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    City of Austin's Artist Career Training

    Artist Career Training is a six-week program to advance your creative business. Learn from experts about City of Austin resources, business planning, intellectual property, marketing, and funding. You’ll also meet with mentors and expand your professional network. Application deadline: Tue., Sept. 6.
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    Landmarks: Self-Guided Walking Tour

    Well, it's always an event, isn't it? When you can take your smartphone to access self-guided tours of the outdoor public art sited by UT's award-winning Landmarks program? The answer (as long as the streets and sidewalks aren't dangerous with all this newfangled ice and snow) is a hearty, full-throated YES.
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    AARC Exhibits

    The Asian American Resource Center features three new exhibitions: "A Sari-Draped World" by Neena Buxani; "Tradition’s Rebirth in Modern Austin" by Kevin Luo; and "Sweet and Sour," curated by Jennifer Ling Datchuk, with works by Mandy Wang, Kym Owens, Kim Le, Shika Joshi, Yuli Chang, and Davyn Ladera.
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    Art for the People: Abundance

    This show is called "Abundance" because that's what it represents: an abundance of bright new works from a pleasing plethora of local artists, filling Hallie Rae Ward's energetic gallery, ready to delight your peepers with graphic creation.
    Through Aug. 26
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    Carver Museum: Peace to the Queen

    The photographer, humanitarian, and educator Jamel Shabazz presents a career retrospective spanning four decades of work, featuring candid portraits of women of color – as curated by Ja’nell Ajani. "At a moment when Black and Brown women are more visibly leading the charge around movements for racial and economic justice, this exhibition has materialized and aligned at a critical moment in American history and Shabazz’s career."
    Through Sept. 17
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    Davis Gallery: Trailheads and Transmutations

    Artist couple Felice House and Dana Younger present painting and sculpture that studies, observes, processes, and transmutes the wild spaces and creatures of Texas, their work deeply resonant with that of painter Thomas Cole, father of the Hudson River School. Natural beauty, in other words, captured with consummate skill by two longtime locals.
    Through Sept. 3
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    Elisabet Ney Museum: Eve

    This is a new exhibition by documentarian photographer Cindy Elizabeth, featuring an outdoor installation that is immersed within the museum’s native landscape. There are large-scale photographs inside the building, too, interwoven amongst Elisabet Ney's own neoclassical sculptures.
    Through Oct. 30. Free.
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    Flatbed Press: Edition Variables 2022

    Here's the first annual exhibition to showcase Austin’s new and upcoming printmakers, featuring work from students who are receiving their BFA, BA, BS, or MFA with a major or minor concentration in printmaking from an Austin area college or university.
    Through Aug. 27
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    HPB&G: Wildlife and Honky Tonks

    The walls of this popular neighborhood restaurant showcases works from three series by Juliet Whitsett.
    Through Sept. 17
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    Ivester Contemporary: Dream Job

    This is a group show displaying sketches, maquettes, and digital renderings of the projects and ideas that the participating artists would pursue if money, time, knowledge, and space weren't in the way: twelve-foot-tall bronze and stained-glass outdoor sculpture, a playground in the shape of giant animal bust, and skyscrapers wrapped in custom vinyl designs. See the creatively imagined in proposal form; see parts of this world as they could be. Bonus: Accompanying show "Review" features six video artworks by seven artists: Andie Flores, Michael Anthony García, Ariel René Jackson, Renee Lai, Katy McCarthy, Natalia Rocafuerte, and VLM.
    Through Aug. 27. Tue.-Fri., 10am-6pm; Sat., 10am-5pm
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    Laguna Gloria

    This local treasure of a venue, run by those Contemporary Austin folks who also bring us the Jones Center shows Downtown, is all about the outdoors – which is perfect for these trickily navigated times of ours, n'est-ce pas? Recommended: Stop by and breathe in the air, enjoy the lawns and gardens and the many examples of world-class sculpture arrayed across the property, and (as Frankie used to say) r-e-l-a-x.
    Thu.-Fri., 9am-noon; Sat.-Sun., 9am-3pm
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Summer Strut

    Link & Pin presents a summer show featuring some of their favorite Austin artists; each artist (the amazing Leslie Kell among them) will have a work on display in the gallery, with additional pieces available online.
    Through Aug. 28
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    Lora Reynolds Gallery: Blow-Up

