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KVUE — From tens of thousands of entries from around the world, 100 aspiring designers, architects, DIYers, and makers from more than 20 countries and regions have been chosen to bring their unique space ideas to life as part of the $10,000,000 Airbnb OMG! Fund.

One of those winners is Tracey Stabile, director of the Central Texas Pig Rescue (CTPR) in Austin. Tracey and Dan Illescas, founders of Central Texas Pig Rescue, will receive up to $100,000 to create a one-of-a-kind pig-shaped guest space. Over the course of the next 10 months, they will design, construct, and outfit the space to be guest-ready by summer 2023.

"Basically the OMG! Fund contest was a way for people to be really playful and kind of invent a really cool dwelling that would be something that's totally notable to people and be a destination," said Stabile.

Stabile said Airbnb left all of the freedom of creativity up to them. They went through several rounds of design and planning and review.

"Each step of the way, we were like, 'We're one step closer.' It was very exciting. Just getting those emails at each milestone and seeing that we were actually contenders in this contest. Then the fact that we, of course, won and now we're going to be able to build this amazing thing that we absolutely never would have been able to build under other circumstances. It's just an amazing opportunity," stated Stabile.

Stabile said she wanted to build something that was a little bit unpredictable and wanted to avoid some of the shapes that people might expect. The current pig sanctuary in Smithville, about 45 minutes outside of Austin, is home to over 200 pigs that were saved from abandonment. The sanctuary houses a mix of all different types of pigs, mostly potbellied pigs, and is 100 percent volunteer run and 100 percent donation based.

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Draft 'Vision Plan' for Zilker Park unveils land bridge and more possibilities

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Austinites are overflowing with opinions about how the city should be evolving, and now they have a chance to apply those thoughts toward the city’s oldest park and most central public space. On November 15, the Austin Parks and Recreation Department released a draft vision plan for the future of Zilker Park, which is open to community comments through January 8, 2023.

Officially titled the “draft Zilker Park Vision Plan document and map,” it sounds broad, because it is. The goal of the plan is to “establish a guiding framework for the restoration and future development of Zilker Metropolitan Park,” which includes all of its 350 acres. It is the first document to tackle this initiative in its entirety, and it emphasizes the need for community feedback.

It is important to note that Zilker Park does not just refer to the Great Lawn, the open space that hosts Austin City Limits Music Festival, which has relatively little structure and programming compared to the surrounding park and facilities. A map on a separate web page shows all the proposed areas in one place.

“One can think of Zilker Park as a complicated puzzle of elements that need to come together to create a holistic park. The decisions made for one element have impacts for the other aspects of the park — from ecological uplift to transportation initiatives to cultural programs and policies,” states a summary in the plan. “It is also important to acknowledge that the plan needs to solve the challenges faced today, but allow for innovative solutions to address climate change, transportation, and generally being a park for a thriving, growing city … the plan needs to think 100 years forward to plan for a sustainable, thriving park."

The 207-page document outlines the history of the park, goals and obstacles concerning ecology and equity, and relevant financial data. Although most of the document is context and sharing past outreach findings, Chapter Six contains the proposed changes, “based fully on the community outreach and stakeholder conversations that have taken place over the course of the planning process.”

Highlights of the vision plan include:

Zilker Land Bridge
Perhaps the most conspicuous change to visitors, if it is implemented, would be the Zilker Land Bridge. Inspired by the land bridge under construction at Houston’s Memorial Park (much larger than Zilker at 1,500 acres), this idea garnered 74 percent approval in the fifth and most recently published survey.

“The land bridge will stitch the park back together by joining the north and south sides of the park with an underground parking garage,” says the summary of the feature. An illustration shows it wrapping over Barton Springs Road, connecting the Great Lawn to proposed areas south of the road including a new Zilker Hillside Theater, a sports area, and a welcome plaza along Barton Creek. Another proposed change would reduce the road to one lane in each direction.

