Subodh Gupta, Spooning, 2009. Stainless steel and brass (unique). Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photograph by Thomas Müller.

On View at Jones Center

A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection

May 3 – August 24, 2014

Jim Hodges, picturing: my heart (detail), 2004. Cast pink crystal. © the artist. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery.


Charles Long

Charles Long, Pet Sounds (detail), 2012. Powder coated aluminum, fiberglass, and electronic components. Dimensions variable. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin. Courtesy the artist, Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, and Madison Square Park Conservancy. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

Jones Center


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Laguna Gloria


Grounds: 9A — 5P. Open now!
Gallery: 10A — 4P. Open now!


Grounds: Open from 9A — 5P
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Art School

Spring 2014

Jan 18 – May 18

Summer 2014

May 31 – Aug 24

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The Contemporary Austin Selects Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture to Transform Historic Laguna Gloria Site

We are pleased to announce that Reed Hilderbrand Landscape Architecture will be leading the design of the new master plan for our historic Laguna Gloria site on Lake Austin. In collaboration with local institutions Urban Design Group and the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Reed Hilderbrand will continue to develop the beautiful, ecologically diverse twelve-acre site into an unparalleled art-in-nature contemporary art destination, with the new Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park opening this spring. We can’t wait to share what’s next with you!

Art Flavours at The Contemporary

Co-presented by Fusebox Festival, April 18 and 20

Stop by the Jones Center for FREE samples of gelato inspired by curatorial concepts and themes from contemporary art! Artist Tim Etchells’s Art Flavours is both video installation and performance intervention, in which samples of gelato—devised in collaboration with Italian art critic and curator Roberto Pinto and a traditional Italian gelato marker—are given to the public! Come taste contemporary art, courtesy of local confectioners La Dolce Neve.

IMAGE: Claes Oldenburg, Floor Cone (Giant Ice-Cream Cone), 1962.

Rooftop Architecture Film Festival is back!

This spring, The Contemporary presents an exciting lineup of acclaimed recent films and Austin premieres that investigate art, architecture, and design in new and provocative ways! Screening on the beautiful Jones Center Roof Deck: the world of Paolo Soleri, a Frank Lloyd Wright disciple at Taliesin West who struck out on a radical path of his own, plus explorations of “biophilic” architecture and the influential design sensibility of Lella and Massimo Vignelli. Picnics are welcome—bring friends and join us!

The Contemporary Art Museum for Austin

Want to learn more about why we love our institution and the many ways that we are inspiring our beautiful home city? Please watch our new video, with special thanks to our friends at Sanders\Wingo. We are proud to be the contemporary art museum for Austin and we hope you’ll come visit us soon!


Museum Without Walls
A Discussion with Louis Grachos

As a visual arts organization dedicated to bringing accessible, innovative contemporary art to Texas, The Contemporary Austin (formerly AMOA-Arthouse) believes that YOU are the bedrock of our future. Get to know our new executive director, Louis Grachos, and hear his thoughts on the future of our city’s visual art. Special thanks to Sanders\Wingo.

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.

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.

Board of Trustees

Darrell Windham, Chairman
Diane Land, President
Richard Marcus, President-Elect (2015)
Clay Cary, Treasurer
Milam Newby, Secretary

Wilson Allen
Elizabeth Baskin
Suzanne Deal Booth
Mike Chesser
Katelena Hernandez Cowles
Ann Loupot Daughety
Eric Foultz
Laura Gottesman
Deborah Green
Mark Hanna
John Harcourt
Eric Herschmann
Teresa Hubbard
Stephen Jones
Jannette Keating
Mickey Klein
Kathleen Loughlin
Chris Mattsson
Ross Moody
Don Mullins
Brad Nelsen
Elysia Ragusa
Shalini Ramanathan
Reagan Reaud
Lora Reynolds
Jane Schweppe
Kate Sheerin
Elizabeth Stanley
Rodney Susholtz
Robert Turner
Melba Whatley
Leslie Wingo


The Contemporary Austin was awarded a $9 million grant by the Betty and Edward 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 Laguna Gloria will be named the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park.

Already well known for its historic significance and the Art School, Laguna Gloria will now realize its full potential by becoming an exceptional art-in-nature experience. 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.