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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
"...Such temporary public art has been around for years, with Fusebox Festival and Art Alliance Austin among the local leaders in commissioning it. Now, Art in Public Places, the city's public art program which has added many a permanent work of art to sites across Austin, is getting into temporary art in a big way..."

Art in Public Places' Wander
This interactive public artwork creates narrative pathways for you to travel in Downtown Austin
Arts Story  December 21, 2017, by Robert Faires
"...All that's to say that you can spend a lot of time, well, wandering through Wander's array of adventures. And since they direct you to more than 75 different locations in the heart of the city, you may find yourself becoming familiar with parts of Downtown that you have never seen or even knew existed – which is part of the point: Wander is an Art in Public Places artwork that also fits into the Downtown Austin Wayfinding Project, a city initiative intended to "make it easier for residents, commuters, and tourists to find Downtown Austin destinations and attractions." At each site, the app dishes up not only another slice of storyline but also a helpful serving of text about where you are and what's noteworthy about it..."

Private Parts in Public Places
Bob Byington lifts the lid on Registered Sex Offender
Screens Story  March 7, 2008, by Shawn Badgley

The Power of Art in Austin’s Overlooked Objects
Defining the city's personality from the moonlight towers to the railroad bridge
Arts Story  August 4, 2016, by Sam Anderson-Ramos
"...Austin's character is made by its people, objects, and places. Combined, they form our city's personality, its genius and fragility, its power and swerve..."

Austin Street Art Enters Into a New Era
With the city cracking down on graffiti and Hope Outdoor Gallery set to close, artists look for permission to paint
News Story  July 26, 2018, by Kate Groetzinger
"...But not at the Hope Outdoor Gallery, the Downtown graffiti park on Castle Hill, which will close in October. It is currently one of the only places in town where artists like Escove can produce large-scale murals without worrying about the police. [inset-1-right]..."

Public Notice: Coming Soon to a Corridor Near You
Hopefully in fewer than four score years ...
News Column  February 8, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...TEMPO 2018 will commission 10 public artworks, offering local artists or artist teams a budget of up to $10,000 for each piece. See full info at; artist info meetings are Thu., Feb..."

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
"...11-12 • Big Medium's East Austin Studio Tour: Nov. 11-12 & 18-19 • Art in Public Places’ TEMPO exhibition: Nov..."

Art Week Austin 2010 Schedule
Arts Story  April 23, 2010
"...6-7:30pm: Art Ride: Art in Public Places Eastside tour. Departs from Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop, 400 Nueces...."

Public Art
Two artists are arrested while painting a mural on a wall in East Austin
Arts Story  November 13, 2009, by Abe Louise Young
"...Asked to explain the process for getting permission to paint an artwork on a public right-of-way, Bartles replied: "You can't legally paint or mark on any public property. Public property belongs to the taxpayers, and most of them don't want their city to look like that." He's mistaken that there's no legal way to paint on public property; it can be done with a permit from Art in Public Places, the city's public art program, which the officer was unfamiliar with..."

Art for Days
Can you handle two weeks' worth of the East Austin Studio Tour?
Arts Story  November 13, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...The city of Austin's Art in Public Places program hosts open studios by AIPP-commissioned artists. At 6pm, Winningham will demonstrate her mosaic technique and discuss her design for AIPP's East Seventh Street Corridor Obelisco project..."

Public Notice: Old News on CodeNEXT
Scattershots, while waiting for Draft Three
News Column  January 25, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...Park in District 3 for display as part of this year's East Austin Studio Tour. The city's Art in Public Places program is looking for local artists or artist teams, with a budget of up to $10,000 for each piece..."

Art Week Austin
Arts Story  April 22, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...The city of Austin Art in Public Places program, Art Alliance Austin, and Mellow Johnny's Bike Shop partner to offer a different docent-led tour of public art and art exhibitions throughout Austin each day. Rental bikes are available; helmets and reservations are required...."

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
"...But more will be going on beyond the Art City borders, even before the fair begins: Texas Hill Country Wine & Food Festival's Barrels Across Texas fundraiser (Thursday, April 23, 6pm, AT&T Executive Education and Conference Center); Pecha Kucha Night, where architects, artists, and designers show their work in six-minute, 40-second bursts (Thursday, April 23, 8:20pm, Austin City Limits studio); Art Spaces, a progressive tour through six Central Austin galleries (Friday, April 24, 5:30-9pm); art talks on Critics, Critique and Community (a panel moderated by this writer, April 24, 4pm, Domy Books), Art in Public Places: Temporary Outdoor Projects (Friday, April 24, 8pm, Mexican American Cultural Center), and Fusebox's 12:19 Project (Saturday, April 25, 3:30pm, Austin Museum of Art – Downtown); 12:19 Project, in which people chronicle their lives from 12:19 to 12:20pm (daily, Austin Museum of Art); Lance Letscher booksignings (Friday, April 24, 6:30pm, D Berman Gallery; Saturday, April 25, 2pm, Austin Museum of Art booth at Art City); Bodies in Urban Spaces, where 25 dancers lead the audience through streets and buildings of Downtown Austin (Saturday, April 25, 1 & 6:30pm; Sunday, April 26, 11am, Republic Square Park); and, in partnership with Mellow Johnny's, daily bike tours exploring local public art projects (Thursday-Friday, April 23-24, noon; Saturday-Sunday, April 25-26, 8:30am)...."

