Austin Art Exhibitions

Current Exhibitions

Wet, Wild, & a Wee Bit of Whimsy

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

Date: June 27 – October 20

Opening reception: July 13, 6:30 – 9pm

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.

I Found You

Host: Link and Pin Gallery, 2235 E. 6th St. #102

Date: July 6 – 29

Opening reception: July 14, 6-9pm

The artists, Dana Brown, Larry Goode, Christopher Hynes, Amy Scofield and Laura Sturtz, all utilize found objects to create mixed media works that explore humor, whimsy, dreams, and our connection to nature.  The collection of works are comprised of both 2 dimensional and 3 dimensional.


Carrie Graber Opening Reception

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

Date: July 14 – August 12

Opening reception: July 14, 7-9pm

This Southern California native is influenced by the hot summers & warm glowing colors of her home. Her high contrast light and shadow oil paintings feature glamorous scenes of daily life in the Southern California landscape, combining a 19th century mastery of capturing light and illumination on canvas with her own fascination with American mid-century architecture. Graber’s work has been exhibited around the world, and she is considered among the most talented and well-collected contemporary artists of our time. Don’t miss the show!


Color & Memory: Surface & Substance

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Date: July 21 – August 18

Opening reception: July 25, 7-9pm

Artist talk: August 8, 7pm

Gudgenov’s abstract sculptures explore the tension between synthetically produced forms and mundane materials recomposed to form complex and organically inspired compositions.  This rigid sculptures are paired with Winn’s gridded color sequences chosen for optical effect will mysteriously conjure soft memories of your grandmother’s lipstick, your 1975 yellow Princess phone and your first car because we all bring memory and attachment to color.


Are You Doing Your Part / In Your Life?

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

Date: July 27 – August 25

Opening reception: July 27, 7 – 10pm

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.


Meg Aubrey: Surface

Host: Women and their Work, 1710 Lavaca St.

Date: August 4 – September 6

Opening reception: August 4, 7-9pm

Meg Aubrey’s candy colored palette belies the loneliness, disquiet, and isolation she renders in her paintings of up-scale suburban life. Manicured lawns in tree-lined neighborhoods imply a domestic ideal of beauty and security, but Aubrey suggests that acquiring and maintaining this pristine environment exacts a heavy price. These orderly landscapes mirrored by orderly interiors offer scant comfort for the anxiety of their inhabitants.


Hyper School

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

Date: July 27 – August 18

Opening reception: July 27, 7 – 10pm

Hyper School is a five person group show featuring artists Denise Burge (OH), Jessica Cannon (NY), Michael Henderson (TX), Jessica Simorte (TX), and Sean Sullivan (NY), 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.


Joyce Howell Happy Hour and Artist Talk

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W 6th St.

Date: August 4 – September 1

Opening reception: August 4, 6-8pm

On Saturday, August 4th, Wally Workman Gallery will open its 6th solo show with abstract oil painter Joyce Howell. Howell’s palette has always been informed by nature and its flux between calm and chaos. She describes it as an ongoing conversation. Each color and the mark by which it is applied to the canvas informs the next. Colors give the impression of physical weight. Colors become instruments, much as in a musical composition. As the work progresses, the painting becomes a collaborative, a dialogue between Howell and the canvas.


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.  


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.


Ongoing Exhibitions


Stained Slabs

Host: The Dougherty Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Date: June 16 – July 14

Stained Slabs is a homecoming for urban painter Jonathan Muzacz, as he revisits the cultures of the American south dedicated to lowriders, or “slabs.” Muzacz journeys deep into the mechanics of preserving our rich local cultures as he embraces the form of street art in his highly stylized body of hand-painted works.


…of Warp and Weft

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 W. 12th St.

Date: June 9 – July 21

Davis Gallery is proud to announce an exhibition featuring the work of Austin based artists Caprice Pierucci and Heppner.  Despite the vastly different mediums of Caprice’s elegant carved wood sculptures and photographs of delicate cheesecloth there is an open dialog of harmony, form and composition.

