Saturday, December 30, 2017

Jan Event | 11th Annual Texas Teapot Tournament

11th Annual Texas Teapot Tournament | Opening Jan 5th 6-9pm TEAplusART GALLERY

TEAplusART Gallery and the Art non-profit CAMEO (Clay Arts Museum) host the Eleventh Annual International Texas Teapot Tournament. The popular competition and exhibition brings clay artists from all over the world to HOU. The exhibit will feature over 50 teapot submissions with $1000 grand prize. The Juror for the exhibition is June Woest, Faculty Artist at Houston Community College. On display thru Jan 27th.


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Monday, December 18, 2017

Monica Wyatt's Solo Show, Continuum, at MOAH opens January 20

Monica Wyatt

Solo exhibition

Opening reception: January 20, 2018 6-8pm
On view: January 20 to March 3, 2018

MOAH: Cedar
44857 Cedar Ave
Lancaster, CA 93534

Lancaster, California) – The Museum of Art and History in Lancaster, California, is pleased to present Continuum, a solo exhibition by Los Angeles based artist Monica Wyatt.

The curator of the exhibition, jill moniz, writes in an essay, “Monica Wyatt is an artistic alchemist, collecting materials and turning them into precious objects. In this process, Wyatt fuses the history of the materials together to create new beginnings, representing the cyclic nature of all things. This exhibition is a metanarrative of this practice, where Wyatt continues to reimagine objects and compositions that speak forcefully about her inspirations, interventions and intentions.

Wyatt is passionate in her hunt for materials, honoring the histories of these elements whilst stripping them bare so that her reworking feels organic and never forced. She dissembles organs, pianos, cables, sieves and other utilitarian items from a past when people valued human production and craftsmanship. Her objects honor that past and create a new language on an aesthetic continuum that conveys the resonance of an alchemy that we all possess, and reminds the viewer that identity and community are made from diverse elements brought together in harmony.

In another layer of synergy, Wyatt is interested in transforming inorganic materials into shapes that signify nature. Her assemblage is filled with both organic and manmade materials and she challenges the viewer to consider the aesthetic qualities of each as they contribute to her compositions. She makes electric capacitors look like plant life and zip ties mimic deep sea life in order to further a dialog about preservation of all the things we should hold dear.”

MOAH Cedar presents Continuum, Wyatt’s first installation at the museum and the ongoing collaboration with curator jill moniz. Wyatt’s assemblage has evolved from the early influence of Joseph Cornell to a more outside of the box approach. She credits Betye Saar, Claire Falkenstein, Ruth Asawa, Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse and Lee Bontecou with giving her the courage and impetus to pursue engaging themes and compositions that reflect her love for materials, and the new life and meaning she gives them.

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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

AIPP Call to Artists!

Art in Public Places seeks to commission a professional artist or artist team to create a permanent public artwork for Colony Park District Park. Located between Loyola and Decker Lanes, and adjacent to the community’s Turner Roberts Recreation Center, the park is being developed in partnership with Austin Parks Foundation and St. David’s Foundation, with planned improvements including a multi-purpose field, nature–based play area, pedestrian bridge and other amenities. The selected artwork will reflect the unique history and values of the neighborhood and serve as a visual marker to help identify Colony Park District Park. The total project budget is $39,500, and professional visual artists, or artist teams, at least 18 years of age who live in the Williamson, Travis, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet and Blanco counties are eligible to apply. The deadline is January 4, 2018. Applications must be received online via

Click here to read the complete Request for Qualifications.

2017-2019 Local and National Pre-Qualified Artist Pools


Local Pool: Individual project budgets projected to range between $20,000 and $250,000

National Pool: Individual project budgets projected to be $300,000 or more

Apply now to be part of the AIPP 2017-2019 Local and/or National Pre-Qualified Artist Pools. The Pre-Qualified Artist Pools are a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects through the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program. Artists living in Travis, Williamson, Bastrop, Caldwell, Hays, Burnet, and Blanco counties are eligible for both the local and national pools.

Visit for more information. Deadline to apply is 5:00PM (CST) on Sunday, December 31, 2017

Learn more about this opportunity at an Artist Information Meeting:

(Click here to view presentation from a recent Artist Information meeting.)

Pre-Qualified Artist Pool Information Meeting (East)

Where: Montopolis Recreation Center, 1200 Montopolis Drive, Austin, Texas 78741

When: Tuesday, November 21, 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Pre-Qualified Artist Pool Information Meeting (South)

Where: Pleasant Hill Branch Library, 211 E William Cannon Dr, Austin, Texas 78745

When: Saturday, December 2, 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM

Pre-Qualified Artist Pool Information Meeting

Where: Victory Grill, 1104 E 11th St, Austin, Texas 78702

When: Thursday, December 14, 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

Open Application Hours:

What: Come get some help with your application, including available public computers for your use.

Where: African-American Cultural Heritage Facility, located at 912 East 11th Street, Austin, Texas 78702. Parking is available under the facility, access the parking from Juniper Street.


Wednesday, December 13, 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM


Artist fee $15,000

Interested in a career in public art? Through the LaunchPAD program

Visit for more information. Get your application in now! LaunchPAD artists are commissioned after a selection process that begins on the 16th of every month.

(Image: LaunchPAD artist Christine Angelone at work on her project with New American Public Art.)

Public Art Commissions

Artists interested in being considered for a public art commission for the City of Austin must apply through All professional artists, with a consistent body of work in any visual art media, are eligible to apply.

Watch Now: How to Apply for Public Art Projects using

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Special Edition 2018 - Monaco’s Premier Art Event

Special Edition 2018 - Monaco’s Premier Art Event

| ART MONACO | 2018
Bursaries offered to galleries & artists promoting
World peace & high impact Ecologic and
Social project installations.

Entrepreneur, art collector and philanthropist Johnessco Rodriguez who seats as C.E.O. for Opus Eventi; has announced, Art Monaco will provide 25 bursaries for emerging galleries & artists willing to present an out-of-ordinary installations with themes projecting powerful messages that promotes World-peace, high impact Ecologic and Social projects.


September 27 – 30 - 2018

The sumptuous Principality of Monaco, will be host once again to one of the most exclusive and highly anticipated art events along the French Riviera. Art Monaco is proud to be a platform truly promoting international cross-cultural exchange where esteemed galleries, artists, collectors, art enthusiasts and brand-makers alike, get reunited and had the opportunity to network in a ravishing setting.

This artistic four day event is today a synonymous with glamour, given that Monaco is a timeless jewel in Europe’s proverbial crown and a playground for the rich and famous along with the wealthy, cultured and sophisticated. Art Monaco is simply an extension of its surroundings: an event of the highest quality, frequented by a slew of elegant guests. Over the years, Art Monaco has hosted an exclusive and eclectic mix of socialites, philanthropists, members of the world’s most esteemed royal families and Hollywood glitterati.

The Special edition of Art Monaco 2018, maintain its focus in contemporary and modern art, presenting renowned galleries from the globe and yet giving the opportunity to emerging galleries to present new concepts and introduce the most acclaimed artists in the making.

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Miranda Ratner's "We Are Love", art show and love-in at Hubbell Street Galleries opening Dec 7th

Miranda Ratner
We Are Love
Solo Exhibition and Love-In
Hubbell Street Galleries
151 Hubbell Street
San Francisco, CA 94107
December 3 - 10, 2017
Opening Reception: December 7, 5:30 – 7:30pm

San Francisco) - For her BFA graduate exhibition at Hubbell Street Galleries, Miranda Ratner presents mixed media works that emit a bright chromatic energy. In her artist statement she talks about her desire to "actualize a spirited chromatic universe, indulging in a creative process that is childlike and free." By presenting her solo-exhibition reception as a “Love-In,” Miranda aims to enliven in people's hearts and minds the ideas of universal love, healing, and connectivity.

Her vibrant and saturated work are created through an interweaving of shapes, brush-strokes and layers of color that evoke the dynamic flow of the process of life that can be extracted and interpreted from the wonders of nature. In each work, Ratner thinks about the relationship between patterns and shapes and creates an energized surface that has otherworldly and dream-like qualities. She wants to transport her viewer into a positive
realm that dances with color and indulges in the positive forces of creation.
Ratner creates rectangular as well as circular paintings and often incorporates found materials into the compositions. In one tondo-shaped piece a colorful array of strings hang from the bottom edge akin to a Native American dream-catcher; in another she surrounds the work with pom-poms made from yarn, suggesting celebration. Ratner is a daring artist who is not afraid to experiment and expand from the flattened canvas. This is evident in her sculptures where she wraps irregular forms made from chicken wire with
gestural abstractions juxtaposed with the occasional tassel or pom-pom.
As Ratner continues to develop her personal aesthetic, her works will of course begin to change. At this moment in time the works are a burst of light, suggesting hope in times of change.

Miranda Ratner attended Los Angeles County High School for the Arts from 2009-2013.

She studied art at Hampshire College from 2013-2015 before receiving a BFA from California College of the Art in San Francisco. She has exhibited her works in Los Angeles and San Francisco since 2010.

