Fourteenth Annual Exhibition opens February 23; Features over 125 Artworks
The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, announces the opening of the 14th annual People’s Gallery exhibition at Austin City Hall. The presentation will feature a wide array of painting, sculpture, drawing and other media by 102 artists from across the Austin area. The public is invited to an opening reception Friday, February 23, 6 to 9 p.m., to view artworks throughout City Hall, meet the participating artists, and to enjoy light refreshments and live music by the Austin Community Steelband. Remarks by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and others will begin at 6:30 p.m. Limited parking is available in the City Hall garage and will be validated; however, visitors are encouraged to walk, bike, or use public transportation.
The People’s Gallery 2018 Opening Reception
When: Friday, February 23, 6-9 p.m.
Where: Austin City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street
Free and open to the public
The People’s Gallery is designed to showcase the work of regional artists and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations. This year, approximately 1,300 entries were submitted by more than 320 local artists.
The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward's University Tammie Rubin.
Each year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite artwork in the exhibition, and a “People’s Choice” is selected from among the top-voted artworks to be purchased and added to the City’s permanent collection. Ballots for the 2018 People’s Choice will be available during the opening reception on February 23, and during normal exhibition hours through October 26, 2018. The People’s Choice award for the 2017 recipient will be presented at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m.
Visitors to City Hall can view the People’s Gallery during regular building hours, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday – Friday. Admission is always free. The 2018 exhibition will remain on display through January 1, 2019.
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 www.austincreates.com.
Images: (left to right) Dave McClinton, Monica Mohnot, Rachelle Diaz, B Shawn Cox