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Talking Curation With Art Alliance Austin's Asa Hursh
Lora Reynolds Gallery's exhibition of work by Troy Brauntuch, Andy Coolquitt, and Jeff Williams proves a good case study in putting together an art show
Arts Story  August 20, 2015, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"..."It's right there! Here's an anatomical model, a torso in profile with its shoulder rolled back; there's the women's shoe on its point; and there's the softball," says Asa Hursh gesturing at the Brauntuch on the wall. I've asked him to talk about contemporary curation in Austin, and this is how we start..."

Art Alliance Austin: At 50, a rejuvenated mission and new name
After five decades, Austin Fine Arts Alliance has renamed itself Art Alliance Austin
Arts Story  October 19, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...As names go, Austin Fine Arts Alliance was serviceable enough for 50 years. But with the Downtown skyline changing and the Blanton and Long Center signaling a major shift in Austin's cultural identity, the organization behind the institution once known as Fiesta and lately as the Austin Fine Arts Festival thought it a good time to, as the kids today put it, rebrand..."

Art City Austin 2014
Art Alliance Austin's annual spring art fair brings art to the streets around City Hall
Arts Story  April 11, 2014, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...The birds are out, the weather isn't yet scorching, and the city is coming alive after some damp and dreary winter days, which can only mean that we're overdue for some outdoor festivities. Art Alliance Austin's annual Art City Austin will be taking place this Saturday and Sunday, April 12-13, turning the Downtown blocks of Cesar Chavez between Guadalupe and Lamar into a huge open-air gallery for more than 100 artists from around the country..."

Art City Austin Is More Fun Than Just Another Frame-Up
Annual extravaganza fills the Palmer and beyond with creativity
DAILY Arts  April 9, 2018, by Memory Harker
"...You could, in fact, do the opposite of abandoning all hope, ye who enter into Art City Austin at the Palmer Events Center this weekend, because such a display of creativity awaits you inside and outside that vast venue that it’s nothing if not inspiring...."

Hey, It's Art Night Austin!
Hot-pimping the righteous qualia
DAILY Arts  November 10, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...And that means what, exactly? Because, c'mon, for fuck's sake, this city has art of one kind or another gushing forth like so much blood from the severed carotid of a raging manticore every single night of the week, right? What makes this so-called 'Art Night Austin' on Friday so remarkably special? Well, listen:..."

Art Night Austin
It's a new day for Art Night as the traveling party pulls out the stops at just two stops
Arts Story  February 21, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...After years of treating local art-and-nosh enthusiasts to a progressive party in multiple galleries and venues, Art Night Austin has become synonymous with a movable feast that takes you here and here and here and here and here. But this weekend, that festive fundraiser is going to take you simply from here to there..."

Art City Austin: A new kind of art fair
Art Alliance Austin is calling on artists and architects to make work that will reinvent its annual art fair
Arts Story  December 28, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...What had been the Austin Fine Arts Festival is now Art City Austin, and one way the producers (Art Alliance Austin, previously the Austin Fine Arts Alliance) want to distinguish the new version of the art fair from the old is with a variety of temporary art installations on the fair site. So the alliance is soliciting proposals for temporary art installations at spots along the banks of Lady Bird Lake:..."

Art Week Austin
Arts Story  April 22, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Hosting the 2011 Art Week Austin, Art Alliance Austin is taking advantage of the exceptional convergence of special arts events this month, including the annual Fusebox Festival and Umlauf Garden Party, the Texas Biennial, and the Austin Museum of Art's triennial "New Art in Austin" exhibition. The events span April 27-May 1, with a special arts summit co-sponsored by Art Alliance Austin, AMOA, Fusebox, and Texas Biennial on April 30..."

Art City Austin: Everything old is new again
The annual art fair once known as Fiesta and the Austin Fine Arts Festival makes its debut after reinventing itself
Arts Story  April 11, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...The annual showcase for visual artists launched in 1956 as Fiesta and known more recently as the Austin Fine Arts Festival has reinvented itself for the new century and this week makes its debut as Art City Austin. Visitors will still be able to find lots of original works of art for sale, but the familiar April event is making some changes, starting with the location, which has shifted south from Republic Square Park to City Hall and the north bank of Lady Bird Lake...."