Public Notice
Get Downtown With Your Bad Selves
Columns  November 1, 1996, by Kate X Messer
"...The Gala & Live/Silent Auction is at the UT Alumni Center, 2110 San Jacinto, Thu, Nov 14, 6-10pm. 837-9985. Up Against the Wall, Mofo City of Austin Art in Public Places Program wants you, you wild artist type..."

Art Top Ten
Hanging the Best of 1995
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...8. City Art: Austin's Art in Public Places' exhibition (Municipal Building). This exhibition of small works by artists who have participated (or are currently working on) public art projects provided a fine opportunity to reflect on the first 10 years of this program..."

Public Notice: The New Industrial Revolution?
Is Mayor Adler our Teddy Roosevelt?
News Column  January 21, 2016, by Nick Barbaro
"...The City's Art in Public Places Program seeks to commission artists for three unique public art projects: the Austin Convention Center Garage, some number of fire stations, and the TEMPO 2016 Temporary Public Art Project. They're holding an Artist Information Meeting on the first of those at the Cultural Arts Division offices at 201 E..."

Top 9 (Plus Three) Memories & Best Happenings in 2009
2009 was a good year for artists, young and old, getting their props
Arts Story  January 1, 2010, by Rachel Koper
"...11) BILL DAVENPORT SITTING AT THE GIANT MUSHROOMS ON AUDITORIUM SHORES Nice. The temporary outdoor sculpture project between Art in Public Places and the Texas Biennial was new but turned out successful...."

Anti-Latino Prejudice in Austin
Despite having a large immigrant population, city isn't always so welcoming
News Story  December 3, 2015, by Tony Cantú
"...By mid-October, the full artistic expression of his sentiments was manifested: three outsized piñata-like creations shaped like burros, installed in the heart of the Eastside, a project aided by a commission from the city of Austin Arts in Public Places program. Reva Bhalla – Goujon's fiancée and business partner who helped coax his muse – described the project with palpable enthusiasm in an email...."

Art Lives Here
Jennifer Chenoweth's home embodies the essence of the East Austin Studio Tour
Arts Story  November 15, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Given how busy Chenoweth has been of late – she was the featured artist at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum Garden Party this spring, had a solo show at the Butridge Gallery this summer, launched her "Hedonic Map of Austin" at Co-Lab this fall, and just wrapped up four years of service on the Art in Public Places Panel, for which she received a Partner in the Arts Award from the City of Austin's Economic Development Department – you might imagine all the preparation and effort that the tour requires is more than she needs on her plate. But that isn't the case..."

Public Notice: Bridges to Forever
The theme for the coming week is public input
News Column  June 18, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...This Saturday, June 20, friends of Larry Monroe will come together to honor the legendary and beloved Austin deejay and musicologist, with the dedication and blessing of the Larry Monroe Forever Bridge, created by Larry's partner Ave Bonar, mosaic artist Stefanie Distefano, and a team of more than 100 volunteers, working through the Artwork Donation program of Austin's Art in Public Places over the past six months to create a mosaic with custom tiles in Larry's honor. There's a dedication ceremony, with a musical program and more, from 10-11am at the pavilion at Little Stacy Park (1500 Alameda)..."

Public Notice: What Goes Around ...
This week's news sounds suspiciously familiar
News Column  March 19, 2015, by Nick Barbaro
"...Art in Public Places, a program of the city's Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, invites the Montopolis community to meet the artists commissioned to design and fabricate an artwork for the Montopolis Neighborhood Center. See a preview of the proposed artwork, with the artists on hand to listen to comments and answer questions: 1-3pm Tue., March 24, at 1416 Montopolis Dr...."

Public Notice: Does Business Really Hate Education?
It's way past time for some new voices on education policy
News Column  October 9, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the city of Austin's Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Devel­op­ment Department, seeks to commission a professional artist, or artist team, to create artwork for the expansion of Austin Studios, which is owned by the Austin Film Society. Visual artists who live or work in the state of Texas are eligible to apply..."

