Art City Austin moves inside — and launches a slick art fair

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Austin American Statesman

April 28, 2016

More than 50 years ago, Art City Austin started as an arts-and-crafts-vendors-in-tents event, a benefit for what was then the city’s only art museum.

It’s morphed over the decades. And this year it’s got yet another new feature — and a new location.

But the core of Art City Austin is the grand display of artists, jewelry makers and craftspeople from around the country who will display, and sell, their creations.

After years of being an outside happening, for the first time Art City Austin dodges the vagaries of Mother Nature and moves indoors to the Palmer Events Center. Nearly 100 artists will set up booths inside.

Also a first: Art Alliance Austin — the nonprofit organization at the helm — will try out staging a boutique showing of 25 galleries from across Texas. It’s a nascent effort to stage the kind of slick art fairs that many worldwide art centers have. Houston’s Devon Borden Gallery and Art Palace Gallery will represent at Art City Austin. Likewise Circuit 12 Contemporary from Dallas and Haus Collective from San Antonio.

But, of course, this is Austin, so that means all this art, slick or not, is accompanied by a full slate of live music including Tameca Jones, Hardproof Afrobeat and more.