Austin Art Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions


Host: CAMIBAart at Sixth Street Gallery, 2000 E 6th St

Dates: January 19 – February 23, 2019

Opening Reception: Saturday, January 19, 5:00 – 8:30pm

Society lives in flux, constantly in a state of struggle between here and there, this or that. This exhibition showcases six artists who are observing the between. Be it through material, mode, or meaning; these artists exist in a liminal space. Featuring Artists: Alicia Philley, GD Wright, Steven Eggert Rabbitt, Vy Ngo, Andrea Hyland, Carmen Izurieta, Sarah Presson.

Paul Kolazinski

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 S Lamar Blvd, suite C110-B

Dates: January 19 – February 17, 2019

Opening Reception: January 19, 7-9pm

Paul Kolazinski’s distorted hand-stretched canvases break the flat plane of traditional paintings. Geometric compositions highlight the canvas form and allow the drama of the work to happen at the edges of the canvas, rather than within the field. These unique works must be seen in the round to be fully appreciated.

Forest for the Trees

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: January 19 – February 9

Opening reception: January 19, 4-7pm

Julia Lucey reveres nature. With arches and a pre-raphaelite attention to detail in this body of work, Lucey presents nature as sacred. Her process of collaging aquatint etchings allows each plant or animal to be meticulously depicted and elevated to the symbolic. She has taken inspiration from fables and woven them into what otherwise could be seen as solely scientific native plant etchings, emphasizing the wonder embedded in the natural.

A resident of Fairfax, California, Julia Lucey got her BFA in printmaking from the San Francisco Art Institute and the inspiration for her art from her years spent backpacking and working in the Western United States. As an Artist-in-Residence at Kala Art Institute, Julia has focused on traditional etching techniques and aquatint to create images dealing with the evolving issues of wildlife, its dissolution, and the attempt by many to direct its path. She has exhibited her work throughout the United States.

Past and Present: Randall Reid

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

Dates: January 19 – February 23

Opening reception: January 19, 7 – 9pm

Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Past and Present, a retrospective exhibit that surveys nearly four decades of Randall Reid’s prolific career as a visual artist. Throughout his life, Reid has measured and interpreted the elemental qualities of his surroundings. As a boy, he would record his local weather, the temperature, and linear distances in the wide-open prairies and grasslands of Northern Texas. As an artist, Reid has continued to ask the same questions that captured his imagination when he was young, choosing to translate his findings into work characterized by simple line and form, and impressive control of a wide range of media.

‘Scuse Us While We Kiss The Sky: Jad Fair & David Fair

Host: Yard Dog Art Gallery, 1510 S Congress Ave
Dates: January 19 – February 10
Opening Reception: January 19, 7-9pm

Yard Dog is celebrating the new year with a show of art by brothers Jad & David Fair. Featured will be Jad Fair’s cutout paintings of album covers and David Fair’s silly tribute paintings. The Fair Brothers are founding members of the indescribably different rock band Half Japanese and long-time artists. Jad, who lives in the Austin area, will be in attendance for the opening. David, who lives in Maryland, will not.

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Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance

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

Dates: January 23 – March 17

Performances: January 23 – March 2, 2019

Artist talk: February 5, 7pm

The Contemporary Austin–led by Executive Director and CEO Louis Grachos–presents an exhibition by artists Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin at its downtown Austin venue, the Jones Center at 700 Congress Avenue. On view January 23 through March 17, 2019, Janine Antoni and Anna Halprin: Paper Dance is a retrospective of work from the past thirty years by New York-based artist Janine Antoni (Bahamian, born 1964 in Freeport, Grand Bahama), including sculptures and photographs. The exhibition also includes a solo dance performance by Antoni developed collaboratively with the pioneering dancer and choreographer Anna Halprin (Ameri-can, born 1920 in Wilmette, Illinois).

Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language

Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E. MLK Jr. Blvd

Dates: February 17 – May 26, 2019

Words/Matter highlights the depth and breadth of the Blanton’s Latin American collection, featuring approximately 150 works in a variety of media, dating from the 1930s to the present. The exhibition will also debut recent gifts to the museum, including several works donated to the museum by the late Jacqueline Barnitz, an internationally recognized scholar of Latin American art and UT Professor Emerita, and a group of Chicanx prints given to the Blanton by Gilberto Cardenas, a collector of Latinx and Chicanx art and professor at UT from 1975 to 1999.

