Jones Center Currently Closed for Renovations

Reopening November 2016!

Jones Center

Currently closed for renovations

Please stay tuned for the new Jones Center, opening next fall!

On view

Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park

John Grade

Permanent Collection and Temporary Projects at Laguna Gloria

Summer 2016

Art School

Registration is open and ongoing!

Summer Dates: May 28 – Sept 1

At the Gatehouse Gallery

Mark Freeland: 100% Art

Mark Freeland

100% Art

Celebrating Mark Freeland’s creative legacy and the Art School at Laguna Gloria

NEWS

Jones Center Renovation

We are excited to share the news of our upcoming renovation to The Contemporary Austin’s downtown location! Highlights include expanded gallery space for exhibitions and a new canopy on the Roof Deck to allow for increased year-long use of this signature gathering spot for public programs and community events.

Art School: Registering for Summer!

Now registering for Summer classes and camps in all mediums for adults, teens, and children! Classes fill up quickly so please reserve your spots early. (And don’t forget to ask us about our tuition discounts for Members!)

$10,000 for 10,000 Kids

Our thanks to everyone who contributed to our $10,000 for 10,000 Kids campaign this spring! With your support, we were able to meet our goal. Learn more about The Contemporary Austin’s Education Fund, which helps us inspire creativity and imagination in thousands of children throughout Central Texas each year by supporting dynamic, accessible art education programs at the museum, including K-12 tours, free family events, Art School scholarships, and outreach to the community.

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Rendering of the Jones Center Renovation with The Moody Rooftop, 2015. Courtesy LTL Architects. John Grade, Canopy Tower, 2015. Ipe wood, rope, steel, and wire. 15 feet 9 inches high, 15 feet diameter. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Austin, 2015. Courtesy the artist and Cynthia Reeves. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons. Mark Freeland, 100% Art, 2002–2006. Acrylic and mixed media.

About

The Contemporary Art Museum for Austin

Mission: The Contemporary Austin reflects the spectrum of contemporary art through exhibitions, commissions, education, and the collection.

Vision: The Contemporary Austin aspires to be the contemporary art museum for Austin and an essential part of city life. Through its unique combination of urban and outdoor sites, The Contemporary will embody an eclectic and collaborative spirit.

Museum Without Walls
A Discussion with Louis Grachos

Learn more about the many ways that we are inspiring our home city and get to know our executive director, Louis Grachos, and his ideas on the future of our city’s visual arts. Special thanks to Sanders\Wingo.

Jones Center

1851
The first three-story brick building in Austin is constructed on the corner of 7th Street and Congress Avenue.

1877
Tobin’s Drug Store opens at 700 Congress Avenue.

1911
Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

1926
700 Congress Avenue becomes the Queen Theater, featuring a balcony and proscenium stage.

1956
Lerner Shops moves into 700 Congress and renovates by adding storefront windows, a second floor, and a new front elevation on Congress, including an awning over the sidewalk.

1995
Texas Fine Arts Association purchases the vacant building at 700 Congress and renovates the first floor.

1998
TFAA / The Jones Center for Contemporary Art opens to the public.

2002
TFAA changes its name to Arthouse at the Jones Center.

2008
Arthouse unveils the renovation and expansion plans for the Jones Center, designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects.

2010
Arthouse at the Jones Center reopens.

2011
Arthouse at the Jones Center and the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) celebrate 100 and 50 years, respectively. At the same time, the two institutions formalize a merger under the temporary name AMOA-Arthouse, rejoining the two primary organizations that constituted the Texas Fine Arts Association.

2013
AMOA-Arthouse debuts its new name and brand: The Contemporary Austin.

Laguna Gloria

1911
Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

1943
Texas legend Clara Driscoll donates her lakeside, 1916 estate in west Austin to be used “as a Museum to bring pleasure in the appreciation of art to the people of Texas.”

1961
TFAA splits into two separate entities. Laguna Gloria Art Museum is created with the purpose of owning and operating the museum and grounds, and presenting exhibitions and educational programs in the Driscoll Villa.

1983
The Art School’s 4,100-square foot facility is constructed on the grounds of Laguna Gloria.

1996
Laguna Gloria Art Museum changes its name to Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) and moves its primary exhibition space to 823 Congress Avenue.

2003
The Driscoll Villa and gardens and key features of The Art School complex are refurbished and restored through a successful $3.6 million Laguna Gloria Renewal Project.

2008
The historic Gatehouse is restored and the Art School studios expanded by 2,500-square feet of new ceramics and painting space.

2011
Arthouse at the Jones Center and the Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) celebrate 100 and 50 years, respectively. At the same time, the two institutions formalize a merger under the temporary name AMOA-Arthouse, rejoining the two primary organizations that constituted the Texas Fine Arts Association.

2013
AMOA-Arthouse debuts its new name and brand: The Contemporary Austin.

Read more about the history of Laguna Gloria in "Glorious Renewal," published in the Austin Chronicle, March 25, 2015.

Board of Trustees

Richard Marcus, President
Jeanne Klein, President-Elect (2017)
Mark Hanna, Treasurer
Milam Newby, Secretary

Wilson Allen
Elizabeth Baskin
Suzanne Deal Booth
Mike Chesser
Katelena Hernandez Cowles
Kim Dowling
Eric Foultz
Laura Gottesman
Deborah Green
Justin Halloran
Eric Herschmann
Teresa Hubbard
Jannette Keating
Mickey Klein
Kathleen Loughlin
Chris Mattsson
Larry McGuire
Will Meredith
Fredericka Middleton
Ross Moody
Don Mullins
Brad Nelsen
Elysia Ragusa
Shalini Ramanathan
Lora Reynolds
Jane Schweppe
A. Kate Sheerin
Elizabeth Stanley
Rodney Susholtz
Jill Turner
Melba Whatley
Darrell Windham

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BETTY AND EDWARD MARCUS SCULPTURE PARK AT LAGUNA GLORIA

The Contemporary Austin was awarded a $9 million grant by the Edward and Betty Marcus Foundation to help create an unparalleled arts destination at Laguna Gloria, with the majority of the funds committed to commissioning and acquiring sculpture and permanent outdoor installations by some of today’s leading artists. In honor of the foundation, this major feature at The Contemporary Austin’s outdoors site is named the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

Already well known for its historic significance and the Art School, Laguna Gloria will continue to grow into an exceptional art-in-nature experience with exhibitions, commissions, and vibrant community engagement through public programming and educational initiatives. The Contemporary Austin’s ongoing land stewardship program, designed in collaboration with an environmental firm, will ensure that this precious reserve of natural beauty in the heart of the city will become even more resilient, diverse, and welcoming for art and nature lovers alike.