    Bing Wright's new pictures are enlargements of uncommonly tight crops from images of children at play on a seashore — an outstretched hand splashing water or carrying a beach bucket, liberal smears of sunscreen, fluorescent plastic hair clips, a foot dragging through burbling waves.
    Through Sept. 10
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    MACC: Sendas de Mi Vida

    This new exhibit includes paintings from the past two years, vibrant artworks by Blas E. Lopez only now revealed to the public.
    Through Aug. 27
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    Martha's Contemporary: Hokey Pokey + What You See Is What You Get

    Here's a two-person exhibition that features painting, installation, videography, and sculpture by Moll Brau and Wes Thompson. It's a deep dive into a pool of loneliness, triumph, and rebirth. It's a forest of mazes where fireflies provide the light. It's a show of creations from a pair of terrific, hardworking local artists and you don't want to miss it.
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    Neill-Cochran House: The Hope Suite

    Mark Smith’s The Hope Suite is a series of forty-four collages inspired by the theme of global unity. Each 24-by-18-inch work on paper consists of a background monoprint or a digital photoprint, overlaid with collage, calligraphy, and mixed media. Note: The originals are part of the permanent collection of the Obama Presidential Center Museum in Chicago; the works on display here are limited-edition prints of those originals.
    Through Dec. 16. Free.  
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    Northern-Southern: Mice Elf, Again

    The colorful creations of Drew Liverman are up next in this intimate powerhouse of a gallery Downtown, paintings of "hot doom, the joys of love, bike rides, Olaf from Frozen, Goya's covens, and scraps of what could be something for a place to live, for a time."
    Through Sept. 10
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    Really Small Museum: Melissa Chapman

    Through her work as a metalsmith, Chapman explores the conflictual duality of American life: On one hand, continued senseless gun violence; on the other, the desire we all share for our children (young and adult) to grow up safely and carefree.
    Through Aug. 31. Free.
    3509 Banton
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    Richard Rutner: Global Inspirations

    Here's an exhibition of work by native New Yorker and Austin-based artist Richard Rutner, capturing the natural and cultural influences he's encountered in his global travels.
    Through Sept. 18
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    The Museum of Natural & Artificial Ephemerata

    This place, ah, it's one of our favorite places in the entire city; and of course they're properly corona-closed. But check 'em out online right now – it's a rich, wonder-filled website – to whet your appetite for when things get back to … uh … are we still calling it "normal," these days?
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    Umlauf Sculpture Garden

    The Umlauf's famed Garden features expertly wrought sculptures, the bronze or stone cynosures from Charles Umlauf and others anchoring sight among the bright foliage and tree-towered paths. Plus: "Superflora" by "Courtney Egan", video-based sculptural installations of botanical forms, and the annual, architecturally resonant constructions of Design Shine.
    Tue.-Fri., 10am-4pm; Sat.-Sun., 11am-4pm
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Spacious

    Julie Maren expands upon her use of negative space for this show, exploring boundaries and ideas of infinity, her paintings and installations heavily layered and simultaneously heavily redacted, with actual pieces of the canvas cut away. Gorgeous, yes, and unforgettable.
    Through Sept. 4
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    Wild Basin: Encounters with Biodiversity

    In this immersive art event that mixes color, conversation, and endangered species, artist Juliet Whitsett invites attendees to become a part of her newest body of work, through a series of activations and interactive experiences.
    Through Aug. 20. $5 and up.  
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    Women & Their Work: The Future Is Behind Us

    Rachel Wolfson Smith focuses our attention on the essential and grounding effect of beauty in nature, portraying constructed, intricate, and imagined landscapes, creating "an antidote to the imbalance many of us experience as we lurch from impulse to impulse in our tech-laden, consumer-driven, modern existence." Yes – an antidote to that, and a paean to the possibilities of graphite wielded by a brilliant hand and mind.
    Through Sept. 29
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    Wyld Gallery

    This is Ray Donley's gallery of art by Native Americans, located in that company of artistic glory called Canopy and resplendent with creations from the original people of our struggling country.
    Call for appointment
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    Yard Dog: Destination Unknown

    Chicago artist Margie Criner makes organic-shaped sculptures that house tiny dioramas, viewable through a peephole. These "sculptures in sculpture," meticulously handcrafted, are miniature narratives hidden inside abstract sculpture, exploring the notion of vacancy in everyday places. Highly recommended.
    Through Aug. 28

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