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Austin Museum of Art
The museum is losing a block but may be gaining a leg up on a new facility
Arts Story  December 24, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...For close to 30 years, the Austin Museum of Art has clung to the dream of a permanent Downtown home on a block south of Republic Square Park, a dream it held on to even through the collapse of three separate building plans that were publicly announced. But the news last week that Travis County had contracted to buy the block AMOA owns between West Third and West Fourth and Guadalupe and San Antonio streets means that the museum has finally let go of that particular dream..."

Austin Museum of Art: The third way, explained
AMOA's new proposal for a new Downtown home is dramatically smaller than the last, but that's by design
Arts Story  February 29, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...When the Austin Museum of Art unveiled its latest plans for a new permanent facility in the block just south of Republic Square Park, one could hardly help noticing the dramatic contrast with the museum's previous plans for that site. The 2000 design by New York architect Richard Gluckman filled the entire block from corner to corner – 140,000 square feet of space contained within a structure distinguished by striking elements: a curved facade, an overhang of metal bars, terraces, aluminum fins..."

Arthouse/Austin Museum of Art
The boards of the two museums have voted to merge, but what does that mean?
Arts Story  November 11, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Cue the wedding bells. They sealed the deal – "they" being the boards of Arthouse and the Austin Museum of Art, who, after months of exploratory talks about merging the two visual-arts institutions, voted on Nov..."

Austin Museum of Art
After nine years at the helm, AMOA's director takes his leave
Arts Story  January 21, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Dana Friis-Hansen, who's worked with the Austin Museum of Art since 1999 and served as its executive director for the past nine years, is leaving that institution. The news was made public by AMOA board of trustees President Lynn Sherman on Friday, Jan..."

Austin Museum of Art
For the third time in 25 years, AMOA's plans for a new museum are put on hold
Arts Story  January 9, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...After two attempts to construct a new Downtown museum collapsed in economic turmoil, first in the mid-Eighties, then in the late Nineties, the Austin Museum of Art seemed finally to have hit on a scheme for success last year. In February 2008, it announced a partnership with Houston-based developer Hines Interests LP, which would acquire from AMOA the western half of the block at Guadalupe and Fourth for a 30-story office building called Museum Tower, thus helping the museum fund a new 40,000- square-foot, three-story facility on the eastern half..."

Austin Museum of Art: On the Count of Three, a New Home
For the third time, AMOA is moving forward with plans to build a permanent facility Downtown
Arts Story  February 22, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...The third time looks to be the charm for the Austin Museum of Art, which made official on Tuesday its latest plan to build a Downtown home on the block at Fourth and Guadalupe, just south of Republic Square Park. As announced by AMOA Executive Director Dana Friis-Hansen, the new plan involves a partnership with Houston-based development firm Hines, which will acquire the western half of the block for a 30-story, 425,000-square-foot office building to be called Museum Tower..."

Earthen Works at the Austin Museum of Art Revolution in Clay
Arts Story  November 24, 1995
"...The clay medium suits her; it is a common material given to uncommon grace in the right hands. As a potter, she harnessed the elements -- earth, fire, and water -- to do her bidding..."

Blanton Museum of Art
The UT museum acquires 12 works by Texas artists through an art lottery
Arts Story  August 12, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Everybody loves winning the lottery, even museums. And while the Blanton Museum of Art's recent score doesn't approach Mega Millions levels, it's pretty sweet: a dozen contemporary works by Texas artists, including a 1987 painting by 2011 Texas State Visual Artist 2D Melissa Miller and a mixed-media work by San Antonio art icon Jesse Amado...."

Blanton Museum of Art: Ann Wilson takes the reins
Ann Wilson has been named interim director of the Blanton Museum of Art
Arts Story  February 15, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Last June, Jessie Otto Hite made the decision to retire as director of the Blanton Museum of Art, drawing a close to her 15-year run in the position and a full 28 years on the staff of the University of Texas art museum. That leaves some sizable shoes to fill, but UT is confident that Associate Director Ann Wilson, who has been with the museum since May 2004, is up to the job..."

The Art of the Business of Art
Gallery owners David Berman, Wally Workman, and Steve Clark talk about their lives promoting artists and selling art
Arts Story  July 30, 2004, by Sam Martin
"...Visual artists of all ilk have a thing with money. Most don't have enough of it, at least not enough to live on while they produce their art..."

Top 10 Happy Moments of Art Appreciation and Artists Who Found a New Gear This Year
Chronicle Arts writer Rachel Koper remembers 2008 in the visual arts
Arts Story  January 2, 2009, by Rachel Koper
"...2) Andrew Long This new Chronicle contributor made a new body of work and just generally had a huge year with shows at the Austin Museum of Art, Butridge Gallery, Texas State University, and Houston's McMurtry Gallery...."

