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Sterling Allen: The Allen transformer as self-generator ...
Sterling Allen's irrational, exuberant drawings in the exhibit 'Writesy Drawsy' are so decisive in placement and texture that they immediately send you to a happy place as a viewer
Arts Story  June 29, 2007, by Rachel Koper
"...The recent drawings by Sterling Allen, as seen in the exhibition "Writesy Drawsy" at Art Palace, are so confident that I can relax and enjoy them. His assertions with the pencil are so decisive in placement and texture that I am immediately sent to a happy place as a viewer..."

Sterling Allen: Residencies!
The Austin artist and Okay Mountaineer has been picked for a pair of prestigious residencies in San Antonio and Omaha
Arts Story  June 20, 2008, by Rachel Koper
"...Austin artist and Okay Mountaineer Sterling Allen has been chosen to be an artist in residence at Artpace San Antonio in 2009. Though it's just down the road from us, this is a major deal, as Artpace draws artists from all over the globe – each two-month residency includes one artist from Texas, one from the U.S..."

Collective Burgeoning
For the artists of Okay Mountain, it was a very good year
Arts Story  September 17, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...Sterling Allen: We always think it's like, "Okay, it's happening now." I think we felt like that since we opened our first show. We sold our first drawing for $800, and it was like: "Wow..."

Art Palace
An appreciation of the great Eastside gallery as it packs up and moves to Houston
Arts Story  December 4, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...Arturo Palacios' gallery-in-a-house on East Cesar Chavez may have been in operation just four and a half years, but in that time it became a vital showplace for dynamic young artists on the local scene. Sterling Allen, Peat Duggins, Ali Fitzgerald, Heyd Fontenot, Nathan Green, Jonathan Marshall, Michael Sieben, Eric Zimmerman – all showed there, and their exhibitions were consistently acclaimed as among the most exciting and noteworthy in the city..."

Making It Together
"Making It Together," the second part of the summer UT art grad shows at the CRL, gives quick answers to questions surrounding the idea of collaboration in art
Arts Review  August 25, 2006, by Salvador Castillo
"..."Making It Together," the second part of the summer UT art grad shows at the CRL, presents different ways you can collaborate on an art project. There are the obvious two artists with work in close proximity (Roberto Bellini/David Woody or Erin Curtis/Stephanie Wagner), multiple artists adding their signature elements on a single work (Christa Mares/Scot Proctor or Sterling Allen/Anna Krachey), and artists inviting audience participation (Erin Cunningham or Jill Pangallo)..."

Another Round of Praise
Nominations for the 2007-2008 Austin Critics Table Awards
Arts Story  May 9, 2008, by Robert Faires
"...Allen Robertson, Jesucristo Superestrella..."

22 to Think About
Austin Museum of Art shows new local art that engages the mind
Arts Story  August 26, 2005, by Rachel Koper
"...How does the individual relate to a broader American culture? Exactly how many images of Paris Hilton is one expected to digest in a lifetime? Does getting your culture spoon-fed to you make it taste better? The Austin Museum of Art exhibition "New Art in Austin: 22 to Watch" breaks down some excellent social questions, with local artists challenging themselves and the viewers of their work to access things like urban planning, control over the environment, social distance, and the vastness of known science. The triennial "New Art in Austin" show was created by AMOA Director Dana Friis-Hansen in 2002 to highlight the achievements of Central Texas artists (and the area boasts a lot of both artists and achievements)..."

Open Edition
PrintAustin enters its second year with startling growth in scale and scope
Arts Story  January 15, 2015, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"...Karen Pope, followed by a "Printmaking and the Artist" panel discussion moderated by Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum curator Dr. Katie Edwards and featuring notable panelists Sterling Allen, Veronica Ceci, Katherine Brimberry, and Bob Schneider..."

Park Benched
The Cost of Art, Part II: Without enough buyers for art, local galleries like Tiny Park can't make the rent
Arts Story  March 28, 2014, by Seth Orion Schwaiger
"...Few artists would disagree, but even within this majority are many who push against the notion that this turnover, or lack of market, is something to be passively accepted. Sterling Allen of Okay Mountain paints his views quite clearly: "Our collective made money, but our gallery never did..."

