Austin Art Exhibitions

Upcoming Exhibitions


Host: UT Austin Visual Arts Center, 2300 Trinity St.

Dates: November 2 – December 7

Opening reception: November 2, 6 – 8pm

The Visual Arts Center and Center Space Project are pleased to announce the opening reception for Sula Bermudez-Silverman’s Sutures on Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 from 6–8 p.m. Refreshments generously provided by Big Bend Brewing Co.

Sutures features the work of artist Sula Bermudez-Silverman and surveys her long-term practice of portraiture. Bermudez-Silverman mines her own family lineage and image archive to convey the complexities of identification, in particular the role and interplay of religion, race, ethnicity and nationality. The works featured in the exhibition attest to the tension between inherent versus constructed identity. Underlying Suturesare elements of textile sculpture, with artworks woven, sewn, crocheted, spun and embroidered alongside the use of found and cast materials. Bermudez-Silverman’s recent venture into video work further pushes the boundaries of portraiture as the abstracted bodies of her and her family command space beyond the traditional edges of the frame. In Sutures, Bermudez-Silverman challenges societal pressures to categorize the self, instead displaying her and her family’s identities as expansive and inextricably-linked.

Landmarks Guided Tour

Host: UT Landmarks, 24th and Speedway

Date: November 4, 11am – 12pm

Join Landmarks for an hour-long, docent-led walking tour of works in the public art collection. Meet your docent at 11 am at Nancy Rubins’ Monochrome for Austin at the corner of 24th and Speedway to learn about how artists use texture to create depth and dimension.

Free and open to the public. Tours are held rain or shine; please dress accordingly.


Host: grayDUCK gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez

Dates: November 9 – December 23

Opening reception: November 9, 6 – 10pm

This exhibition explores land as a catalyst for the exploration of identity. The places I create are born from memory, history and imagination. Through installations, mixed media drawings and paintings, collages, and video, I explore how our natural environment(s) shapes personal narratives, ancestral histories and constructions of “home.” I want my work to be both intimate and vast. Landscape allows me a wide visual lens within which to situate intimate cultural artifacts and discuss the inextricably intertwined relationship of the natural and human worlds.

Ao5 Gallery Reopening

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

Date: November 10, 7 – 10pm

Our grand reopening event on November 10th will feature a collection of modern masters including Alexander Calder and Joan Miro; as well as special guest John Morse, a contemporary of Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. Morse is a living legend who is still actively making art today. Ao5 Gallery is the only gallery in the world to carry his original creations.

Ericka Walker | Influence

Host: Flatbed Press and Gallery, 2830 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Dates: November 10 – December 31

Opening reception: November 10, 6 – 8pm

This exhibition presents recent work by Nova Scotia based artist Ericka Walker. Her large-scale multi-color lithographs draw on the vibrant history of propaganda, printed ephemera, and advertising from twentieth century Europe and North America, exposing nostalgia as an ongoing rhetorical device in a contemporary sociopolitical climate that clings savagely to destructive birthrights and colonial residues. As a self described “Daughter of Colonialism,” Walker looks to the history of her parent nation, her host country, and to her own family’s involvement in settlement, agriculture, industry, and military service as enterprises that are far more complex than any slogan or advertisement can extol.

Ericka Walker was born in Hartford, Wisconsin, USA. She received a BS from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an MFA from the University of Tennessee- Knoxville. Her work has been included in numerous domestic and international exhibitions and biennials, as well as public, teaching, and private collections in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia. She holds the position of Associate Professor in the Fine Arts Division at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design.

Infinite Worlds: The Art of the Fantastic

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

Dates: November 3 – December 1

Opening reception: November 10, 1 – 3pm, Artist talk at 2pm

Enjoy a fantastic reception with light refreshments, artists talks and fun conversations with other Sci Fi fans! The ASFA has put together an exhibit of contemporary science fiction and fantasy artists that highlights artists working on a variety of projects from sculpture to book covers to creator owned projects.

Backyard Story Night

Host: Health Discovery Building, 1601 Trinity St.

Date: November 11, 6 – 8:30pm

Join Landmarks, Austin’s Backyard Story NightDell Medical School, and the Humanities Institute to enjoy an evening of stories centered around the theme Healing Touch.

Commissioned for the newly opened Dell Medical School, artist Ann Hamilton created a series of photographs that illustrate touch, something we typically feel rather than see. The project is framed by the idea that human touch is the most essential means of contact and a fundamental expression of physical and emotional care. Hamilton’s larger-than-life portraits will serve as a backdrop for the evening of stories. This event celebrates the human exchanges that occur in public art and healthcare, as well as the importance of both in the Austin community.

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.

Here & Nowhere

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

Dates: November 17 – January 26

Opening reception: November 17, 1 – 3pm

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.


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

Dates: December 8 – January 5

Opening reception: December 12, 7 – 9pm

Enjoy refreshments, great conversation and a special yoga performance while exploring Laurie Lisonbee’s new exhibit, Posture/Gesture.