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Location:San Francisco

Monday, November 20, 2017

Shoebox Projects Presents Chenhung Chen "I Ching In America, Hexagram #32" on December 2
(Los Angeles) - We are pleased to present Chenhung Chen’s I Ching In America, Hexagram #32 an installation created as an artist-in-residence at Shoebox Projects. The completed work will be on view during the reception on Saturday December 2nd from 3-6pm.
Chenhung Chen’s artistic language utilizes the physical and suggestive capabilities of line, material and space. She uses repurposed and discarded cables and copper wire to convey a sense of the force whose original function was to harness electricity and transforms its potential, bending it to the will of man. This function has always fascinated Chen, so she utilized these man-made materials to create sculpture and installations.
Interested with the dichotomy of order and chaos, Chen is able to touch on the pursuit of and embrace of balance. She is inspired by the innovation and perseverance of mankind to create the technological phenomenon of the information age.
In her artist’s residency at Shoebox Projects, Chen will be working on her hexagram series entitled, I Ching In America, based on the hexagrams by I Ching. This three-dimensional
installation will be composed of a “skeleton,” which will consist of a computer desk and a large crocheted piece of electronic fabric, made from electric wires and components.
Touching on the subject of continuity and un-ending change within the natural cycle of creation and destruction, Chen’s I Ching In America, Hexagram #32, refers to I Ching’s hexagrams

Each one represents the human condition and its consequences and acts as an oracle to provide insight and understanding.
Chenhung Chen is a visual artist living and working in Los Angeles. Born in Beigang, Taiwan, Chen graduated from the Chinese Cultural University. She received her MFA at the School of
Visual Arts in New York City where she studied with Ursula von Rydingsvard and Jackie
Winsor. She has traveled the world as a volunteer for The Prem Rawat Foundation, working for global peace. Her artwork has been exhibited across the United States and internationally. Chen has exhibited at the PS1 Museum, Hwa Kang Museum, UVU Woodbury Art Museum, Marin
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego Art Institute, Crafton Hills College Art Gallery,
Fullerton College Art Gallery, Torrance Art Museum and Gallery 825 in Los Angeles. She has
been written about in The Creators Project, Konbini, Art and Cake, Diversions LA

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Location:Los Angeles

Sunday, November 19, 2017

Call for Art - 2018 El Corazon Exhibition - Bath House Cultural Center

Exhibition Dates: February 3-March 17, 2018

Entries Deadline: Saturday, January 6, 2018
Applications close at 11:59 PM, Mountain Time Zone, on deadline date.

All entries must be submitted online at

Direct Link:

The Bath House Cultural Center and exhibition curator, Jose Vargas, invite visual artists to submit entries for the 24th Annual El Corazón art exhibition.
Since 1993, Mr. Vargas has organized the El Corazón art exhibition in Dallas. This popular exhibition is a beloved annual tradition at the Bath House Cultural Center that gives artists an opportunity to create various artistic interpretations of the human heart. This passionate and eclectic exhibition features a variety of ideas, styles, and concepts inspired by the heart (El Corazón), an important and universal symbol in art.

SUGGESTED THEME: Hearts and Music
Listening to music can be good for the heart. When you hear music, what feelings do you experience? Well, put those feelings onto a canvas (or other media). Think of this exhibition as El Corazón with a musical slant! Create a piece of art based on a favorite song, or a particular style of music, or musician. Or, perhaps, you can do a combination of a heart and a musical instrument. When it comes to combining the symbol of the heart and the concept of music, the possibilities are limitless.

For more details and to download a PDF version of the exhibition prospectus, visit:

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Thursday, November 16, 2017


AUSTIN, TEXAS —November 15, 2017 —Art in Public Places (AIPP), a program of the City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department, announces Wander, a new public artwork that offers an immersive choose-your-own-adventure experience throughout downtown Austin. Created by artists Chris Gannon, Chadwick Wood and Brockett Davidson, with contributions from local authors and illustrators, the work comprises a mobile- optimized web app with four unique digital journeys and a sculptural starting point, entitled “Beacon,” sited near the entrance of Austin’s new Central Library. Wander will debut on December 9 from 3-5PM at a free public celebration at the Central Library, located at 701 Cesar Chavez in Austin.

“Wander perfectly exemplifies the unique and ongoing collaboration between Austin’s art and technology communities,” remarked Meghan Wells, Manager of the Cultural Arts Division. “Through this innovative installation, locals and tourists alike will be transported on literary adventures across downtown and will engage with the City in exciting and unexpected new ways.”

To access the installation, participants will begin at the “Beacon,” a nine-foot steel sculpture (the only physical component of the artwork) located at the 2nd Street entrance to the Central Library. At this location, users can open the mobile-optimized web-app ( on their phones to view four possible narratives, each comprised of a new work of fiction and companion illustrations created by Austin writers and illustrators. Once users select a story, they will receive the first chapter of their chosen adventure. Each chapter ends with a choice of action for participants, which will determine the next locations that they must reach to find out what happens in their story.

Local authors Lucas Schaefer, Jessica Topacio Long, Janalyn Guo, and Fernando Flores were selected to write the stories for Wander through a city-wide competition held by the artists in 2015. Each narrative was then illustrated by artists Brockett Davidson, Matt Rebholz, Hallie Rose Taylor, and Brian Maclaskey.

The Wander stories are intended to appeal to a wide age range, with two that are enjoyable for children and two that are appropriate for more mature audiences. The entire project is available in English and Spanish and the web app is accessible for the blind and visually impaired community. For those who prefer a more analog experience, the team has created a series of printed books of the stories which will soon be available at Austin Public Library branches throughout the City.

The December 9 launch event will include a discussion with the artists, readings from the participating authors, and a demonstration of the project for attendees wishing to begin their journey that day. Select locations will have surprises, and awards will be given to the group that makes it through the most chapters of a story. The event is family-friendly and free to all.

For images of the Wander project, click here.


City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin.

The Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community. For more information, visit

About the Wander Team
Chris Gannon grew up in East Texas and has lived in Austin since 2001. He is currently designing buildings and interiors at Michael Hsu Office of Architecture.

Chadwick Wood moved from San Antonio to Austin in 1998 to study at UT. After graduating, he spent a few years in San Francisco and then decided to come home. He designs and develops creative software at Coffeeshopped.

Brockett Davidson is an architect, artist, and designer. Earnest in his pursuit of minimalism and honesty in design, the architecture and natural landscapes of the Southwest, Japan, and Mexico have been influential in shaping his approach/work.

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Dubai Design Week DXBDW weekend programme 


17 November | 5pm – 6pm
DXBDW Mainstage – Building 4, Dubai Design District (d3)

A compelling presentation of how design and design thinking is vital to any innovation and growth agenda. Mauro will explore how designers are working side-by-side within businesses to delight audiences and consumers by creating incredible experiences, sharing amazing stories and engaging them in exciting ways.

About Mauro Porcini

Mauro Porcini joined PepsiCo in 2012 as its Chief Design Officer. In this newly created position, Mauro is infusing design thinking into PepsiCo’s culture and is leading a new approach to innovation by design that impacts the company’s product platforms and brands, which include Pepsi, Lay’s, Mountain Dew, Gatorade, Tropicana, Doritos, Cheetos, Quaker, Mirinda, Sierra Mist and SunChips. His focus extends from physical to virtual expressions of the brands, including product, packaging, events, advertising, retail activation, architecture, and digital media.

Prior to joining PepsiCo, Mauro served as Chief Design Officer at 3M, where his mission was to build and nurture a design sensitive culture in a technology driven and global corporation.

About PepsiCo

PepsiCo products are enjoyed by consumers one billion times a day in more than 200 countries and territories around the world. PepsiCo generated approximately $63 billion in net revenue in 2016, driven by a complementary food and beverage portfolio that includes Frito-Lay, Gatorade, Pepsi-Cola, Quaker and Tropicana. PepsiCo’s product portfolio includes a wide range of enjoyable foods and beverages, including 22 brands that generate more than $1 billion each in estimated annual retail sales.At the heart of PepsiCo is Performance with Purpose – our fundamental belief that the success of the company is inextricably linked to the sustainability of the world around us.

For further information please visit PepsiCo

17 November, 2017

Dubai Design District (d3)

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Monday, November 13, 2017

From Bristol to Shanghai

Part of the 4th West Bund Art & Design, ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng is a special exhibition programme curated by the internationally renowned contemporary art magazine ArtReview Asia. Projects in ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng, by artists from around the world, occupy spaces inside the fair venue and along the bank of West Bund. This year, 29 invited artists from 16 countries will present 32 works – 13 of which are new.

Works on show in this year’s ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng range from sculpture and painting to site-specific installation, moving image and performance. Eleven of them are located outdoors. They can be found at the plaza in front of West Bund Art Center’s main entrance, along the riverside on Longteng Road, and at CAMP3399, a public park opposite the Long Museum. The works, connect various areas of in the greater West Bund area, creating a metropolis of art for the West Bund area.

The 22 sculptures included in this edition of ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng can be found both indoors and outdoors, and are by artists including the late Hans Josephsohn, regarded as one of the most important Swiss sculptors, British postwar sculptor Lynn Chadwick, and Chinese artists Ding Yi and Zhou Li, who are known for extending concepts of painting into physical space. Work by artists such as Kaneuji Teppei, Lu Pingyuan, Zheng Huan and Su Chang are also present.

Nine of the exhibited works are site-specific new commissions for West Bund Art & Design 2017, such as Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Untitled (and “the creatures outside looked from pig to man, and from man to pig, and from pig to man again; but already, it was impossible to say which was which”.), Damián Ortega’s Deaf Torch: Open View, Wang Te-Yu’s No.92, Robert Zhao Renhui’s Looking for Nature, Wang Wei’s mosaic installation Shadow, and Yuan Keru’s Moon And Sixpence, which integrates image, video, architecture, installation, performance and costume design. Artists Liang Manqi, Nathan Zhou and Zhou Siwei have also created site-specific works for the fair.

ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng opens its second edition this year, and continues to offer local audiences a richer and more diverse cross-section of the global art scene by expanding the range of media, sites and selection of artists included in the programme.

West Bund Art & Design will award prizes to projects featured in ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng, chosen by members of the reviewing committee. The winners will be announced during the fair.

ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng 2017 artists and galleries theatre Fangling (Don Gallery)

Gabriel Barredo (Silverlens Galleries)

Eric Baudart (Edouard Malingue Gallery)

Miriam Cahn (Meyer Riegger)

Lynn Chadwick (BLAIN|SOUTHERN)

Aaron Curry (Almine Rech Gallery)

Ding Yi (ShanghART Gallery)

Olafur Eliasson (neugerriemschneider)

Sonia Gomes (Mendes Wood DM)

Damien Hirst (Edward Ressle)

Hans Josephsohn (Kesselhaus Josephsohn / Galerie Felix Lehner / Hauser & Wirth / ShanghART Gallery)

Kaneuji Teppei (STAR GALLERY)

Liang Manqi (Arario Gallery)

Lu Pingyuan (MadeIn Gallery)

Matt Mullican (Mai 36 Galerie)

Damián Ortega (kurimanzutto)

Djordje Ozbolt (Hauser & Wirth)

Rafaël Rozendaal (Postmasters Gallery)


Rirkrit Tiravanija (Tommy Simoens)

Wang Te-Yu (Project Fulfill Art Space)

Wang Wei (Edouard Malingue Gallery)

Wu Ding (Don Gallery)

Erwin Wurm (Lehmann Maupin)


Robert Zhao Renhui (ShanghART Gallery)

Zheng Huan (Arario Gallery)

Zhou Li (Hive Center for Contemporary Art)


Zhou Siwei (Antenna Space)

About West Bund Art & Design

Since its founding in 2014, West Bund Art & Design has continued to welcome and cultivate an exciting and diverse range of galleries presenting established and emerging artists from around the world. This year, West Bund Art & Design will be held on 10–12 November 2017 at West Bund Art Center. Seventy leading international galleries will participate in the fair. Among them, a handful of galleries have been participating since the first edition. The newly launched TALENT sector will present works by emerging artists in a series of solo exhibitions or specially curated group shows, offering audiences the opportunity to see new work whose value and charm are yet to be discovered by the broader public. Also returning this year is ArtReview Asia Xiàn Chǎng, showcasing cutting-edge works by artists based in Asia and from around the world in designated public spaces inside and outside the fair. Igniting the passion for art throughout the city, the fair will present excellent shows and activities together with other museums, art institutions, galleries and project spaces in the city.

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All Saudi artists are invited to take part in a new contemporary art competition, launched by the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra), in collaboration with Art Dubai. The winning artist will receive financial support to produce a commissioned installation, which will be exhibited at Art Dubai 2018 (March 21-24, 2018) and eventually become part of Ithra’s prestigious permanent collection. The deadline for applications is November 30 and the winner will be announced on January 16.

The artist will be from Saudi Arabia
Artist group applications will be acceptable (limited to one installation per application)
The commissioned piece will be a new work, exclusive to the Center and Art Dubai
The installation must be a permanent piece, and the artist must submit a portfolio as well as a breakdown of the production costs
The project must not exceed SAR 375,000, including shipping, insurance and project management, be in line with the size and weight restrictions (4m x 2.5m), and be culturally appropriate


Benedetta Ghione
Art Dubai

Nicole Kanne
Art Dubai

About The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture
The King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture’s building with its unique architecture rises as a shining beacon of knowledge in Dhahran’s skyline. The building, which is an initiative by Saudi Aramco, is significantly located near the Prosperity Well where oil was first discovered in commercial quantities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The purpose of this ambitious initiative is to accelerate the Kingdom’s transformation into a knowledge-based economy as envisioned by HM King Abdullah who laid the foundation stone for this iconic building.

The Center is the first incubator of knowledge of its kind in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. It brings together under its roof many programs that aim to create a positive and tangible impact in the fields of knowledge and culture by preparing the national talents for the knowledge-based and innovation-based creative industries.

The Center features a modern architectural design, state-of-the-art technologies, unique learning tools, and enriching programs. It is an important platform for explorers, intellectuals, innovators, and leaders. The Center – a diverse cultural space – has a 21st century library, an idea lab, an oasis for children, a four-gallery museum, art exhibits, an archives gallery, an energy exhibit, and a knowledge tower which stands at its heart to offer educational programs that cater to all age groups. The Center’s programs were all designed to inspire the community, enrich the culture, and support our community which is taking steady steps toward establishing a knowledge-based economy.

About Art Dubai
A leading international art fair, Art Dubai is the preeminent place to interact with art from the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. For its 12th edition Art Dubai presents a unique line-up of 103 galleries from 47 countries, reaffirming the fair's position as a place of discovery with galleries from new markets rarely seen on the international stage exhibiting alongside leading galleries from established art centers. It will also showcase the largest edition of Art Dubai Modern – the world’s only platform that exhibits museum-quality Modern works from the MENASA region, alongside the annual Modern Symposium of talks on the lives and legacies of artists operating in these regions in the 20th century.

Art Dubai 2018 inaugurates a new gallery section – Residents – that welcomes spaces whose artists will complete a residency in the UAE with work created during this period exhibited at the fair.

Beyond the gallery halls, the fair once again hosts an extensive collateral programme including the 10th anniversary of The Abraaj Group Art Prize, the Global Art Forum that takes on the theme of automation, a series of commissions including Art Dubai's The Room and an engaging after-hours programme, including private visits to collections and to cultural institutions across the Emirates.

In addition to its March programming the fair aims to continue to grow the cultural fabric of the city and the region with year round engagement including the art school Campus Art Dubai, an internship programme aimed at supporting the next generation of art practitioners and professionals, and Art Dubai Portraits, a film series casting light on MENASA artists and their practices.

Art Dubai is held in partnership with The Abraaj Group. The fair is sponsored by Julius Baer, Meraas and Piaget. Madinat Jumeirah is home to the event. The Dubai Culture & Arts Authority (Dubai Culture) is a strategic partner of Art Dubai and supports the fair’s year-round education programme.

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Last Day to Enter "RED 2017" Call for exhibit & grant opportunity

Deadline: November 13 (Midnight EST) Details

Twenty artists will be selected for an online group exhibit, "RED 2017" at Gallery 25N; the exhibit and artists will be extensively marketed worldwide to over 26,100 people including art buyers, gallery owners, curators, collectors, etc. Participants must be 18 years of age or older working in any still art medium.

One artist's will be selected to receive the "Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant" of $500.00. This artist's creation will become the image of the exhibition and will be used on the invitation, video title screen, and on all online marketing for the exhibit. In addition, the grant recipient will have a dedicated marketing campaign about their art and accomplishments sent to over 6,000 recipients worldwide. The artist will also be featured in the Art Market News letter.
Grant Information
Grant Recipients
Dedicated Marketing Sample

Theme and Selection:
"Abstract 2017" – "RED 2017" – The curators are looking for artwork that reflects an artist's interpretation of a subject or theme enhanced through the use of the color red. The extent of this application has no required parameters; the choice rests within the artist's vision. Colors often symbolize a variety of emotions, an artist's truth, perhaps wild fantasies---from war, power, heat, love, sexuality, anger, and joy to "soft" idealisms---these are but a few examples. Red, in particular here, can be used to draw the viewer closer emotionally in a way which enhances their reaction to the art. It may define intuitively an intended focal point that carries the viewer more deeply into the artist's message.

Eligibility & Mediums:
This competition is open to all artists and photographers worldwide 18 years of age or older. Entries must be created in a still medium: painting, drawing, photography, sculpture, digital, prints, fiber art, collage or installation art.

Submission Deadline: November 13, 2017 (Midnight EST)
Curator Selection: November 17, 2017
Artist Notification: November 27, 2017
Grant Notification: November 27, 2017
Exhibit Opens: December 8, 2017
Submission Fees:
Entry Fee: $25 for up to 3 entries $5 for each additional image. Participating artists can submit as many works of art as they wish for the curators' consideration.
Payments: All credit and debit cards are accepted through PayPal.

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Thursday, November 9, 2017

Fifth annual Oxford International Art Fair offers wealth of opportunities

Oxford Town Hall, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK
23-25 February 2018

8th November 2017: One of the UK's most vibrant and successful art events is returning to the city of Oxford next February, offering a valuable platform for UK and international artists and galleries to show their work and sell commission-free, and there is still time to take part.

The Oxford International Art Fair, now in its fifth year, will be held in the magnificent setting of Oxford Town Hall in the heart of the city, from 23rd to 25th February 2018, showing work from over 150 artists and galleries from around the world. With more than 10,000 visitors expected to attend over three days, the fair offers an unmissable opportunity to show and sell work.

Expertly curated by the award-winning art entrepreneur Joëlle Dinnage and business partner Natal Vallvé from The Global Art Agency, the Oxford International Art Fair art fair offers a unique experience for exhibitors and visitors alike, as Joëlle explains.

"When we created the fair, five years ago, our intention was to provide artists and galleries with an affordable and accessible shop window for their work, within the setting of a unique space that fused the art together with the architecture of the venue chosen to host it. It was all about
wanting to inspire, engage and excite," she says.

"Four successful years and £2.4 million of art fair-generated sales later, our focus remains the same. We have expanded the fair to fill three halls here in Oxford with an incredible array of modern and contemporary art and provided a package of exhibitor support that simply isn't available anywhere else.

"Artists can gain recognition by taking part in the Oxford International Art Fair Awards; maximise their presence through our expert curator, on-site and promotional services, attend a special private view and vernissage, and of course, sell their work with zero commission," she says. "They can even be virtually there by showing their work in our digital art showcase."

With pitches starting from as little as £275, only a modest outlay is required to secure attendance at one of the UK's most highly regarded free-to-attend art events.

Among the artists who have already signed up for 2018 include:

• Taiwan based artist and lifestyle blogger Han-Sheng Huang (
• One of the UK's leading portrait artists James Earley (
• Bulgarian artist Radi Nedelchev, best known as a painter of naïve art (
• Oxford watercolour abstract artist Jenny Boden (
• Painter Edward Ofosu who lives and works in London (

"Hundreds of artists and galleries have exhibited and sold work with us here in Oxford over the past few years - just take a look here ( to see how the fair wowed them," says Joëlle. "We're gearing up to make 2018 another big success, with even more opportunities to sell work, receive commissions and gain profile. Don't miss this valuable opportunity to be there," she adds.

The Oxford International Art Fair 2018 is now open for exhibitors to apply to take part. For more information or to book, please go to

The Oxford International Art Fair takes place from Friday 23rd to Sunday 25th February 2018
at Oxford Town Hall, St Aldate's, Oxford, Oxfordshire, UK, OX1 1BX. For more information please go to, where tickets can also be booked.

