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
This series brings internationally renowned contemporary art curators, directors, and arts professionals from around the globe to Austin three times a year to present a free public lecture and conduct studio visits with selected area-based artists.
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 email@example.com 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.
The Contemporary’s new, small-scale group critique program offers support to artists with the work they do when not making art. Combining group critique with professional development training on the paperwork of art systems—writing effective artist statements, bios, and proposals; successfully documenting art; applying for grants and residencies; and what to expect from curators and art dealers—Crit Group is dedicated to the growth of a complete artistic practice. Crit Group is offered free to selected artists and comprises five monthly sessions in addition to outside studio and gallery visits. Crit Group culminates in an off-site summer exhibition. Applications for Crit Group 2015 will open in Winter 2014.
- Jeana Baumgardner
- Bug Davidson
- Robert Jackson Harrington
- HIXX Collective
- Katy Horan
- Masumi Kataoka
- Olivia Moore
- Teruko Nimura
Co-leaders: Andy Campbell and Sarah Bancroft.
Creative Capital Workshop
At professional development workshops for artists in all disciplines, hosted by national arts organization Creative Capital at The Contemporary Austin’s Art School at Laguna Gloria, participants learn practical strategies and skills to help strengthen their careers.
Developed by artists for artists working in all disciplines with 3–5 years of experience. Free pending application acceptance. More information here.
Creative Capital Workshop, January 10, 2015
Application deadline: December 1, 2014
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.
Artists Anonymous with Xochi Solis, December 11, 2014
Professional and graduate-level artists work closely with The Contemporary’s Advanced Young Artists teen 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. Applications are now available for 2015 artist-mentors.
- Dave Culpepper
- Michael Anthony García
- Alyssa Taylor Wendt
- Johnny Villarreal
- Lindsay Palmer
- Virginia Fleck
- Chris Holloway
- Lauren Klotzman
- Jenna Lynne Foster
- Jessica Mathews
Artist-level memberships to The Contemporary are an accessible way to be on the front lines of contemporary art and culture in Austin while providing essential support to the museum’s exhibitions, public programs, and educational opportunities.