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2012 Austin Visual Arts Awards
AVAA honors local art makers who really love making art
Arts Story  November 23, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...After a one-year hiatus, the Austin Visual Arts Association resumed its annual tradition of honoring outstanding local artists in a ceremony at the AT&T Education and Conference Center. Attendance was notably lighter than at the first two presentations, but the crowd was no less chatty sharing drinks beforehand or appreciative when the "Fearings" – named to honor the late, great Texas artist Kelly Fearing – were hung about the winners' necks..."

The 2012 Austin Visual Arts Awards
This year's honorees showed a lot of love for what they do
DAILY Arts  November 16, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...After a one-year hiatus, the Austin Visual Arts Association resumed its annual tradition of honoring outstanding local artists in a ceremony at the AT&T Education and Conference Center on Thursday night &ndash and you could tell the honored artists love what they do...."

Top 10 of Austin's Visual Art in 2013
Much of the year's most exceptional contemporary art drew inspiration from the past and from science
Arts Story  January 3, 2014, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...3) 'LIFELIKE' (Blanton Museum of Art)..."

Top 10 From Visual Art in 2012
In an exceptional year for seeing art, deconstructed graphics, technosculpture, and detailed drawings stood out
Arts Story  January 4, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Every show I saw this year was worth seeing – which isn't always true, depending on how much one sees and where one sees it. As a regular arts reviewer for the Chronicle, I saw a lot of exhibitions, peered into quite a few studios, and ranged across the city to do this..."

Experimental Cinema Stakes a Claim on Austin's Art Map
ERCATX moving image showcase debuts Dec. 14 at Tiny Park
DAILY Screens  December 12, 2012, by Alejandro Puyana
"...University of Texas student group The Mad Stork Cinema started offering shows this fall, and this spring UT's Visual Arts Center kickstarts the series Focus Group, also dedicated to experimental film and curated by members of ERCATX...."

Austin Visual Arts Awards
A new setting but similar sentiments at the second round of the art honors
Arts Story  December 17, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...For the sophomore presentation of the Austin Visual Arts Awards, the setting was changed, but the sentiment was much the same. The Austin Visual Arts Association, which sponsors the honors, shifted the ceremony from the Austin Museum of Art community room to a ballroom in the AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center on the University of Texas campus, which relieved the congestion of the inaugural ceremony – to be fair, AVAA hadn't expected 250 people to show up – and gave it the ambience of a more traditional awards show..."

Austin Visual Arts Awards
An overflow crowd turned out to see which local artists would be honored
Arts Story  December 18, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...For a time, the first Austin Visual Arts Awards looked like they would be more about who wasn't present than who was. Kelly Fearing, the 91-year-old pioneering Texas modernist who was due to receive a lifetime achievement award (and whose surname was being taken for the awards' nickname), sent his regrets for the Dec..."

Austin Visual Arts: 'Art in America' surveys the scene
For a national magazine to do a story on Austin that's just about the visual arts scene is pretty much unheard of
Arts Story  December 28, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...By now, Austin has been the subject of so many stories in national magazines that you'd figure it was no longer news when another one hits the stands. Maybe it isn't, but as Charles Dee Mitchell points out in the introduction to his "Report From Austin" in the December issue of Art in America, most of the associations people outside the city make with Austin involve music, film, or high tech..."

The Austin Visual Arts Awards
A new set of honors for the city's hardworking painters, sculptors, and other artists
Arts Story  December 4, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Well, this week you can add one more set of honors to the list as the Austin Visual Arts Association inaugurates the Austin Visual Arts Awards. These new prizes recognize artists in specific categories (two-dimensional art, three-dimensional art, photography, and new media) and at different stages of their careers (early career, lifetime achievement, and somewhere in between: The Collectors Circle Award honors a career artist who consistently creates outstanding series of works), along with awards for outstanding arts patronage and service to the arts..."

Austin Visual Arts Association: Thrilled to be hitting the big 3-0
The Austin Visual Arts Association is celebrating its 30th anniversary in high style, with a pair of exhibitions and a big reunion party for local artists
Arts Story  June 15, 2007, by Barry Pineo
"...Austin has its share of venerable arts organizations. The Austin Symphony has been delighting our ears for close to 100 years..."

Top 4 Classical Music Forces (and Visual-Art Event) of 2004
Arts Story  January 7, 2005, by Robi Polgar
"...Honestly, when it comes to classical music in Austin, rare is the occasion that does not live up to expectations. That said, of dozens of events attended in 2004 – theatre, classical music, and even the occasional visual art exhibit – the excellence of the local classical music scene stands out..."

Top 10 (+1) Major Shifts in Austin Visual Arts in 2014
In the visual arts, 2014 was marked by transition: for galleries, curators, and critics
Arts Story  December 31, 2014, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"...Top 10 (+ 1) major shifts in Austin visual arts in 2014..."