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Location:Oxford UK

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Call to Artists Bayou City Art Festival Houston

Get ready because here we go again! We are prepping to kick off the spring art festival season with Bayou City Art Festival in Memorial Park and we want you to join us. So, make sure you save the date and make plans to celebrate 47 years of fine art at Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park on March 23-25, 2018. The three-day festival will highlight 300 artists from all over the country and feature great music, a variety of food options, refreshing beverages, non-stop entertainment, a Children’s Creative Zone and much more!

We want to showcase your artwork because we are dedicated to exhibiting world class art to the tens of thousands of patrons at the 2018 Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park. If you are an artist, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to display and sell your art at the nation’s premier spring outdoor fine art event.

We are accepting artists from 19 different disciplines of fine art and crafts such as clay, drawing/pastel, fiber/textiles, functional art, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, mixed media 2D/3D, painting, photography, print making, sculpture, wood, and many more.

Here is the scoop on artist applications:
Submit five images of your work and an application fee of $45 before Sunday, December 10, 2017. The judging process will occur between December 11 - December 22, 2017 and all accepted artists will be notified shortly thereafter.


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Tuesday, November 7, 2017


Selected Films to screen during the 2018 SXSW Film Festival

AUSTIN, TX—November 7, 2017—The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, is seeking submissions of short films for its 2018 Faces of Austin program. Established in 2005, Faces of Austin showcases shorts by local filmmakers that reflect the diverse faces, voices, and experiences of our City. Selected films will be screened during the SXSW Film Festival as part of the SXSW Community Programming in March, and will also be shown on the City of Austin’s channel, ATXN, and via the City’s website. One film will also receive a “Judge’s Choice” designation from a celebrity guest judge. All films selected will receive a cash honorarium!

Submissions are due no later than Jan 12, 2018 at 5PM.

“Faces of Austin has enabled us to spotlight the vast array of talent within our local filmmaking community,” remarked Cultural Arts Division Manager Meghan Wells. “From light-hearted profiles of Austin locales to moving tributes of individuals who have shaped the fabric of our city, this program serves as an important outlet for Austin’s creative community. We look forward to sharing a new selection of compelling shorts soon.”

Faces of Austin submissions must meet these criteria:

10 minute maximum length
By an Austin-area filmmaker or commissioned through an Austin organization
Original non-fiction or fiction work no older than 3 years old
Filmed in Austin or highlights Austin-area topics or organizations
Does not violate copyright law by using copy written work, including music, without permission
Does not solicit funds or a particular political call to action
Must be appropriate to show in a public setting to an audience of all ages
May not be also selected by SXSW as part of its SXSW Shorts Competition
Applicants must be 18 and older
Applications from filmmakers with diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged
Selection Process
A selection panel comprising project advisors, media experts, and City staff will review each artist’s materials submitted by the project deadline. Selected submissions must meet all of the requirements and demonstrate a high quality. The City of Austin reserves the right to disqualify materials deemed offensive or inappropriate to show in a public setting. The “Judge’s Choice” will be selected from among the selection panel’s top 5 rated submissions.

November 3, 2017: Call for Entries Issued
Jan. 12, 2018 (5 pm): Entries Due
Feb. 2018: Selection and notification of films selected
March 2018: Public screening during SXSW Film Festival as part of the Community Programming

March 2018 ‐ March 2019
Films to be shown on ATXN and via City’s web site, and at Community Screenings around town.

For complete guidelines, visit
Apply here:
For additional information please contact:
Laura Odegaard /512-974-6345

City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin. For more information, visit

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Saturday, November 4, 2017

'Justice League,' 'Avengers,' 'Venom,' 'Dark Nights: Metal,' 'Cyanide & Happiness,' artists headline Wizard World Comic Con Austin, Nov. 17-19

Jorge Molina, Jonathan Glapion, Mike S. Miller, Sam de La Rosa, Shawn Coss, Tim Vigil, Stuart Sayger, Clinton Hobart, Genese Davis, Tom Cook, Phil Ortiz among leaders in Artist Alley at Austin Convention Center; creative stage to feature demonstrations, discussions all weekend

(AUSTIN, Texas, Nov. 3, 2017) - Creators behind today's hottest comic and film properties are scheduled to attend Wizard World Comic Con Austin, Nov. 17-19 at the Austin Convention Center, including Jorge Molina ("Thor," "Avengers"),
Jonathan Glapion ("Dark Nights: Metal," "Batgirl"), Mike S. Miller ("Justice League," "Game of Thrones"), Sam de la Rosa ("Venom"), Shawn Coss ("Cyanide & Happiness"), Tim Vigil ("Faust"), Stuart Sayger ("ROM," "Micronauts"), Phil Ortiz ("The Simpsons"), Tom Cook ("Masters of the Universe," "Smurfs") and Clinton Hobart (licensed Disney fine artist).

Other superstar artists and writers populating Artist Alley are Mostafa Moussa ("Tales of the Thing," "Godzilla"), Ryan Kincaid ("Antoinette," Marvel card sets/Upper Deck), Mark Kistler ("Secret City," "Imagination Station"), Genese Davis (The Holder's Dominion), Victor Dandridge ("The Samaritan," "Origins Unknown"), Dr. Travis Langley (Batman and Psychology: A Dark and Stormy Night, Wonder Woman Psychology: Lassoing the Truth), Jeremy Clark ("GFT: Apocalypse," "Grimm's Fairy Tales Genesis: Heroes Reborn"), the legendary Allen Bellman (Golden Age "Captain America," "Human Torch") and many others.

In addition to appearing at their respective Artist Alley tables, select creators will participate in panel discussions and demonstration on the Creative Stage.

Wizard World Comic Con events bring together thousands of fans of all ages to celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. The 14th and final event scheduled on the 2017 Wizard World calendar, Austin show hours are Friday, Nov. 17, 4-9 p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 18, 10 a.m.-7 p.m.; Sunday, Nov. 19, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Kids 10 and under are admitted free with paid adult.

Wizard World Comic Con Austin is also the place for cosplay, with fans young and old showing off their best costumes throughout the event. Fans dressed as every imaginable character - and some never before dreamed - will roam the convention floor and participate in the famed Wizard World Costume Contest on Saturday evening.

For more on the 2017 Wizard World Austin, please click here.

About Wizard World (OTCBB: WIZD)
Wizard World, Inc. ( produces comic, gaming and pop culture conventions across North America that celebrate the best in pop culture: movies, television, gaming, live entertainment, tech, comics, sci-fi, graphic novels, toys, original art, collectibles, contests and more. A first-class lineup of topical programming and entertainment takes place at each event, with celebrity Q&A's, comics-themed sessions, costume contests, movie screenings, evening parties and more. Wizard World has also launched the digital Wizard magazine and introduced WizPop, a daily news service reporting on the biggest pop culture stories of the day, and featuring a weekly recap covering the news of the week. Fans can interact with Wizard World at and on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram and other social media services. Additional initiatives may include an augmented touring schedule of Wizard World shows, fixed-site installations, curated e-commerce, and the production and distribution of content both in the U.S. and internationally.

The 2017-18 Wizard World convention schedule is available by clicking here.

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

EAST kicks off next Thursday

November 9
Native Wildflower Dinner, 6-8:30pm
Due EAST, 8:30-11pm

Big Medium's East Austin Studio Tour kickoff event, Due EAST, is just one week away! Join us on November 9 to celebrate the local artists and artisans who drive our vibrant creative culture.

Start your tour by previewing nearly 400 artworks in the EAST Group Exhibition, grab your EAST catalog, and enjoy complimentary beverages from Tito's Handmade Vodka, Nine Banded Whiskey, Austin Beerworks, Meridian Hive, William Chris Vineyards, Topo Chico, and Wunder-Pilz Kombucha! Tunes by Chulita Vinyl Club, games from Austin Art Services, and site specific installation by Twyla.

Big Medium relies on community support like yours to keep EAST free and open to the public. Purchase your tickets to share in the endeavor of creating an engaging and unique experience for our community.

NEW to Due EAST: Native Wildflower Dinner

You can support the East Austin Studio Tour in a bigger way and enjoy a four course meal by local artist and chef, Sonya Coté.

The Native Wildflower Dinner is inspired by our 2017 theme of native flowering plants and will include cocktail and wine pairings by the Tipsy Texan. Guests will also receive an exclusive EAST takeaway bag and will be the first to preview the EAST Group Exhibition.

Limited seating available. Dinner tickets include entry into main Due EAST event.

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Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960 – Present

Exhibition on view at three locations:
Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara
653 Paseo Nuevo
Upper Arts Terrace
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11 - 5 pm
Thursday: 11 - 8 pm
Friday: 11 - 5 pm
Saturday: 11 - 5 pm
Community Arts Workshop
631 Garden Street
Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Sunday: Noon - 5 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed
Wednesday: 11 - 5 pm
Thursday: 11 - 8 pm
Friday: 11 - 5 pm
Saturday: 11 - 5 pm
Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art
955 La Paz Road
Santa Barbara, CA 93108

Monday - Friday, 10 am - 4 pm
Saturday - 11 am - 5 pm
Closed Sundays and college holidays

Organized by Miki Garcia, Executive Director & Chief Curator of Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCASB), as well as Guest Curator, Emiliano Valdés, Guatemala from 33,000 km: Contemporary Art, 1960-Present brings together works that have rarely been seen beyond Guatemala, but that speak to a range of formal, political, and social concerns that permeate contemporary art both in Latin America and throughout the globe. This exhibition marks the first ever in-depth commitment to the study of Guatemalan art in the late 20th and early 21st century, bringing innovative and visually arresting works produced by Guatemalan artists to a public audience in the United States and abroad.

With the support of the Getty’s Fall 2017 initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, Guatemala from 33,000 km features artwork in a range of media, tracing the tumultuous route that has traversed the history of Guatemala since 1960. Pursuing the development of art in Guatemala is fundamental not only to understanding today’s production but also in the unveiling of practices and oeuvres that have largely remained underexposed. Political, infrastructural, and economic issues have acted as barriers to the study of art in Guatemala, preventing widespread knowledge of the innovative, perceptive, and aesthetically intriguing artworks that this exhibition compiles.

