April = Art

Art City Austin and On Site kick off a month of visual splendor

Okay, music, film, and interactive: You had your month of festivities. Now it's art's turn. Not only is April dense with several of the year's biggest visual arts events – Art City Austin, the Texas Biennial, Art Week Austin, and Fusebox Festival – but the 18 museums, independent galleries, and art centers that stand together under the umbrella Art Austin have conspired to make the month's first 10 days still more art-centric by creating On Site, a combo of their own individual special events and a calendar of all the member groups' activities happening then.

Take your pick of exhibition openings from the four student shows at the University of Texas (April 1, 6-8pm, Visual Arts Center), Michelle Mayer's "Departure/Return" (April 2, 6-8pm, Wally Workman Gallery), a show of Warren Cullar's sculptures (April 2, 6:30-8:30pm, Haven Gallery), or "The Appeal of the Real," a show with landscape paintings by Laurel Daniel, Julie Davis, and Stephen Parker (April 9, 7-9pm, Davis Gallery). Both Gallery Shoal Creek and grayDUCK Gallery are showcasing special installations: Tides, by Heather Carter and Nicholas Dertien at the former (reception April 8, 6-8pm), and at the latter, an untitled piece by Glenn Herbert Davis incorporating sediment, dog hair, dust, bullet casings, screws, and nails (reception April 8, 7-9pm). The Russell Collection has also commissioned a special piece: a 6-foot-by-6-foot painting created collaboratively by nine Texas artists, each of whom has contributed a panel in his or her signature style on the theme of hope. On April 5, this work by Ash Almonte, Robin Cheers, Ethan Diehl, Brad Ellis, JD Miller, Jill Pankey, Olga Porter, Maxine Price, and Kathryn Watts-Martinez will be auctioned off, with the proceeds benefiting the Seton Breast Cancer Center. These events are just the tip of the On Site iceberg. To see all that's on tap, visit www.artaustin.org.

And don't forget Art City Austin, filling up Downtown with 190 artists and their work, live performances on the City Hall Plaza stage, activities to unleash the artist in your youngster, and a banquet of delectables from local eateries. It's all happening Saturday, April 2, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, April 3, 11am-6pm, on Cesar Chavez Street between Lavaca Street and Lamar Boulevard. For more information, visit www.artallianceaustin.org.

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