Caprice Peirucci draws much of her inspiration from her mother, a fiber artist of the late sixties and seventies.  Sinuous repetition, texture, progressive rhythms and linear abstractions surrounded her as a child.  The layers and undulating rhythms in the sculptural forms speak of mortality and the huge expanses of time that lead to one particular moment of beauty.

Heppner’s Sacred Fabric work comes out of his belief in the sanctity of the cosmos.  He was originally inspired by the writings of Cardinal Bernadin’s where he described the ‘seamless garment’ metaphor to illustrate the ‘consistent ethic of life’ he advocated.  Meaning, he believed that there exist a common thread weaving all social justice issues because of the sanctity of a human life. Heppner’s work extends this metaphor by using cheesecloth to represent his belief in the connectedness and interdependence of all things.


The Lure: Margaux Crump

Host: Women and Their Work, 1710 Lavaca St.

Date: June 16 – July 26

For The Lure, Margaux Crump debuts a body of work that explores gender and the natural world through the lens of power relationships. Using the idea of hunting and courting both literally and metaphorically, her sculptures, drawings, and photographs trace the complex movements of power between entities. Materials like sparkling salt licks, golden fishhooks, sex-safe silicone, and fluorescent minerals come together in unfamiliar ways, drawing us in while blurring the boundaries between predator and prey; human and animal; masculine and feminine.


Western Futurism

Host: Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 S. Congress Ave.

Date: June 1 – August 1

Jimmy Descant, who calls himself a Severe Reconstructivist, says, “I grew up in New Orleans, lived in Colorado for 10 years, and am now on a 2 to 3 year art adventure with my wife, vintage camper, and cats around the South and West! I am a self-taught artist of 22 years, after 15 years in the music business, in my own style of found object assemblage, specializing in what I call ‘Western Futurism.’ Since 1996 I have scoured the flea markets, thrift stores, and alleys of America, gleaning and using parts from the Golden Age of American manufacturing to disassemble down to the hardware, then upcycle build into my sculptural style and statement of my vision of the West – its Peoples, environment, and social/political conditions.”

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Refugee is Not My Name

Host: Austin Public Library, 710 W Cesar Chavez St.

Date: June 7 – August 8

“The Library Foundation presents Refugee Is Not My Name as part of the Mayor’s Book Club at the Central Library Gallery” is a traveling art exhibition highlighting photographic portraits, film, and stories of refugees from around the world who have resettled in Austin. The show will be on display at the Austin Central Library gallery from June 7 – Aug. 5 and is free and open to the public. This exhibition meets Austin residents where they are – in public and iconic spaces throughout the city – and invites them to come and learn the names, see the faces, and get to know some of their refugee neighbors as the unique individuals they are. At each exhibiting location, new portraits and stories will be added. Film by Aaron Weiss, One Story Productions; Writing by Jess Archer; Photography by Ashley St. Clair. Brought to you by The Austin Public Library and STAV Creative.


Source Material

Host: CAMBIAart Gallery, 2832 E. MLK Blvd.

Date: June 16 – August 11

CAMIBAart is excited to present the highly anticipated two-person exhibition “Source Material” featuring William T. Carson and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell.  Both artists have a common interest in geology, natural materials, and the environment yet their artistic techniques and approaches are distinct.

Viewers familiar with these artists will find the artworks created for this exhibit resolutely continue their artistic trajectories.  Rebecca’s newest geology and mineral based abstractions continue to be forged on paper, but now are presented mounted on wood panels free of glass, allowing for a wonderful intimacy and personal connection to the works.  The artworks William constructs for us here continue to explore form and composition while using mica, white sand, and acrylic in addition to his signature coal.

More than simply an exhibition of two artist’s artworks, both artists created the works for this exhibit independently but yet in tandem – talking and visiting with each other periodically about their ideas, influences and developments.  Join us for a thoughtful exhibit exploring Light, Texture, Gesture and Color.


Infinity X Loop

Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale Road

Date: June 21-August 14

Opening reception: June 21, 7-10pm

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.


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.


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.



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.