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    Big Medium: Annual Report

    It really is a sort of annual report, visually, with this eight-person show featuring artists from Big Medium's wealth of programming in 2018 – including EAST, WEST, the Big Medium Gallery, and Canopy Studios. Witness here the marvels of R F Alvarez, David Amdur, Mimi Bardagjy, Jieun Beth, Santiago Escobedo, Bill Kolb, Ana Esteve Llorens, and Alyssa Taylor Wendt.
    Through Dec. 29
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    Guzu Gallery: Binge

    That Vince Torres and his astonishing cohort of creatives have garnered more graphic goodness for those Guzu walls, with 26 artists paying tribute to shows from the small screen, with stylish renditions of characters and settings from television’s past and present. Featuring homages by Chet Phillips, Tessa Morrison, Killian Glenn, Half-Human, Nina Sanchez, and more. Where's your fandom at, baby? It's probably right here, right now.
    Through Jan. 7
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    Link & Pin Gallery: Rohit Records

    Holy Mingering Mike, citizen, here's one hell of a fine immersive fantasy, in which a fellow named Rohitash Rao has conjured an entire a record store for bands that don’t exist – filled with album covers, concert posters, and T-shirts manufactured from Rao's own wild musical mythology.
    Through Dec. 23
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    Mexic-Arte Museum: New Holiday Exhibitions

    "Chapel Shrine" showcases the paintings of Austin artist John Patrick Cobb, whose works of Biblical imagery are inspired by the religious paintings he encountered in European chapels. "Nacimentos" features traditional Nativity scenes from Mexico.
    Through Jan. 8
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    AARC: Storied and Pop Japan

    Two new art shows at the Asian American Resource Center. First, there's STORIED, in which Katherine Leung reflects the Tuvan culture in her Faces of Central Texas series, incorporating the folklore of golden light gods; and JU Salvant draws upon the personal history of a young girl’s journey from Vietnam to America for the visual story, Red Sky in the Morning. And then there's POP JAPAN, curated by Guzu Gallery's own Vincent X. Torres, presenting an array of notable characters from Japanese television, film, anime, and manga.
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    Ai Weiwei Sculptures Now In Your City!

    The Contemporary Austin and Waller Creek Conservancy present a free public event to celebrate the unveiling of two monumental sculptures by Chinese artist and activist Ai Weiwei. The mesmerizing Forever Bicycle is at the Waller Delta, 74 Trinity. And Iron Tree Trunk is on view at Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th.
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    Art for the People: The Pink Parachute Project

    Teodora Pogonat's provocative series of photography depicts women overcoming struggles, hardships, and setbacks through the use of a 30-pound pink military-grade parachute.
    Through Jan. 26
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    Bale Creek Allen Gallery: The Onlookers

    Here's a show of new work – sculpture, drawings, and paintings – by that Austin-based Renaissance man Bob Schneider.
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    Blanton Museum: Making Africa: A Continent of Contemporary Design

    This new exhibition, organized by the Vitra Design Museum and the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, presents the work of more than 120 artists and designers, displaying sculpture, prints, fashion, furniture, film, photography, apps, maps, digital comics, and more to show how African design generates innovative design approaches and solutions with worldwide relevance.
    Through Jan. 6  
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    Comanche Motion: The Art of Eric Tippeconnic

    This exhibition is enhanced with artifacts providing historical context for the paintings, rich with the unbroken connection the Comanche people have with their roots. Also, Rodeo: The Exhibition. Boy howdy, it's the history of the Texas rodeo – vibrant, interactive, and fully documented in this fine new show.
    Through Jan. 2. $9-13.
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    Coronado Studios

    The Serie Project, a nonprofit Latino arts organization hosted by Coronado Studios, produces, promotes, and exhibits serigraph prints created by diverse artists.
    6601 Felix.
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    Gallery Lucid: Visions Rising

    Here comes the final night for this show of Leah Dorrian's trippy, polychrome, divinely inspired and potentially mind-expanding paintings, the terminal party boasting a complementary array of brews and noms and live music.
    Closing reception: Sat., Dec. 8, 6-9pm
    Gallery Lucid, 7101 Easy Wind #3101
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    Generative Art Project: Thoughts In Action

    This bastion of the aesthetically brilliant possibilities of generative technology presents two new videos, a video slideshow, and five related prints by Alba Corral of Barcelona, Spain. Listen: "The notion that digital imagery is easy to make or merely a gimmick driven by software is wrong. The truth is generative artists, like those working in other media, must invent everything you see. The difference is their marks move through time, which adds to the complexity of their process." Corral’s style elegantly demonstrates her creativity in action.
    Through Dec. 30
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    grayDUCK Gallery: Landfall

    Multidisciplinary artist Suchitra Mattai presents installations, mixed media drawings and paintings, collages, and video in leveraging land as a catalyst for the exploration of identity. There's so much going on in each piece, a person can't really sum it in a simple blurb. But, just visually? Gorgeous – and a perfect complement to this elegant Eastside gallery.
    Through Dec. 23
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    Harry Ransom Center: Archaeology and Romance