The exhibition includes over 70 artworks, occupying approx. 8,000 square feet which in Santa Barbara will be installed in 3 venues: MCASB, Westmont Ridley-Tree Museum of Art at Westmont College, and Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop. It is structured around clusters or groups of works that represent central ideas, themes, and media that have been pivotal in Guatemala’s art over the last 50+ years. Spanning different moments and generations, both the works and the clusters are interconnected and often an artist that is included in one chapter could also be part of another so that the exhibition is not installed by clusters, but orchestrated in a way that highlights the multiple connections that exist between the works and the threads. The exhibition will generate a breadth of concerns that illuminate patterns of development in Guatemalan modern and contemporary art for the past 50 years. The clusters are mainly thematic, although a chapter is dedicated to works that through formal and technical experimentation have contributed to the advancement of artists’ production in the country. The exhibition understands Guatemalan modern and contemporary art as made up--seamlessly--of works that range from a strict Western art-historical narrative to local notions of art (so called naïf or otherwise) as well as artists that stand on the meeting point of these traditions.

The clusters are:

From various points of view, formal approaches, and ideological positions, ART AND POLITICS deals with the way in which artists from different generations have examined the thirty-six-year civil war and its consequences. Through these works emerges the nature of the conflict, as well as the polarization that it has generated in the Guatemalan population, which is reflected in artistic production. Given that the dates of this exhibition coincide with the formal beginning of the war and parallel the development of the artist as a critical observer of political circumstances, it is argued that contemporary Guatemalan art cannot be dissociated from this aspect.From various points of view, formal approaches, and ideological positions, ART AND POLITICS deals with the way in which artists from different generations have examined the thirty-six-year civil war and its consequences. Through these works emerges the nature of the conflict, as well as the polarization that it has generated in the Guatemalan population, which is reflected in artistic production. Given that the dates of this exhibition coincide with the formal beginning of the war and parallel the development of the artist as a critical observer of political circumstances, it is argued that contemporary Guatemalan art cannot be dissociated from this aspect.
The group under the heading ART HISTORIES acknowledges the existence of multiple art historical narratives and includes works that, in the spirit of Institutional Critique, refer to local or international art, to the history of art, or to the work of other artists as prime matter for creation. This chapter also includes artworks by artists concerned with the lack of access to art education in the country, interested in publications, and inspired by artistic and cultural producers not necessarily recognized within the official art history.
The works included in FORMAL EXPERIMENTATION have contributed to the renewal of technical and formal artistic practice in Guatemala over the last half-century, touching on fields such as geometric abstraction and the use of industrial materials in sculpture as well as the influence of handicrafts on artistic languages. The group recognizes how, despite a strong tendency towards figuration and social art, geometric abstraction has been, from different angles, a determining component of the history of Guatemalan art, insofar as it has allowed for its renewal.
GENDER PERSPECTIVES analyzes how gender and body rights have been expressed in artistic practices in recent years, largely through dialogue with foreign artists and the adaptation of the development of feminist theories to Guatemalan reality. It also discusses the dissident practices that have emerged from what has been more of an empirical conception of gender theory or activism and its social and cultural manifestations.
LAND, LANDSCAPE, AND TERRITORY explores the complex relationship between landscape, land, and territory, from some of the essential issues behind the armed conflict (such as former President Jacobo Árbenz Guzmán’s agrarian reform proposal, and the expropriation of land to the United Fruit Company) to the central role played by the landscape in the construction of the collective imagination and the country-branding of Guatemala. The artworks in this cluster explore the multiple narratives that emerge from the landscape, such as the country’s natural environment, landscape as a source of conflict, and a particular cultural vision of the indigenous population: one that understands indigenous as an element of an exotic landscape and not as a citizen, member of society, and human being in his/her own right.
POPULAR CULTURES brings together works and artists who, from a Western art historical perspective, have paid special attention to popular culture, both indigenous and Ladino. With one of the most deeply rooted traditions in Latin America, textile handicrafts have influenced several generations of artists, directly and as a result of their formal characteristics, use of materials, and wide dissemination as a distinctive cultural seal. In RACISMS AND IDENTITIES, the artworks address the idea of ​​a possible Guatemalan identity from the perspective of the cultural clash between indigenous groups and the Ladino population (a minority that has historically had social, political, and economic power). This set includes a series of works that deal with the racial division between Guatemalans (ideological and de facto) and racial conflicts in the course of history, as well as the multidirectional racism that follows suit. It also explores a third way of understanding the question of indigenous and Ladino cultures—through the lens of hybridization and postcolonial theories.
Given the profound influence of Maya cosmology, as well as the great diffusion of “imported” religions in Guatemala, such as Catholicism and more recently, Protestantism, the category RELIGION, SPIRITUALITY, AND METAPHYSICS includes works that deepen the presentation of a spiritual aspect and its relationship with a wider cultural scene. This cluster includes a thoughtful and critical review of the effect that different modes of faith and metaphysics have had on the country in permeating the culture and its material and visual production.
The set of artworks in VIOLENCE AND TRAUMA present the responses of artists to the violence that persists in Guatemala as a consequence of the civil war and as the continuation of a broader historical narrative that goes back to the Spanish Conquest, spanning the military governments of the twentieth century, and deriving from the situation of inequality and social instability today. This group of works addresses the role of the State and the socially instigated violence that has impacted life in Guatemala during the last half century, but also represents work that is produced by a lack of State, institutionality, and social policies that have allowed such tragic phenomena to happen in the country, such as the maras (gangs), migration, and the strengthening of drug trafficking.

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Location:Santa Barbara

MCASB Presents: Third Thursday Studio: Colors | Mixing in Action

MCASB Presents: Third Thursday Studio: Colors | Mixing in Action

Create a personal palette of hues, tints, tones, and shades with color expert Monika Molnar-Metzenthin and apply the color scheme on a three dimensional object in the style of Diana de Solares.

Thu, November 16, 2017 - 6:00pm

Community Arts Workshop


Create a personal palette of hues, tints, tones, and shades with color expert Monika Molnar-Metzenthin and apply the color scheme on a three dimensional object in the style of Diana de Solares.

Be part of a fun evening of creation, experimentation, and conversation over art and wine!

The FREE Third Thursday Studio program invites participants to explore techniques and themes of contemporary art inspired by artists in the exhibition through conversation and hands-on experimentation.

Please arrive on time. Spaces not filled by the start of the program will be opened to other interested parties.

Thursday, November 16, 2017
6:00pm - 8:00pm PST

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Location:Santa Barbara

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Scott Froschauer's uplifting #wordonthestreet public art installation unveils Nov 2 in Glendale

The Word on The Street by Los Angeles artist Scott Froschauer uses the authoritative presence of road signs to convey messages of hope and peace in a world frought with anxiety, depression, anger and sadness. Scott is an up and coming LA Artist who will be showing at the Smithsonian in 2018.

The Word on The Street by Scott Froschauer

Public unveiling: November 2, 2017 at 2pm
201 E Colorado St, Glendale, CA 91205

Artist Talk: Infinite Clearance: From Burning Man Art to Public Art
November 3, 2017 7-9pm
Glendale Library, Arts & Culture
Downtown Central Library
222 East Harvard St, Glendale, Ca 91205

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Location:Los Angeles

Thursday, October 26, 2017



Austin's most delightful holiday attraction to take place Dec. 9-23; events kick off with Dec. 8 preview party benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation and will feature a schedule full of local Austin entertainment.

(AUSTIN, TEXAS - Oct 25, 2017, source: Juice Consulting) - The 53rd annual Austin Trail of Lights powered by H-E-B is thrilled to announce details for "Night Lights" - the 4th annual preview party on Friday, Dec. 8 benefiting the Trail of Lights Foundation, presented by Lyft. The event will support STARS at the Trail, a Trail of Lights Foundation program that will host 1600 children, families, seniors and veterans who might not otherwise get to experience the Trail of Lights for special programs before the event opens to the general public.

Night Lights will take place at Zilker Park from 7-10 p.m. and will feature live entertainment from Mother Falcon String Trio, Whiskey Shivers and DJ Mel. The party will offer light bites from Austin area restaurants, beer and wine, special holiday entertainment, a classic car show, a Maker's Market curated by Edible Austin, and an opportunity to experience the Trail of Lights like never before. Participating restaurants include Mattie's, Sway, Moonshine Patio Bar & Grill, La Pera, Chi'Lantro, Texas Honey Ham, H-E-B Café, Cabo Bob's, Top Notch, and many more to come. Small batch makers include Sertodo Copper, local handmade jewelry by Vinca Inc., chocolates from the Turtle Enoteca and Gelateria, French macarons from Le Petits Plaisirs and more to be announced.

Advance tickets start at $75 and can be purchased here starting in early November:

The Trail of Lights will then open to the public Saturday, Dec. 9 and will run through Saturday, Dec. 23. Local Austin entertainment will continue throughout the Trail of Lights with nightly acts by community and professional performers, and nightly story times by celebrity readers. Confirmed entertainment includes Alan Haynes, University of Texas Longhorn musicians and entertainers, 36th Division Infantry Band, Mother Falcon, Wood & Wire, Trube, Farrell & Snizz, Jomo & The Possum Posse, Datura, Tiarra Girls, and many others. The full entertainment schedule will be announced soon and be available here:

The official public Grand Opening of the Trail will be on Saturday, Dec. 9 where admission will be free. The Trail will remain open Dec. 10 - 23 with general admission gates open at 7:00 p.m. every evening. General admission for children under 12 is always free at the Trail of Lights. There will be a general admission fee on seven of the 14 nights of the event. Early entry ZiP Fast Pass, Platinum passes, parking and shuttle tickets are also available for purchase on select nights. Calendars for ticket availability and online ticket purchases will be available in early November at

Since it began in 1965 as a small gathering, the Trail of Lights has grown into one of Austin's three largest events, attracting more than 400,000 people every year. The annual tradition continues to grow, celebrating the unique character Austin is recognized for across the country. Every holiday season, Zilker Park is transformed into the Trail of Lights with over two million lights, 40 displays, 20+ food trucks, two stages, 30 private holiday parties and interactive experiences throughout the trail.

