IMAGE: Trisha Baga and Jessie Stead, Freaky Sunday (detail), 2014. Three-channel 3-D video installation, gaming chairs, 3-D glasses, foam table sculpture, beer cans, ceramic dumbbell, and bathroom weighing scales. Dimensions variable. Running time: 6:00, 2:30, 2:30. Installation view, Zabludowicz Collection, London, 2014. Artwork © Trisha Baga. Courtesy the artist and Greene Naftali, New York. Image courtesy Greene Naftali, New York. Photograph by Andy Keate.

Upcoming at The Contemporary Austin

Strange Pilgrims

September 27, 2015 – January 24, 2016

Andy Coolquitt, no I didn’t go to any museums here I hate museums museums are just stores that charge you to come in there are lots of free museums here but they have names like real stores (detail), 2012. Plexiglas, carpet, wood, metal, wire, light bulbs, paint, paper, polyester, plastic, and found objects. 96 x 120 x 72 inches. Artwork © Andy Coolquitt. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Image courtesy Andy Coolquitt. Photograph by Ben Aqua.

On view at Laguna Gloria

New and Recent Works

John Grade, Tom Friedman, Monika Sosnowska

Monika Sosnowska, The stairs, 2011. Painted steel. 140 15/16 x 181 1/8 x 98 7/16 inches. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria, Austin, Texas, 2015. Artwork © Monika Sosnowska. Image © The Contemporary Austin. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Jones Center

The Jones Center is closed for installation August 31 – September 26.


Closed for installation

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Laguna Gloria

Laguna Gloria is closed for installation on September 26.

Grounds: Open from 9A — 5P
Driscoll Villa: Open from 10A — 4P


Grounds: Open from 10A — 5P
Driscoll Villa: Open from 10A — 4P

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Art School

Fall 2015

Registration open now!
Semester dates: Sept 12 – Dec 18

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Strange Pilgrims Opens September 27

We are pleased to present the museum’s first large-scale, multi-site group exhibition for Fall 2015. Featuring fourteen international, cross-generational artists across three sites (the Jones Center, Laguna Gloria, and the Visual Arts Center in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin), Strange Pilgrims is an open-ended, experiential journey through time, space, imagination, perception, and the senses. We hope you’ll travel with us!

Fall 2015 at the Art School

Registration is now open! Check out exciting new classes in our printmaking studio, explore new materials such as wood and metal, join us for extended homeschool offerings, and much more.

Looking Up at Laguna Gloria

Tom Friedman’s Looking Up, 2015, has arrived at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park! Watch our behind-the-scenes video of the installation of this landmark new work for Austin.

Glorious Renewal

"Austin hides its ghosts well, but if you know where to look, the spirits of the city’s past residents still buzz about." Read about the storied history of our landmark art-in-nature site, Laguna Gloria, in the Austin Chronicle. By writer Caitlin Greenwood.

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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

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

Tobin’s Drug Store opens at 700 Congress Avenue.

Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

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

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.

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

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

TFAA changes its name to Arthouse at the Jones Center.

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

Arthouse at the Jones Center reopens.

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.

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

Laguna Gloria

Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

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.”

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.

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

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

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.

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

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.

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
Eric Foultz
Laura Gottesman
Deborah Green
John Harcourt
Eric Herschmann
Justin Halloran
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
Robert Turner
Melba Whatley
Darrell Windham


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.