Austin Art Exhibitions




In Plein Sight Opening Reception

Host: Artworks Gallery, 1214 W. 6th St.

Dates: August 9 – September 14

Opening Reception Friday, August 9th from 6 to 9pm

When he’s not down in Dripping Springs distilling single-malt whiskey with his wife, Nick Swift takes his kayak deep into the nooks and crannies of Austin’s waterways to paint ‘en plein air’ watercolor landscapes. Often landscapes tend to be very still, providing a sense of calm to the viewer. Nick’s landscapes stray from the norm and are full of movement and vitality. His brushwork, humming with energy, report the frenetic passing of water and the breeze in the trees. He uses watercolor like oil paint. Thick sculptural impasto layers applied ‘alla prima’ style defy the conventions of the watercolor medium. These paintings are a true artistic snapshot of his adventures, and they share that moment of discovery with you. Please join us at the opening reception August 9th from 6-9pm to celebrate his recent work, sample his whisky, eat Odd Duck h’ordevres, and have a cigar from Smokey’s Mobile Cigar Lounge.


I, Too, Am: New Work by Tammie Rubin

Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale, Ste. 99

Exhibition: August 22 – September 22

Reception on Thursday, August 22nd from 7 to 10pm

I, Too, Am is an exhibition of a new work by artist Tammie Rubin. The exhibition’s title cites Langston Hughes’s 1926 poem “I, Too”, a work that itself references Walt Whitman’s “I Sing the Body Electric”. Hughes’s poem is an affirmation that African-Americans have “sung” America into being and asserts equality for all American citizens. Rubin’s immersive installation returns to themes and motifs often at the center of her practice: an exploration of ritual object, mapping, migration, magical thinking, identity, artificial nature, and sensory desire.


Creative Arts Society BIG Little Show

Reception Saturday, September 7th, 6 PM -8 PM
Dates: August 23 – September 22

Host: Link & Pin Gallery 2235 East 6th St. #102 Austin, TX 78702

This annual exhibit will feature works by twenty-nine artists in a wide array of media-all on small format no larger than 15 inches in any direction. Each artist has applied their unique talent, on a small scale; allowing their individual personality and creativity to shine through. Artists featured include: Katherine Brupbacher, Brenda Armistead, Teri St Arnauld, Frank Yezer, Tiffany Rankin, Jane Fier, Maggi Miller, Cristina White-Jones, Kerry Kittrell, Marilyn Rodriguez, Betsy Denny, Lisa Zinna, Leslie Kell, Jo Lagattuta, Carol Hayman, Shruti Mehta, Jane Pomeroy, Pete Holland, Joy Timmons, Kat Zinna, Helen Buck, Lisa O’Connell, Jennifer Landis, Gia Marie Houck, Deena O’Daniel, Denise Elliott Jones, Lyle Adair, Eva Sim-Zabka, Robb McKenzie. The show is on exhibit August 23, 2019 – September 22, 2019.



Jeffrey Gibson: This is the Day

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

Dates: July 14 – September 29, 2019

Jeffrey Gibson: This Is the Day is a vibrant, celebratory exhibition in which the artist brings together his Choctaw and Cherokee heritage and a range of diverse artistic and cultural influences to explore race, sexuality, religion, and gender. More than 50 works made between 2014 and 2018 include intricately beaded wall hangings and punching bags, paintings, ceramics, garments, helmets, and a new video commissioned for the exhibition, I Was Here(2018). The film follows Macy, a trans-Choctaw woman living on a reservation in rural Mississippi, melding documentary and fantastical elements in a way that harkens back to independent films from the 1980s and 90s such as “Bagdad Cafe” (1987) and “My Own Private Idaho” (1991).



Rachel Dory 

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

Dates: August 17 – September 15

Opening Reception: Saturday, August 17, 7-9pm

Rachel Dory is an Austin based artist known for her site-specific paintings of roadside America. Dory aims to document the locations she visits in her travels by stripping them down to their essential elements, speaking to both the permanence and transience of America. Her final paintings serve as a window to the memory of familiar places, or as a lens through which the viewer may examine their own experience of the American landscape.