Top 10 Visual Art Things of 2006 (in chronological order)
Arts Story  January 5, 2007, by Rachel Koper
"...1) First Night Austin Big art, live music, all ages, free, all day and half the night. This was a Texas-sized art event and a great new tradition...."

A Few Visual Art Galleries: In Your City and Beyond Right Now
So much to see, how far to go, an embarrassment of riches…
DAILY Chronolog  September 7, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...So, yeah, I'm probably not going to make it down to TSU in San Marcos this weekend, which is a sorrow, because Randall Reid has a huge solo show down there, and his object-collages are always worth seeing, to say the least. It's like, if Borges' Library of Babel had space for framed artwork on the walls between shelves? Reid's work would fit in perfectly among them..."

Art Par Excellence
The nominees for the 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
DAILY Arts  May 20, 2015
"...After poring over the hundreds of stage productions, concerts, and art exhibitions mounted locally between May 1, 2014, and April 30, 2015, the members of the Austin Critics Table have agreed on the most outstanding work in dance, classical music, visual art, and theatre in the past year and announced the nominees for the 2015 Critics Table Awards...."

Art City Austin 2014
Art Alliance Austin's annual spring art fair brings art to the streets around City Hall
Arts Story  April 11, 2014, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...The birds are out, the weather isn't yet scorching, and the city is coming alive after some damp and dreary winter days, which can only mean that we're overdue for some outdoor festivities. Art Alliance Austin's annual Art City Austin will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, turning the Downtown blocks of Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lamar into a huge open-air gallery for more than 100 artists from around the country..."

Art Night Austin
It's a new day for Art Night as the traveling party pulls out the stops at just two stops
Arts Story  February 21, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...After years of treating local art-and-nosh enthusiasts to a progressive party in multiple galleries and venues, Art Night Austin has become synonymous with a movable feast that takes you here and here and here and here and here. But this weekend, that festive fundraiser is going to take you simply from here to there..."

Your Austin Artist
In a changing city, Michael Anthony García embraces the changing roles of the visual art maker
Arts Story  June 28, 2013, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...Now, ACL and SXSW have shifted the focus to sounds from around the world. Traditionally, Austin offered artists a respite from the rigid, often philanthropically based art scenes of Dallas and Houston, and a city that fostered unbridled creativity..."

The Contemporary Austin
'Susurrus,' 'Music for Wilderness Lake' offer art for the ears as well as eyes
Arts Story  June 26, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...As in last year's Laguna Gloria Sound Series piece Concerto Laguna, a person in a boat figures prominently, but instead of the floating cellist in Travis Weller's composition, the figure in Aldo Valdés Böhm's handcrafted wooden canoe will be conducting the 12 trombonists, half of whom will be on the Laguna Gloria shoreline and half of whom will be dispersed along docks across the water and unable to see one another. Whether you go to hear it at dusk on Friday or dawn on Saturday, give yourself an extra hour and a quarter to experience Susurrus...."

Talking Art at the Top
The executive directors of the city's museums shed light on the local visual arts scene
Arts Story  July 2, 2004, by Sam Martin
"...If you didn't know, the Austin Museum of Art is not going to build its new downtown facility at Fourth and Guadalupe. The reasons are numerous, but the ultimate deal breaker was the fact that even if AMOA had succeeded in raising the $43 million it would've taken to build the 250,000-square-foot Richard Gluckman design, it would still need $9 million a year just to operate it..."

The Art of the Business of Art
Gallery owners David Berman, Wally Workman, and Steve Clark talk about their lives promoting artists and selling art
Arts Story  July 30, 2004, by Sam Martin
"...Visual artists of all ilk have a thing with money. Most don't have enough of it, at least not enough to live on while they produce their art..."

Art
Art Openings
News Story  March 4, 1999
"..."Dance Show," Skylight Gallery (Mar 4); "Definientia II," Gallery Lombardi (Mar 4); "New Work by Virginia Fleck," Women and Their Work (Mar 4); "Standing, Sitting, Sleeping, Sinking," Lyons Matrix Gallery (Mar 4); "N-O-N," Terra Children's Gallery (Mar 5); "Texas Film Art," Pro-Jex (Mar 5); "C-21 Expo -- Metamorfosis," Austin Visual Arts Association (Mar 6); "David Douglas Duncan: One Life, a Photographic Odyssey," LBJ Library (Mar 6); "A Quiet Song," Tarrytown Gallery (Mar 6); "Models and Artists," Laughing at the Sun Gallery (Mar 11-12) Rebekah Baines Johnson Health Center Mural..."