Art City Austin
The big outdoor art fair is spreading the love, via partnerships and pink notes
Arts Story  April 24, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Art City Austin 2009 is on its way this weekend, and the annual outdoor visual-arts fair is seriously spreading the love this year: to architects, to performance artists, to bicyclists, and to, well, everyone in town. See, not only has sponsoring organization Art Alliance Austin expanded its Art City partners to include Pecha Kucha Austin, the Fusebox Festival, and Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, it's also commissioned performance-art visionary Jaclyn Pryor (floodlines) to create a new iteration of her love-note courier service, pink, so anyone who visits Art City this Saturday and Sunday will be able to send a love note to anyone else in the city via a messenger on a pink bike...."

Art City Austin
Austin's urban core gets more playful with surprise swings and bubble sofas
Arts Story  April 13, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Last year, it was pianos. This year, it's swings and bouncy furniture that will crop up on street corners and other unexpected places in Austin's urban core...."

April = Art
Festivals, galleries, and museums join forces to celebrate visual art all month long
Arts Story  April 1, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...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...."

November Is Austin Art Month
With EAST, POP Austin, and the Creek Show, who's to argue?
DAILY Arts  November 10, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...We know you're hot to gorge on turkey this month, but there's something else you should feast on first: art. While we have no shortage of the stuff to savor in other months, November is the one when it's the most bounteous, what with the East Austin Studio Tour, Creek Show, and POP Austin..."

Art in Public Places' TEMPO Program
The city of Austin gets into temporary sculpture in a big way, debuting 10 new works around town this fall
Arts Story  October 1, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...But nowadays, art will pop up on our streets or in our parks without notice, enliven our urban space for a period of weeks or days, then vanish as suddenly as the blooms of bluebonnets. Such temporary public art has been around for years, with Fusebox Festival and Art Alliance Austin among the local leaders in commissioning it..."

Generous Art
A new gallery splits proceeds from sales between artists and nonprofits
Arts Story  June 24, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...You're a visual artist who gets asked to donate your work for nonprofit fundraisers. Of course, you want to help out, and you do, but this being Austin, you aren't raking in so much scratch from your creative efforts that you can do this for every community organization that comes knocking on your studio door..."

Austin Critics Table Awards 2013
Arts writers raise their glasses to outstanding art in list of nominees
Arts Story  May 24, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...A toast, please, to the 170-plus artists and creative projects recognized in the nominations for the 2013 Austin Critics Table Awards. Earlier this month, a batch of the ink-stained wretches who cover the city's cultural scene devoted our monthly meeting of the minds (i.e., happy hour) to reviewing the work we'd seen between May 1, 2012, and April 30, 2013 (give or take a few days), and came up with what we considered the most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, visual arts, and theatre...."

East Austin Studio Tour
The city's autumn marathon of art covers work by some 300 artists in 175 venues
Arts Story  November 12, 2010, by Robert Faires and Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Hope you've been training for Austin's annual autumn art marathon. With this year's East Austin Studio Tour, your legs need to be strong enough to carry you to more than 175 studios, galleries, and exhibition spaces on the side of I-35 where the sun prefers to rise and your eyes keen enough to absorb work by upward of 300 visual artists..."

POP Austin
PHOTO GALLERY  October 21, 2014
"...Art Seen Alliance. The inaugural "POP Austin" international art show happened Oct..."

Playback: CodeNEXT and the Austin Music Scene
How might the update of Austin’s land development code affect the musical landscape?
Music Column  June 7, 2018, by Kevin Curtin
"...Following five years of lead-up, the rewrite of Austin's outdated land development code soon heads to City Council. To assess its potential impact on the local music scene, "Playback" downloaded the most recent draft – 1,566 pages..."

Top 10 (+1) Major Shifts in Austin Visual Arts in 2014
In the visual arts, 2014 was marked by transition: for galleries, curators, and critics
Arts Story  December 31, 2014, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"...Top 10 (+ 1) major shifts in Austin visual arts in 2014..."

