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 dynamic opportunities for artists.
Visiting Lecture Series
Three times a year, The Contemporary Austin brings internationally renowned curators and art professionals to Austin for engaging talks and programs on a range of contemporary art subjects. These talks are free and open to the public. Visit our Events calendar to find out about upcoming Visiting Lectures.
Applications for Crit Group 2017 will open in Fall 2016. Please check back for more information.
The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group program aims to build a critical and supportive network of artists. 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. A portion of monthly sessions is reserved for traditional group art critique to provide feedback and foster personal growth for a current body of work. Participating artists also gain professional development with monthly sessions dedicated to topics addressing the “paperwork” of art systems, including writing an effective artist’s bio and statement, applying for grants and residencies, public speaking and promotion of art, understanding copyright law, and more.
Crit Group 2016 culminates in a satellite exhibition, Honesty of Rocks, at grayDUCK gallery, on view August 26 – September 25, 2016. The exhibition showcases participating artists’ work while providing a transparent opportunity to reflect on how artists work with curators and museum and gallery professionals. Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, August 26!
Steered by art historians/curators Andy Campbell, Sarah Bancroft, and Andrea Mellard.
- Amy Bench
- Ted Carey
- Josef Kristofoletti
- Lauren Klotzman
- Christina Coleman
- Emma Hadzi Antich
- Betelhem Makonnen
- Rebecca Marino
- Amber Shields
Applications are closed for the 2016 Teen Artist + Mentor Program. Please check back for the opportunity to get involved in 2017.
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.