Visual Arts Top 10
Best Art, 1996
Arts Story  January 10, 1997, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...Huntington Gallery Exhibition: Dennis Oppenheim. This internationally recognized art figure, known for his cerebral earthworks and site-specific constructions, brought maquettes, several large, noisy, movable sculptures, and huge drawings rendered in soft pastel colors to Austin..."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...A toast, please, to the 170-plus artists and creative projects recognized in the nominations for the 2013 Austin Critics Table Awards. Earlier this month, a batch of the ink-stained wretches who cover the city's cultural scene devoted our monthly meeting of the minds (i.e., happy hour) to reviewing the work we'd seen between May 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013 (give or take a few days), and came up with what we considered the most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, visual arts, and theatre...."

Art's New Address
Uptown Is Home to Austin's Latest Cultural District
Arts Story  July 4, 1997, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...photograph by Jana Birchum Great cities have great arts districts. Great big cities (such as New York) often have several (Soho, Tribeca, Chelsea, the Village)..."

Top 10 Visual Arts of 2012
The emergence and re-emergence of arts spaces, events, venues, and museums dominated the year in Austin art
Arts Story  January 4, 2013, by Andy Campbell
"...2) AMOA-ARTHOUSE How does an institution come out of a censorship-addled spate of firings, resignations, and a merger? We're still unsure, but recent/current exhibitions (Jill Magid, Nick Cave, Andy Coolquitt, Michael Menchaca) are shining beacons...."

Art Palace
An appreciation of the great Eastside gallery as it packs up and moves to Houston
Arts Story  December 4, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...In the Department of You Don't Know What You've Got Till It's Gone: This is the week that Art Palace packs up its Eastside digs and hustles to Houston. Sigh...."

Art for Days
Can you handle two weeks' worth of the East Austin Studio Tour?
Arts Story  November 13, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...The annual excursion into the native habitat of Eastside visual artists has been growing steadily since its debut in 2003 – from 70 artists showing in 45 sites then to four times that number in more than 150 venues now. It's too much to see in two days, the standard length for the tour for several seasons now, so for 2009, EAST has exploded to 10 days, spanning two weekends and all the days between..."

Touching Art and Not Dating Drummers
Four working artists share more thoughts on arts and parenting
DAILY Arts  October 28, 2015, by Elizabeth Cobbe
"...It wouldn't be a roundtable of working artists without some philosophizing on the nature of art. Or, apparently, without some generous digs at drummers..."

The 2014-15 Austin Critics Table Awards
Top honors to Salvage Vanguard's Thr3e Zisters, LOLA Austin's Femme Bohème, and Texas State's Kiss Me, Kate
Arts Story  June 4, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...It was four for Thr3e at the Austin Critics Table Awards on Monday night, with Salvage Vanguard Theater's Thr3e Zisters receiving four prizes from the group of area arts writers...."

Top Ten Art
The Best Art Shows in 1997 That I Never Reviewed
Arts Story  January 9, 1998
"...Out of Bounds: New Work by Eight Southeast Artists at Hunington Art Gallery. "In Search pf the Face of God," by Dawn Deveax Out of Bounds: New Work by Eight Southeast Artists (UT's Huntington Art Gallery) Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, the Huntington's new Curator of American and Contemporary Art, and Julia Fenton assembled this exhibition and wowed visitors not only with the expansive scale of the installation work and powerful video components but also the opportunity afforded by the university to meet most of the artists during the course of the exhibition to gain further insight into their ideas...."

Art To Enchant
The winners of the 2010-11 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  June 10, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...On Monday, June 6, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at Cap City Comedy Club. This year's event was the 19th presentation by this informal association of local arts writers and the 10th anniversary of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame..."

A First for Austin Art
New City Hall filled with locals' visual artistry
Arts Story  March 4, 2005, by Rachel Koper
"...Simply titled, "The 2005 Art Exhibition" made its debut in Austin's new City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 24..."

Art
Art Openings
News Story  March 14, 1997
"...ALTERNATE CURRENT ART SPACE, 2209 S. First, 443-9674..."

West Austin Studio Tour
The second WEST provides a journey of creative wonders
Arts Story  April 26, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Here comes the second year of WEST, the West Austin Studio Tour, in which the general public is invited to explore the dozens and dozens of participating visual-art studios west of I-35 (and east of MoPac, south of Highway 183, north of Ben White). WEST is organized by Big Medium, the creative team who runs the Texas Biennial and who've brought us the East Austin Studio Tour for more than a decade now..."

The Art of the Brew Will Quench Your Aesthetic Thirst
Co-Lab Projects' second annual celebration of beer and visual art
Food Story  September 4, 2014, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Thirteen Austin microbreweries and their tastiest craft beers. Each brewer paired with a local visual artist..."

PROTOS Digital Art & Prototyping Festival
Next weekend's fest gears up for tech/art synergy
DAILY Screens  May 19, 2013, by James Renovitch
"...The spring festival season draws to a close as summer temps make "celebrating outside" a contradiction in terms. Before that happens the PROTOS Digital Art & Prototyping Festival introduces itself to Austin courtesy of the Austin Museum of Digital Art..."