Art as Big as the Great Outdoors
Austin Museum of Art has artists transform nature in a huge way – and wants you to help
Arts Story  December 10, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...In fact, the park will be the work of art, the whole block transformed through the addition and arrangement of dozens of hay bales and other natural materials. This "community land drawing," as it's labeled, is inspired by the work of Scottish sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, whose work is featured in the Austin Museum of Art's new exhibition..."

Austin's Cultural Makeover: The Next Stage
How much closer we are to getting the cultural wonderland we imagined 10 years ago
Arts Story  September 7, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...In the Nineties, Austin's cultural scene could afford to dream big. The city was riding high on high tech, and so much money was flowing that even arts groups were seeing the green..."

East Austin Studio Tour, First Weekend
PHOTO GALLERY  November 17, 2014
"...The annual East Austin Studio Tour, a free self-guided art event hosted by Big Medium, opens the studios and galleries of local artists over two weekends in November. Visitors come out to meet the artists in their own environment and see the latest creations..."

Art Blondin Dead at 60
Musician and pit master was loved by many
DAILY Food  September 2, 2014, by Virginia B. Wood
"...Many Austinites will remember Art as the longtime proprietor of Artz Rib House (2330 S. Lamar), a ramshackle barbecue temple and live music venue known for St..."

Art Outside
Choose your own adventure at the ninth art/music fest
DAILY Arts  October 17, 2013, by Jessi Cape
"...An open call for visual artists resulted in more than 150 participants, many from Texas, and each night of the fest includes a block of stand-up comedians, coordinated by the New Movement Theater. Austin’s own Crash Alchemy joins a party of performance artists..."

Austin City Elections
Time to get creative with your vote
Arts Story  May 11, 2012, by Robert Faires
"...Hey, just because you're all amped to see the Ladies Are Funny Festival on Saturday or take the Art of the Pot tour or catch the opening of Palindrome Theatre's Accidental Death of an Anarchist or do one of a thousand other artsy things around town, don't forget that that's the day we vote for Austin's next mayor and three city council members. For anyone who cares about the arts, or is involved in any creative pursuit, it's a critical time to take a stand at the ballot box – not because some specifically pro-creative community candidates need your support, but because the people hoping to run Austin these next few years are acutely aware of the creative sector right now and are paying attention to its actions...."

Austin Interfaith
Organizing Austin One Congregation at a Time
News Story  July 21, 1995, by Robert Bryce
"...Once or twice a year, Austin's politicians and politician wannabes attend one of these accountability sessions and stand in tribute to one of the city's most powerful political organizations: Austin Interfaith...."

Austin’s Gender Unbound Spotlights Trans and Intersex Creators
The multi-disciplinary arts fest seeks community support to expand
DAILY Qmmunity  July 18, 2018, by Charlie Neddo
"...It’s no secret that Austin fosters trans and intersex creatives – just look to Xavier Schipani, Doodle Me Alive, and Ethan Draws Stuff for a start – which partially explains why Gender Unbound’s third annual festival is expanding from one day to a weekend-long event this September...."

The Austin Arts Hall of Fame Class of 2016
These inductees – Ballet Austin's Cookie Ruiz and Stephen Mills, and the Austin Symphony Orchestra's Peter Bay – are cultural heroes who lead by example
Arts Story  May 5, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...That the vitality of Austin's cultural scene is owed to its leaders – those artists, educators, patrons, and arts advocates who made the work and founded the institutions and provided the support that allowed theatre, dance, classical music, and the visual arts to take root and flourish here – may go without saying, but leadership takes many forms. At times, it looks like Shakespeare's Henry V, vigorous and magnetic, rallying the troops with words of inspiration..."

Austin Music Industry Award Winners
Business and non-performer accolades precede the AMAs
DAILY Music  March 7, 2016, by Raoul Hernandez
"...We winced through the Grammys and slept through the Oscars, but Monday’s second annual Austin Music Industry Awards ran neither self-congratulatory nor constituted self-important ego worship. Popular vote determines winners on the business end of the Austin Music Poll, so the write-in ballot means any trophy reflects true blue community consensus...."

