Austin Art Exhibitions





Lindsay Smith: Vivid

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

Dates: December 21 – February 22, 2020

To represent the energy of tension within the human figure, Smith uses brilliant color to highlight body movements that are often unnoticed.






Cultivating Creativity: Dougherty Arts Center Annual Teaching Artists Exhibit

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

Dates: December 21 – February 22, 2020

DAC staff inspires students by being examples of passionate creators and bringing their talents and encouragement into the classroom. Explore works from their own personal art practices and learn more about these creative instructors that cultivate Austin’s future artists.




Unseen Prints from the Mexic-Arte Museum Collection

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Dates: December 13 – March 1, 2020

Unseen Prints from the Mexic-Arte Museum Collection will be on view from December 13, 2019 – March 1, 2020.  This exhibition will feature various forms of printmaking from serigraphs to lithography.  The Museum will highlight the work of various tallers, groups, and print fairs.




Mix ‘n’ Mash: Cosmología 

Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Avenue

Dates: December 13 – February 9, 2020

Mix ‘n’ Mash: Cosmología will be on view from December 13, 2019 – February 9, 2020.  This group exhibition will display artworks from over 200 local and regional artists created on quality panels donated by Ampersand Art Supply.  Each limited-edition Mix n’ Mash artwork is uniquely crafted for the exhibition and all proceeds from the exhibit will support the Museum’s exhibition programming for children and adults. The special theme for this year’s exhibition is Cosmología. Artists have been asked to use the term Cosmology (defined as the science of the origin and development of the universe) as an inspirational starting point.  Artists are encouraged to explore this theme as it relates to physical cosmology (the laws of science as it relates to the universe’s origin) or mythological cosmology (a body of beliefs based on mythological and esoteric literature and traditions of creation myths and eschatology).



Kathryn Polk: Solo Show 

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: January 9 – February 2, 2020

Polk grew up in the South during the 1950s and 60s when expectations for women to achieve a position other than domestic caregiver was highly unusual, and often frowned upon. This had a lasting effect on Polk and her lithographs are narratives that emerged from memories of this era. Each piece contains dozens of her unique symbols, for example: flames, needle and thread, logs, prickly pear pads, helicopter seeds, tattoos and spilled milk. Polk has created a visual language for the Southern female experience and one that reminds us of how far we have come and how far we have yet to go. Kathryn Polk: Narrative Lithographs is presented in conjunction with PrintAustin, a city-wide event showcasing traditional and contemporary approaches in printmaking.



Melanie Hickerson: The Tie that Binds

Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road

Dates: January 11 – February 8, 2020

Melanie Hickerson – The Tie that Binds: Inspired by the forms and relationships in the natural world have become the artist’s greatest teachers, Hickerson combines this inspiration with her own adventures to create surrealistic yet narrative paintings.




Ana Esteve Llorens: SPACE IS A REALITY

Host: grayDUCK Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez

Dates: January 11 – February 23, 2020

By means of sculpture and installation Spanish artist Ana Esteve Llorens presents a new group of works that enquire about the reality of space as a sensory experience. Utilizing natural and manufactured materials, craft techniques and industrial processes, the artist engages with different methods of production and with a local and international community of Makers. Within each work, the conversation between art, craft and design is expanded.



Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins 

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

Dates: January 11 – July 12, 2020

Ed Ruscha: Drum Skins will debut a new body of more than a dozen round paintings made between 2017 and 2019 by the pioneering American artist known for his use of language.  The presentation features text Ruscha painted on found drumheads that he has collected over the past forty years. Informed by memories of the distinctive slang he grew up hearing in Oklahoma, the phrases consist of double and triple negatives such as “I Ain’t Telling You No Lie” and “I Never Done Nobody No Harm.”



Mike Egan: New Paintings

Host: Yard Dog Gallery, 216 Springdale Rd. #103

Dates: January 17 – February 15

We’re kicking things off with art by Mike Egan. Mike, a Portand, OR artist, is a former funeral director, and his skulls and skeleton paintings stem from meditations on life & death. Our first opening is coming up on Friday night, January 17.





Daniel Johnston

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

Dates: January 8 – March 31

Austin Public Library commemorates the life and work of beloved musician and artist Daniel Johnston, who passed away in 2019, leaving behind a rich legacy of musical recordings, sketches, and cartoons. On January 22, 2020, the Central Library will display a new mural honoring Johnston. The artwork was commissioned by The Library Foundation, and will be housed in Central Library’s fourth floor Special Collections area. The mural by artist Jason Archer mimics Johnston’s playful, surreal style and invokes themes Johnston explored throughout his life and work, including his struggles with mental illness. A collection of Johnston’s original sketches will also be displayed in the Central Library’s Living Room gallery on the sixth floor.



Testament Project – Kris Graves

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

Opening Reception + Talk: Sunday, February 2nd 2 – 4pm

Dates: January 14 – February 29

The Austin Central Library presents exhibition by Kris Graves, New York and London based photographer and publisher. In his Testament Project, Graves presents brightly colored portraits of black individuals, showing the diversity within the community. The project is an exploration and re-conception of the contemporary black experience in America. More often than not, black people are portrayed in the extreme-either as very rich or very poor, they are demonized, infantilized, ridiculed, idolized or hyper-sexualized; and within the art canon there is a noticeable scarcity of black representation.