Peter Max

Host: Russell Collection, 1009 West 6th Street

Dates: September 7-15

Preview Party: September 6 5-7 pm RSVP Required

Gallery Receptions: September 14th ~ 5-8pm and September 15th ~ 2-4pm RSVP Requested


Valerie Fowler: The Story of the Deer in the Road

Host: CAMIBAart Gallery, 6448 Hwy 290 East, Suite A102

Exhibition: September 7-28

Opening reception on Saturday, September 7 from 6 to 9pm

CAMIBAart Gallery is pleased to present Valerie Fowler and her exhibit “The Story of the Deer in the Road”.  Viewers familiar with Valerie’s artwork will automatically recognize her expressive style, with its bend toward surrealism, and her sense of place, often a romanticized life in Central Texas. Her vision is uniquely personal, yet universal in message.  She employs elements from the natural world as allegorical characters to imply storytelling with a mission to inspire contemplation concerning human interaction with our natural world.


Sarah Ferguson: Cynosures

Host: Wally Workman Gallery

Exhibition: September 7-29

Opening reception on Saturday, September 7 from 4 to 7pm

Artist Talk + Happy Hour Thursday, September 5th at 6pm

We are excited to open our first solo show with Austin artist Sarah Ferguson. Ferguson experiments with how light and color affect perception. An admirer of the Light and Space art movement, Minimalism, Hard-edge painting and Geometric abstraction, she aims to evoke introspection through her work.


Vy Ngo: The IN Between

Reception Friday, September 6th, 6 – 8pm

Dates: September 6 – October 5

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

Artist Talk & Panel Discussion: Wednesday, September 25, 7-9

Through intimate portraits and abstract landscapes, Vy Ngo depicts the experience of physically and emotionally living in two different cultures. “The IN Between” is a reflection of the space in which many children of immigrants live within their identities, their communities, and in the context of the American Dream.



Reception Friday, September 6th, 7-10pm

Dates: September 6 – October 7

Host: Big Medium 916 Springdale Road, Bldg 2

Sanctum brings together a collection of international artists to present work in conversation around the concept of genetic memory. Long fascinated with the idea that we inherit not only DNA but fear, habits, triumph, trauma and love—among other things from our ancestors—Wendt has gathered these artists to explore how this affects our collective cultural consciousness. Hailing from diverse practices and working in video, installation, photography, painting and sculpture, this group of work includes an excerpt from Wendt’s latest film The Memory Inheritance, which she filmed this past summer in Detroit.


Jennifer Harrison: Houses

Host: Yard Dog Gallery, 1510 South Congress Avenue

Exhibition: September 7- October 13

Opening reception on Saturday, September 7th from 7 to 9pm

Jennifer Harrison is a Canadian artist known for her colorful paintings of houses, usually in grid-like groupings rendered in thick, viscous oil paint. Originally from Hamilton, Ontario, she now lives in Nova Scotia.





Host: Russell Collection Fine Art Gallery, 1009 West 6th Street

Dates: June 1 – Ongoing

Kathy Buist, Jamie Kirkland and Katherine Houston; These three artists all create pieces that are true embodiments of the title “Ethereal”. Their mixed media and oil paintings range from abstract to pictorial landscapes that are delicate and light in a way that seems too perfect for this world.







Host: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street

Dates: September 12 – December 1

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 12th, 6:30 – 8:30pm

Magazine Release / Live Podcast: Saturday, September 14th,  2 – 4pm

POCa Madre Arts in collaboration with Co-Lab Projects & The Elisabet Ney Museum are pleased to present Mujeriego, an exhibition of photographic works by artist and independent curator Michael Anthony García.

In Mujeriego, García continues his photographic series via which he has connected with and documented fellow people of color (POC) in the city of Austin, with this iteration of the work focusing on women of color. Mujeriego translates from Spanish as “womanizer,” both a tongue in cheek take on García’s feminist values, comfort with his own feminine qualities and stronger connection to women in general, as well as the very nature of the production of the work which has the artist going from home to home, sharing personal moments in the participants closets and bedrooms.



Día de Los Muertos & Community Altars Exhibition

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Dates: September 13 – November 24

Opening Reception: Friday, September 13th, 7-9pm

Admission: $10 or FREE for Museum Members

This year marks the 36th Annual Día de Los Muertos & Community Altars Exhibition which incorporates community ofrendas (altars), el Día de Los Muertos inspired art from the Museum’s permanent collection, a section dedicated to Mexican Revolutionary leader Emiliano Zapata, mojigangas (large sculptures) from the Museum’s Viva la Vida Parade & Festival, and an art installation by our Artists in Residence Yocelyn Riojas and Jerry Silguero to raise awareness about immigration issues in the Borderlands.