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:..."

Austin Visual Arts: 'Art in America' surveys the scene
For a national magazine to do a story on Austin that's just about the visual arts scene is pretty much unheard of
Arts Story  December 28, 2007, by Robert Faires
"...By now, Austin has been the subject of so many stories in national magazines that you'd figure it was no longer news when another one hits the stands. Maybe it isn't, but as Charles Dee Mitchell points out in the introduction to his "Report From Austin" in the December issue of Art in America, most of the associations people outside the city make with Austin involve music, film, or high tech..."

Top 10 of Austin's Visual Art in 2013
Much of the year's most exceptional contemporary art drew inspiration from the past and from science
Arts Story  January 3, 2014, by Caitlin Greenwood
"...3) 'LIFELIKE' (Blanton Museum of Art)..."

Tubes of Art
Arts Story  September 11, 1998, by Rebecca S. Cohen
"...We're going to hear the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum's senior curator of film and media arts, John G..."

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
"...Combined, they form our city's personality, its genius and fragility, its power and swerve. I consider any object wielding this kind of totemic force as worthy of the name "art." By art, I don't mean the things we look at in a gallery or public works commissioned by professionals..."

Austin Heart of Film Festival Schedule (Revised)
Screens Story  October 8, 1999
"...The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Festival (AHFF) is the first national conference to be devoted to the art of the screenwriter. Now celebrating its sixth year, this annual gathering has grown more impressive than ever..."

Austin Heart of Film
Screenwriters Conference and Festival Schedule
Screens Story  October 1, 1999
"...The Austin Heart of Film Screenwriters Conference and Festival (AHoFF) is the first national conference to be devoted to the art of the screenwriter. Now celebrating its sixth year, this annual gathering has grown more impressive than ever..."

Showers of Art and Lit
Let's not call the New South Festival of Literary Arts and Cartooning a perfect storm of indie media, please
Arts Story  June 4, 2015, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Because on that date, from 11 in the morning until 6 at night, is the debut of the New South Festival of Literary Arts and Cartooning, an event packed with vendors and guests and the general milling public. And the festival is being held outside: on the spacious grounds of the French Legation Museum, that Oldest Building in Austin that's just a few blocks east of I-35..."

Now Showing: The Contemporary Austin
Museum bids adios to AMOA-Arthouse, unveils new identity
DAILY Arts  July 18, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...As of today, the visual arts institution born of the merger between Arthouse and the Austin Museum of Art will no longer operate under the ungainly name that reminded everyone it used to be two organizations. After a lengthy effort to redefine its mission and direction, AMOA-Arthouse has rebranded itself The Contemporary Austin...."

The Art of Saving AMOA
Crisis at the Austin Museum of Art: Layoffs, Reorganization, Uncertain Funding
News Story  July 13, 2001, by Amy Smith
"...How many years does it take to build an art museum? In Austin, we're up to 18 years and counting...."

Increments of Destruction
Chris Jordan's 'Running the Numbers' at Austin Museum of Art
Arts Story  July 2, 2010, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"...Ooh, ooh, big giant numbers. The implications would chill you, maybe even inspire heart-racing terror, if only you could wrap your head around all those big fucking numbers..."

'Books and Parts of Books: 1996-2004'
Lance Letscher's current retrospective at the Austin Museum of Art is exciting in its breadth and diversity and the sense of possibility those qualities create
Arts Story  June 25, 2004, by Molly Beth Brenner
"...Since its inception, collage has thrived in the corners of the art world. From scrapbook pages to fine artworks, thoughtfully constructed mélanges of odds and ends so often turn out worlds greater than the sum of their parts, visually and conceptually..."

Here Comes Austin
Blanton Museum breaks ground on Ellsworth Kelly chapel
DAILY Arts  October 30, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...This weekend, the Blanton Museum of Art is taking its first steps toward realizing the 30-year-old vision of artist Ellsworth Kelly: a chapel called Austin. The project, announced in February, will break ground on Saturday, Oct..."

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..."

Toast to an Artspace About Art
Pro-Jex's Tunnel of Art on Fifth Street Was More Than a Gallery, Much More
Arts Story  April 3, 1998, by John Spong
"...Nobody in Austin got too worked up when Neil Coleman's Pro-Jex Gallery and Frameshop moved from its spot on Fifth Street, between Congress and Brazos, to the ArtPlex at 1705 Guadalupe. The long, impossibly narrow, shirt-sleeve of a gallery that hung from Austin's arts community was for years the city's sole photography-only gallery..."