Playback: David Ramirez’s Lost Art
David Ramirez’s America, HAAM Benefit Day, and the reverend of Austin music
Music Column  September 7, 2017, by Kevin Curtin
"...What I didn't know at our earliest meeting was that the 34-year-old Houston native may be the finest lyricist in Austin when it comes to conveying the desperate heaviness of life in all its shades of gray, darker gray, and black. New fourth album We're Not Going Anywhere finds the dynamically dour singer meditating on the way things linger: doomed relationships, the vanity of stage lights, the song of an unknown Oklahoma piano player, and the vestiges of our existences after death...."

Art Transplant
The Move Toward a Cultural Center in Downtown
Arts Story  August 30, 1996, by Brett Holloway-Reeves
"...The Downtown Austin Alliance's "First Tuesday" program didn't advertise a Battle of the Bands, but there it was, like something out of Eddie and the Cruisers. On the blistering sidewalks of Congress Avenue, three young men, with faces as clean and bright as their glossy instruments, playing experimental rock in front of the Little City Coffeehouse; and two doors down, under an awning for Boatmen's Bank, a group of middle-aged guys in a collection of tank tops, dude hats, and flowered shirts thumping out a Texas blues shuffle..."

Austin Creative Alliance's Summit Report
The service organization moves beyond talk with four ideas on how the city can expand its cultural infrastructure
Arts Story  April 14, 2016, by Robert Faires
"...Kraka-thoom!!! Rapidly rising rents force Austin theatres, galleries, and live music clubs to shut their doors...."

Austin Creative Alliance
After a decade of leading the arts service organization, Latifah Taormina retires
Arts Story  April 29, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Latifah Taormina answered the ad thinking the post she was applying for would be "a nice part-time job and a good way to get connected to the local theatre community." She was certainly right on the second score, but as for the first? Well, running the former Austin Circle of Theaters wasn't anywhere close to being just part-time work. Ever since the night in September 2000 when she was introduced at ACoT's B..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2002-2003
The full list of nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 9, 2003, by Robert Faires
"...For the 11th time, Austin Critics Table has found a whole lot to like on the local arts scene. The informal affiliation of arts writers has gathered its nominations for the 2002-2003 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing exceptional work in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art from May 1, 2002 to April 30, 2003..."

East Austin Studio De-Tour
Homesteading artists face city code challenges – and raise old fears – in changing neighborhoods
News Story  July 15, 2011, by Mike Kanin
"...Eight-hundred Gullett is the last address on a dead-end street in East Austin. From the road, you can see the front of the house belonging to artists Philippe Klinefelter and Sunyong Chung; it's not until you walk up the driveway and through the fence that you sense the scale of the property..."

Austin Critics Table Nominations, 2003-2004
The full list of nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, recognizing outstanding achievements in local theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...For the 12th time, local critics have put their heads – and pens – together to recognize the year's most exceptional work in theatre, dance, classical music, and visual art. On Saturday, May 1, nominations for the 2003-2004 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2003, to April 30, 2004, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre), Randy Harriman (music), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts); and the Chronicle's Molly Beth Brenner (theatre, visual art), Madeline Irvine (visual art), Rachel Koper (visual art), Jacqueline May (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), Robi Polgar (music, dance, and theatre), and yours truly, Robert Faires (arts)..."

Benefits Round-up: See Art, see Art run, see Art run and dance
Support your local nonprofits by buying prisoner art for the Inside Books Project, running a 5K for the Paramount and State theatres, and listening to Latino artists for the Austin Latino Theater Alliance
Arts Story  September 8, 2006
"...9, 7-8:30am, at the Paramount, 713 Congress. To register or for more information, visit"

The 2002 Austin Critics Table Awards
On Monday, June 3, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at the Capitol City Comedy Club.
Arts Story  June 7, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...On Monday, June 3, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at the Capitol City Comedy Club. It was the 10th anniversary for these honors presented by this informal association of local arts writers who gather regularly for lunch, and to mark the occasion the Table inaugurated the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, recognizing local individuals who have made remarkable contributions to the community through the arts over the past few decades..."

