March 21st from 10-11am

The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria

Groundbreaking Celebration: Phase I of the Laguna Gloria Master Plan

Celebrate the groundbreaking of Phase I of the Laguna Gloria Master Plan. With new visitor amenities and a transformed visitor experience, Phase I will shape Laguna Gloria into an extraordinary space to discover works of art framed by the vibrant natural landscape.

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March 24 at 2pm

Davis Gallery

Gallery Talk: The Relationship of Things

Davis Gallery is pleased to present The Relationship of Things, an exhibit focused on the beauty of ordinary sights and everyday objects. In this three-person exhibit, artists Faustinus Deraet, Ginger Geyer, and Barbara Pence extract the quiet voices of the ordinary, found in the home and on the street. Special attention is paid to the poetic, secretive conversations one could imagine between clothes stowed away in a closet, appliances patiently waiting on a counter top, or forgotten belongings scattered about on a city sidewalk. The combination of Deraet’s insightful photographs, Pence’s correlating multi-panel paintings, and Geyer’s metaphorical porcelain sculptures allow the viewer to explore the often overlooked language of the ordinary.

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March 24 from 11am-11pm

Blanton Museum of Art

2nd Annual Block Party

The Blanton Museum of Art will host the Blanton Block Party, a free community festival, on Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. The day-to-night party is a celebration for the city and offers a wealth of activities, including the opportunity to experience Austin, the newly opened building designed by renowned American artist Ellsworth Kelly.

On the heels of last year’s successful event, attended by more than 17,000 visitors, this year’s Block Party gives the public a chance to visit Austin and its companion exhibition, Form into Spirit; explore the Blanton’s galleries; participate in family-friendly outdoor art making; listen to live music; and enjoy food and drinks from local eateries Chaiwalla, Pinkberry, Pueblo Viejo, The North Door, and the Blanton café.

The Bright Light Social Hour, Jackie Venson, Suzanna Choffel, Cowboy Diplomacy, Jane Ellen Bryant, and The Peterson Brothers are among the acts that will perform throughout the day on a stage set against the picturesque backdrop of the Texas State Capitol. Outdoor art making will include projects created by Industry Print Shop and Dirty Easel. The Blanton Block Party is sponsored by KUTX, Black Fret, and My Event is the Bomb. Parking will be available in the Blanton/Brazos Parking Garage; visitors can bring their tickets to the museum Visitor Services desk for the $4 validation.

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April 8 from 11am-12:30pm

Landmarks

Landmarks Docent-Led Bike Tour

Spring is in full swing, which makes this the perfect time for the return of the Landmarks Bike Tour! This year Landmarks is proud to partner with UT’s Orange Bike Project (OBP) to provide docent-led bike tours of the collection. The hour and a half, two-mile adventure will begin at OBP’s headquarters in the ground floor of the 27th Street Garage. The group will bike through campus with a guide and a Landmarks Docent and explore public art at The University of Texas at Austin. This tour is a fun way to see campus, talk about art and enjoy the weather. The ride will be at a leisurely pace! Need a bike? Rent one with OBP for $15; student rentals are only $5. Rental includes a helmet and bike lock and is good for 24 hours so you can explore even more of UT or central Austin on your own. Have your own bike? Meet the group at OBP and join the tour for free! Ample parking is available on the street or in the 27th Street Garage.

What to bring:

  • Bike or secure a rental with OBP
  • Helmet and lock (included in rental)
  • Sunglasses
  • Water

Space is limited! Reserve your spot by Friday, 6 April at landmarks@austin.utexas.edu.

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April 10 at 6:30pm

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center

Open for Discussion

Discussion will be facilitated by Chas Moore, founder of the Austin Justice Coalition, whose mission is to provide the tools for people of color and people who are marginalized to improve their lives by being the driving force behind their own liberation.

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February 24 from 4-7pm

Art.Science.Gallery.

Bon Voyage Party & SOLAR Show Closing Reception

The PrintAustin wonderments continue at this excellent venue, featuring prints about the sun or made by our sun (as in solar printmaking, cyanotyping, or printing with photosensitive inks) or for the sun (concerning sun- or star-related cultural and natural history). This Saturday is the last day before the gallery leaves Canopy forever.

