Austin Art Exhibitions








Host: Central Library Gallery, 710 W Cesar Chavez St
Dates: June 2, 2023 – August 12, 2023
Artist Reception: Friday, June 2, 7-9 pm, 2nd floor gallery
Artist Talk: Saturday, August 12, 1:30 – 2:30 pm, 2nd floor gallery

Go-To’s examines the expectations of an individual in society and the spaces we use to facilitate our connection with others. What brings about a sense of recharge and wellness within our commitments and selected company? Whereabouts do we maintain, grow or even curb our relationships?

Artist Aubree Dale takes a maximalist approach in navigating our large, modern social networks. She uses painting as a means of preliminary world building to document medleys of memory, wish, and hang-ups. Oil paintings big and small are peppered with small supplementary sculptures fabricated from upcycled plastics and homemade bioplastics to create downy, transparent artifacts and portals, further entangling storylines of transparency and boundaries.




Second Sight: A Visual Opera


Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: May 27, 2023 – July 22, 2023
Opening Reception: Wednesday, May 31, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 28, 7-9 pm


“Second Sight: A Visual Opera” by Darcie Brook functions as a single artwork, an abstract narrative that unfolds as the viewer-participant moves through the space. In the darkness, in the unknown, we are in a world between dimensions. Inner worlds surface and secret lives are revealed. The large installation is an immersive experience, incorporating unexpected materials, and offering opportunities for discovery. Bring your flashlights!




Connecting Everything Through Color: A Mid-Career Survey of the Art of Alicia Pilley


Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: May 27, 2023 – July 22, 2023
Artist Reception: Wednesday, May 31, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 28, 7-9 pm


Alicia Philley uses vibrant colors and precisely painted marks to tell stories of our lived environments and their impact on our bodies and minds. Mimicking the complexities of nature through fluttering lines of reflective acrylic paints, Philley alludes to motion, evanescent light, root and fungal networks, and the passage of time.




Elements of Nature


Host: Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Rd
Dates: May 27, 2023 – July 1, 2023
Artist Reception: Wednesday, May 31, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Wednesday, June 28, 7-9 pm


Sleek and modern natural materials are utilized in sculptures, mobiles and wall art as Mars Woodhill explores the Elements of Nature, an idea that has resonated with philosophers, religions and cultures throughout time.






Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd
Dates: May 26, 2023 – June 24, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, May 26, 7-10 pm
Closing Reception: Saturday, June 24, 7-10pm


INVASIVE SPECIES is a group exhibition, curated by Alexis Hunter and Jacqueline Overby, featuring fourteen women-identifying artists examining womanhood in a multi-generational habitat of male-ordained moral, sexual, and spiritual repression and exploitation. Each artist has her own unique perspective and biome of references. Whether it’s religious trauma, generational trauma, sexual trauma, or revenge, INVASIVE SPECIES is an opportunity to explore these painful themes from many perspectives like that of a fat woman, a trans woman, a Black woman, a formerly incarcerated woman, a survivor, and a mother. Third Thursday East Austin Arts District hours: June 15th, 6-9 pm. Performances by artists Lars Matilda and The Trans Era: June 16, 7-10pm.




Alejandra Almuelle: De Tierra


Host: Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 East 44th Street
Dates: May 25, 2023 – July 30, 2023
Opening Reception: Thursday, May 25, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist Talk: Thursday, July 13, 6:30-8:30 pm


Explore the Ney’s latest exhibit by local artist, Alejandra Almuelle. Originally from Peru, Almuelle’s ceramic figurative sculptures exemplify the biological archive of experience through the human form. Working in clay is an important component to her work because of the medium’s historical significance and its connection to the earth.

Throughout the museum, Almuelle’s works are going to be re-contextualized amongst Elisabet Ney’s own classically-inspired sculptures.




New Paintings by Philip Trussell


Host: Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery, 3411 E 5th St
Dates: May 20, 2023 – June 18, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 7-10 pm


Longtime Austin painter and poet Philip Trussell brings his new work to Cloud Tree Gallery for his first show since 2019. For the last few years he has been accumulating hundreds of paintings in his Austin studio, and Cloud Tree is honored to bring this new work to the public. Regularly cited by the Austin Chronicle in their top 10 arts lists, Trussell has had paintings shown in the Austin Museum of Art, and has a multitude of collectors like his friend, filmmaker Richard Linklater who, at last count, owns around 40 of Trussell’s paintings.