Public Notice: Drama on the High Seats
Reading (not too far) between the lines of Thursday's marathon
News Column  September 4, 2014, by Nick Barbaro
"...• The Art in Public Places program has two open calls to artists, seeking proposals to design and fabricate artwork for large-scale projects at Bergstrom Airport; apply through"

This Week in Council
News Story  April 19, 2002
"...Approving $90,000 -- 0.5% of the project cost -- for an Art in Public Places commission for the new combined emergency center to be built at the old airport, which for security reasons will not, exactly, be a public place. The work, by Wimberley sculptor Roger Colombik, includes a fountain and "porch swing" located in the building's break area...."

Art Openings
News Story  March 14, 1997
"..."Gleanings from the Winter Garden Studio," recent prints by artist Arleen Polite, is on view through April 9. Polite's work involves the people, places, animals, and architecture that surround her..."

Believing in Beauty
Fabric, home altars, and the influence of her mother all figure heavily in the art of Connie Arismendi, and writer Mary Jane Garza opens up the heart from which her remarkable images spring.
Arts Story  December 10, 1999, by Mary Jane Garza
"...Arismendi has been drawing on fabric for the last six years and has become increasingly more comfortable with the technique. Carefully stretching the material over a wall, the artist places an India ink drawing of the image she wants to use underneath the material as a guide..."

Art for Healing
The stunning art collection of the Dell Children's Medical Center
Arts Story  January 18, 2008, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...Hospitals can be scary places, especially for ill or injured children and their families, and, as I understand it, many people find art museums almost as intimidating. But fear gives way to wonder when patients and families enter the new Dell Children's Medical Center and stop to turn the knobs of the loopy, multisensory, hands-on contraption that greets them..."

The Art of Parenting With Art
Trying to find ways to make art while sustaining a family is no easy road.
Arts Story  June 22, 2001, by Robi Polgar
"..."Do I envy local actors who go from one show to the next without missing a beat? Sure. Would I trade places with them? No, because my family is my most important production and there are no revivals; they are only 10 or 13 once..."

From Stuff, Art
The 21st 'New American Talent' exhibition features a whopping 72 works of art, many of them created from everyday objects
Arts Story  July 14, 2006, by Amanda Douberley
"...Chances are you'll notice at least one of the four modified "Exit" signs by Austin artist Kurt Dominick Mueller, installed in various places high up on the walls at Arthouse at the Jones Center. The sentiment expressed by the whole group, "Stay Here For a While," is a polite request that you might want to take Mueller up on..."

Public Notice: False Binary Choices
Finding middle ground in Austin politics
News Column  October 18, 2018, by Nick Barbaro
"...But believe it or not, people, there are places where there is a viable middle ground: Not every choice has to be between NIMBYs and bulldozers. There are a lot of clear compromises available, that can move us toward some commonly held goals and values, if we stop yelling at each other..."

Stefanie Distefano's Public Mosaics Mirror Austin's Bright and Vivid Streets
And these good shards aren't hard to find, man
DAILY Arts  February 27, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...I've started to work so that it meets under the road, but I'd like to do, like, a giant disco ball under there: All mirror, everywhere. And I see places around town all the time, places that really need some work done..."

Sacred Spaces and the Art of Margo Sawyer at AMOA
Arts Story  August 21, 1998, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...The artist is intent on "articulating space and material to induce intimate expressions of spiritual elevation and emotional intensity." Written more simply, Sawyer attempts to evoke a sense of sacred space. She has visited sacred places throughout the world and spent over a year in India and a similar length of time in Japan, courtesy of Fulbright Research Grants in 1982-83 and 1995-96, respectively..."

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...."

Good Art Hunting
'Cracks in the Pavement' is back, giving Austinites another chance to discover art left on sidewalks, under bridges, beside freeways, in park bushes, and in other unlikely corners of the cityscape
Arts Story  June 24, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...And there are many more such treasures waiting to be found in odd places through the city. "Cracks in the Pavement," the interactive project that gave Austinites last summer the chance to discover art on sidewalks, under bridges, beside freeways, on suburban streets, deep in park bushes, and in other unlikely corners of the cityscape, is back..."

311 Story in Error
Columns  October 25, 1996
"...I read in your last issue of the Chronicle that there was this guy who was ranting and raving about "junk mail" and he couldn't get a response from any of the places he had been writing. I don't know if this will help, but I got this address off a flyer...."

Tubes of Art
Arts Story  September 11, 1998, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...The first film he shows is a clip from TV in the Fifties: Ernie Kovacs. He places film and video art in a sociological and technological context..."

AMOA and Mexic-Arte Shows Take Us to Personal Places
Arts Story  May 22, 1998
"...Davenport uses crocheted yarn to create soft, sculptural objects, playfully suggesting function, teasing the viewer to guess what they might be. Green's favored medium is candy cast in resin — the highest and best use of gummi bears and M&Ms that I believe I've ever seen, after the obvious one (keeping children quiet in the grocery store and other public places)...."

