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66th Art City Austin moves to Palmer Events Center

Art City Austin is back and bigger than ever! This isn’t a joke.

Article by ChinLin Pan and featured image courtesy of Juice Consulting 

Art Alliance Austin, a nonprofit organization that promotes art, culture and creativity, will bring back Art City Austin this weekend, April 29 – May 1, to the Palmer Events Center.

Art City Austin has been a part of the art community for nearly seven decades, allowing local and national artists to showcase their work to art lovers. For the past seven years, Art City Austin has called Cesar Chavez Street its home.

Asa Hursh, executive director of Art Alliance Austin, explained the reasons behind the change.

“We wanted to make the experience better for our patrons,” Hursh said. “There’s a lot of differences to being on the grounds of event center to being in the middle of a street – especially when we were dealing with so much construction downtown at the Second Street extension.”

Hursh further explained that the change also benefits attendees.

“The Palmer gives us more parking, more shade, more grass, indoor restrooms, air conditioning, a less linear footprint. We think that moving between the indoors and outdoors will allow our guests to spend a longer time at the festival – because there are more places to recharge,” Hursh said.

Photo provided by Troy Campa
Photo provided by Troy Campa

With a larger venue, Art City Austin will showcase more galleries not just from Austin but also from around Texas for Friday night’s evening reception of the Art City Fair, a new addition to the event’s programming. Featured galleries for this include Dallas’s Circuit12 Contemporary, San Antonio’s Hello Studio, Houston’s Muir Gallery, and local CAMIBAart gallery, and much more.

CAMIBAart showcases emerging and internationally recognized Texas-based artists. Co-founder Troy Campa was ecstatic when he found out he had been accepted to showcase.

Campa explained what he was most looking forward to this weekend.

“I am also excited to see some old favorite [artists] such as Rebecca Bennett, Walter Arnold, Carlos Montanaro, and Judy and David Hedblom,” Campa said. “I am also anxious to see what works the other galleries will be presenting, especially Photo Methode Gallery, GrayDUCK Gallery, Devin Borden Gallery, and Art Palace.”

"Public Trust" by Kasumi Chow and Desiree Espada / Photo courtesy of Chow and Espada
“Public Trust” by Kasumi Chow and Desiree Espada / Photo courtesy of Chow and Espada

Artist duo Kasumi Chow and Desiree Espada join the lineup of Texas artists who will exhibit their work. Chow and Espada are photographers who work separately and collaboratively. The Public Trust Gallery will host their artwork “truly, madly,” a series of 12 still-life photographs that reflect on young womanhood.

“They are heavy and simple, with a playful tone. A lopped off ponytail stands on its own upon a bright yellow backdrop, chola-style nails offer fist-fulls of lifeless gelatinous gummy worms, a ring pop is cast off into a glass of champagne,” Espada explained. “These works are not about eternal preservation or nature morte, but rather about unapologetically living in the moment, where humor and sorrow intersect all in the same square. You’ll love them, we swear!”

Partnered with local music nonprofit Black Fret, Art City Austin will provide a lineup of local musicians to play on the Black Fret Music Stage Presented by 93.3 KGSR.

For more information on the artists, musicians, festival hours, and purchasing tickets, see the official website.

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