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IMAGE: Jim Hodges, picturing: my heart (detail), 2004. Cast pink crystal. Installed, 9 1/5 x 22 x 16 inches. Pedestal, 5 1/2 x 22 x 16 inches. Two parts, 3 3/5 x 14 x 8 2/5 inches. © the artist. Courtesy Gladstone Gallery.

On view at Jones Center

A Secret Affair: Selections from the Fuhrman Family Collection

May 3 – August 24, 2014

Subodh Gupta, Spooning, 2009. Stainless steel and brass (unique). 13.3 x 108.25 x 20.5 inches. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & Wirth. Photograph by Thomas Müller.

On view at LAGUNA GLORIA

Orly Genger

May 4 – August 24, 2014

Orly Genger, Current, 2014. Lobster rope and latex paint. Dimensions variable. Installation view, The Contemporary Austin – Laguna Gloria, Austin. Courtesy the artist. Photograph by Brian Fitzsimmons.

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Summer 2014

May 31 – Aug 24

Fall 2014

Sept 13 – Dec 18

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25th Annual La Dolce Vita Food and Wine Festival for Art Education

Save the date for La Dolce Vita on October 16, 2014, at Laguna Gloria. All proceeds benefit The Contemporary Austin’s innovative education programs, and we’ll be featuring tastings from the best chefs and restaurants in Central Texas, sips from both local and international wineries, and creations from acclaimed pastry chefs. Tipsy Texan David Alan will curate the Cocktail Lounge (which always sells out fast!), with specialty cocktails from Austin’s leading mixologists. See the list of participating institutions—updated daily!—and get your tickets now.

Meet Our Newest Sculpture

The Contemporary receives gift of Ursula von Rydingsvard's Luna, 2007

Luna is made out of a very dense material, urethane resin, that I chose because it has the capacity of absorbing and reflecting sunlight,” the German-born, US-based sculptor noted. “A touch of color (like the color one sees in water, sky, or clouds) was added to the resin.” Read about von Rydingsvard’s process and this significant acquisition here, and come say hi to Luna at the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria soon!

Summer at the Art School

Enrollment for our summer art classes is ongoing, with new classes starting weekly on July 28, Aug. 4, Aug. 11, and Aug. 18. Be sure to check out our upcoming schedule to find something for all ages, interests, and time commitments. Register online or by phone at 512 323 6380.

Crit Group 2014 Exhibition Opening

Saturday, July 19, 6–10P, at grayDUCK Gallery

We are thrilled to share the results of The Contemporary’s first group critique program, Crit Group, which supports the professional development of established and emerging local artists over six months. Introducing: Goodly/Wicked, with work by nine participating artists and co-curated by Crit Group leaders Sarah C. Bancroft and Andy Campbell, on view at grayDUCK Gallery July 19 – August 10, 2014. Bonus: participating artists H I X X Collective will present a one-night-only performance piece at the opening.

Teen Artist + Mentor Exhibition Opens at Pump Project

Join us for the Opening Reception on Friday, July 11, from 7-9P at Pump Project to celebrate the culminating exhibition of the Advanced Young Artists program, which pairs ten exemplary high school art students with ten professional artist-mentors. The teens and mentors have been working and exploring collaboratively over the past seven months. We can promise Springsteen, Bowie, piñatas, graffiti, kinetic experiments, contemporary gaming, and much more. Don’t miss it!

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About

The Contemporary Art Museum for Austin

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.

Museum Without Walls
A Discussion with Louis Grachos

Learn more about the many ways that we are inspiring our home city and get to know our executive director, Louis Grachos, and his ideas on the future of our city’s visual arts. Special thanks to Sanders\Wingo.

Jones Center

1851
The first three-story brick building in Austin is constructed on the corner of 7th Street and Congress Avenue.

1877
Tobin’s Drug Store opens at 700 Congress Avenue.

1911
Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

1926
700 Congress Avenue becomes the Queen Theater, featuring a balcony and proscenium stage.

1956
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.

1995
Texas Fine Arts Association purchases the vacant building at 700 Congress and renovates the first floor.

1998
TFAA / The Jones Center for Contemporary Art opens to the public.

2002
TFAA changes its name to Arthouse at the Jones Center.

2008
Arthouse unveils the renovation and expansion plans for the Jones Center, designed by Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis Architects.

2010
Arthouse at the Jones Center reopens.

2011
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.

2013
AMOA-Arthouse debuts its new name and brand: The Contemporary Austin.

Laguna Gloria

1911
Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) is formed.

1943
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.”

1961
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.

1983
The Art School’s 4,100-square foot facility is constructed on the grounds of Laguna Gloria.

1996
Laguna Gloria Art Museum changes its name to Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) and moves its primary exhibition space to 823 Congress Avenue.

2003
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.

2008
The historic Gatehouse is restored and the Art School studios expanded by 2,500-square feet of new ceramics and painting space.

2011
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.

2013
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 BETTY AND EDWARD MARCUS SCULPTURE PARK AT LAGUNA GLORIA

The Contemporary Austin was awarded a $9 million grant by the Edward and Betty 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 The Contemporary Austin’s outdoors site is named the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park at Laguna Gloria.

Already well known for its historic significance and the Art School, Laguna Gloria will continue to grow into an exceptional art-in-nature experience with exhibitions, commissions, and vibrant community engagement through public programming and educational initiatives. 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.