Austin Art Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions


Black Rainbow by Terra Goolsby

Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale

Date: August 16 – September 29

Opening reception: August 16, 7 – 10pm

Black Rainbow is an exhibition of new sculptural works by multi media artist Terra Goolsby. Utilizing a variety of sensual materials including, porcelain, fur, and quartz, this collection of objects deconstructs accounts on idolatry and it’s association with sculpture. Abstracted figures forge an unadulterated homage to formal elements by exploring surface, tactility, and form. Slick reflective exteriors coupled with tactual interiors establish associations with attachment and materiality.  

Terra Goolsby is a multi-media artist that draws upon mythologies, mysticism, science fiction, religious lore, and psychology. Her work connects old narratives and new cultural assessments of female sexuality while investigating the integration of creation and destruction, interiority and exteriority, collectivity and singularity, as well as strength and vulnerability. It’s beauty and politics delve into darker aspects of femininity that lie concealed, dormant or just beneath the surface such as the predatory and the seductive. With a focus on the uncompromising, unbridled and primordial nature of characters and settings, her work harbors an aesthetic that is both dangerous and sensual.

Terra Goolsby holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has been an artist in residence at several institutions including West Dean College of Sussex University in Chichester, England, Vermont Studio Center, and I-Park Foundation in New Hampshire. Her work has been exhibited through out Texas, nationally, and internationally. She continues to work and live in Austin, Texas.


Friending Is Not Friendship

Host: Cobalt Riesling Gallery, 2830 E MLK Jr. Blvd.

Dates: August 18 – September 6

Opening reception: August 18, 5-8pm

Cobalt Riesling Gallery proudly presents a group exhibition featuring original art from friends who met on social media or now mainly communicate through the digital world instead of IRL. Featured artists include Rohitash Rao, Elizabeth Decker, Anthony Hurd, Whitney Tureztzky, Martin Lewis, and Chad Rea. Text, tweet, or repost to your friends.


Studio Scene 2 Opening Reception

Host: CAMBIAart Gallery, 2832 East MLK Jr. Blvd.

Dates: August 18 – September 8

Opening reception: August 18, 5-8pm

Join us for our second annual exhibition of art gathered directly from the artist’s studios visited on our cultural art tours.  With our growing roster of international tour destinations, we have compiled a few of our favorite pieces from this year’s travels – all are for sale.  Presenting artworks by more than 25 artists representing 4 countries and six geographic locations, we invite you to celebrate their culture and experience their voice through their wide variety of mediums.


 Jill Lear + Katie Maratta Opening Reception

Host: Gallery Shoal Creek, 2832 E. MLK Jr. Blvd., Suite 3

Dates: August 18 – September 29

Opening reception: August 18, 5-8pm

Jill Lear first showed with Gallery Shoal Creek in 2008. Over the course of ten years, we have followed the gradual evolution of the arist’s mapping experiences in nature and the formal way in which she approachs the interpretive narratives of the magnificant trees that she shares with the viewer. Central to the artist’s thinking is the question: “How do we process the world around us?” For Lear, the investigation has always started with the particular-the place itself-identified with the longitude and latitude followed by a study of the topography, proportions, negative space and positive forms.

In creating her “horizonscapes,” Katie Maratta acknowledges an apparent contradiction. While the literal picture plane is incredibly small, the visual space it suggests is vast. The technique is understated and monochromatic, but the elements of the composition retain their weight and authority. Upon moving to Texas in the mid 1990s, Maratta was struck by the rich visual experience of West Texas. While these wide-open expanses and long lonely highways may be the stuff of clichéd country songs and western movies, they still evoke wonder for the Princeton educated artist who calls Austin home.


Sarah Janece Garcia Opening Reception

Host: Art on 5th Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

Dates: August 25 – September 23

Opening reception: August 25, 7-9pm

Sarah Janece Garcia is a Dallas-based artist working primarily in watercolor to create unique wildlife portraits. Sarah’s work springs from her attraction to color, and love for nature’s beauty. She masterfully captures the energy and movement of her subjects through her vivid color palette, and a focus on intricate detail work.