Paradise Bloom


Host: Women & Their Work, 1311 E Cesar Chavez St
Dates: May 20, 2023 – July 6, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 20, 7-9 pm


Paradise Bloom is a group exhibition featuring the work of Anahita Bradberry, Jessica Carolina González, Naomi Lemus, and Alexis Pye organized by guest curator Ashley DeHoyos Sauder. The exhibition examines the idea and definition of “paradise” by asking What is paradise? and Who creates it?




Andrea Polli: Sonic Antarctica


Host: ICOSA Collective, 916 Springdale Rd
Dates: May 15, 2023 – June 15, 2023
Hours: Work activated from sunset to sunrise each day, (6:30pm – 6:30am)


ICOSA Collective is proud to present ”Sonic Antarctica,” a collection of sound works by Andrea Polli. The Antarctic is unlike any other place on earth: geographically, politically and culturally. It is an extreme environment that holds some of the most unique species, but it is also an ecosystem undergoing rapid change. 2007/2008 marked the fourth International Polar Year (IPY), the largest and most ambitious international effort to investigate the impact of the poles on the global environment. The Sonic Antarctica project is a radio broadcast, live performance, and sound and visual installation featuring recordings of the Antarctic soundscape made during Andrea Polli’s seven-week National Science Foundation residency in Antarctica during the 2007/2008 season.




Lawrence McFarland: From Dodge City to Shiprock


Host: Lydia Street Gallery, 1200 E 11th St
Dates: May 13, 2023 – June 18, 2023


“My photographs function as a metaphoric poem. They define not only my photographic journey but in a larger sense my life. My life’s journey is about remembering where I came from, the people I traveled with, and what I have learned and experienced. It is about how I have reacted to crisis and how I honor beauty. It is about how I treat the weak and helpless. This journey is about who I have become through photography.” –Lawrence McFarland




Girls Gotta Eat


Host: Central Library Gallery, 710 W Cesar Chavez St
Dates: May 8, 2023 – July 23, 2023


Through artist Sarah Bork’s lens, the grocery store becomes a kaleidoscopic playground of nourishing comfort and self-care. Groceries are Groceries. Love is Love.




Nature’s Whispers: In Dialogue with Poetic Abstraction


Host: Unchained.Art, 1601 E Cesar Chavez
Dates: May 3, 2023 – June 18, 2023


Unchained.Art proudly presents a mesmerizing solo exhibition showcasing the intuitive, deeply layered abstract paintings of Swiss artist witty | Erica Wittenwiler.




Harry Underwood: New Paintings


Host: Yard Dog Art, 916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 3, STE 104
Dates: May 2, 2023 – June 17, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 6


Harry Underwood is a self taught painter living in Nashville, Tennessee. His oddball narrative paintings incorporate stenciled images and handwritten text using latex house paint and no. 2 pencils. He has a soft, muted palette that’s nostalgic & retro, while his writing ranges from philosophical musings to sharp political and commentary.




Cookie Ashton: The Poetry of Spring


Host: Davis Gallery, 837 West 12th St
Dates: April 29, 2023 – June 10, 2023


Cookie Ashton is truly an artist of the Americas and the world. Having traveled and lived in Texas, Venezuela, and Mexico, and having studied in both London and Paris, her work bristles with the vibrancy of multi-cultural abstraction.  Defined as a dreamlike approach, of wet pigments that puddle and swirl into unpredictable prismatic designs. Building dimension, she combines other mediums such as inks, charcoals, and pastels. Making room for surprises, combining precise applications and free-form techniques to create her dynamic, vibrant, abstract paintings.




Flatbed Flatheads: Flatbed Membership Show


Host: Flatbed Center for Contemporary Printmaking, 3701 Drossett Dr. STE 190
Dates: April 21, 2023 – June 3, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, April 21, 6-8 pm


Flatbed’s Community Press serves as an incubator for artists/printmakers. This group exhibition features the work of Alfonso Huerta, Alyssa Ebinger, Aparna Rupakula, Belinda Casey, Emery Spina, Enrique Figueredo, Hannah Spector, Jess Nordquist, Katherine Brimberry, Matthew Magruder, Mike Hart, Nina Tichava, Samantha Melvin.