Elizabeth Chapin

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: March 2 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception: March 2, 4-7pm

Artist Talk: March 2, 4pm

On Saturday, March 2nd, Wally Workman Gallery will open their 3rd solo show with figurative painter Elizabeth Chapin. Chapin’s large scale works reference her Southern upbringing and the conflicted nostalgia surrounding the gentility and graciousness of the South. Chapin views much of this culture as made possible largely by graceless and dark systems. This obfuscation of ugliness and the worship of appearance is the theme that runs throughout her new body of work. Using the idea of lace as a metaphor for this experience and referencing historical religious painting, she explores beauty as safety for both the oppressed and the worshiped and idealized. Halos of fabric, acrylic and neon surround Chapin’s paintings. Some of the pieces are stuffed like giant decorative pillows, epitomizing the comfort of beauty. With these works, Chapin has exposed Southern portraiture as a pre-instagram status symbol and examines the pleasure and willful ignorance derived within it.

Current Exhibitions

Mid Century Print Making Exhibition

Host: Russell Collection Fine Art, 1009 W 6th St

Dates: January 5 – 31, 2019

Opening Reception & Lecture: January 19, 6-9p

The Russell Collection presents this gallery exhibition as part of PrintAustin, held annually January 15-February 15: a month-long event celebrating the art of original printmaking and educating the public about the traditions of printmaking, as well as showcasing the innovations of the contemporary approach.

PrintAustin’s mission to the Austin art community and galleries is to share our enthusiasm for printmaking by helping galleries curate, exhibit, and promote works on paper and to engage a wider audience through in-house artist talks, signings, panels, printmaking demonstrations, and print-focused art happenings.

Eliza Thomas Opening Reception

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: January 5 – 26

Opening reception: January 5, 4 – 7pm

On Saturday, January 5th, the Wally Workman Gallery will open a new show with Austin-based painter Eliza Thomas. Working with ink on kozo paper, Thomas explores the beauty of decay. She has found a nuanced strength present in deterioration and the quiet moments that result from its study. It is this dynamic of strength and unexpected calm that dominates Thomas’ large scale works.

Eliza Thomas, who lives and works in Austin, received her B.A. from Barnard College and attended the School of Visual Arts and the Parsons School of Design in New York.  In addition to Wally Workman Gallery, Thomas’ artwork has been shown in solo and group exhibitions across the country. Her work is represented in public and private collections.

Established in 1980 and located in a 100 year old historic house in Austin’s art district, the Wally Workman Gallery specializes in emerging and collected talent. The gallery has two stories of exhibition space where one can view the 55 artists currently represented.


If I Could, I Would Cover Everything With My Drawings / Hedwidge Jacobs

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street

Dates: January 19 – February 28

Opening reception: January 19, 7 – 9pm

“Everything I do starts from a drawing” says Hedwige Jacobs. In her newest body of work, Jacobs presents a series of stations, each a separate work, and each emerging from her drawing practice. For Jacobs, drawing is at once an honest and direct mode of communication and a way of making sense of the world.

In her Corner Room installation, Jacobs covers domestic furniture—rocking chairs, throw rugs, television, curtains, lamps, side tables—in a black and white, hand-drawn, woven pattern. The weaving starts at one point on the object, encapsulating it and ending with a knot, which allows the weave to suggest new visual relationships and perhaps a cognitive dissonance for her viewer. With these obsessive drawings, she is touching on the overabundance of choices and obsessiveness of our lives as consumers. These imperfect weaves wander and meander across surfaces, leaving the viewer off-balance and in an ambiguous, yet familiar, space.

Here & Nowhere

Host: The Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd.

Dates: November 17 – January 26

The sense of sight serves as the largest window of which to perceive the world, but our perception has a much greater depth and complexity than what sight alone provides. Inspired by this ambiguity and the avoidance of the obvious, Photographer Derrick Fore captures compelling imagery from seemingly inconspicuous moments.

The People’s Gallery 2018

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

Date: February 2018 – January 31

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.

Artists in Conversation: Jessica Stockholder & Robert Davidson

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

Dates: September 15 – March 3

In just two weeks, The Contemporary Austin will unveil a brilliant new exhibition by acclaimed Chicago-based artist Jessica Stockholder. Bringing painting into three-dimensional space through the use of everyday objects, Relational Aesthetics, explores how form, color, abstraction, and relationships – between things, or even between artists – may generate meaning. In this spirit, Stockholder has invited the renowned First Nations sculptor, painter, and printmaker, Robert Davidson to exhibit a selection of works on paper.

As part of our opening weekend celebrations, we are delighted to host a conversation between Jessica Stockholder and Robert Davidson on Saturday afternoon, September 15. It is my pleasure to invite you to hear these celebrated artists speak together about their concurrent new exhibitions, Stockholder’s Relational Aesthetics and Davidson’s U and Eye, curated by Jessica Stockholder.