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
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:
Thursday, January 26, 2017: Art Outside
Applications are now closed for 2017. Please check back in the fall!
Crit Group 2017 Artists
- Sandy Carson
- Jonas Criscoe
- Calder Kamin
- Dameon Lester
- Deborah Mersky
- Steve Parker
- Amy Scofield
- Sara Vanderbeek
The Contemporary Austin’s Crit Group program aims to build a network of critical support for artists dedicated to growing their artistic practices. A portion of monthly sessions is reserved for traditional group art critique to provide feedback for a current body of work in progress. Follow-up one-on-one studio visits with the co-leaders and a gallerist are opportunities for additional professional growth and focused feedback. Participating artists will also gain relevant knowledge with monthly sessions dedicated to the work that artists do when not making artwork. Topics addressed include writing an effective artist’s bio and statement, applying for grants and residencies, public speaking, sustaining a holistic creative life, and more.
The program culminates in a satellite group exhibition at grayDUCK gallery, Austin, in August 2017. The exhibition will showcase participating artists’ art made during the program while providing opportunities to apply the professional development skills covered and practice interaction with curators and gallery professionals. Crit Group comprises six monthly three-hour evening sessions with the co-leaders and six informal gatherings organized by the participating artists. Crit Group is free for participating artists, pending application acceptance.
Crit Group 2017 is steered by an artist and curators/museum professionals Sterling Allen, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi, and Andrea Mellard.
- Open to artists working in all disciplines in Travis County
- Open to artists with at least 3–5 years of professional activity outside of degree-granting programs (BA, BFA, and/or MFA)
- Commitment to attending all Crit Group formal and informal sessions and participation in exhibition required
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 engaged peers; artists from varied media practices, including interdisciplinary and those with familiarity with more than one medium; artists stuck in a rut or exploring a period of artistic transition; artists willing and eager to accept critical feedback and gain insights into how others view their work.
Crit Group 2017 Co-Leaders
Sterling Allen holds an MFA in Sculpture from the Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts at Bard College. He is a co-founder and co-director of Okay Mountain, an artist collective and former gallery based in Austin. As a solo artist and in collaboration with Okay Mountain, he has exhibited, organized, and completed projects at venues throughout the United States and received several residencies, including the Artpace International Artist-in-Residence Program in San Antonio. He is currently an Assistant Professor in Studio Art at Texas State University, where he teaches professional practice, 3D Foundations, and Sculpture.
A champion of local artist communities who stays abreast of international developments, Annette DiMeo Carlozzi has a keen eye for emerging talent and a steadfast commitment to looking beyond labels. Building an expansive practice as a curator of modern and contemporary art, she has created seminal exhibitions, produced important commissions, and acquired major works by a wide range of artists for curatorial and directorial posts in Minneapolis, Aspen, New Orleans, Atlanta, and Austin. Recently retired as Curator at Large from the Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin, Carlozzi is now an independent curator and arts writer currently working on a volume on the modern Texas art scene for UT Press. Named to the Austin Arts Hall of Fame in 2013, she has been a consultant, adviser, board member, and/or panelist for over fifty organizations including Creative Capital, Artpace, and UT’s Division of Diversity and Community Engagement.
Andrea Mellard is Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement for The Contemporary Austin and founder of Crit Group. She curates programming that takes advantage of the museum’s two distinct sites—one urban and the other natural—and provides platforms for audiences to come together, investigate art, and create new experiences. In addition to film series and artist talks, Mellard has curated recent projects with Janine Antoni, Sanford Biggers, Nick Cave, Lucky Dragons, and Mark Mothersbaugh. She has worked with a multitude of emerging Texas artists for the New Art in Austin, Texas Prize and New Works exhibition programs (both at the formerly named Austin Museum of Art and AMOA-Arthouse). As a curator, programmer, and educator, she aims to present cultural opportunities for people of all ages that reflect the eclectic and collaborative spirit of Austin. She has over fifteen years of museum experience, and an MA in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin inflects her interdisciplinary approach to contemporary culture.
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.