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
"...If you didn't know, the Austin Museum of Art is not going to build its new downtown facility at Fourth and Guadalupe. The reasons are numerous, but the ultimate deal breaker was the fact that even if AMOA had succeeded in raising the $43 million it would've taken to build the 250,000-square-foot Richard Gluckman design, it would still need $9 million a year just to operate it..."

Art
Art Openings
News Story  March 4, 1999
"..."Dance Show," Skylight Gallery (Mar 4); "Definientia II," Gallery Lombardi (Mar 4); "New Work by Virginia Fleck," Women and Their Work (Mar 4); "Standing, Sitting, Sleeping, Sinking," Lyons Matrix Gallery (Mar 4); "N-O-N," Terra Children's Gallery (Mar 5); "Texas Film Art," Pro-Jex (Mar 5); "C-21 Expo -- Metamorfosis," Austin Visual Arts Association (Mar 6); "David Douglas Duncan: One Life, a Photographic Odyssey," LBJ Library (Mar 6); "A Quiet Song," Tarrytown Gallery (Mar 6); "Models and Artists," Laughing at the Sun Gallery (Mar 11-12) Rebekah Baines Johnson Health Center Mural..."

10 Can’t-Miss Art Museums and Galleries
Old Masters and new whiz kids all have a home here
DAILY Chronolog  March 3, 2017
"...A city of murals and outdoor sculptures and inspired graffiti, art is all around you in Austin – including, more traditionally, hanging on the walls of our very fine art museums and galleries...."

Another Round of Praise
Nominations for the 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 9, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...For the 16th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics have joined to recognize the year's most exceptional achievements in the visual arts, dance, classical music, and theatre. The nominations for the 2008 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2007, to April 30, 2008, were assembled by the following writers: the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin Keever (visual arts), David Mead (music), Joey Seiler (theatre), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Salvador Castillo (visual arts), Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Amanda Douberley (visual arts), Michael Kellerman (music), Rachel Koper (visual arts), Nikki Moore (visual arts), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)..."

Vision of a New Republic
Plans for the Revitalization of Republic Square
News Story  July 13, 2001, by Chale Nafus
"...When Bobbie Barker, regional vice-president of Southern Union Gas, was chair of the Downtown Austin Alliance in 1997-98, she was determined to focus attention on the historic downtown parks (Republic Square, Wooldridge Park, and Brush Square). "That's when we began the process of surveying the parks, identifying the stakeholders around each of the parks, and working with the Austin Parks and Recreation Department to give some attention to those parks..."

Art
Art Openings
News Story  March 14, 1997
"...ALTERNATE CURRENT ART SPACE, 2209 S. First, 443-9674..."

Top of the Line
The nominees for the 2011 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 27, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...For the 19th year, an informal affiliation of local arts critics has recognized the year's most exceptional achievements in dance, classical music, the visual arts, and theatre. The nominations for these awards, covering the period from May 3, 2010, to April 30, 2011, were assembled by the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Cate Blouke (theatre), Claire Canavan (theatre), Luke Quinton (classical music/visual arts), Claire Spera (dance), and Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts) and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Jonelle Seitz (dance), Avimaan Syam (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)...."

Upgrade Coming for the Contemporary Austin
$3 million renovation coming for the museum's downtown home
DAILY Arts  September 10, 2015, by Robert Faires
"...A new canopy over the popular open-air deck on top of the museum's Jones Center for Contemporary Art will be part of a $3 million renovation of the building in the coming year...."

Symposium on Early Texas Art
Texas art isn't an oxymoron, and the members of CASETA will gladly tell you why
Arts Story  May 1, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Give Bob Rauschenberg his due. With his groundbreaking modernist combines, the Port Arthur native got a lot of people to stop thinking of Texas art as an oxymoron..."

Cream of the Crop
Nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 19, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...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. The nominations for the 2005-2006 Austin Critics Table Awards, covering the period from May 1, 2005, to April 30, 2006, were assembled by an informal affiliation of arts writers, consisting of the Austin American-Statesman's Michael Barnes (arts), Jamie Smith Cantara (theatre/music), Clare Croft (dance), Randy Harriman (music), Erin Keever (visual art), Sondra Lomax (dance), David Mead (music), Tommy O'Malley (theatre), Joey Seiler (theatre), Jeanne Claire van Ryzin (arts), and Holly Williams (dance); and the Chronicle's Elizabeth Cobbe (theatre), Heather Barfield Cole (theatre), Rachel Koper (visual art), Nikki Moore (visual art), Barry Pineo (theatre), and Robert Faires (arts)..."