"This is the fifth year that the Trail of Lights Foundation has produced this community event, and we are very proud to offer this unique celebration of all that Austin is known for," said Trail of Lights Foundation Board President, Leah Davies. "2017's event is a culmination of a great year, highlighting the people, music, groups, food, technology, charitable organizations and businesses that make Austin the place we love to call home. Visitors will see new modernized displays, interactive environments, Austin's famous food trucks, local musical talent, movies, local merchants and more."

Specialty Nights and Programming
This year, the Austin Trail of Lights will offer numerous specialty nights leading up to and during the event. Additional specialty nights will be announced as details are available.
Sunday, Nov. 26: The annual Zilker Tree lighting starts the holiday season off in Zilker Park. Now in its 51st year, the Zilker Tree is the largest man made holiday tree, built around a historic Austin moontower. Food vendors and other merchants will operate at the tree throughout the month of December. Check the Austin Trail of Lights website for schedules.
Saturday, Dec. 2: The Trail of Lights Fun Run, presented by St. David's HealthCare, is a 2.1-mile course, starts at the Zilker Tree and takes runners through the iconic Austin Trail of Lights, ending with a celebration in the park. Up to 10,000 runners are expected to participate in two waves. Registration began in mid-September, and can be purchased here:
Dec. 3, 4 and 6: STARS at the Trail, presented by Vista Equity Partners, hosts up to 20 nonprofit organizations for private tours of the Trail. Since 2013, STARS at the Trail has provided an opportunity for more than 3,000 school children, teens, families of varied socioeconomic backgrounds, youth in foster and adoptive care, WWII veterans, mentors and mentees, chronically ill patients and others with unique circumstances to create special holiday memories at the Trail of Lights. For some of these attendees, this trip to the Trail of Lights may be their only holiday experience.
Friday, Dec. 8: Night Lights, the fourth annual Preview Party, presented by Lyft, will benefit the Trail of Lights Foundation's STARS at the Trail program. The event features musical entertainment, food samples from local Austin restaurants and specialty activities not available during the general run of the Trail. Tickets start at $75 per person and will go on sale early November.
Sunday, Dec. 10: The fifth annual UT Night will turn the Trail of Lights burnt orange. The evening features special programming, Longhorn entertainment and private hospitality tickets for The University of Texas at Austin students, faculty, staff and alumni.
Tuesday, Dec. 12: The annual HEROES Night, presented by Texas Lottery, honors first responders-active police, fire and EMS, active military, veterans and emergency responders. Guests will create holiday letters to send to troops and other activities to pay tribute to first responders' service.
Tuesday, Dec. 19: Movie Night, presented by Austin Parks Foundation. Grab a bag of kettle corn, bring a blanket and enjoy a holiday movie under the stars and lights in Austin's beloved Zilker Park.
Accolades and Statistics
Second largest event in Austin according to the Austin Business Journal (2017)
Recognized as a top 10 lighting or holiday event by USA Today, Yahoo and Southern Living
375,000 attendees in 2016
Two million twinkling lights
More than 1 million miles walked by attendees annually
20+ food vendors
7,500 runners at the 2016 Fun Run
1,000 volunteers annually
20 nonprofit groups hosted during STARS nights
Two stages housing special performances and live music
45 performers
15 marriage proposals
50,000 amusement riders
Since adopting the annual event from the City of Austin in 2012, the Austin Trail of Lights has been produced exclusively with private dollars and without taxpayer funding. Corporate sponsors and individual donors contribute more than $1.5 million to provide partial underwriting for the annual event. The remainder of funds are provided through event ticket sales.

2017 will be the sixth year H-E-B has served as Title Sponsor and has committed to serve as title sponsor through 2019. Additional multi-year sponsors include Vista Equity Partners, Seton Healthcare Family, Keller Williams Realty, Cirrus Logic, Silicon Labs, T5 Foundation, NXP, Maudie's Tex Mex, The University of Texas at Austin, Austin Parks Foundation, ABC Home and Commercial Services, 3M, Central Texas Pediatric Orthopedics, Austin Energy, Longhorn Rents, The UPS Stores, Texas Lottery, Pirkey Barber PLLC, K. Freise & Associates, Maxwell Locke & Ritter, Ambetter Superior HealthPlan, Lori and Tito Beveridge, American Bank of Commerce, and Watkins Insurance Group, NXP USA, Inc., UPS, SHI, Humana.

The Trail of Lights welcomes new sponsors including St. David's HealthCare as Fun Run title sponsor as well as Lyft, nLand Surf Park, Solar Winds, Capital One, LCRA, Austin Convention Center, Juice Consulting and Archer-Malmo.

Sponsor opportunities are currently available. For information, please contact Jill Weir at

About the Trail of Lights Foundation
The Trail of Lights Foundation is an independent nonprofit corporation dedicated to producing the Austin Trail of Lights as an authentically Austin community celebration. The organization raises the funds from donations by individuals and the business community to produce and ensure the long- term sustainability of Austin's largest community celebration. It is curated in close conjunction with its long-time partners, Forefront Networks and 3Can Events, who provide turn-key production, marketing, sponsorship and programming services to the foundation. The Trail of Lights has remained in the top three Austin events since the Trail of Lights Foundation adopted the event in 2012.

For more information on The Trail of Lights, please see

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Artist Kumi Hirose Fine Art Grant Recipient

Kumi Hirose is the most recent recipient of the "Christopher E. Burke Fine Art Grant," for excellence in her approach and quality in the visual arts. This grant is awarded as part of our exhibitions at Gallery 25N and is provided to visual artists worldwide.

Kumi Hirose was born in 1986 in Tokushima prefecture, Japan. Since then, Kumi has received significant recognitions, including the following accolades:

2017 "Abstract 2017" Gallery 25N (Online)
2013 The 98th Nika Art Exhibition / Selected〈Tokyo)
2010 The 20th All Japan First Prize Painting Exhibition, Art Salon / Selected (Tokyo)
2009 Kojin Toneyama Prize The 4th Triennale Competition / Selected (Iwate)
2008 The 44th Kanagawa Art Exhibition / The Second Prize (Kanagawa)
2008 A Prize of Collection in Joshibi University of Art and Design Art Museum (Tokyo)
2008 Yoshiyuki Kato Memorial Prize / Joshibi University of Art and Design (Tokyo)
Most recently, Ms Hirose presented her solo exhibit in New York City (details below). Once again, congratulations, Ms Hirose:
Kumi Hirose Solo Exhibit
Crazy Toy Box 3
International Center of CCCS
80 Maiden Lane
14th Floor,
New York, NY 10038
Gallery Hours: Mon - Fri, 11AM - 6PM

We are fortunate recipients of the reflections Kumi has chosen to present based on her life experiences as those explosive imageries are represented in the remarkably flowing elements in her art work. Kumi's symbolic journeys aimed directly at this world are mythical escape routes leading to unexplored realms. We hope that the following narrative does justice to her creative magic.

Rivers of Humanity
Narrative by: Suzanne Ingrao
What is different here, so exciting that it appears to be born from an emergence which has miraculously defined a world within which tolerance as a requirement for peace, acceptance, and empathy has become antiquated thought? Why? Because these benevolent qualities are in-borne---this is a world unbeknownst (unfortunately) to ours; the fires of life are not defined by integration but rather are independent forces all welcoming community as an undefined touch---a delicate touch as if each element is a kiss to the forehead---cerebral reassurance.

Kumi Hirose's paintings are classic celebrations of who we humans are capable of being within her beloved world---connective energies, although ephemeral, will leave lasting impermeable and contiguous forces subject only to our commitment to their escalation of ideals. This progression is essential to its perseverance against forward enemies. Such mirthful exuberance is a fresh bow to welcome journeys so progressively displayed.

The Kumi abstractions speak to us, with vibrant symbolic literacy and yet profound understatement, the existential rise of which humankind is capable. We must cling to such artistic voyages, though painful arrows of archaic thought and deliberate defiance persist in reactionary effort. As long as artists such as Kumi exist and speak to and for our hearts as guides, we will prevail in our quest to honor life in all its potential brilliance.

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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Call for Artists - Naughty & Nice Exhibition

Call for Artists - Naughty & Nice Exhibition

Sweet ‘Art is a non-profit organization operating from a feminist perspective, which is dedicated to the promotion of visual artists through the delivery of regular site-specific exhibitions. From the 18th -22nd December 2017 Sweet ‘Art will be hosting Naughty & Nice, our next thought provoking, dynamic and fun art exhibition.

We are seeking art works of any medium including painting, print, sculpture, photography, film, installation and performance that explores the beauty or bleakness of the winter season, its landscapes, activities or festivals. Suggestions for themes include the challenge or critique of the Christmas period, through exploration of family dynamics, traditions and domesticity, religious beliefs, pagan alternatives and political perspectives on issues such as consumerism. We are also seeking artists that may create sculptural festive objects, cards or decorations that may be humorous, alternative or traditional. Artists could also explore ideas of winter through materials, narrative or subject.

In honour of our organizational ethos we also welcome works that explore the potential roles of women during the festive or winter period and explorations of this time of year from non-Christian perspectives. We particularly welcome submissions from BAME artists and women of colour.

Selected artists will be given the opportunity to exhibit in the spacious, well lit and professionally finished Espacio Gallery, located in the heart of London’s art scene and only a stone’s throw from Brick Lane.

The show will be installed by experienced curators, and invitations, press releases, promotion and opening reception will be organized to the highest spec. along with the usual Sweet ‘Art freebies and surprises!

There is no fee to submit your work and those whose work is accepted will be asked to pay an exhibition fee of £55 plus a £2 paypal charge to cover exhibiting costs as Sweet ‘Art is a non funded organization. You can read more about our fees, selection process and mission and values on our website.

