Camp Contemporary 2018

Thank you to all who joined us for Camp Contemporary 2018!

We hope you'll join us this year on Saturday, October 19, for Camp Contemporary 2019! Learn more here.

Spread over fourteen lush acres at Laguna Gloria, Camp Contemporary offers an elevated summer camp experience for adults—complete with camp-inspired fare, craft cocktails, live music, outdoor activities, artist-led workshops, and so much more!

All proceeds benefit The Contemporary Austin’s art education programs serving over 30,000 children and adults each year.

Getting to the Event

There will be no on-site parking at Laguna Gloria. Please park in the TXDOT lot at 3500 Jackson Avenue and take advantage of our free and convenient event shuttles to get you to Camp and back quickly and safely. Shuttles will be available from 3P to 11P and will drop off at Laguna Gloria's main gate.

From Southbound Mopac: Exit Mopac at 35th Street, head east on 35th St, then take a left onto Jackson Avenue. The TXDOT parking area will be located on your immediate left.

From Northbound Mopac: Exit Mopac at 35th Street. Continue straight through the traffic light onto Jackson Avenue. The TXDOT parking area will be located on your immediate left.

Artist Workshops

All workshops are included with your Camp Contemporary ticket! Explore a range of art-making techniques offered at the Art School, plus a few hands-on activities with a fun Camp twist. Workshops include:

Watercolor with Mark Mitchell
Screen Printing with Jonas Criscoe
Wheel Throwing with Melissa Mencini and Mike Grafa
Smudge Stick Wrapping with Art & Soul Design
Mala Bracelet Making with Castle Hill Fitness
Candle Pouring with Slow North and Maker’s Mark
Mini-Mural Painting with SprATX Ignite

Camp Fare

Camp Contemporary will feature a stellar lineup of local and regional restaurant collaborators, each presenting their own camp-inspired twist on a dish for all to enjoy! We’re thrilled to host Andrew Curren and Mary Catherine Curren of Elm Restaurant Group, Sarah McIntosh of épicerie, Melissa Carroll and Gerard Kenny of Le Politique, Larry McGuire of McGuire Moorman Hospitality showcasing Joann's Fine Foods, and John Brand of Supper, along with a special dessert pop-up with Chameleon Cold-Brew.

Camp Stage

Enjoy special performances from some of Austin’s beloved and emerging artists. Please welcome to the Camp Stage: Walker Lukens, Mobley, SMiiLE and Lolita Lynne!

Walker Lukens just released his newest project, “Summer of Love”, in June. Walker has spent the last few months touring through Texas with his Song Confessional.

One-man-band, singer/songwriter, Mobley, is fresh off the heels of Chicago’s Lollapalooza! Check out his newest project “Fresh Lies, Vol. I” which debuted in April.

SMiiLE has been described as an ‘experimental pop band… born out of a shooting star’ and are excitedly working on their second album.

Lolita Lynne's latest release, Fools Moon, pairs her sultry-cool voice with trumpet, violin, upright bass, and synth and was engineered by Adrian Quesada.

IMAGE: Walker Lukens. Courtesy the artist.

Auction + Raffle

Place your bid on one of our amazing silent auction packages, featuring “camping” around the US! Local and cross-country experience packages include a two-night stay in Marfa at El Cosmico, a "staycation" at Austin's Hotel San Jose, and experiences in New York City, Santa Monica, Santa Fe, San Antonio, and the Texas Hill Country. For full details, please view our Camp Contemporary 2018 Auction Guide.

This year’s camp raffle features prizes from The Contemporary Austin, including an Art School course and a private curator-led exhibition tour, plus an exclusive Camp Package from YETI. For full details, please view our Camp Contemporary 2018 Raffle Guide.

Click here to purchase your raffle tickets in advance!

Trading Post

Head to the Camp Trading Post for custom camp-inspired merchandise designed by local artist Caitlin Alexander, plus "vintage" merchandise from Camps past, designed by Abi Daniel, Will Gaynor, Joe Swec, and Jules Buck Jones.

Create your own Camp mementos with customizable t-shirts and hats from Industry Print Shop. Plus, peruse Sock Club socks, gear from Kammok, and more!

The talented team of chain stitchers from Fort Lonesome, in partnership with Madewell, will also be ready to customize your new Camp Contemporary wardrobe!


Did you know that Laguna Gloria is one of Central Texas's most popular birding sites? Enjoy a special birding experience at Camp Contemporary with a performance of Heloise Gold’s "Bird Dream Dances And Songs," performed by Heloise Gold and Rosalyn Nasky. Recording and mixing of Gold's bird calls by Steve Parker.

Want to Volunteer?

Support art education and enjoy the Camp experience as a volunteer! Sign-up for available shifts here! For more information, please reach out to


Camp Contemporary sponsors directly support the museum’s award-winning art education programs, serving 30,000 children and adults annually. For information on sponsorship levels, including benefits and recognitions, please view our Camp Contemporary 2018 Sponsorship Packet.

If you would like to become a sponsor or would like additional information, please contact Sarah Schultz at


Camp Contemporary 2018 Co-Chairs: Kelley Cooper McClure, Gail Susholtz

Committee: Brian Donnelly, Kim Dowling, Alice Foultz, Deborah Green, Tobin Levy, Chris Mattsson, Larry McGuire, Jesse Parker Stowell, Kimberly Richter, Scott Simons, Margo Tate, Ingrid Taylor, Carol Wagner, Heather Wilhelm

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