Austin Creative Alliance
Marcy Hoen's work for the ACA has won her the executive director gig permanently
Arts Story  November 18, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Excise the "interim" from Marcy Hoen's job title. The board of the Austin Creative Alliance was evidently so taken with her leadership of the organization during the past eight months that it has decided to keep her as executive director permanently..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Critics Table Honors Cultural Heroes

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Austin Critics Table Awards, member critics are inducting 12 individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the community through the arts into the newly established Austin Arts Hall of Fame.
Arts Story  May 31, 2002, by Robert Faires
"...To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Austin Critics Table Awards, member critics will induct the first members of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame at the Critics Table Awards ceremony this Monday, June 3. The 12 honorees to be inducted have all made significant contributions to the local community through the arts over many years, as artists, as educators, as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

Austin Makes Federal Case Over New Courthouse
Austin leaders try to influence the feds' new U.S. courthouse project.
News Story  November 22, 2002, by Mike Clark-Madison
"...After an eruption of local outrage, the federal General Services Administration has backed off its plans to (maybe) displace the Austin Children's Museum or the Austin Museum of Art to make way for a new U.S. courthouse..."

Save Our Speck Alliance
Larry Speck is the main architect of the Hill Country Galleria. He's also a member of the Save Our Springs Alliance board, which opposes the Galleria. This is what you call, "walking the tightrope."
News Story  June 14, 2002, by Amy Smith
"...The planned retail, office, hotel, and cineplex project is being billed as a regional destination mall that would bring thousands of shoppers through the rural Village of Bee Cave, just west of Austin. The 114-acre project is proposed along Hwy..."

The Threat to NEA Funding and Austin
How would the proposed cuts to the National Endowment for the Arts hit Austin? Hard.
Arts Story  April 27, 2017, by Katarina Brown
"...Since its founding in 1965, the National Endowment for the Arts has supplied money to artists and organizations all over the U.S., the Texan art scene prominent among them. Since 2010, Austin alone has received close to $11 million in NEA grants..."

Austin's Cultural Makeover
Which arts facilities from the boom years were built, which weren't built, and why
Arts Story  February 20, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...Now, most of the time when arts groups in Austin talk about buildings, they mean old storefronts and warehouses – abandoned spaces that are cheap to get and can be turned into serviceable theatres and galleries with a little cash and a lot of sweat equity. And indeed, the boom saw a fresh crop of just such venues: the Vortex, the Off Center, Flatbed World Headquarters, the Blue Theater, the Hideout, and Texas Folklife Resources, to name a handful..."

April in Austin (Part 2)
Austin is still buzzing with events for this Spring.
DAILY Chron Events  April 10, 2013, by Alayna Alvarez
"...Where can you find Grammy-winning American music, arts and crafts, camping, good eats, acoustic jazz and blues, bluegrass, local favorites, and international award-winning artists all in one place? At Central Texas’ signature music festival, of course! Located just outside of Austin, join us for four straight days of finger pickin'—done the good ol’ Texas-friendly way...."

Homelessness in San Antonio and Austin
Could a unified campus for homeless services work as well here as in San Antonio?
News Story  August 28, 2009, by Katherine Gregor
"...But it's not so severe as the problem of the person sleeping on the street tonight." That reminder from moderator John Nyfeler kicked off a passionate Aug. 12 conversation among those who work with or are touched by the "homeless problem" in Austin..."

Real Community Is Real Art
The schedule
Arts Story  September 19, 2008
"...Meet the unforgettable residents and extraordinary artists breathing new life into their historic but struggling community. The film will be introduced by director Andrew Garrison, who is an associate professor of Radio-Television-Film at UT-Austin, and Rick Lowe, the founder of Project Row Houses...."

Austin GuitarTown Project: Going, going, gone!
The auction of all those guitar sculptures raised a half-million dollars for four local charities
Arts Story  October 26, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...Lone Star songster Ray Wylie Hubbard served as emcee, while international auctioneers Julien's Auctions supervised the sales. They were brisk – Reflections of Austin, by Shanny Lott, and Striking Texas Gold, by Diane Sonnenberg, went for $55,000 apiece – and overall the Austin GuitarTown Auction Gala brought in $589,000..."

Austin Critics Table Winners 2000-01
Arts Story  June 15, 2001, by Robert Faires
"...On Sunday, June 10, the Austin Critics Table presented its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a brisk ceremony at the Bad Dog Comedy Theater, 113 E. Riverside..."

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