MK Hargrove

Host: Artworks Gallery, 1214 West 6th Street

Dates: January 17 – February 22

Art by local painter MK Hargrove will be on display in our revolving gallery from January 17th through February 22nd, with an opening reception on Saturday January 18th from 2-5 PM





2020 PrintAustin Invitational Exhibition – Soul: Melanated Life in Print

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

Reception & Curatorial Discussion: Tuesday, January 30th 5 – 7pm

Dates: January 17 – February 9, 2020

Link and Pin Gallery is pleased to host the 2020 Print Austin Invitational Exhibit.  Guest Curator and Printmaker, Jamal Barber of Studio Noize Podcast, visits us from Atlanta, Georgia. Melanated is an illuminated source of energy integrated within the ebony/brown pigment. This exhibit features the art of African American printmakers that use the medium of print to talk about the black experience. The beauty and struggle of black life are highlighted in this collection of work. The show features the work of Jennifer Mack Watkins, Latoya Hobbs, Rashaun Rucker, Ann Johnson, Rabea Ballin, Jerushia Graham, Maurice Evans, Grace Kisa, Jasmine Williams, and Jamaal Barber.

Mihee Nahm: Soaked

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street

Dates: January 18 – February 27, 2020

In meticulous paintings and watercolors of leaves, of rain, of mud, of other objects in the natural world, Mihee Nahm seeks to capture the ephemeral in all its transience. As the present endlessly slips into the past, Nahm’s images forever arrest the fleeting passage of time as it is manifested in nature. Subtle changes in the time of day, the weather, and mood capture the artist’s attention because they mirror her state of mind drawing us into similar reflections of longing and loss.



Spectrum: New work by Roi James

Host: Davis Art Gallery, 837 West 12th Street

Dates: January 18 – February 22

Davis Gallery is proud to announce Spectrum, Roi James’ first solo exhibit in Austin in nearly a decade. In this new collection, James presents works ranging from brilliant, undulating polychrome constructs, to delicate oil paintings contemplating the expanses of the open sea. Over the course of his career, James has boldly shifted his artistic vision, reinventing himself many times over and enjoying consistent success along the way. His mastery of several mediums and styles has attracted national attention and local fame. Spectrum, represents his latest triumphs, and delivers a complete series of diverse, significant work.



The Pleasure of Making

Host: ICOSA, 916 Springdale Rd., Bldg. 2, #102

Opening Reception: Friday, January 24th 7 – 10pm

Dates: January 24 – February 15

The Pleasure of Making is an exhibition of created works by local hobbyists and crafters. These makers create to continuously learn, to engage deeply, to observe and problem solve, to confront the challenges of techniques, refine skills, remain curious, relieve stress, to share and form a community, but ultimately, they create for pleasure. This concept of learning a craft and engaging in a hobby seems to be on the decline while our leisure time is increasingly being consumed by digital content. This exhibition is organized and curated by ICOSA member Tammie Rubin.









East Meets West

Host: Austin Fine Art Gallery, 2805 Bee Cave Road

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 1st 4 – 7pm

Fine Artists Ping & Craig Irvin met in the art realm, finding a mutual appreciation for Abstract Expressionism (especially each other’s). Ping’s work is a mixture of East & West; full of imagination and color. Craig’s work is Wild West in all its glory & whimsy. They met via the internet and continued with a meeting in China, culminating in marriage. East Meets West is a meeting of hearts, minds, and ART!

Juan Luis Jardi: Solo Show

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 8th 4 – 7pm

Dates: February 8 – March 1

A mix of magic realism with certain influences of Pop Art and surrealism, Jardí’s figures and themes illustrate the contrast in our lives and the doubts we are faced with as humans. He strives for his work to provoke feelings: nostalgia, melancholy, loneliness and a sense of uneasiness as well as feelings of euphoria and calm. Jardí’s paintings offer a vintage perspective much like a trip into the past.

Beyond the Wall: KB, Katie Lehn and Adam Stratton

Host: Doughtery Arts Center, 1101 Barton Springs Road

Opening Reception: Wednesday, February 19th 7 – 9pm

Dates: February 7 – March 7

The Dougherty Arts Center is hosting a new exhibit in February that celebrates two of our Visual Artists in Residence (Lehn and Stratton) who have partnered with Austin Artist Jess K. Butler (KB) to create a beautiful 2D and 3D display. This exhibit honors the uniqueness of the artists’ individual practices and celebrates 2D and 3D works that create a fluid experience for the viewer. The Artist Reception will take place as part of a special Art After Dark event presented by Date Night @the DAC. Enjoy the artwork, refreshments, music, and a creative activity all in the same evening!

The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s

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

Dates: February 16 – May 17, 2020

The Blanton Museum of Art will present The Avant-garde Networks of Amauta: Argentina, Mexico, and Peru in the 1920s from February 16 to May 17, 2020. Co-organized by the Blanton Museum of Art and the Museo de Arte de Lima, the exhibition traveled to the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, the Museo de Arte de Lima in Peru, and the Museo del Palacio de Bellas Artes in Mexico City before its concluding presentation at the Blanton.

The Cat Behind the Hat

Host: Ao5 Gallery, 3005 South Lamar Blvd.

Opening Reception: Saturday, February 29th 7 – 10pm

Dates: February 29 – March 29

For over 60 years, Dr. Seuss’s illustrations have brought his whimsical storyteller’s imagination to life for millions of children around the world. Unknown to many of his readers, his artistic talent went far beyond the printed page. Theodor Seuss Geisel created many fascinating works of art after hours of writing and illustrating his famous children’s books each day. These pieces which he sometimes called his “midnight paintings”, were later published after his death, as the Secret Art of Dr. Seuss collection. Learn about this remarkable American storyteller & artist at Ao5 Gallery’s annual Dr. Seuss celebration with guest speaker Seuss art curator Mike Hardin.