held the second Sunday of each month, offers exploration of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum collection, art-making and sculpture demos, storytelling, children/family yoga and live music, and are free and open to the public.

This program is supported in part by Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department and by Mo and Richardson Anderson.

Family Day: The Art & Geometry of Sebastián’s Transformables // Mexic-Arte Museum // May 14, 2017 // 1 – 4 pm //419 CONGRESS AVE

Mexic-Arte Museum invites parents, children, and members of the community to a free Family Day educational activity inspired by world-renowned sculptor Sebastián. Visitors will be guided through a paper-folding activity based on the artist’s impressive series of Transformables. Discover how the two-dimensional paper can be transformed into three-dimensional objects in the form of magic cubes that change shape.

Landscapes: Transformed/Transfigured Flatbed Press and Gallery // May 19 – July 29 // 2830 East MLK Jr Blvd // Opening Reception: May 19, 2017 from 6 to 8 PM

Through installation, sculpture and printmaking Sean Caulfield’s work considers the ways our environment is transformed by forces of urban and industrial growth. The visual images and environments he creates blur boundaries between the biological and the technological, the organic and the mechanical; they challenge viewers to consider the implications of this merging.

Spontaneity within Structure Gallery Shoal Creek // May 19 – June 24 //2832 E. MLK Blvd, Suite 3 // Opening Reception: May 19 from 6-8pm // Q&A with the Artist: May 20 at 2pm

Jill Lear is known for her large-scale mixed media renderings of magnificent trees identified by their coordinates. In these, she expresses the landscape as a particular, defined and measured.

“It starts with a single tree in the landscape, assigned its latitude and longitude,” notes the artist. “Then the investigation begins. A transcription of not only the experience of being in and thinking about Nature, but also about the way in which we process the world around us, literally.”

Collectors Show grayDUCK Gallery //May 20 – June 18 // 2213 E. Cesar Chavez // Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20 from 7-10pm

Collectors Show is a celebration of local collectors that champion art on a personal level. grayDUCK has invited several local collectors to share artworks from their private collections, offering the public the opportunity to view works signifying a lifelong commitment to the arts, and the artists that have ignited their passion for collecting.
Participating Collectors: Ann Berman & Shawn Smith, Mike Chesser, Anastasia & Jay Colombo, Shalini Ramanathan & Chris Tomlinson, Elisa & Joel Sumner

Diana Greenberg Wally Workman Gallery // June 3 – July 1 //1202 West 6th Street // Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3 from 6 to 8pm // Artist Talk: Thursday, June 1st at 6pm

On Saturday, June 3rd Wally Workman Gallery will open their third solo show with local painter Diana Greenberg. Greenberg’s work is an exploration in color and emotion. Both patterns from nature and figurative paintings are morphed into abstracted color field studies. Prisms of color break through solemn gray to create a feeling light and hope, joy and serenity.