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February 24 from 7-9pm

Art on 5th

AlphaBots Book Release Party

The AlphaBots is a fully illustrated robot alphabet book project, over four years in the making, and thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign last year, The AlphaBots will now be available to everyone! This steampunk fueled alphabetical journey is the brainchild of international street artist The Impossible Winterbourne. His robot head sculptures can be seen by those with a keen eye, stealthily planted throughout the city under bridges and on the sides of buildings or street signs.

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February 8 from 6-8pm

Twin Liquors: 4001 South Lamar Boulevard

Umlauf Garden & Sculpture Gallery Garden Party Kick-off

Join UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum as they kick off the 20th Anniversary of the UMLAUF Garden Party with the partner that started it all – Twin Liquors! Stop by Twin Liquor’s newest store on South Lamar and be among the first to sip some of the wines that will be featured at this year’s Garden Party, cocktails by Tito’s Handmade Vodka, light bites courtesy Maudie’s TEX-MEX and more. All guests will receive 25% off Garden Party tickets purchased that night, and all who attend will be entered to win fabulous door prizes including 2 VIP tickets to the Garden Party on April 26. Grab your friends and help us kick off the platinum anniversary of the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum’s biggest fundraiser of the year!

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February 10 at 2pm

The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center

Artist Talk: Vincent Valdez

The Contemporary Austin presents an artist talk featuring Vincent Valdez, a Texas-based painter and draftsman recognized for his monumental portrayals of the contemporary human figure, rendered in seductive detail. His large-scale works remark on a universal struggle within various sociopolitical arenas or eras, often with commentary on modern American life.
For this talk, Valdez will consider his art and shared interests in American race relations, politics, and culture in the context of the inaugural exhibition of The Contemporary Austin’s Suzanne Deal Booth Art Prize, Against a Civic Death, by LA-based artist Rodney McMillian.
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February 6 from 6-8pm

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

UMLAUF After Dark: Live Bronze Pour

UMLAUF After Dark is back! This free monthly series returns on Tuesday, February 6th at the UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum from 6 – 8 pm. The event will feature a behind-the-scenes look at the lost wax casting technique Charles Umlauf used for bronze works. Members of Deep In The Heart Art Foundry will take visitors through the stages of creating a bronze sculpture, culminating in a live bronze pour!

Grab your friends and enjoy this night of art, community fun, and education.The UMLAUF’s current exhibition Flight & Fall will be on view during this event, which is free and open to the public.

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January 26 // Q&A: 5:30pm // Reception: 6:30pm

Landmarks

José Parlá Q&A and Opening Reception

at Robert B. Rowling Hall

Join Landmarks to celebrate the opening of José Parlá’s monumental mural, Amistad América. His painting transforms a 4,000 square foot wall in the new Rowling B. Hall into a sweeping visual landscape.

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January 7 from 11am-12pm

Landmarks

Landmarks Public Tour

Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of works in the public art collection. Prolific artists like Sol LeWitt and Nancy Rubins often experiment with different media. This tour will examine three-dimensional scultpures and 2-dimensional drawings by these two artists in the Landmarks collection. Meet your docent at Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin on the corner of 24th and Speedway at 11 am.

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December 1 - 3

Art on 5th

Adam Scott Rote Weekend

Favorite Miami-based artist continues to amaze with his glamorous portraits of musicians and movie stars. This prolific artist works serially and is best known for his Alice in Wonderland, Drive-In-Daze, and Let the Music Play series. Adam will soon be unveiling a new tribute series honoring the provocative creative icon Robert Mapplethorpe. Meet the artist & see him paint live in the gallery December 1st – 3rd.

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Landmarks

Landmarks at Night

Since the Landmarks public art collection is accessible 24/7, many of the works are beautifully lit in the evening. Sculptures that spark thoughtful and dynamic conversation under the bright sun suddenly become quiet and contemplative, twinkling under the night sky.