Works will need to be available between the 18th -22nd December
Submissions Deadline: 17 November at 9pm

Submissions Process: To submit up to 6 art works please visit our submissions page and complete our online submissions form here - !opportunities/c141l
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OPENING: Calvin Marcus: the inner is the outer of the other at The Power Station, Dallas on October 27 from 6-8PM

the inner is the outer of the other
Ocober 27-December 15, 2017
Opening October 27th, 6-8PM

These parts dont add up! Organs without a body and bodies without organs. A disruptive digestive track conflates past and future, opening a path toward an ambiguous present. Obscure and unsettled, polysemous lumps of limbs continue to segment and separate.

Liquid spill is everywhere. Unidentifiable fluids are in constant motion. But the oozing flow is out of sight, buried in walls and underfoot, the olfactory senses spared. Parts that embody connective flow encounter a glitch and continue to replicate.

There are too many, way too many...This thing has a mind of its own, it's like the production line of a sausage factory with a foreboding compulsion to keep going no matter what. Someone has forgotten to flip the switch. A machine crushes the carcass after the primary muscle meat has been removed; the last scraps are deboned, pushed through a stainless steel sieve, and pressed into saggy collagen casings. Without fail, this automated process runs day in and day out, and no one is here to manage the byproduct.

These pipes are attempting to make sense of themselves. Trying to organize and be of some sort of use. The fittings connect; the fittings remain separate. They replicate and repeat.

Incomplete, charred, holed, and blurred. Bronze skeletons provide a vague memory of what might be possible. A stable material forms an astructural corpus. The material composite gives a room fuzzy corners, a porous body. Cages contain vapid spaces whose origins are a myth. The sad necessity of comfort is lost forever, a group of lymphatic parts opposed to the idea of themselves sit in a drowsy, sickly state, lying dormant.

In an automated world of fidget spinners and bleached coral, binding mucoproteins in the stomach lining mitigate irritation, and offer a protective coating of sorts. Digestive juices are stabilized and active enzymes replenished. An image: all of the parts, with all of their compulsions, coextensive in space and time.

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Sunday, October 22, 2017


EILEN überdurchschnittlich
(Co-Curated with Lauren Richman)
28 October - 9 December 2017

Alexandrinenstraße 4
10969, Berlin, Germany

Opening Reception:
28 October 2017, 18:00 - 21:00

Pushkin & Gogol is proud to present its inaugural exhibition by Dallas-based artist Jesse Morgan Barnett. Known for his complex yet playful consideration of appropriated images, objects and events based on an ‘aging interest in agnostic proposition and drift’, EILEN überdurchschnittlich builds off previous work that has dealt with forgetting, composition, and the tragicomedy genre.

During the summer of 2016, Jesse Morgan Barnett began corresponding with Valery Spiridonov. At that time, Spiridonov, who lives with a degenerative muscle disease, was the first confirmed head/body transplantation patient, planned for December 2017 in Harbin, China. Valery’s marketing campaign, Desire for Life, presented the public with a vector bicep portrait of him on numerous lifestyle objects available for purchase. However, in the summer of 2017 Valery Spiridonov became a repudiated head/body transplant patient and his campaign came to an abrupt end. Valery had one pair of shoes and would not be made in China, after all.

Spiridonov began to embody comparative tenets of Bushido with his volunteerism, and his surgical denial altered this elaborate seppuku-ish ceremony. Mulling over adages or epigrams to arrive at some compensatory relief, the exhibition’s composition incites a series of questions about conditionality, moving and long-term memory.

Using a variety of sculptures, paintings, and semi-performances, Barnett addresses the hinge between Spiridonov’s pre-surgery and post-repudiated identity.

A publication will be released at the closing of the exhibition on December 9 th ,2017, charting the correlating research including: NASA’s Teachers in Space Project, Andre Ford’s vertical headless chicken farming system, luck, Barnett’s questionnaires with Valery Spiridonov, others. The publication will contain an essay by co-curator Lauren Richman.


JESSE MORGAN BARNETT (b.1978, Taegu, South Korea) is an American artist living and working in Dallas, Texas. He received his MFA in Intermedia from the University of Texas at Arlington. Barnett will be included in a group exhibition in December 2017 at the Museo de la Ciudad in Santiago de Queretaro, Mexico. Selected exhibitions include: Culture Hole, Dallas, Texas; The Goss-Michael Foundation, Dallas, Texas; Réunion, Zürich, Switzerland; Hiroshima Art Center, Hiroshima, Japan; Marty Walker Gallery, Dallas, Texas; Gallery Rostrum, Malmö, Sweden; FQ Projects, Shanghai, China; and Oliver Francis Gallery (OFG.XXX), Dallas, Texas. Barnett is co-founder and co-curator of Dallas Biennial and operator of 1-800-789-2228.

LAUREN RICHMAN is a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University focusing on modern and contemporary art, photography, and film of post-WWII Europe and the United States. Richman’s research interests include historical aberrations of violence, the intersections between art and visual mass culture, and studies of surveillance and political propaganda. Her dissertation project examines the complex mediation of American culture in Cold War-divided West Berlin. Richman received her B.A. in Art History (2011) from Vanderbilt University and her M.A. in the same subject from SMU (2013). Richman currently holds a 2017-2018 Terra Foundation for American Art Predoctoral Fellowship at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

PUSHKIN & GOGOL is a new contemporary art gallery based in Kreuzberg with a private office and viewing space in Charlottenburg. The name Pushkin & Gogol is the title of a fake play written by Soviet-era absurdist Daniil Kharms. Director Kevin Rubén Jacobs originally founded OFG.XXX (b. 2011 a.k.a. Oliver Francis Gallery) in Dallas, Texas, and produced more than 50 exhibitions and performances with local and international emerging and mid-career artists. From 2013 - 2015, he served as curator at the Goss-Michael Foundation managing one of the leading contemporary British art collections in the United States. In mid-2017, Jacobs served as a guest advisor for The Power Station’s new artist residency PROXIMIDAD.

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Thursday, October 19, 2017



Over 500 attendees joined Monday's public launch of MassChallenge Texas at the Bullock Museum; WeWork announced as new location for Austin-based accelerator program

(AUSTIN, TEXAS - October 19, 2017) - MassChallenge Texas, the newest location in the global network of MassChallenge startup accelerators, opened applications for its inaugural cohort of high-impact, early-stage startups across all industries from anywhere in the world Monday night. The deadline to apply is Dec. 5, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. (noon) CST. Interested startups can apply at:

Applications were opened with a rare joint announcement by the mayors of Austin and San Antonio as part of MassChallenge Texas' official kickoff event this past Monday night at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.

"What I'm really excited about is that MassChallenge accepts not only private companies to accelerate but also nonprofits and social impact ventures - we're really looking forward to coming up with some new ideas that will help us deal with some of the municipal challenges that we have in this city: affordability and mobility," said Austin Mayor Steve Adler. "We want everybody to remember this day as one of those days early in the process when San Antonio and Austin really started to come together in very concrete and specific ways."

"The Texas miracle is the Austin-San Antonio corridor and to welcome such a great initiative as MassChallenge, I think, is a great day to celebrate here in the state of Texas," said San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg.

During the event, MassChallenge Texas and WeWork announced that the accelerator will be located in WeWork's newest location at WeWork West 6th.

"Over the past several years, we've had the privilege of building a strong and inspiring community of creators across Austin," said Nathan Lenahan, Head of Operations for WeWork's southern region. "With demand continuing to grow, we are opening our fourth Austin location in 2018. In addition to growing our physical footprint, we're excited to announce a partnership with MassChallenge Texas. MassChallenge's work aligns with our mission to help people do what they love by providing the tools and resources they need, and we're excited to work together to support and empower companies making a difference right here in Texas."

More than 500 members of the Texas innovation community participated in Monday's sold-out event, which included remarks by speakers Congressman Lloyd Doggett; Austin Mayor Steve Adler; San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg; Bob Metcalfe, UT Professor of Innovation; Cody Julian, Regional Marketing Director, WeWork; Robyn Metcalfe, Food + City; Scott Bailey, Executive Director of North America, MassChallenge; Mike Millard, Managing Director, MassChallenge Texas; Heather Figallo, Senior Director of Innovation and Labs, Southwest Airlines; Zack Gipson, Chief Innovation Officer, USAA; Jeff Mulhausen, Founding Partner, Upstream; and Ron Lehman, State Director, TMAC.

MassChallenge Texas unveiled its 10 city roadshow across the Lone Star State during the application drive. Representatives will connect entrepreneurs across the state to MassChallenge resources to in an effort to strengthen Texas' innovation ecosystem. Dates are set with MassChallenge Texas community partners Capital Factory, UT Austin, Texas State, Galvanize, Texas A&M and Startup Aggieland, Southwestern University, The DEC, and UT Dallas with plans to visit San Antonio, Houston, El Paso, Lubbock, Waco and more in the works. Specific event information can be found on the MassChallenge Texas Facebook page.

"Thank you to the amazing community of entrepreneurs, corporate and community partners, mentors and civic leaders that came together to celebrate the launch of MassChallenge Texas." said Mike Millard, Managing Director of MassChallenge Texas. "We are ready and eager to bring our program to entrepreneurs from all corners of the state. I can't wait to get on the road and meet everyone!"

MassChallenge supports entrepreneurs by providing the foundation and resources they need to take their businesses to the next level. In 2018, MassChallenge Texas will support up to 100 early-stage companies. The 2018 MassChallenge Texas accelerator will run from March to August 2018. As part of the program, selected startups receive hands-on support from top mentors and experts, free co-working space, access to MassChallenge's unrivaled network of corporate partners, tailored workshops and office hours, and the opportunity to win a portion of up to $500,000 in equity-free cash prizes.

MassChallenge Texas is supported by a public-private partnership that includes founding corporate partners Southwest Airlines, TMAC, USAA and Upstream. Together, MassChallenge Texas and its partners will strengthen and grow the innovation ecosystem in the state, and connect the ecosystem to MassChallenge's global network of programs in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, and the UK.

MassChallenge will support the Texas ecosystem through its deep experience in key industries, including healthcare, clean energy, hardware & manufacturing, biotech, consumer tech, and social impact. Along with early-stage startups participating in the 2018 accelerator, MassChallenge expects to support hundreds more entrepreneurs through community-building activities, tailored programming, and ecosystem development across the state. The not-for-profit is also focused on fostering collaboration by connecting large corporations with the startup community.