Sarah was previously featured in Austin as a finalist in our 2016 Bombay Sapphire Artisan Series competition. Since then, her paintings have been showcased at festivals and galleries throughout the United States as well as internationally in London, Johannesburg, Paris, and Helsinki.


Crit Group 2018

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 East Cesar Chavez St.

Date: August 25, 2pm

The exhibition Crit Group 2018 features recent works by the eight artists selected to participate in The Contemporary Austin’s 2018 Crit Group. The public is invited to join the artists as they speak about their work in the exhibition and their experience in the program. The exhibition is on view at grayDUCK Gallery through September 2, 2018.

The museum’s Crit Group program combines group critique with professional development to support the holistic artistic practice of local artists. 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. Crit Group is organized by Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at The Contemporary Austin, with co-leaders Sterling Allen and Annette DiMeo Carlozzi.


Naomi Schlinke, Alexandra Robinson & Rebecca Harrell: Three Kinds of Order

Date: August 25 – September 22

Opening reception: August 29, 7 – 9pm

Artist Talk: September 5, 7pm

The quiet cross-fade between the abstraction in the works of Alexandra Robinson, Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, and Naomi Schlinke, takes place in the spaces between heartbeats, in the pause. The work that they present in Three Kinds of Order uses their own dialects of abstraction, communicating different approaches, but from the same root language. -Michael Anthony Garcia


Thomas Cook: Nocturne

Date: September 1 – November 10

Opening reception: September 1, 1pm – 3pm

“Nocturne is a journey that views the world through the lens of night. Thomas reflects on our relationship with nature and the world we have built around us. With development expanding the urban landscape and nature disappearing, we search for beauty in our surroundings. The images turn introspective, as beauty and happiness are recalled in relationships and experiences of the past. Drawing on landscapes and images of the city, Thomas’ surreal compositions look for moments of clarity as we wait for sunrise.”


Blair Gallacher: Sound & Vision

Date: September 1 – November 10

Opening reception: September 1, 1–3pm

Inspired by synesthesia, Blair Gallachar’s work examines the crossover between senses and the ways in which we interpret, understand, and feel consciousness.


Aim Carefully: Gabe Leonard

Host: Art on 5th Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

Dates: September 8 – October 7

Opening reception: September 8, 7-9pm

Gabe Leonard is an internationally known California-based artist, formerly an annual participant in Austin’s Pecan Street Festival. His cinematically staged paintings of sharpshooters, gangsters, gamblers, and musicians are in the collection of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino. This year’s exhibit will feature new work from his recently released “Grit” series. Original oils, hand-embellished artist proofs, and limited edition giclees on canvas will be available for collection. Don’t miss this highly anticipated exhibition from one of our most popular artists.


IncREDible: Red Dot Art Spree

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St.

Date: September 13, 7-10pm

Women & Their Work (W&TW) is forty! We’ll be continuing the celebration of this milestone at our Red Dot Art Spree, “IncREDible,” on Thursday, September 13, 2018 from 7-10 PM. In the art world, red dot means “sold.” For artists and art lovers in Austin, Red Dot is a celebration of art and artists and provides gallery visitors an unparalleled opportunity to collect art. We seek to draw attention to the quality and range of work being made in Texas and hope that many who come to Red Dot will go on to become avid collectors. The Red Dot Art Spree will feature over 150 works by some of the best contemporary artists in Texas. Paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints and mixed media works will be priced between$350- $750, and all shopping that night will be tax-free.


Fall 2018 Season Opening Reception

Host: Visual Arts Center, 2301 San Jacinto Blvd.

