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    Hearts of the East Side

    Nigh on literal, these hearts of the Eastside, as the East Cesar Chavez District launches an installation project celebrating the diverse cultural influences of the area with 11 big ol' steel hearts designed by local artists – Evan Voyles, Selena Souders, Todd Campbell, Bale Creek Allen, Luis Angulo, Morgan Zator, Miles Starkey, Chris Levack, Erin Ashley Shook, Rachel Dickson, and Nate Nordstrom.
    Opening party: Sat., Feb. 15, 11am-1pm  
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    Landmarks Video: Camel Collective

    The Camel Collective's Something Other Than What You Are is the latest to get the big-screen treatment in this ongoing series from your friends at UT's Landmarks program.
    Through Feb. 29. Daily, 7-10pm. Free.  
    UT's ART Building, 2301 San Jacinto
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    Nepantla: Objetos Sonoros Encontrados

    Alfredo Ríos (aka Chido Machine) has been collecting drums for years, creating different drum-sets for each project he's been involved in, organizing a storage system that allowed him to experiment with his new mutant kit. For this installation, he'll be using some of his drum-stock as what artist Steve Parker named The Drumobile to showcase different elements of a sound-based environment.
    Sat., Feb. 15, 7-10:30pm
    Nepantla USA, 1209 E. Cesar Chavez
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    PrintAustin

    The annual program of exhibitions displaying the work of printmakers – professionals and amateurs creating all manner of art via pigment pressed onto paper and other materials – using woodcuts, etchings, mezzotints, lithography, serigraphy, aquatints, newfangled digital methods, and so on in glorious profusion – the annual program celebrating all this is now under way. With Big Medium in Canopy featuring "The Contemporary Print," and Link & Pin Gallery offering "Melanated Life in Print," and Wally Workman Gallery resplendent with the narrative lithography of Kathryn Polk, and other venues around the city giving the inky discipline its promotional due – and with the almost overwhelming PrintEXPO culmination at Blue Genie coming up (Feb. 1 & 2) … well, here's yet another bundle of good reasons to get out and explore your artful city, Austinite.
    Through Feb. 15
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    Sightlines: Claudia Zapata

    Here at the end of this year's PrintAustin, it's time to reflect on what's been on display throughout the 2020 edition of the program, who created the works, what the art and its originating communities mean in the greater context of modern life, and why such an annual endeavor as this is important. No better way to do that in public, we reckon, than with a conversation between Sightlines Magazine and the curator of "The Contemporary Print 2020." Recommended.
    Sat., Feb. 15, noon. Free.
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    The Blanton Museum: Valentine's Weekend Special

    Get in the mood for art on Valentine’s weekend and celebrate with your loved one by getting them into the museum for free. Yes, it's a buy-one-get-one-free deal for true romantics – and Ed Ruscha's "Drum Skins" show is on display right now, and there's that Ellsworth Kelly Austin edifice of polychromatic wonder, and – oh, you know by now, right? That this is an excellent idea for a date? Recommended!
    Feb. 14-16
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    Wander

    Austin's innovative Art In Public Places project has conjured up an excellent choose-your-own-adventure sort of experience that incorporates actual sculpture on display around our urban hub. Roam the streets, roam the art, deep in the heart of Texas.
    All the time, any time
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    Collection Rert: The Parts Unknown

    A tag team of multimedia artists and musicians whose visual and performance art is a world built from the personalities of professional wrestling, that's who's stepping into the ring with a foreign object and maybe a folding chair or two for this show of intestinal fortitude at Collection Rert.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 15, 7-10pm  
    2608-B Rogers
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    Austin Art Space: For the LOVE of Art

    Here's a new group show from the Austin Visual Arts Association, themed to resonate with the whole Valentine's feel of things right now. Bonus: The reception's got live music by Jason Gitan.
    Reception: Sat., Feb. 15, 5-7pm
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    Barbara Jordan Exhibition

    The Barbara Jordan Freedom Foundation displays an interactive exhibit of the politician, policymaker, and activist's life.
    Feb. 15-22. Free.
    Texas Capitol Rotunda, 1100 Congress
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    Big Medium: The Contemporary Print

    Join PrintAustin in celebrating its seventh annual juried international exhibition, a survey of traditional techniques and innovative approaches in contemporary printmaking, presented in collaboration with Big Medium and juried by Claudia Zapata. This show, pretty much the epicenter of what the impressive PrintAustin project supercharges gallery walls with each January, features works by David Avery, Kelly Belter, Lisette Chavez, Briar Craig, Tania Cruz, Angela Faz, J. Leigh Garcia, Dirk Hagner, Veronica Hallock, Anna Hoberman, Daryl Howard, Raluca Iancu, Brian Johnson, and more, more, more. And we raved about just one of the works right here.
    Through Feb. 15
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    Flatbed Press: Stereotyped Ordinary

    Of course Flatbed, of all places and organizations in this inkstained city, is part of PrintAustin – don't be silly! In fact, don't be sad, citizen … which is what you will be – downright miserable, we reckon – if you miss this gorgeous installation and exhibition of prints by Sangmi Yoo, who uses digital printing and laser- and hand-cutting techniques on paper to create large works celebrating the architectural structures around us.
    Through Feb. 15
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    ICOSA: The Pleasure of Making

    Here's an exhibition featuring the works of hobbyists and crafters, organized and curated by ICOSA's Tammie Rubin.
    Through Feb. 15  
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    Northern-Southern: Steps on Steppes

    New works from James Turner and Naomi Schlinke begin a fresh decade at this fierce Eastside showroom. Both artists flex their skills in a process that is equal parts collage and mark-making, improvisation and deliberation.
    Closing reception: Sat., Feb. 15, 3-6pm
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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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    Dougherty Arts Center

    The Dougherty Arts School's adult arts program is dedicated to enriching the Austin community with hands-on artistic opportunities, providing 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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    WEST 2020: Call For Artists

    This is an open call for artists, business partners, and advertisers for Big Medium’s West Austin Studio Tour (WEST), a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. Suggestion: Click over to the website and get involved, you art-loving citizen!
    Through Feb. 26

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