Austin Central Library presents "On Water" opening day

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"On Water" opening day
Elizabeth Chiles, Figs from Thistles (no. 2), 2013 Photo by Elizabeth Chiles

Austin's Central Library will present "On Water," a solo exhibition featuring 14 large scale photographs and photographic collages by artist Elizabeth Chiles. Presented in the library's main gallery, "On Water" showcases two series of Chiles' work, many of which are on public display for the first time: Figs from Thistles, created in 2013 during the worst Texas drought in over a century, and On Water, created in 2018 during months of historic flooding along the Colorado River.

Chiles’ photographs, taken throughout Texas state parks and along the Colorado River, capture the local environment at two extremes, prompting viewers to both appreciate its natural beauty and consider its long-term sustainability. Dried native grasses and improbably hopeful wildflowers are juxtaposed with lush plant life and vivid colors, revealing how water - or the lack thereof - has the ability to shape our surrounding landscape.

Following the opening day, the exhibit will be on display until August 19.

Event Details



Austin Central Library
710 W. Cesar Chavez St.
Austin, TX 78701

Ticket Info

Admission is free.