    Ed Ruscha, anyone? We'll bet yeswe're big fans ourselves – and now here's a diverse selection of the celebrated American artist’s books, photographs, drawings, and pprints. With archival production materials, preliminary sketches, and studio notebooks; with more than 150 objects providing visitors an unprecedented look into Ruscha's creative process. And the Chronicle's Melany Jean tells more about this show right here.
    Through Jan. 6
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    Helm Boots: A Secret Spot Around Here

    Luckily, this elegant bastion of the cordwainer's craft isn't all that secret and makes a fine showcase for these revelatory photos of Barton Springs by Nils Juul-Hansen.
    Reception: Thu., April 12, 6-8pm
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    ICOSA: The Matter At Hand

    This is a two-person exhibition featuring the work of Darcie Book and Sarah Hirneisen, in which the artists push the boundaries of traditional artmaking techniques. Book stretches the possibilities of painting by navigating between the two- and three-dimensional, while Hirneisen uses mold-making and casting to remake everyday objects into unexpected new forms. Note: You know that ICOSA is right down the Canopy hall from Atelier Dojo, right?
    Through Jan. 5
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    Mi Casa Gallery: Alfonso Huerta

    New works by the Mexican artist. 1700 S. Congress, 707-9797.
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    Roadhouse Relics

    Vintage neon, carnival banners, and other tributes to U.S. popular culture by Todd Sanders.
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    Russell Collection: John Maisano

    Lovely exhibition of wildlife sculpture and more by the renowned artist in this new show.
    Through Dec. 31
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    Staycation: Thresholds

    Here's the much-anticipated re-opening of MASS Gallery, launching the new venue with the latest exhibition in their Staycation series, featuring 10 Austin artists whose work – in video, sound art, painting, photography, and drawing – explores the mystery and magic found in layering objects, surfaces, time, and experience. See our full review right here.
    Through Dec. 8
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    Twyla Contemporary Art

    “It changes the room and really makes the house.” The new in-house gallery of these fine-art promoters boasts a diverse roster of artists and includes work by Austin-based Terra Goolsby and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell. See website for stylish details.
    209 W. Ninth
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    Visual Arts Center: Fall 2018

    View the new exhibitions brightening this premier UT-based visual arts space here in the fall of 2018: "Lan Tuazon: In the Land of Real Shadows," "Exploring the Arctic Ocean," "Like the Lonely Traveler: Video Works by María Magdalena Campos-Pons," "Another Green World," and "Sit: Designs by Charles and Ray Eames."
    Free.  
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    Wally Workman Gallery: Water & Fire

    The artist Priscilla Robinson works with water and fiber (yucca, flax, abaca, kozo, and gampi) to create handmade paper – and fire and sand to make glass. These elements also inspire the shapes and compositions within her work, making the pieces not only about but also of the natural world.
    Through Dec. 23
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    Women & Their Work: Everything You Ever

    In this new show by Tammie Rubin, "the wispy tendrils of ball moss serve as a signifier of gathering chaos, conclave connections, concentrated confusion, a labyrinth of values, and growing will. Sculptures are constructed of knots and tangles of twine and rope, embedded with steel wool and cotton, and armatures of wire."
    Through Jan. 10
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    Yard Dog: Birds, Bears, and Bones

    In which the founding fathers of Austin punk get visual, as Jon Dee Graham, Jesse Sublett, and Larry Seaman present their unique visions of the world via canvas, paper, 3-D assemblages, and more.
    Through Dec. 31  
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    Atelier Dojo

    This school of representational art is led by four world-class locals, teaches drawing and painting (both fundamental and advanced programs), has open studios with live modeling, a schedule of workshops featuring visiting artists from around the world, and is located in the heart of Big Medium's Canopy complex. Oh look – we profiled and interviewed the faculty right here!
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    Blue Moon Glassworks

    This Hyde Park epicenter of everything silica-based and lovely offers instruction on glass fusing, leaded glass, precious-metal clay, and much more.
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    Dougherty Arts Center

    The Dougherty Arts School's adult arts program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities, provided skilled artists to teach a variety of classes in ceramics, digital arts, drawing and painting, darkroom photography, and more.
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    Helios Fused Glass Studio

    Learn while they burn at this professional studio – a nationally recognized teaching facility and retailer of fusible glass and supplies.
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    MACC: Art Classes

    Sculpting, working in clay and paper pulp, painting with acrylics: The Mexican American Cultural Center offers many opportunities for learning a craft. See website for details.
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    The Art of Ice Cream

    This? Is one of those ooooh-this'll-look-great-on-Instagram pop-ups that all the like-hungry kids are flocking to, cameras at the ready, surfaces polished for posing. The venue's packed with a colorful array of ice-cream-themed environments, obvs, and so they'll offer you free samples of frozen confections, too. See website for details.
    Through Dec. 30. Wed.-Mon., 11am-8pm. $15-25.  
    3208 S. Congress

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