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"...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..."
"...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...."
"...3) 'LIFELIKE' (Blanton Museum of Art)..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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 has its share of venerable arts organizations. The Austin Symphony has been delighting our ears for close to 100 years..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"..."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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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)..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...Simply titled, "The 2005 Art Exhibition" made its debut in Austin's new City Hall on Thursday, Feb. 24..."
"...ALTERNATE CURRENT ART SPACE, 2209 S. First, 443-9674..."
"...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..."
"...Thirteen Austin microbreweries and their tastiest craft beers. Each brewer paired with a local visual artist..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...And not because she's nosy. She's making art out of the answers...."
"..."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 ...."..."
"...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..."
"...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...."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...“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..."
"...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..."
"...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..."
"...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?..."
"...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)..."
"...Okay, music, film, and interactive: You had your month of festivities. Now it's art's turn..."