Austin Art Exhibitions





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.”




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.



Attachments: Lawrence Jolly

Host: Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 East 6th Street

Dates: February 14 – March 29

Exhibition on view 24 hours/day

Attachments: Where nature and divine clasp. The paintings and mixed media art works of Lawrence Jolly explore innate emotional, spiritual, and physical connections we have with each other and the things we cherish.
As a Contemporary Narrative Realist, Lawrence Jolly tells through his art exquisite stories reflecting a broad range of shared human experience. A joyful mash-up of Dali and Rockwell, Jolly’s work is an amalgam of boldly rendered figurative, animal, and environmental subject matter, woven into magically ethereal settings in oil and mixed media.




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.



Echoes and Spaces: New Paintings by Shawn Camp & Lana Waldrep-Appl

Host: ICOSA, 916 Springdale Road

Dates: February 28 – March 28

In Echoes and SpacesLana Waldrep-Appl and Shawn Camp explore the feelings of the sublime that happen in those moments when you allow yourself to completely reside inside of the space you are in. These paintings feel like daydreaming, an activity that takes place primarily when one is doing nothing. Both artists are interested in exploring the something-ness of nothing.



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.



Back to the World: Christian De Dier & William Wahlgren

Host: Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th Street

Dates: February 29 – March 28

Davis Gallery is pleased to announce Back to the World, a two-person exhibition featuring new work by Christian De Dier and William Wahlgren. The title of this exhibit, which is derived from the title of a painting by the late abstract painter Agnes Martin, is a subtle nod to the serene sense of contemplation each artist achieves, as well as to the opposing but dual meaning which unifies these two artists’ artwork. Back to the World compares one artist who turns back to the world for inspiration, while the other artist turns his back to the world.



John Douglas: The Man Who Paints Rock & Roll

Host: Russell Collection, 1009 West 6th Street

Reception with Artist: Saturday, March 14th 6 – 9pm

Dates: March 6 – 15






Betelhem Makonnen: Rock Standard Time (RST) – Tito’s Prize Exhibition

Host: Big Medium, 916 Springdale Rd.

Dates: March 6 – April 4

Big Medium is pleased to present the third annual Tito’s Prize exhibition featuring winner Betelhem Makonnen. The solo exhibition, Rock Standard Time (RST), will open with a special reception on Friday, March 6. Rock Standard Time (RST) is an invitation to res(e)t our current climate of temporal anxiety. Feeling exiled from time, rather than being in and of it, it seems everyone is continually chasing after it and never catching up. How can we have time outside of imposed standards and within our best interests? Can we rush, if we must, but slowly? Works in photography, video, text and installation made through, with, and just in time ask us to shift our perspective and consider multiple scales and registers for time accounting.




Bob Schneider and Margie Criner

Host: Yard Dog Gallery, 916 Springdale Road Building 2

Dates: March 6 – April 11

Chicago artist Margie Criner makes small abstract, organic-shaped sculptures that house miniature dioramas, viewable through a peephole.
Austinite Bob Schneider is a long-time Austin musician and artist. For this show, Bob has created a group of mixed media work that combines painting with collage.





Sarah Sudhoff: Point of Origin

Host: GrayDuck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez

Artist Talk: Sunday, March 29th at 2pm

Dance Performance: Saturday, April 18th at 2pm (limited seating)

Dates: March 6 – April 19

This experimental exhibition takes cues from the connections between sound and human emotion. Growing up on or near military bases with her father, a military pilot, the sounds of aviation have long been the soundtrack of Sudhoff’s life. The sounds that would carry her father away for long deployments would resurface on his return. The sound of military planes and helicopters trigger nostalgia, hope and fear. The exhibition includes suspended sculptures, sound installation, and debossed wall works that draw upon personal observations, cartography, and the mechanics of the helicopter and those involved in the nearly 300 flights completed in just one month of Life Flight.





Laura Latimer: Plight of the Primrose

Host: Dimension Gallery, 979 Springdale Rd.