Art Top Ten
Hanging the Best of 1995
Arts Story  January 5, 1996
"...1. Artwork/Installation: Regina Vater's installation "Ita./Ota" (The Austin Museum of Art exhibition, Ceremony of the Spirit). While I didn't write about the show, I did make a point of going to the museum to hear Vater talk about her work..."

More Art for Laguna Gloria
The Contemporary Austin gets $9 million for sculpture park
DAILY Arts  September 12, 2013, by Robert Faires
"...Seventy years after philanthropist Clara Driscoll donated her Lake Austin estate to the Texas Fine Arts Association to be used as a civic art museum, a multimillion grant to The Contemporary Austin will transform the grounds of Laguna Gloria into a garden for site-specific sculpture by prominent artists from around the world...."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Arts Story  April 21, 2006, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has named the fifth group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these seven Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years: some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

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..."

Austin Finally Gets a Planetarium (Sorta)
Stargazers get home in Cedar Park, but still looking Downtown
DAILY News  February 16, 2015, by Richard Whittaker
"...The interim home will be at the 30,000 square foot SoccerPlex indoor football facility on Toro Grande Boulevard, with the 35 foot ceilings that the museum will require. The plan has always been to find a home in Austin proper, with the lot at 1800 Congress, opposite the Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum and the Blanton Museum of Art, as a prime contender..."

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 To Enchant
The winners of the 2010-11 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  June 10, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...On Monday, June 6, the Austin Critics Table handed out its annual awards for outstanding achievements in the Austin arts in a ceremony at Cap City Comedy Club. This year's event was the 19th presentation by this informal association of local arts writers and the 10th anniversary of the Austin Arts Hall of Fame..."

End of an Arts Era
The most prosperous period in Austin's cultural history came to a painful close in 2003.
Arts Story  January 2, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...If a history of the Austin arts scene is ever written, 2003 will be remembered in it as the end of an era. It was during this year that the economic bust which began hammering at our cultural community two years ago landed the hardest blows, finishing off the flush time begun in the 1990s..."

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
"...You've no doubt heard Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I Have a Dream" speech. Maybe you've read the words as well..."

Report From Art Basel
Texans find a place with the art world elite in Art Basel Miami Beach
Arts Story  December 24, 2004, by Jacqueline May
"...Earlier this month, I made my first trip to Art Basel, a major international art fair that's been held in Switzerland for 33 years and in Miami since 2002. Galleries from all over the world competed tooth and nail to get one of the pricey spaces at the Miami Convention Center, where the international accents and haute couture of the jet-set collectors swirled amidst the earthier speech and scruffy attire of the artists, and blue-chip works by art stars like Picasso and Basquiat shared space with art of the living young..."

The Art Is Formally Known as Prints
A somewhat kaleidoscopic glimpse of Austin's screen-printing scene
Arts Story  November 6, 2009, by Wayne Alan Brenner
"..."When I first moved to town, I worked at Asel Art Supply on MLK, and they had a small Speedball silk-screening kit," says the man who created this issue's cover. "And only now do I realize how incredibly bad those products are." The man is Tim Doyle of Nakatomi Inc., one of the smallest and newest screen-printing studios in our ink-stained city..."

UT School of Music
Ernest and Sarah Butler make the largest-ever donation to a music school at a public university
Arts Story  March 28, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...The source of the record donation – the largest ever to a music school at a public university – was hardly a surprise. Ernest and Sarah Butler are well-known and active in the local cultural scene (he serves on the UT College of Fine Arts Advisory Council; she's chairwoman of the Ballet Austin board of directors and a member of the Blanton Museum Council), and they have a history of major gifts to the Austin Symphony Orchestra, Austin Lyric Opera, Austin Museum of Art, Blanton Museum of Art, and the Long Center for the Performing Arts..."

Austin Arts Hall of Fame
Class of 2004
Arts Story  May 14, 2004, by Robert Faires
"...The Austin Critics Table has decided on the third group of individuals to be inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame. As with the previous honorees, these eight Austinites have made significant contributions to the community over many years, some as artists, some as educators, some as patrons, some as administrators, some as a combination of these, but all as friends of and advocates for the arts..."

Change of Aria Code
Leaving "Lyric" behind, Austin Opera launches a new era
Arts Story  November 6, 2014, by Robert Faires
"...If all those ads for Verdi's A Masked Ball have you wondering just what Austin Opera is and what happened to that other company with those two words in its name – the one that's been producing Verdi and Puccini and Mozart and all those other music-drama heavyweights for more than a quarter of a century, well, there's no real mystery. The companies are one and the same..."

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