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In the Game
For her first museum work, Jade Walker steps up to the plate and swings big
Arts Story  January 22, 2010, by Robert Faires
"..."We knew we wanted an artist who would experiment and transform the gallery," says AMOA assistant curator Andrea Mellard, and "we thought of Jade. We'd been watching her work shift in scale from small wall installations to human-sized floor sculptures and ceiling installations..."

Gay Place
The Contemporary Austin kicks off a QTPOC film series for the month of May
Columns  May 4, 2017, by Sarah Marloff
"...Tonight, the Contemporary Austin kicks off a QTPOC film series for the month of May. Coinciding with Jim Hodges' rooftop sculpture With Liberty and Justice for All (A Work in Progress), the four films were selected to "draw attention to the interconnected nature of race, class, gender, and overlapping systems of discrimination," explains Andrea Mellard, the museum's director of public programs and community engagement..."

Fear not, this artistic examination of what worries us will reward your attention.
Arts Review  September 4, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I feel ya, brother and sister. And so does Andrea Mellard, curator of this exhibition that provides a temporary showcase for the visual contents of the latest issue of Cantanker magazine..."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
For the 20th time, a big hand for the nominees if you please
Arts Story  May 25, 2012, by Robert Faires
"..."Art on the Green," Austin Museum of Art-Arthouse, curator: Andrea Mellard..."

Cinema, Vehicular
Green Screen Film Series returns to the Laguna Gloria Amphitheater
Screens Story  July 6, 2017, by Sean L. Malin
"...Every Friday night this month, beginning July 7 with Two-Lane Blacktop and concluding with the revisionist caper comedy Thelma & Louise, the Contemporary Austin screens classic on-the-road flicks at the Laguna Gloria Amphitheater as part of its annual Green Screen Film Series. Andrea Mellard, the director of public programs and community engagement, who has programmed the series three summers running, has designed the weekly event so that each film (the other two being Duel, Steven Spielberg's first feature, and 1972's The Getaway) pairs organically with Road Angel, a mixed-media sculpture by the renowned polymath, and now, cinematic sommelier, Terry Allen...."

Touring the Tour
A very meta experience, guided by Heather Pesanti, senior curator of the Contemporary Austin
Arts Story  November 20, 2014, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"...One tour that garnered a good deal of interest the first weekend of EAST 2014 was produced by Art Alliance Austin and led by Heather Pesanti, senior curator at The Contemporary Austin. The museum's community engagement director, Andrea Mellard, has a solid track record of engagement with grassroots arts initiatives in Austin, commissioning collective Ink Tank and working with galleries like Pump Project and GrayDUCK, but the senior curator's involvement with EAST even more clearly signals that the Contemporary has its eye on the burning embers of the local scene, especially on the Eastside...."

'Concerto Laguna'
AMOA-Arthouse's Spring Sound series unleashes the music of the shores
Arts Story  March 1, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...The following month, he premiered a score in Houston that took place in seven different buildings of Project Row Houses. It was at that performance of "Seven in the Third" that Andrea Mellard, AMOA-Arthouse's senior curator for public programs and community engagement, approached Weller about composing a piece for Laguna Gloria..."

New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch
See this survey of Austin's emerging savants, and you'll do yourself a big, big favor
Arts Review  March 11, 2011, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Luckily, this 15-artist showcase has been curated by University of Texas at El Paso's Kate Bonansinga, the Menil Collection's Toby Kamps, and AMOA's own Andrea Mellard, a trio that knows what's up, a trio with tastes sufficiently varied and discerning to provide a good look at the emerging savants in these here parts. Maybe you recognize some of the artists because you've been following their careers or because you know them personally? Let's provide you a list: Miguel A..."

'New Art in Austin' 2011
AMOA has announced the 15 artists chosen for its triennial show of local art
Arts Story  October 15, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Some 350 artists who live within 50 miles of the Capitol applied this time – a 30% increase over the number in 2008, which goes to show how much prestige this program has acquired in just a decade. The team curating the fourth edition – Kate Bonansinga (Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, University of Texas at El Paso), Toby Kamps (Menil Collection, Houston), and AMOA assistant curator Andrea Mellard – has been hard at work reviewing submissions and visiting studios, and last week the group announced the 15 finalists..."

