Takng it's inspiration from the annual Burning Man event in the in the Black Rock Desert of Nevada, Art Outside is family friendly avant-garde art and music event featuring artwork, multimedia, large scale art installations, yoga, aerial acrobatics, fire spinning, music and workshops along the banks of the San Gabriel River northeast of Austin, Texas. Workshops and camping are included with the price of admission. Art Outside began in 2005 at at the Enchanted Forest, a 3.5 acre plot of land at the corner of South Lamar Boulevard and Oltorf Street in the heart of Austin. Logistical problems with the City of Austin led to the event being moved to Apache Pass in 2009. Though Apache Pass Festival Grounds in Rockdale, Texas is approximately a 90 minute drive from Austin, Art Outside remains a quintessential union of the Austin music scene and the Austin art scene. Apache Pass Festival Grounds consists of hundreds of acres of grassy camping areas shaded by large pecan trees and access to the San Gabriel River. There are facilities for showering, bathrooms, potable water, communal commons and access to charging stations for electronic devices. The dates for the 2014 Art Outside music and art festival are Friday, October 24 through Sunday, October 26, 2014.
Austin Art Yards is a website devoted to residential outsider art in yards around Austin. Created by junk art enthusiasts Scott Stevens and Robert Mace, the Austin Art Yards website lists addresses and a brief description with maps and photographs of over 35 locations of yard art around Austin including the Cathedral of Junk in South Austin; the backyard at Smut Put Heaven; the concrete gorilla on West Lynn; yellow balls in Travis Heights; and the Statue of Liberty yard in East Austin on Martin Luther King Boulevard. The goal of Austin Art Yards is to expose Austin's art yard scene and inspire other Austinites to gather their bowling balls, bottle caps, mannequin heads, bird cages, doll heads, crutches, ironing boards, blue glass bottles, license plates, bones and other miscellaneous junk to become yardists, too. The 2012 Austin Art Yards self-guided tour is scheduled for Saturday, April 14 and Sunday, April 15, 2012.
Austin Museum of Art Downtown is the main exhibition location for the Austin Museum of Art. In the middle of downtown Austin, they feature continually changing exhibition and education programs that showcase a variety of 20th century and contemporary art. Includes a Community Room, which functions as a place for activities and private functions with gallery access.
The Austin Museum of Art Laguna Gloria location is the museum's original home. A blend of history, art, and nature, the AMOA Laguna Gloria is a recently restored 1916 Italianate-style villa that was the home of Texas legend Clara Driscoll, located on 12 acre grounds that feature a sculpture and historical gardens. Also home to "The Art School," a thriving hub of activity that teaches more than 400 classes yearly. Private parties and community gatherings are held year round.
On the first Friday of every other month the Blanton Museum is open from 6 PM to 11 PM for a happening night of art, libations and live music by Austin bands and performers. Tickets are $12 for non-members and $5 for museum members and are available at the museum and online.
The Blanton Museum of Art is the largest art museum in Austin and features a substantial permanent collection of important works of art as well as traveling collections from around the world. Some of the free things to do at the Blanton on Thursdays include over 30,000 square feet of permanent and traveling collections and exhibits. The Blanton Museum of Art at The University of Texas at Austin is one of the foremost university art museums in the country, and has the largest and most comprehensive collection of art in Central Texas. The Blanton features modern and contemporary art from both the United States and Latin American including the Mari and James A. Michener Collection of 20th-Century American Art Modern and the Barbara Duncan Collection of Latin American Art. There is also a notable collection of paintings of the American West. Thursdays from 10 AM to 5 PM is FREE DAY at the Blanton Museum of Art.
Cherrywood Art Fair is an annual two day Christmas holiday shopping event in December showcasing over 100 artists along with food, live music and fun stuff for kids to do in a family-friendly environment. All items sold at the Cherrywood Art Fair must be original artwork and artist vendors are selected through a juried process. The Cherrywood Art Fair takes place at Maplewood Elementary School in the Delwood neighborhood of Austin and there is always a silent auction to raise money for the school. Admission to the Cherrywood Art Fair holiday shopping event is free. The dates for the 2013 Cherrywood Art Fair are Saturday December 7 and Sunday December 8, 2013.
The East Austin Studio Tour is a self guided tour of working art studios located east of I-35, west of 183, south of 51st Street and north of Town Lake. Begun in 2003 as a one day event with only twenty-eight studios, the East Austin Studio Tour is now a two weekend event with over 100 artists and studios participating. The East Austin Studio Tour usually takes place in November. Look for the red numbered signs that mark all the studios. Maps are available from the studios and are also distributed around town in the weeks before the tour. Funded in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division, by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and an award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the East Austin Studio Tour is a unique opportunity to see the working spaces of artists and visit with the artists themselves. Admission to the East Austin Studio Tour is free. The dates for the 2013 East Austin Studio Tour are Saturday November 16 and Sunday November 17 followed by Saturday November 23 and Sunday November 24, 2013.
For many years, Mary Doerr has been painting watercolors of Austin and the Southwest. Her gallery on Burnet features some of the many watercolors she has rendered of Austin's best-loved places both past and present including Barton Springs, downtown Austin and the University of Texas. Prints, posters, note cards, calendars and originals are available as well as the work of other artists including prints, photography, metal art, handcrafted jewelry and pottery, Treaty Oak memorabilia, Texas Limestone gifts and glass. Custom framing services are also available including a 15 percent discount to University of Texas graduates framing diplomas.
The Mexi-Arte Museum provides education programs and exhibitions focusing on traditional and contemporary Mexican, Latino, and Latin American art and culture. Since its founding in 1984, Mexic-Arte Museum has been designated as the Official Mexican and Mexican American Fine Art Museum of Texas by the 78th Legislature of the State of Texas. Admission to the Mexi-Arte Museum is FREE every Sunday and FREE during the month of December.
The South Austin Popular Culture Center is located behind the Planet K on South Lamar just south of the Zilker Park and Barton Springs area. Presided over by Henry Gonzales, whose paintings and murals graced the walls of the famous Austin landmark music venue of the 1970's the Armadillo World Headquarters, the museum presents art shows, exhibits, and music events related to Austin art and culture of the past 50 years. Formerly known as the South Austin Museum Of Popular Culture and founded in 2004, most of the original board of organizers for the museum were in some way connected either as employees, poster artists or musicians at the Armadillo World Headquarters, which was in an old Quonset hut located on Barton Springs and South First behind the current location of Threadgill's South. The South Austin Popular Culture Center not only showcases artists of the pasts, but also current Austin artists. Over 40 exhibitions have been presented at the Museum featuring work by Austin artists and painters such as cartoonists Jack Jaxon and Gilbert Shelton, photographer Allan Pogue, poster and visual artists Michael Priest, Bill Narum, Guy Juke, Henry Gonzalez, Danny Garrett, Kerry Awn, Powell St. John, Jesse Taylor, Bob Daddy-O Wade and the originator of the icon Armadillo images associated with the "cosmic cowboy" era of Austin in the sixties and seventies, Jim Franklin. There is also a memorial wall that spans the length of the property that honors deceased artists, writers and performers, philanthropists and others who have been important to Austin’s culture. The launch of almost all exhibits is paired with an opening party with live music on the outdoor stage in the back parking lot that starts at the magical time of 7:09 PM.
Located right off of Zilker Park, the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum features sculpture by 20th century American sculptor Charles Umlauf and other contemporary sculptors. It offers classes and workshops to the public, and is open Wednesday through Sunday. Open on Monday and Tuesdays from 10 - 4:30 pm for tour groups of 15 people or more. It is also available for weddings and other private facility rentals.