The Contemporary Austin aims to create a cultural center of gravity in Austin for a variety of experiences linked to contemporary art. We offer many engaging opportunities for artists.
Visiting Lecture and
Studio Visit Series
Three times a year, The Contemporary Austin works with visiting curators and contemporary art specialists who participate in our Visiting Lecture Series to coordinate curatorial studio visits and explore Austin’s creative community. The series provides important opportunities for area artists to have their work reviewed by a variety of distinguished arts professionals and helps raise the visibility of Austin’s thriving scene.
Application for Studio Visit
Deadline is ongoing. To apply to be selected for a studio visit, please send five images, an image list, an artist statement, and a CV via WeTransfer to a firstname.lastname@example.org with “Visiting Lecture” in the subject line.
This opportunity is open to artists working in all media, living in Austin and the immediate surrounding areas. Current BFA students are ineligible.
Applications for Crit Group 2016 will open in late fall 2015 with an application deadline of December 1, 2015. Please check back for details about how to apply.
This small-scale group seeks to effect big change in Austin’s art scene and is dedicated to the growth of a holistic artistic practice. Crit Group aims to build a critical and supportive network of artists, curators, art historians, and museum and gallery professionals. A portion of monthly sessions are reserved for traditional group art critique to foster personal growth for a current body of work. Participating artists will also gain professional development, with topics of monthly sessions dedicated to the “paperwork” of art systems including writing an effective artist’s bio and statement; photographing work; applying for grants, residencies, and public art projects; what to expect from curators and galleries; understanding copyright law; and more.
Crit Group comprises six monthly three-hour evening sessions and informal monthly art gatherings and culminates in an exhibition of work. FREE for participating artists, pending application acceptance.
Steered by art historians and curators Andy Campbell, Sarah Bancroft, and Andrea Mellard.
- Open to artists working in all disciplines in Travis County
- Open to professional artists with at least 3-5 years of activity outside of degree-granting program
- Commitment to attending all Crit Group sessions and participation in exhibition
- Ideal for working artists who are career-oriented and conceptually and technically rigorous; artists who attended, or soon plan to attend, an MFA program; artists from varied media practices with importance placed on interdisciplinary work and familiarity with more than one medium; artists stuck in a rut or artists in a period of transition; artist willing and eager to accept critical feedback; artists interested in gaining insights into how other view their work; artists seeking a community or peers.
2015 Crit Group Artists
- Rebecca Rothfus Harrell
- Sarah Hill
- Ben Jurgensen
- R. Eric McMaster
- Katie Rose Pipkin
- Bobby Scheidemann
- Pat Snow
- Sherwin Rivera Tibayan
- Glenn Twiggs
2015 Crit Group Exhibition
Applications are open to artists interested in becoming a mentor for the 2016 Teen Artist + Mentor Program. Deadline to apply: October 1, 2015.
Professional and graduate-level artists work closely with The Contemporary’s Teen Artist + Mentor program over the course of a semester. Artist-mentors help to conceptualize, collaborate on, and complete a long-term artistic project in any visual arts field with an advanced high school student while providing one-on-one guidance and career advice. This program culminates in a group exhibition for both artist-mentors and teens.
Artist-level memberships are an accessible way to be on the front lines of contemporary art and culture in Austin while providing essential support to The Contemporary Austin’s exhibitions, public programs, and educational opportunities.
This free, quarterly art-making program invites artists and the art curious to experiment with different provided supplies, make art together, and swap creations. Artists Anonymous features guest artists, and past sessions have tried out Shrinky Dinks, washi tape, and drawing games.