Paintings of the human figure are juxtaposed with found objects that are repurposed, constructed, and transformed into object-paintings. East meets west in gold-leafed surfaces surrounding meticulously painted human figures and Mudra-like gestures hint of vows, rituals, and meditations, revealing narrative and identity.


Current Exhibitions

(Im)possibilities: A Retrospective of Dysfunction | Gareth Maguire

Host: Flatbed Press and Gallery, 2830 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Dates: September 25 – November 3

Over the course of two years at the Flatbed studio Gareth Maguire has created an expressive array of monotypes and monoprints. Steeped in his stream of consciousness approach to image making, each piece is a map of the moods, the music and the surroundings that Maguire found inside and outside the studio. This immediate and impassioned approach to image making imbues his prints with a heartbeat one can both see and feel throughout his body of work.

Dave Lowell Opening Reception

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

Dates: October 13 – November 9

Native Austinite Dave Lowell has been making his mark on the streets of Austin and around the country for nearly a decade. Widely recognized as one of the top graffiti and mural artists in the United States, his work has been exhibited from Los Angeles to Miami and Washington D.C. Lowell’s punchy graphics are deconstructed into patterns of light and shadow, and then sprayed through layers of intricately hand-cut stencils onto canvas or found objects. His soft free-hand application of aerosol paint is given structure by the technical precision of his stencil work. This will be his first solo exhibition at ART on 5th Gallery.

Dave Lowell Opening Reception

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

Dates: October 13 – November 9

Native Austinite Dave Lowell has been making his mark on the streets of Austin and around the country for nearly a decade. Widely recognized as one of the top graffiti and mural artists in the United States, his work has been exhibited from Los Angeles to Miami and Washington D.C. Lowell’s punchy graphics are deconstructed into patterns of light and shadow, and then sprayed through layers of intricately hand-cut stencils onto canvas or found objects.

Thomas Cook: Nocturne

Date: September 1 – November 10

“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

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

EAST @ Este

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

Dates: November 2 – 18

Link & Pin Gallery is hosting five outstanding local artists and one collective this year in the 2018 East Austin Studio Tour. The tour features artists Lyle Adair, Larry Goode, Pete Holland, Jill Robinson, Minden Ten Eyck, and the Notches Collective (Murphy McBride and Clara Newby).

Nola Parker

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: November 3 – 24

On Saturday, November 3rd, Wally Workman Gallery will open their first solo show with painter Nola Parker. Born and raised in Vermont, Parker feels most at home in the outdoors. Her connection and love of the natural world inspires much of her work. Her current paintings explore the junction between civilization and wilderness and the interplay of man-made structures with their enduring natural environments. She works to communicate the variety of nature in shape, color, texture, and attitude, and to capture the energy that is not visible at first but can be found in all things, if observed carefully. This show includes gouache works depicting scenes from Texas as well as Vermont.

Serene Bacigalupi Opening Reception

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

Dates: October 27 – November 25

New York artist Serene Bacigalupi will be exhibiting her whimsical “Monster Makeover” paintings in Austin for the first time! In this endearing and on-going series, vintage paintings are given new life with original characters added by Bacigalupi into the landscape with ink and paint pen. These makeovers have become well known for their narrative quality as well as for the recurring characters which appear throughout her work. In addition to paintings and limited edition prints, Bacigalupi has partnered with a creative team to bring her monsters, unicorns, and other lovable creatures to life. These 3-dimensional soft sculptures will be taking over the gallery space during this exhibit, just in time for Halloween!

Fall 2018 Season Opening Reception

Host: Visual Arts Center, 2301 San Jacinto Blvd.

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

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.

A Memory of Place

Host: Artworks Gallery, 1214 West 6th Street

Dates: October 19 – December 14

Austin artist Julie Fritz captures her memories of our local scenic treasures in her unique oil and cold wax landscape paintings.  Please join us at the opening reception to celebrate these breathtaking views that we all love, and to hear the artist speak about her process.

London Rock: The Unseen Archive – Photography by Alec Byrne

Host: Modern Rocks Gallery, 916 Springdale Road

Dates: October 19 – December 31

Byrne’s career began at the age of 17 when he was put under contract to capture live acts for the British music press. He was interested in photographing the emerging stars of British music during an incredible period of musical history, describing his schedule as, “The Who on Thursday, The Rolling Stones on Saturday, Led Zeppelin on Monday’. From Mick Jagger’s explosive live performances to tender portraits of a young David Bowie, Byrne worked with a wide range of musicians, revealing their distinctive characteristics in each shot. His intuitive approach was of a rock n’ roll mind-set, favoring candid photography over a studio setting. Byrne’s desire to capture the most powerful imagery saw him battling to the front of crowds and racing home from performances to develop his work through the night.

The show will feature a display of framed silver gelatin prints, including some stunning large format prints, and also a collection of one-of-a-kind, original vintage silver gelatin prints, all available to purchase. Alec Byrne will be in attendance on the night, with the show running up until the end of the year.

Refreshments by Austin Eastciders with cocktails crafted by ShillingCrafted thanks to Uncle Billy’s Smokehouse & Brewery.

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.

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.