Join Landmarks on Sunday, 3 December at 5 p.m. at the Student Activity Center (SAC) rooftop for an extended walking tour. The tour will begin with a viewing of the hour-long light sequence at James Turrell’s Skyspace The Color Inside and conclude at Ben Rubins’ And That’s The Way It Is. Space is limited to 25 people.[

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December 5 from 6 to 8pm

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

UMLAUF After Dark

Join for UMLAUF After Dark and see the current exhibition of our UMLAUF Prize 2017 winner – Bucky Miller: Grackle Actions – on Tuesday, December 5. Bring your friends out for a night of art, live music, and more. UMLAUF After Dark is the perfect way to enjoy this gorgeous fall weather while taking in the incredible sights and sounds of nature. This event is free and open to everyone, and is a perfect opportunity to see our current exhibition Grackle Actions by UMLAUF Prize 2017 Winner Bucky Miller. Held on the first Tuesday of the month, UMLAUF After Darks offers visitors a chance to explore the Garden and Exhibition free of charge after hours. Free and open to the public.

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October 29th from 10am to 4pm

UMLAUF Sculpture Garden & Museum

Last Straw Fest at the UMLAUF

Don’t miss Austin’s only free fall festival for families, Last Straw Fest on Sunday, October 29. In it’s third year, Last Straw Fest is a tradition for thousands of families across Austin to come together for a full day of fun. The festival will feature pumpkin carving, fall-themed family activities, food trucks, music, and more. This event is free and open to the public. Donations are accepted.

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October 24 from 6pm to 8pm

Visual Arts Center

Type Hike: Designers’ Talk and Roundtable

In conjunction with the Courtyard Gallery exhibition Type Hike — featuring posters that celebrate and support the national parks and outdoors — eight Austin-based designers from the project come together to discuss their experiences working in Texas as well as their reflections on Type Hike and the importance of doing pro-bono design work for causes they believe in. Designers include John Coleman, Lauren Dickens, Jolie Durand, James Walker, Simon Walker, Steve Wolf and Keith Young.

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October 14 from 11am-3pm

The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria

Second Saturdays Are for Families: Tree Tales

The Contemporary Austin invites families to attend October’s workshop, inspired by the towering resident trees on Laguna Gloria’s campus, and a few sneaky tree-themed sculptures activated by their natural surroundings. Educators from the environmental nonprofit TreeFolks will be onsite sharing their knowledge about Austin’s local tree species. Families can create beautiful prints to take home using parts of these leafy friends, then tumble and play on our temporary tree stump playground!

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October 1 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Landmarks

Public Art Dog Walk

Fetch your pooch and come to campus for the second annual Landmarks Dog Walk! Landmarks has partnered with Blue Dog Rescue to present a docent-led public art dog walk! Dogs and owners will take a leisurely one-hour stroll around The University of Texas at Austin to appreciate some of its most stunning works of outdoor sculpture. Bring your dog, a leash and plenty of waste bags to Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin near 24th Street and Speedway at 11 a.m. on Sunday, October 1. Don’t have a four-legged friend? Meet and greet some of Blue Dog Rescue’s most eligible canines!

Please make sure your dog is well-behaved around people and other animals and up-to-date on vaccinations. There will be plenty of water stops along the tour route, and each guest will receive a special Landmarks frisbee! Free and open to the public.

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September 3 from 11 am to 12 pm

Landmarks

Landmarks Walking Tour

Join Landmarks for a docent-led walking tour of works in the public art collection. Meet your docent at Michael Ray Charles’ (Forever Free) Ideas, Languages and Conversations in the Gordon-White Building at 11 am and learn about how found objects are used in public art projects around campus. Enter the building from the west side off Whitis Avenue. Free and open to the public. Tours are held rain or shine; please dress accordingly.

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August 12 from 11AM-3PM

The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria

Second Saturdays Are for Families: Ice Painting

The Contemporary Austin invites families to attend August’s workshop, offering several creative outlets to escape this summer’s intense heat. Families can chill out with other cool artists and create drippy watercolor paintings using ice cubes, and then relax in the shade with a live ice sculpting demonstration courtesy of local sculpting pros. 

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