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.
Upcoming Visiting Lectures:
December 3, 2015: Alva Noë and Lawrence Weschler
Application Deadline for Crit Group 2016: December 1, 2015.
Crit Group is free for participating artists, pending application acceptance.
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 will 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.
The program culminates in a satellite exhibition in August 2016 at grayDUCK gallery. The exhibition showcases participating artists’ work while providing a transparent opportunity to reflect on how artists work with curators and museum and gallery professionals. Crit Group comprises seven monthly three-hour evening sessions (late January – July 2016) and occasional informal art gatherings.
Steered by art historians/curators Andy Campbell, Sarah Bancroft, and Andrea Mellard, Crit Group seeks applications for 2016.
- Open to artists working in all disciplines in Travis County
- Open to professional artists with at least 3–5 years of professional activity outside of degree-granting program (BA and/or MFA)
- Commitment to attending all Crit Group sessions and participation in exhibition
- Ideal for working artists who are career-oriented as well as conceptually and technically rigorous; artists committed to a studio (or post-studio) practice; artists who have attended (either in the recent or distant past), or soon plan to attend, an MFA program; artists new to Austin seeking community and/or a network of peers; artists from varied media practices, including interdisciplinary and those with familiarity with more than one medium; artists stuck in a rut or experiencing a period of artistic transition; artists willing and eager to accept critical feedback, gaining insights into how others view their work.
Thursdays, 6-9P: January 28 (meet-and-greet), February 4, March 3 and 31, May 5, June 2, and July 7. Meetings take place at The Contemporary Austin’s Jones Center and Laguna Gloria locations, with full schedule provided upon acceptance to the program.
To apply, please send five images, an image list, a CV, and a short statement (no longer than one page) describing what you hope to get out of the Crit Group program via WeTransfer to email@example.com with “Crit Group” in the subject line. Deadline: December 1, 2015.
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.