Austin Seeking Artist

East Austin film studios looking for artists to lead public art project

East Austin film studios looking for artist to lead public art project

Austin Studios Red Building
Outside of the "Red Building" at Austin Studios. Courtesy of flickr.com/carolee
Austin Studios Expansion Plans
Plans for the Austin Studios Expansion, including taking over the old National Guard Building. Courtesy of Austin Film Society
Austin Studios
View from inside one of the studio spaces at Austin Studios. Courtesy of Austin Film Society
Austin Studios Red Building
Austin Studios Expansion Plans
Austin Studios

The City of Austin is looking to commission public artwork for the new Austin Studios expansion.

According to an announcement from the city, the City of Austin is looking for a Texas-based artist or a team that can work with a $95,000 budget to “create an innovative, engaging and unique work of contemporary art for the public that reflects the [Austin Film Society] mission and personality.”

Austin Studios is owned and operated by the nonprofit Austin Film Society in conjunction with the city. It’s currently a collection of buildings and studio spaces on East 51st Street, but will grow to include more studio and office space beginning next year.

Expansion and renovation of Austin Studios was approved in November of 2012 when Austin voters said yes to the proposed $5.4 million bond package. Additions to the AFS campus include the former National Guard Armory, which will now be the “Creative Media Hub.” Part of this renovation includes finding a visionary artist — or artists — to create a series of art pieces for the new space.

Lone artists or a creative groups (who live or work in Texas) are eligible to apply for the project. The deadline to apply is October 30 by 5 pm and AFS will be hosting an Artist Information Meeting on October 9 for anyone seeking more understanding of the project and the vision.