Dates: March 6 – April 19

In the early 1900s, Oenothera lamarckiana, the evening primrose, was central to the debate over the cause of evolution and its subsequent mutations. The discussion has now shifted to whether or not humanity is playing the primary role in genetic erosion through over-exploitation, habitat destruction, introduction of invasive species, and genetically modifying crops. As we lose indigenous plants to extinction, will new varieties that arise find means to flourish? This sculptural exhibition, situated in the former industrial space of Dimension’s gallery, contemplates how future mutants might survive in fragmented ecosystems. Demolition rubble collected onsite and reclaimed materials from area construction projects serve as the foundation for a fanciful, botanically-inspired habitat that offers hope for biological regeneration in the wake of continuous urban renewal cycles, and possibly, a blueprint of recovery from the most hostile of circumstances.





Jill Bedgood: Barnacles of Existence

Host: Women & Their Work, 1710 Lavaca Street

Dates: March 7 – April 21

Jill Bedgood creates mixed media sculpture and installations that contemplate the dualities in life, the cyclical nature of existence, and the weight of memory. In the tradition of marble memorials, her reliefs, laden with symbolic objects, contrast excess and austerity to evoke transience and immortality. Bedgood’s artwork functions as contemporary memento mori, asking us to consider why we value our possessions and their persistence through time after our own lives end.




Ellen Heck: Form and Function

Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 West 6th Street

Dates: March 7 – 29

Form and Function is a study of portraiture, symbolism, and topology inspired by William Adolphe Bouguereau’s Broken Pitcher (La Cruche Cassée, 1891). Several of these new paintings highlight the formal similarities between vessels and Klein bottles (a non-orientable surface with no boundary), calling attention to the repetition, substitution, and compression required to create both a symbol and a painting. Vessels, Möbius strips, and Klein bottles merge and transform in this kaleidoscopic fusion of 19th century French portraiture and mathematical topology.



Celebrating Pastels: Austin Pastel Society 2020 Juried Member Exhibition

Host: Austin Fine Art Gallery, 2805 Bee Caves Road

Opening Reception: Sunday, March 15th 2 – 4pm

Dates: March 7 –  April 29

Awards ceremony Sunday, March 15th at 1:30pm. RSVP here. Juried by Jeanne Rosier Smith.




Irene Roderick: Dancing with the Wall

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

Opening Reception: Thursday, March 12th 7 – 9pm

Artist Talk: Thursday, March 19th 1 – 2pm

Dates: March 9 –  April 26

The Austin Central Library is proud to present 2020 Austin Quiltcon winner Irene Roderick’s large-scale quilts. As a multi-disciplinary artist based in Austin, TX, Roderick is inspired by modern, improvisational quilting that is an intuitive process of growing elements of color and shape to create a final composition, which is where the title of the exhibit, “Dancing with the wall” derives from for its fluid creative progression. Roderick joins the tradition of making utilitarian quilt with the fine arts’ convention that values individual, unique expression, joining the centuries old conversation of whether quilts can be considered as fine art or remain firmly in the craft tradition.










Madelon Umlauf: Recent Works

Host: Link & Pin Gallery, 2235 East 6th Street

Opening Reception: Saturday, April 4th 6 – 8pm

Dates: April 3 – 26

Visual Artist Madelon Umlauf, a Texas native, has exhibited locally, nationally and internationally. She won a scholarship to the Aspen School of Art in 1963 and in 1964 after graduating with a BFA from the University of Texas, she won the Max Beckmann National Competitive Scholarship to the Brooklyn Museum School. In NYC she studied at the New York Studio School, Pratt Graphic Center, and Hunter College, where she graduated with an MA in Art in 1970. She taught life drawing and painting at Austin Community College for 40 years retiring in 2014. She currently lives and works in her downtown studio in Austin, TX. Madelon’s paintings are inspired by natural landscapes. Before putting her brush to a painting, she creates studies in black and white and in color from her sketches and photographs of the countryside. In her studio, she reworks these images into an abstraction.