Calling All Artists!
Two art exhibits and a new contest for young composers are accepting submissions
Arts Story  May 28, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Emerging and lesser-known artists from Central Texas – defined as living within 50 miles of the Capitol – are invited to submit five digital images of their work in any medium, with an artist statement/bio, by July 29. AMOA assistant curator Andrea Mellard will curate, with support from Kate Bonansinga, gallery director of the Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, and Toby Kamps, senior curator at the Contemporary Art Museum Houston..."

Art in the Park: 'American Dream'
It's the day for you to deliver MLK's "I Have a Dream" speech
DAILY Arts  October 22, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Until 4pm this afternoon, Andrea Mellard, the museum's director of public programs and community engagement, and a team from the institution, will be set up on the newly repainted gazebo of the recently refurbished park with Kurt Mueller’s American Dream, an interactive artwork that includes a transcript of the speech projected on a monitor screen, karaoke-style; the recorded responses of the crowd from its original delivery during the March on Washington a half-century ago; and a microphone connected to a speaker. The idea is for the public to have the opportunity to deliver that historic message, to let it resonate in their own bodies, and feel some of the power – and responsibility – that live in them...."

Steve Parker Wins 2018 Tito's Prize
Big Medium selects composer/sound artist for $15,000 award
DAILY Arts  July 17, 2018, by Robert Faires
"...Parker was unanimously selected by a panel of three curators: Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at the Contemporary Austin; Dennis Nance, Galveston Arts Center Curator and artist; and Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art. In a release from Big Medium, the panelists praised Parker's desire to "push beyond the boundaries of genres and media towards the pursuit of creativity," called him a "consummate collaborator," and cited his "outstanding commitment to collaborative works that intersect artists and audiences through sound and installation." All noted that Parker's proposal for a multi–faceted exhibition grounded in his acoustic research on the history of conflict presented through sound as a factor in their decision to award him the prize..."

Charles Atlas / William Basinski
The artists' live layering of video and music immersed audiences in images of suffering and transformation
Arts Review  January 14, 2016, by Madeline Irvine
"...The performance, organized by Andrea Mellard, was part of "Strange Pilgrims," a large exhibition exploring immersive art experiences curated by Heather Pesanti, senior curator at the Contemporary Austin. On view through January 24 at the Contemporary Austin's Jones Center and Laguna Gloria sites, and the University of Texas' Visual Arts Center..."

2012 Austin Critics Table Awards
Giving a lot of sweet bouquets (and taking their sweet time doing it)
Arts Story  June 8, 2012, by Robert Faires
"..."Art on the Green," AMOA-Arthouse, curator: Andrea Mellard..."

Feral hogs invade Laguna Gloria (sorta)
Arts Story  November 25, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...For the Laguna Gloria installation, Graybill's "hog balls" will serve as substitutes for actual tush hogs, set around the grounds as if in small herds. And while they'll still be loaded with feed corn, curator of exhibitions and public programs Andrea Mellard isn't expecting any large pigs to knock them around – more likely raccoons will play cat burglar and steal off with the corn..."

Mona Remix
Leonardo's lady gets a modern makeover in Rino Pizzi's Mona Lisa Project
Arts Story  July 1, 2011, by Robert Faires
"..."It's something that I hadn't predicted." He had seen all the pieces and knew what they were and what they were saying, but something about their being in the same room together added a level of interactivity that was unexpected. Pizzi credits AMOA interim curator Andrea Mellard with grouping the works to make common elements pop, to get these remixed Monas talking..."

On the Funding Front
Eleven area artists and cultural organizations earn support for 2011 projects
Arts Story  January 14, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...• Two Austin visual-arts projects won grants this year from the Idea Fund, a program in which Houston arts organizations Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks ArtSpace, and Project Row Houses take funding from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and reallocate it to artists or artist groups across Texas. Panelists Bill Arning (director, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston), Kate Lorenz (executive director, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago), and Andrea Mellard (assistant curator, Austin Museum of Art) combed through some 200 applications before settling on this year's 10 grantees, each of whom will receive $4,000 to create a project in 2011 ($3,500 for the project and the rest for seed money to develop future work)..."

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