Opening reception: September 21, 6-8pm

Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real Shadows:September 21 – December 7

Exploring the Arctic Ocean: September 21 – December 7

Like the lonely traveler: María Magdalena Campos-Pons in Collaboration with Neil Leonard: September 21 – December 7

Another Green World: September 21 – October 20

Sit: Designs by Charles and Ray Eames: September 21 – October 3

Enjoy refreshments and conversation as you view Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real ShadowsExploring the Arctic OceanLike the lonely traveler: María Magdalena Campos-Pons in Collaboration with Neil LeonardAnother Green World, and Sit: Designs by Charles and Ray Eames.

Refreshments generously provided by Big Bend Brewing Co.


Chromatic Interference Brooch: Edward Lane McCartney

Host: CAMIBAart Gallery, 2832 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Date: September 22 – October 13

Edward Lane McCarntey, born in 1964 in Pittsburg, PA, has resided in London, Toronto, and San Francisco, and is currently based in Houston Texas where he has been making art for over 17 years.

His work is held internationally in many private, public, and museum collections including The Museum of Art and Design in New York and The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.  Sometimes his work is material driven, sometimes conceptual, yet always wrought from his own aesthetic.  His jewelry is often infused with social content.  While early on McCartney primarily worked with metals, most recently his work has incorporated mixed media with a focus on color, optical kinetics, and material in both three and two-dimensional forms; at the same time leaving the site of the body, moving to a larger sculptural scale.


Five Skin Ten Skin

Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale Rd., Ste. 98

Date: November 15 – January 5

Opening reception: November 15, 7-10pm

Ian Ingram has stood in front of a magnifying mirror for more than 20 years. He makes enormous self portraits with gobsmacking mastery of charcoal and oil paint. His aim has consistently been to focus the flame of self-observation and render what is seen and what happens while seeing. What does happen to a psyche under that kind of self-scrutiny? The work in this collection shows the quicksilver wiggle of a consciousness that refuses to be pinned down, defined, or contained.  Ingram’s portraits ask, “who or what am I?” and this body of work approaches an answer: Space. Air. Void. The in-between.  The work in this show is one self portrait, pulled apart, dissected into six separate pieces.  Dimension Gallery is proud to show Ingram’s first sculptural work as it climbs out of the picture plane and begins to share that Space and Air with its viewers.
Five Skin Ten Skin opens at Dimension Gallery, a contemporary sculpture gallery in East Austin, on November 15th. The show will be open to the public during the second weekend of the EAST Austin Studio tour through January 5th. For those few folk in Texas who know of Ingram’s work, it is with great pleasure that Dimension Gallery can finally answer the refrain, “what is he doing in there?!?” He walks into his studio, shuts the door, covers the windows and looks into a mirror.


Ongoing Exhibitions


Infinity X Loop

Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale Road

Date: June 21 – August 14

Infinity X Loop is a visual art exhibition by Randall Taylor. His current body of work under the moniker Amulets expresses his interest in the intersection between visual art and music. His physical cassette tape loops are like mini musical canvases. They create sonic tapestries in his mechanically performative installations. Using recycled tapes and players, he simultaneously fuses music, recycling, art, and nostalgia.

The visual component of his art seeks to reinvent cassette tapes and the use of magnetic tape as a medium. By surgically modifying cassettes, he is able to craft self contained repeating units with intriguing configurations for longer loops. At times, he literally runs the tape out of the housing, running freely through the gallery space. The loops surround the viewer with the magnetic tape itself in a ceaseless circuit. Taylor’s installations explore the inherent, delicate entropy in magnetic tape. Stretching and degradation gradually modify the content as it loops away toward infinity.


Hyper School

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

Date: July 27 – August 18

Hyper School is a five person group show featuring artists Denise Burge, Jessica Cannon, Michael Henderson, Jessica Simorte, and Sean Sullivan, curated by Max Manning.

The modernist notion of the singular heroic artist has been deconstructed, and what we are left with is a brighter future. Thanks to the internet, artists and their works are less isolated from the cultures they exist within. Hyper School highlights work by artists making strong contributions to the respective expanded fields of painting and drawing and sheds light on a shared aesthetic that crosses generational, geographical, and social boundaries. Isn’t art, at its very core, about coping with the human experience? Indeed, the internet’s social space has the potential to supercharge creative community. Hyper School makes no definitive conceptual or critical statement regarding the criteria for evaluating a good Art, but instead, offers a celebratory and pluralistic survey of artists making sincere and accessible contributions to the universe or media in an age of intellectual poverty in American mainstream culture.