Día de Los Muertos or Day of the Dead is an ancient, Mexican and Mexican American religious holiday, with a historically rich tradition that integrates pre-Columbian and Catholic customs. It is often celebrated in Mexico on November 1st and 2nd (dates vary by region). For many Latin American countries, it is a time to honor and greet the departed as they make their journey back to be with the living each year. These days are a time for families and friends to gather in celebration of life and death. The circle of life, rather than loss and sorrow, is embraced.



Big Pink Blanket of Love: Work by Jan Heaton & Friends

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th Street

Dates: September 14 – October 12

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14th, 7-9pm

In partnership with the Peabody Fund and Dell Children’s Medical Center, Davis Gallery is honored
to announce a unique group show in support of Davis’ own Jan Heaton, one of Austin’s premier watercolorists. In February of 2019 Jan’s daughter, Kristin Peabody, was taken by an aggressive cancer she had battled for ten years. In place of the solo exhibition that was scheduled for Jan, Davis Gallery and Austin’s artistic community are banding together in solidarity to fight cancer and find strength. Over sixty artists have contributed 4×4 inch squares of their own original artwork in an overall pink palette that will be hand-stitched together to create a pink quilt, symbolizing the community’s compassion, strength, and friendship.


Red Dot Art Spree

Reception Thursday, September 12, 7-10pm

Exhibition: September 13-22

Host: Women & Their Work Gallery 1710 Lavaca St. Austin, TX 78701

Paint the night red at the Red Dot Art Spree where you’ll find over 150 paintings, sculptures, drawings, photographs, prints and mixed media works by some of Texas’ best artists, all for $750 or less. Following the Spree on opening night, this exhibition is free and open to the public.



Gabe Leonard: Rust, Dust, & Lust

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 S. Lamar Blvd.

Dates: September 14 – October 13

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 14th, 7-9pm

Internationally acclaimed artist Gabe Leonard is best known for his cinematically staged paintings of sharpshooters, gangsters, and musicians. His aesthetic and subject matter have been described as a melding of Johnny Cash and Quentin Tarantino. Don’t miss your chance to meet this remarkable artist in person! Original oils, and hand-embellished editions on canvas will be available for collection.


John Mulvany: Secure the Perimeter

Reception Saturday, September 14, 7-10pm

Exhibition September 14 – October 20

Host: grayDUCK 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. Austin, TX 78702

This show started out as an exhibition about my neighborhood in East Austin; an American neighborhood in the throes of metamorphosis and change. My initial intention was to use the neighborhood as an allegory for this particular point in our country’s history. Throughout the last two years in America there has been an acute sense of a convulsive national identity-crisis. The current social and political moment encapsulated by the Pandora’s Box opened by the 2016 election has made us wake up and pay attention like never before. Were we asleep? Maybe. We are certainly awake now. Our obsession is with the carnivalesque horror-show of our national politics when, what we really need to pay attention to is our community, our immediate environment and our immediate moment. It seems impossible to be a thinking, engaged artist without grappling with the current moment. The anxiety about the news cycle amplifies both our appreciation for the immediate beauty of our environment and the sense that we might have screwed it all up already. The schizophrenia of intense appreciation and regret. Much of contemporary life is played out through our screens, scrolled through with compulsive anxiety and impatience. Art in general and painting particularly invites us to look slowly, to engage fully with our minds and our hearts.


Abstract Artist Collaboration: Alicia Philley & Emily Hoyt-Weber

Host: Link & Pin Gallery 2235 E. 6th Street

Exhibition September 27 – October 13

Reception Saturday, September 28, 6 – 8:30pm

Artists Alicia Philley and Emily Hoyt-Weber will present their new body of paintings and sculpture–created around conversations about color, light and shadow–at their show Sketchings at Link & Pin Gallery. Long-time Austin artists Philley and Hoyt-Weber play with the ways we navigate visual perception through bright, abstract art made of wood, paint and steel. Each work changes subtly as viewers move around it. The artists’ collaboration has produced a body of work with surprising and intriguing relationships. Philley’s colorful compositions of curving linear elements serve as a counterpoint to Hoyt-Weber’s mathematically inspired line drawings in space.


William Hall: Artifacts

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 South Lamar Blvd.

Dates: September 28th – October 27th

Reception Saturday, September 28, 7 – 9pm

William Hall’s extremely textural stone castings are reminiscent of the marks left by burrowing insects, or fossilized imprints of ancient plant life. His work is highly process driven and representative of the passage of time, as the application of each new layer creates an inverted record of the artist’s interactions with his materials. By working with industrial media such as grout & cement, Hall transforms the context of these objects from natural fossils into a series of modern anthropological artifacts.