Applications for MassChallenge Texas' inaugural cohort are now open. Startups and experts can apply at:

About MassChallenge
MassChallenge is the most startup-friendly accelerator on the planet. No equity and not-for-profit, we are obsessed with helping entrepreneurs across any industry. We also reward the highest-impact startups through a competition to win a portion of several million dollars in equity-free cash awards. Through our global network of accelerators in Boston, Israel, Mexico, Switzerland, Texas, and the U.K.; and unrivaled access to our corporate partners, we can have a massive impact - driving growth and creating value the world over. To date, 1,211 MassChallenge alumni have raised over $2 billion in funding, generated approximately $900 million in revenue, and created over 65,000 total jobs. For more information, please visit

MassChallenge Texas Founding Partners
Southwest Airlines

MassChallenge Texas Advisory Board
Bob Metcalfe, UT Austin; Heather Figallo, Southwest Airlines; Zachary Gipson, USAA; Larry Peterson, Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities; Pike Powers, Pike Powers Group and Shawna Butler, Singularity University.

Top MassChallenge Partners
AARP, Aeromexico, Aetna, Bailly Foundation, Barry Callebaut, BASF, Becton Dickinson (BD), Biscay Regional Government, Bühler, Canton de Vaud, CASIS, Cerner, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Deshpande Foundation, Fidelity, FM Global, Fondeso-CDMX, GE, GEA, Gentera, Givaudan, Givaudan, INADEM, Inartis Foundation, Jamestown, Jerusalem Development Authority, John Hancock, Kauffman Foundation, Liberty Mutual, Massachusetts Technology Collaborative/MeHI, Microsoft, Ministry of Economy State of Israel, Ministry of Jerusalem and Heritage, Molex, Nestlé, OSF HealthCare, PepsiCo, Philips Healthcare, PKO Bank Polski, Procter & Gamble, Promotora Social México, PTC, SENA, Servier, Shire, South Australian Government, Stanley Black and Decker, Sunovion Pharmaceuticals, Swiss Economic Forum, Swiss Re, The Boston Consulting Group, The Boston Foundation, USAA, Vertex, and Visa.

MassChallenge Texas Community Support
City of Austin Mayor Steve Adler, City of San Antonio Mayor Nirenburg, Austin Representative Eddie Rodriguez, Founding corporate partners Southwest Airlines, TMAC, USAA, and Upstream, AngelSpan, Austin Community College, Austin Community College Bioscience Incubator, Austin Film Society, Austin Healthcare Council, Austin Technology Council, Austin Technology Incubator, Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Austin, Blackstone LaunchPad at UT Dallas, Bexar County, Borderplex Alliance, Capital Factory, City of Austin, City of San Antonio, CompTIA, Dallas Entrepreneur Center (DEC), Department of Defense (DoD), DIUx, El Paso Hub of Human Innovation, Galvanize, Geekdom, Goodworks Houston, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce, Greater Houston Partnership, Greater San Marcos Partnership, Herb Kelleher Center for Entrepreneurship at UT Austin, IC2 Institute, Impact Hub Austin, MediaTech Ventures, NASA, South by Southwest (SXSW), Southwestern University, Startup Aggieland, Station Houston, Tech Fort Worth, TechNet, Texas A&M University, Texas Entrepreneur Exchange (TEX), Texas Foundation for Innovative Communities (TFIC), Texas Healthcare and Biosciences Institute (THBI), Texas Small Business Development Centers, Texas State University, University of Texas System, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Austin, University of Texas at Dallas, University of Texas at San Antonio.

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Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Call for artists Austin

2017-2019 Pre-Qualified National Artist Pool
Individual Project Budgets of $300,000 or more
Eligibility: Professional visual artists or artist teams living in the United States
Deadline - Monday, November 27, 2017, 5:00 pm

The City of Austin Art in Public Places program seeks exceptional established public artists working in a variety of visual media and artistic approaches for its 2017-2019
Pre-Qualified National Artist Pool.

The purpose of the Pre-Qualified National Artist Pool is to provide a streamlined application and selection process for artists interested in being commissioned for public art projects through the City of Austin Art in Public Places Program. Program staff and the Art in Public Places Panel will utilize the Pre-Qualified Pools for selecting artists for future artwork opportunities.

Possible artwork opportunities include, but are not limited to, public art construction projects involving the following City departments: Austin Transportation, Parks and Recreation, Austin Public Health Department, Austin Public Library, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and the Austin Convention Center.

To read the complete Request for Qualifications, visit

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Sunday, October 15, 2017

Artist interview Rene Ricardo Rocha

What is your name: Rene Ricardo Rocha. My parents gave me 3 R’s. As a child, I developed a speech impediment, and I was unable to say my R’s correctly! Luckily, parents took me to a speech therapist, who helped me correctly pronounce my name.

Do you have a formal art education or are you a self taught artist: I benefited from great art teachers growing up. I took every art class I could as a child. My parents really supported my love of art, and they still do to this day. I also studied art at Texas Tech University, in Lubbock, TX. I hope to return to school, and complete a Master’s degree in the near future.

What is the style of your pieces: I’m not really sure? I have always enjoyed the impressionist, and expressionist. I don’t really know what I would call my style, if I even have one? I am heavily influenced by those great artists. I am very physical artist though.

What is the medium in which you work: Paint…all kinds! I just love to paint, and draw. I must say, oil paints are my favorite. Probably, because I learned to paint using them. The smell just breaths creativity. I also enjoy working with charcoal pastels. I like taking a nice thick oil painting, and drawing into the painting with pastels. So much fun!

What started you on your path as an artist: As a child, I was often commended for my artist abilities. In the end, we all just want to please our parents, and teachers. Art provided me with that praise. As I grew as an artist, and a person, art became about self-expression, and a personal narrative. But, I still thrive on the admiration of my family, friends, and peers. I have taught art to middle school students for a decade now. I enjoy showing them my current work, and let them know just how important the art making process is to me. I hope my love for art is carried on through my students.

What is one of the most important things that art has brought to your life: I am not much of a talker. I guess, I am a stereotypical he-man, with no feelings. I have true anxiety when it comes to those sort of things. Even with family. But, my ability to communicate through my artwork, in turn has helped me say things I would otherwise be unable to verbalize.

What is your favorite genre of art besides the one you work in: As far as performing arts, I love listening to chorales. I participated in choir growing up, and I still appreciate listening to the wonderful harmonies. Each part must fit together just right. Art is funny that way. No matter the chaos, tranquility, or all of the above, the elements must work harmoniously. As far as visual art, I truly appreciate street artists, and mural artists. I paint murals, but mostly in peoples’ homes. I applaud their ability to work on such a grand scale, and in the elements. I’m not a fan of the vandalism aspect though.

Do you have art showings, and if so what are they typically like: I haven’t had a solo exhibition in a while. I enjoy submitting, and participating to juried shows, and art festivals. I have found success selling work on my website, and commissions from friends, and people I meet through the website. It keeps me busy, and most importantly creating art! Back in college we used to rent a space on the art trail, buy a keg, and show our art. Those were some fun times. I really appreciated all the feedback from the community. And of course my parents drove in for all of them!

Do you have a certain set of clothes you make art in: I used to wear this blue Jason from Friday the 13th looking jump suit. That was when I was playing the part of an artist. I looked legit! When I paint, I wear a pair of shorts, and an old shirt. Oh, and always shoes. No one shows up to work without shoes, and neither do I! When I step into my studio, I’m all business!

What has been the most frustrating part of being an artist? As an art teacher, it is frustrating coming in contact with parents, or other educators who don’t see the value of art. I may have a student want to take my class, but their parent wants them to take something “more important” like band for example. Not just in education, but across the board. Art often is seen as no more than a hobby to many.

What is your favorite sandwich of all time: hmm… I had a sandwich in Lima, Peru called La Lucha. The restaurant was called La Lucha, as well. I’m a life-long wrestling fan, so that may have influenced my opinion of the sandwich. Na, it was pretty awesome! The new grilled chicken sandwich at Whataburger is also pretty amazing.

Has this year brought about any changes in your work, and if so what are they: Definitely. My work in the past explored my adoption. Mostly trying to find connections between my biological family, and my adopted family. I have used all sort of imagery throughout the years to define this idea, but lately had been using fish, and water. The fish came from the idea of the fish bowl, or tank. I was born in one fish bowl, picked from the bowl, and tossed into a new bowl. Just like a fish at a pet shop. I have no recollection of the first bowl, the new bowl is my new world. This transitioned into waves, and the movement of water. Well recently, my wife and, and I had our first little boy. During her labor, our baby was having a little trouble. His heart rate was sky rocketing, and plummeting up and down throughout the day. It was the most frustrated/ scared I had ever been. I had to try and stay calm, so that my wife could stay calm for our baby. Our doctors and nurses did a wonderful job getting us through labor, and he was born as healthy as can be. A month or so after his birth, I was in my studio painting. Suddenly, the music I was playing began to reflect that erratic heartbeat. I began to draw. A new series of wave paintings began to materialize. What was once a series about my birth, now became about son’s. Full circle.

Who is your favorite artist alive or dead: Franz Kline. I used to only paint in black and white, because I loved his work that much.

What is the most moving piece of artwork that you have seen in person: That’s a tough question. Probably the colosseum in Rome. I guess it’s more architecture, but the energy that place emotes is crazy.

Do you have any animals, and what do they think of your work: Haha, great question. I have 3 dogs, and my wife has a bearded dragon as a class pet. It spends half the year at our house though. Creeps me out. My lab Bella is my studio mate. Well, she is my right hand dog. Never leaves my side. I often trip over her while stepping back to see my progress during a painting session.

Do you have any upcoming exhibitions you would like to share with us: No, not at the moment. I am participating in an arts festival in Fort Worth, TX called Arts Goggle this October. I am also showing some work in a small gallery space at a place called the Stage West Theatre as well in January. Other than that, I plan on submitting to a few upcoming shows. Cross my fingers, and hope the juror likes my work!

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