Are You Doing Your Part / In Your Life?

Host: ICOSA Collective Gallery, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2, #10

Date: July 27 – August 25

Curated by Sean Redmond, Featuring: Leon Alesi, Amy Bench, Darcie Book, Rachelle Diaz, Sarah Hirneisen, Mark Johnson, Dameon Lester, Tammie Rubin, Lana Waldrep-Appl, and Carlos Carillo/Yevgenia Davidoff

Please join ICOSA Collective for the inaugural exhibition at our new space in the Canopy Complex showcasing the work of 11 new members: Leon Alesi, Amy Bench, Darcie Book, Rachelle Diaz, Sarah Hirneisen, Mark Johnson, Dameon Lester, Tammie Rubin, Lana Waldrep-Appl, and collaborative duo Carlos Carillo/Yevgenia Davidoff. Curated by Sean Redmond, editor of fields magazine, Are You Doing Your Part / In Your Life? explores personal and communal responsibility in the context of artistic pursuit.  Together the work will question what it means to enshrine something and strip it of its practical value, devoid of functionality yet imbued with creative power.

Sean Redmond is the editor in chief of fields, an arts and culture journal that celebrates the up-and-coming and the unsung. fields explores the stories behind the artists’ work while promoting progressive change necessary to foster a more just and compassionate society. Sean has curated various art shows in Austin, and his writing has appeared in Pitchfork, Newcity, The Hypocrite Reader, Fjords, Rubberneck, and elsewhere.


New Editions 2018

Host: Flatbed Press and Gallery, 2832 E. MLK Blvd.

Date: June 5 – August 25

As a fine art print publisher, Flatbed Press welcomes many different artists into their collaborative printshop, artists whose individual studio practices encompass a myriad of artistic mediums. During this time in the studio editions are created under the artist’s direction while technically facilitated by Flatbed Master Printers. The publications resulting from this collaboration are as dynamic and individual as the artists themselves, whether created by layering brightly inked intaglio copper plates, delicately pigmenting fabric for monotyping or collaging hand dyed papers onto an oversized woodcut. Flatbed’s annual New Editions exhibition is an exciting way to celebrate its recent publications as well as the diversity of processes and techniques utilized.

New Editions 2018 features etchings, woodcuts, lithographs, monotypes and monoprints by eleven artists published over the last year. These artists include Richard Amendariz, Taiko Chandler, Michael Ray Charles, Suzi Davidoff, Annalise Gratovich, Tom Huck, Gareth Maguire, Winston Mascarenhas, Bob Schneider, Howard Sherman, Jill Wilkinson, Danny Williams, and Joan Winter.


Rodney McMillian:Against a Civic Death

Host: The Contemporary Austin – Jones Center, 700 Congress

Date: February 1 – August 26

The Contemporary Austin will present a solo exhibition of newly commissioned and recent works by the Los Angeles-based artist Rodney McMillian(American, born 1969 in Columbia, South Carolina). On view at the museum’s downtown location on Congress Avenue, Rodney McMillian: Against a Civic Death is an immersive installation that fills the entire exhibition space and incorporates paintings, sculptural installations, video, and sound pieces.


Paul Stankiewicz Opening Reception

Host: Art on 5th Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

Date: August 11 – September 9

Local artist Paul Stankiewicz is best known for his iconic Austin scenes and neon sign paintings. After 20 years in advertising design, animation, and video game development, Stankiewicz turned his talents to painting and never looked back. He regards each new piece as an experiment.

His latest series combines characters and text pulled from brightly colored food packaging, and is an exciting new departure from his previous work. Paul’s paintings weave together layers of color and texture to create an impression of his subjects. “I look forward to the learning that is about to take place as each new work reveals itself.”


Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection

Host: Blanton Museum, 200 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Date: June 3 – September 9

Ancestral Modern: Australian Aboriginal Art from the Kaplan & Levi Collection features contemporary painting and sculpture by Australian Aboriginal artists. Curated by Pamela McClusky, Curator of African and Oceanic Art at the Seattle Art Museum, the exhibition celebrates the renaissance that has occurred since the 1970s within the millennia-old traditions of indigenous Australian art. Aboriginal people gained increased power and visibility in the late 1960s, following decades of grassroots activism. Since then, many artists have translated motifs from traditional art forms, such as rock and body painting, to media that can be more easily shared with viewers around the world. Their sculptures, large, colorful canvases, and intricately patterned bark strips and hollow logs bear symbols that communicate beliefs and histories, laws and rituals, and a profound connection to the land.


Reflector: A Group Show

Host: Davis Gallery,  837 W. 12th St.

Date: July 28 – September 8

Davis Gallery is pleased to announce our annual summer group show, Reflector, which will ask each artist to cast their gaze inwardly, and to capture either their whole self or an aspect of “self”. Most artists have chosen to depict themselves via abstractions and symbolic representations, as this exhibition is not limited to only realistic portraits. Each artist will be invited to bring a refreshment to the opening reception that they feel connects with their own identity. The opening reception will be held on July 28th from 7-9 pm, and the show will run from July 29th through September 8th.


Wet, Wild, & a Wee Bit of Whimsy

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

Date: June 27 – October 20

What better way to describe summer in Austin than Wet, Wild & a Wee Bit of Whimsy! Our curators injected a whole lot of “Woo-Hoo” into Art for the People’s summer 2018 exhibition. We had a massive and magnificent open call for artwork, the result of which showcases 60+ Austin artists, 35 of whom are brand new to Art for the People. We are so very grateful to the all the artists who submitted artwork.
Featured artists: Aimée Everett, Alicia Philley, Alison Pilon, Andrea Speed, Anna Mallum, Brian Imler, Bryan Macilko, Carol Aaron, Carol Hayman, Catherine Hicks, Celeste Garvey-Petsch, Chaos Woods, Chris Celusniak, Chris Landry, Christy Stallop, Connor Teseny, Courtney Cavaliere, Dane Gudde, Elizabeth Howard, Eris Gentle, Flaw’d, Gerardo Rodriguez, Hallie Rae Ward, Hilary Christensen, Hunter Saltzgiver, J Sam Frankel, Jamie Stephens, Janis Fowler, Jennifer Brazell, Jessica Timko, Juan Villegas, Julene Franki, Julia Bowman, Katie Cowden, Katie Dunkle, Kerry Hugins, Kimmothy Cole, Kristin Moore, Lacy Lichtenhan, Laura Ackerman, Laura Lee Romaine, Linda Murray, Meg Rainwater, Melanie Farris, Mike Bayer, Nathan Wood, Rachelle Penny, Rakhee Jain, Rebecca Klier, RJ Armstrong, Robert Page, Rosemarie Good, Rosemary Allen, Sarah Beth Elkins, Shawna Stroup Billet, Soledad Fernandez-Whitechurch,
Stacey Miller (Kaijuju Designs), Stacy Canion, Stephanie Estrin, Stephen Fehér, Tad Daigle, Teodora Pogonat, Teresa Daugherty, Terri McGee, Theodocia Autumn Mae, Tiny Happy Clay, Ute Walker, Valerie Bentley, and Wendy Gilbert.



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

Date: Present – October 28

Conceived as a way of engaging with artists whose practices include live time-based events, Learning in Public is a series of discrete public performances, collaborations, and community engagements taking place in the gallery from September 22 to October 28, 2017.


The People’s Gallery 2018

Host: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street

Date: February 2018 – January 2019

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 1,300 entries were submitted by more than 320 local artists. The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward’s University Tammie Rubin.