So You Think You Can Paint?
Reality TV-style art competition returns for Season Two
Arts Story  November 18, 2011, by Robert Faires
"...Last year's event drew 68 submissions, from which judges Sterling Allen (artist, Okay Mountain), Rachel Koper (program director, Women & Their Work), and Risa Puleo (assistant curator, Blanton Museum of Art) selected Chloé Yingst as the winner. The Texas State University art student was showered with gift certificates to art-related businesses, guest passes and memberships to area museums, and the big prize: her own solo exhibit at Pump Project Art Complex...."

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
"...A reality-TV-style art competition organized by Austin artist, blogger (Bout What I Sees), and former Chronicle visual-arts writer Salvador Castillo. Artists who responded to an open call have their work reviewed by a panel consisting of Okay Mountain artist Sterling Allen, Women and Their Work Program Director Rachel Koper, and Blanton Museum of Art assistant curator Risa Puleo before a public audience..."

Arthouse
The Jones Center is closed, so Arthouse just hangs its art sale on other walls
Arts Story  May 14, 2010, by Robert Faires
"...This year's 1,000-plus crop of 5-inch-by-7-inch works of art created by more than 900 artists will be set up and ready for purchase at the Whitley Building, 301 Brazos. As before, each miniature masterpiece can be bought for just $100, but because the works aren't labeled by artist, you won't know for sure if you have a Sterling Allen (Austin) or an Allison V..."

Okay Mountain
The Austin collective's faux convenience store sells well at the Pulse art fair
Arts Story  December 11, 2009, by Robert Faires
"...The Chronicle managed to track down a couple of Austin's new international art stars as they were making their way across the Sunshine State, hauling their carcasses and the remainder of their Corner Store installation back home to Texas. While Sterling Allen handled the wheel, Tim Brown filled us in on how the "store," which had been commissioned by Arthouse and was intended in part to send up the intense commercialism of Pulse-type fairs, was received by the arterati..."

'Anagenesis': Shaggy Goat-Bears With Rocket-Firing Power!
Anthony Garza fuses animals and man-made structures to make monumental nature paintings
Arts Story  May 22, 2009, by Rachel Koper
"...The dense areas of detailed painting are surrounded by airy white backgrounds. The work relates to that of other Austin artists – compositionally to Joseph Phillips' delicate floating islands and Sterling Allen's silhouette style, and it gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling of "holy wow," like the first time I saw the naturalist artwork of Jonathan Marshall or Peat Duggins – but Garza's creatures are entirely his own creations..."

Austin Arts at the Armory
Three local art galleries represent at this year's Armory Show in New York City
Arts Story  February 27, 2009, by Rachel Koper
"...Volta NY, on Fifth Avenue and 35th Street, was founded in 2005 in Basel, Switzerland, and features only solo projects. Art Palace will present Sterling Allen's ABC Project, a show of recombined toys and objects that morph into 26 freaky Muppet-like sculptures, one for each letter of the alphabet..."

Show and Sell
Austin art is getting national buzz, but is anybody buying it?
Arts Story  March 14, 2008, by Clayton Maxwell
"...Sterling Allen, an Okay Mountaineer who has had successful independent shows as well, has a similarly sobering view: "I can count on two hands the people that are out there supporting our contemporary art scene," he says. "They are also the people who support the nonprofits and museums by funding special projects and exhibitions..."

Suspended Narratives
Lora Reynolds Gallery's first group show, 'Suspended Narratives,' is a cleverly developed grouping of artworks that have obscure or hard-to-find meanings
Arts Review  October 28, 2005, by Rachel Koper
"...The foggy picture plane is interrupted by a small, dark bump at the very bottom. Compositionally, it reminds me of Sterling Allen's interest in "amateur" photo framing devices..."

The Utter Daveness of Dave!
A farewell tribute to artist and co-founder of the Fresh Up Club Dave Bryant
Arts Story  August 19, 2005, by Rachel Koper
"...– Sterling Allen, Art Studio Studios, artist..."

22, Two
The Austin Museum of Art has lined up the next 22 local artists that we ought to keep our eyes on
Arts Story  May 20, 2005, by Robert Faires
"...Sterling Allen..."

Two 'Hot' for Your Eyes
For Camp Fig's new show 'Hot For Teacher,' 100 artists were given a small chalkboard. Their homework assignment? Make it art.
Arts Story  September 17, 2004, by Rachel Koper
"...They get work from artists such as Tim Kerr, Whitney Lee, Deth P. Sun, Grady Roper, Joey Marez, Maya Hayuk, and, of course, camp counselors Lee Brooks, Michael Sieben, Sterling Allen, Enoch Rios, Katie Friedman, and Allison Sands..."

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