Talking Art at the Top
The executive directors of the city's museums shed light on the local visual arts scene
Arts Story  July 2, 2004, by Sam Martin
"...What this amounts to is tens of thousands of square feet in which to display and discuss art, popular culture, and history. The question, then, shouldn't be: What are we going to do without more space? The question should be: How are these places going to stay open?..."

Five Recommended Art Events This Weekend
How can you lose with a sweet list to use before it's time to choose?
DAILY Arts  January 26, 2018, by Wayne Alan Brenner

In God's Country
Why U2 is the best band ever
Music Story  March 30, 2001, by Christopher Gray
"...The band's maiden effort with Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois is not quite art rock per se -- passages of Boy are much closer to Pink Floyd than anything on this album -- but the rich textures, impressionistic tableaux, and cinematic landscapes (see "A Sort of Homecoming" or the title track) all served to distance U2 even further from their post-punk peers. Unfortunately, as vividly imagined as Unforgettable Fire can be, in other places ("Promenade," "4th of July"), it comes across merely half-baked...."

Top 10 Arts Events of 2011 in No Particular Order
How festival goodness and powerful art exhibits made 2011 a year to remember
Arts Story  January 6, 2012, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...6) 'AS ABOVE SO BELOW' (Domy Books) Bruce Lee Webb's painstakingly curated show of the antique art and arcane props from various of this nation's secret societies and clandestine brotherhoods was a walk-through experience that eclipsed everything else ever shown in its venue – and in most places beyond...."

Public Notice
Don't Bogart That Breast Milk!
Columns  August 19, 1999, by Kate X Messer
"...We were discussing the many changes through the years in the public's acceptance of Breastfeeding. Now, Roggie is an old pro at motherhood and has breastfed her daughter in all manner of public places with pride and confidence..."

Polytheism in the Raw
Columns  November 13, 1998, by Michael Ventura
"...We forget that in Europe and America privacy and propriety were such that "decent" people rarely saw anybody kiss -- at least not passionately, not in eavesdropping close-ups. Rituals of seduction have never been on public display (except in the sculpture of far-off places like India)..."

OUTside In
After a tumultuous year in LGBTQ, it's time for an emotional check-in
Arts Story  August 27, 2015, by Kate X Messer, Andy Campbell and Sarah Marloff
"...Not one to offer critique without options, Foxx places a premium on love. "As an artist, I use my art to create nonviolent social change."..."

Poetry in Emotion
Katherine Catmull never intended to pursue a career in acting. In fact, she seriously avoided it for as long as she could, choosing instead to earn her degree in English literature. Why is revealed in this profile of one of Austin's most sophisticated and literate performers.
Arts Story  October 6, 2000, by Robi Polgar
"..."Another extraordinary thing is that he writes as well for women as for men, if not better. He writes for women as if they were regular people with feelings, needs, passions, dark places..."

Lost in Space
Do They Know the Way in San Jose?
News Story  December 22, 1995
"...Our "24-hour downtown" entertainment options leave San Jose eating our dust, and even our hotel capacity downtown, sketchy though it is, seems greater than San Jose's. (They have more expensive downtown hotels.) Having given up on a downtown mall, San Jose is left with retail similar to what Austin has in its downtown frame, along with stores that verily signify downtown decay -- a dusty Woolworth's, religious curio shops, wig stores and medical-equipment rentals, and places to cash checks and buy alcohol..."

Come in From the Old
Warming up to folksonomies, recommendation systems, and glocalized environments
Screens Story  March 3, 2006, by Josh Rosenblatt
"...student at UC-Irvine, both of whom specialize in the study of human-computer interaction and its effect on social environments. "Increasingly, computers have been moving off of desktops and out of offices and into homes, cars, personal effects, and public places," Williams says..."

Off the Cuff and in Your City
A roundup of Austin improv schools
Arts Story  August 28, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Besides performing regularly with those heroes for years, Merlin taught classes at the Hideout and at the nearby State Theatre. "I was teaching a lot of one-off classes in different places then," Merlin says..."

Living in the Moment
MM Pack profiles legendary foodie Ann Clark.
Food Story  November 8, 2002, by MM Pack
"..."It just kind of evolved; people started coming to me. I've worked on probably 350 kitchens: locally, in California, New York, Washington, D.C., and other places..."

Tim Doyle's 'Unreal Estate II' debuts at San Francisco's Spoke Art Gallery
Where Serenity lands, the TARDIS occurs, and there's a certain Abbey …
DAILY Arts  February 8, 2013, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Look what he's got on the walls of so many cultural outposts these days: The buildings and cityscapes, the hardware and horizons, the almost palpable places of modern mything enaction:..."

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