Expresiones de Mexico, Arte de la Gente/Art of the People


Host: Mexic-Arte Museum, 419 Congress Ave
Dates: April 14, 2023 – June 25, 2023
Opening Reception: Friday, April 14, 6-9 pm


Following the revolution in the 1920s Mexico’s leaders sought to define and promote Mexico’s culture and art to its people and the world. This campaign included looking to artists from regions all over Mexico. The search for a neatly defined Mexican art form is a difficult task to take on. The vast number of Mexican artists, both past and present, produce a wide variety of artworks. Their artworks also come in a great assortment of styles, subjects, and mediums. To this day, artists from all over Mexico master and share their practices with their communities and the world.

With Expresiones de Mexico, Arte de la Gente / Art of the People Mexic-Arte Museum presents the impressive collection of artworks created by many artists utilizing techniques and skills passed down through generations.




Day Jobs


Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates:  February 19, 2023 – July 23, 2023


The first major exhibition to examine the overlooked impact of day jobs on the visual arts, Day Jobs is dedicated to demystifying artistic production and upending the stubborn myth of the artist sequestered in their studio, waiting for inspiration to strike. The exhibition will make clear that much of what has determined the course of modern and contemporary art history are unexpected moments spurred by pragmatic choices rather than dramatic epiphanies. Conceived as a corrective to the field of art history, the exhibition also encourages us to more openly acknowledge the precarious and generative ways that economic and creative pursuits are intertwined. Day Jobs includes approximately 75 works in a broad range of media by emerging and established artists such as Emma Amos, Larry Bell, Mark Bradford, Jeffrey Gibson, Tishan Hsu, Ragen Moss, Howardena Pindell, Chuck Ramirez, Robert Ryman, and Fred Wilson, among many others.

Day Jobs will be accompanied by a catalogue featuring artist essays as well as a podcast.




Las Hermanas Iglesias


Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: December 17, 2022 – July 19, 2023


Sisters Lisa and Janelle Iglesias have collaborated artistically as Las Hermanas Iglesias since 2005, alongside their individual studio practices. Working on opposite coasts, the artists produce playful work in a variety of mediums, engaging issues such as community, feminism, and cultural hybridity. Las Hermanas’ artworks draw on their identities as the children of Dominican and Norwegian immigrants and highlight relationships between family members as well as individuals in society, tying the personal to larger cultural systems and promoting cooperation and collectivity.




Medieval X Modern


Host: Blanton Museum of Art, 200 E Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Dates: December 10, 2022 – July 9, 2023


Medieval X Modern (pronounced: Medieval by Modern) showcases 19th- and 20th-century works by artists across Europe and the Americas who were influenced by the styles and subjects of medieval art and architecture. Exemplary medieval works appear alongside works by Ellsworth Kelly, Marc Chagall, Robert Rauschenberg, Clare Leighton, among many other modern artists who turned to the Middle Ages for inspiration. Created during a time characterized by increased industrialization, war, and political change, the artworks reveal ideals and anxieties of the modern age.









Generation Loss: Image Making in an Age of Over-Saturation


Host: Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery, 3411 E 5th St
Dates: June 3, 2023 – June 24, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 3, 7-10 pm


Cloud Tree Gallery is excited to announce their group photography show entitled “Generation Loss: Image Making in an Age of Over-Saturation.” In analog media development, the term “generation loss” refers to the modification of content and reduction of detail when duplicates or multiple generations of copies are created. “Generation Loss” takes the pulse of photography in an age where everyone is a photographer. The show highlights the work of 12 innovative photographers, printmakers, painters, and collage artists utilizing and interpreting photographic content as a primary source for their work. Featuring the work of: Leon Alesi, Molly Brocklehurst, Matt Rebholz, Sev Courson, Tara Gorman, Dave McClinton, Carl Simmons, Shannon Purcell, Charles Henry, Michael O’Brien, and Amy Scofield.




Patrick Puckett: Mythos


Host: Wally Workman Gallery, 1202 W 6th St
Dates: June 3, 2023 – July 1, 2023


On Saturday, June 3rd, Wally Workman Gallery will open their 10th solo show with figurative painter Patrick Puckett. His paintings are known for their bold colors and languid figures, executed with confident interaction between paint application, shape, color and texture. The works on paper emit intimacy, with more subtle features and evidence of the artist’s hand through drawn elements. The works on canvas command space, strength and attention through scale, assertive brush strokes and color choice. All of the figures in Puckett’s paintings are unapologetically sure of themselves, just like the technique he employs.