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2016
These inductees – Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay – are cultural heroes who lead by example
Arts Story  May 5, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...That the vitality of Austin's cultural scene is owed to its leaders – those artists, educators, patrons, and arts advocates who made the work and founded the institutions and provided the support that allowed theatre, dance, classical music, and the visual arts to take root and flourish here – may go without saying, but leadership takes many forms. At times, it looks like Shakespeare's Henry V, vigorous and magnetic, rallying the troops with words of inspiration..."

'Right There: A Hedonic Map of Pleasure and Pain in Austin, Texas'
Jennifer Chenoweth marks the spots in town where we feel the most feelings
Arts Story  October 11, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...And not because she's nosy. She's making art out of the answers...."

Talking Curation With Art Alliance Austin's Asa Hursh
Lora Reynolds Gallery's exhibition of work by Troy Brauntuch, Andy Coolquitt, and Jeff Williams proves a good case study in putting together an art show
Arts Story  August 20, 2015, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"..."No, I've got nothing." I stare at a vertical rectangle of rich midnight blue colored over in parts by equally even, cloudy gradients of rusty umber. "I can feel there's something there, I can sense the space, but ...."..."

Bill Narum: We Call That Art
ZZ Top iconographer Bill Narum moves on to the next canvas.
DAILY Music  November 20, 2009, by Margaret Moser
"...No one journeyed through Texas music without seeing Bill Narum. His splashy, bold art decorated every ZZ Top album from the vinyl and 8-track days until CDs rendered LP art a mere detail..."

Sam Anderson-Ramos' Top 10 Takeaways From Austin's Gallery Scene in 2016
From making work to showing it, the visual art scene displayed commitments to risk, innovation, and community
Arts Story  December 29, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...1) UN-AIR-CONDITIONED SPACES Spaces like Not Gallery and Pump Project forgo comfort even in the hottest months. As an art lover, I can work for it...."

Austin Arts at the Armory
Three local art galleries represent at this year's Armory Show in New York City
Arts Story  February 27, 2009, by Rachel Koper
"...Every year I pore over websites about the Armory Show in New York City. This was the first, the original American art fair; it is the mother ship, and Pier 94 in March is legendary stuff, where the heroes of contemporary art go to mingle and make art history..."

'Spaceship Austin Downtown Cruisers'
Now docked at the airport are two spaceships that depict Austin's skyline
Arts Story  February 5, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...South Korean artist (and University of Texas grad) Young-Min Kang is the man responsible for this wonderment, having been commissioned by Austin's Art in Public Places program to provide his as-usual spectacular creations for display in that gateway to the skies. Each spaceship is 18 feet by 12 feet and weighs 600 pounds..."

Amplify Austin 2015: Countdown to Giving
For 24 hours, Austin gives like it means it
DAILY Chronolog  February 24, 2015, by Blake McCoy
"...“We are a genuine marketplace of local causes. Aside from its local focus, what sets Amplify Austin apart is its impact.” In 2014, 498 organizations joined in..."

Downtown Austin Is Getting a Fresh Coat of Museums
Arts Story  November 27, 1998, by Sam Martin
"...In January of this year, the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) officially scrapped its plans for a new museum in downtown Austin that was to be built by the renowned architect Robert Venturi. What had started in 1984 as an exciting, though somewhat solitary, prospect for the visual arts community in the center of the city had over the years deteriorated into a frustrating bureaucratic mess burdened by a lack of funding and indecision by both the city and the museum itself..."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
For the 20th time, a big hand for the nominees if you please
Arts Story  May 25, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Time flies when you're recognizing excellence. One minute, you and a half-dozen arts writers are handing out honors to local theatre artists in the Continental Club, and the next, a couple of decades have zoomed by, and your casual little awards party has become an institution – lauding exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, and the visual arts as well as drama..."

Yeah, This Friday Night Is Pretty Much Lousy With Art
And here’s a what-to-see tip from your mixer-happy media mavens:
DAILY Arts  September 16, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Why go to just to one or two art openings when you can go to at least four of them in the same place this Friday night?..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...For the 12th time, local critics have put their heads – and pens – together to recognize the year's most exceptional work in theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art. On Saturday, May 1, nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2003, to April 30, 2004, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre), Randy Harriman (music), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); and the Chronicle's Molly Beth Brenner (theatre, visual art), Madeline Irvine (visual art), Rachel Koper (visual art), Jacqueline May (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), Robi Polgar (music, dance, and theatre), and yours truly, Robert Faires (arts)..."

April = Art
Festivals, galleries, and museums join forces to celebrate visual art all month long
Arts Story  April 1, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Okay, music, film, and interactive: You had your month of festivities. Now it's art's turn..."

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