Zilker Land Bridge The proposed Zilker Land Bridge. Courtesy rendering

"Ecological Uplift"
The phrase “ecological uplift” appears often in the document (20 times), referring to the possibility of one day reducing parking areas, improving spacing of access points to Barton Creek, and turning landfill areas from contamination hazards to biodiverse park space.

Visitors will recognize one of these landfill areas as the dusty overflow parking behind the Zilker Botanical Garden. Participants in the surveys that informed this document expressed interest in removing waste or adding soil, and the plan illustrated a wooded and meadow area to replace these. As readers can imagine, ecological uplift is a primary concern with too many proposed solutions to summarize, but the document specifies 91 acres to undergo some type of uplifting treatment.

Ecological Uplift Zilker Park Proposed "Ecological Uplift" on landfill area.Courtesy rendering

Parking garage
Any Austinite that has driven to and from Zilker Park has likely spent hours slumped behind the steering wheel waiting for other drivers to clear out, or circling the free parking lots. The change most Austinites have responded to in the first 24 hours of comments is a proposed parking garage. It would be located “on the east side or under MoPac” and service “Zilker Botanical Garden, Austin Nature and Science Center, the new Rowing Dock, and the Ann and Roy Butler Trail.”

Several commenters call for better efforts at encouraging public transportation. (The document contains the word “bus” 20 times and proposes city-monitored “triggers” that would allow for parking areas to be reclaimed as park space, one being the achievement of 15-minute-or-less bus arrivals.)

Zilker Park vision plan The proposed Zilker Park Vision Plan.Courtesy graphic

A concern it is difficult for the plan to address is local discomfort with change and overdeveloping a piece of land that feels, to many, like one of the only parts of the city that isn’t subject to the urbanization of the surrounding city.

“I don't know if we need a sports field and playscapes on the south side,” wrote one commenter, who on November 16, held the top comment. “I think they will fall into disrepair quickly and one of the cool things about Zilker is that it's open and natural. It doesn't need to be built up for people to enjoy it. [It]'s just natural and open."

Community members are encouraged to share feedback by commenting on the draft plan and the map, taking the surveys on both pages, and meeting the planning team around town. There are community meetings on December 7 (virtual) and 10 (McBeth Recreation Center), plus six pop-ups between November 17 and December 17.

More information about the Zilker Vision Plan, including overviews, important documents, and community schedules, is available at austintexas.gov. Only a small portion of the information available through the plan is reflected in this article.

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How 'Portal Potties' became the unlikely opening installation for Austin's celebrated Creek Show

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Kristen Gunn — one of the only two Creek Show designers not on a company team and, not coincidentally, one of the only two Creek Show designers who stayed up working all night — appears on a video call upside down against an ethereal white background. It looks like she’s calling from bed, but it’s reflective and glittering. Less glamorous than that, it’s a porta potty floor.

Gunn and Laura Salmo, “mom friends,” teamed up to create the most subversive Creek Show installation of 2022 (and possibly its entire history), dropping $10,000 and purposefully marring the entrance to the path with seemingly unremarkable worksite commodes.

This year's Creek Show, running from November 11-20, doesn’t have one official theme, but it's easy to see threads in the use of Day-Glo colors, neon or faux-neon tubing, and lots of reflective light. Waller Creek itself ties everything together, with a clearer path than the more meandering one through the architectural portion of the park in 2021. The water moves under glowing pieces like self-supporting pants under blacklights, giant glowing dragonflies, and abstract shapes.

By nature of following a stream, a visitor is bound to run into liminal spaces. Sculptures are tucked under and around bridges, lit only in the dark, as the water rushes away and tens of thousands of visitors pass. This impermanence takes root in “Portal Potties,” in two ways. First, the inspiration.

“The state of downtown Austin right now is construction,” says Salmo. “I look out here, and all I see is porta potties on every corner. More than Starbucks.” This elicits a surprised laugh from Gunn, who Salmo later scolds for impropriety, offscreen from inside the Portal Potties. Irony abounds. (If the Creek Show has any year-to-year theme, it’s the environment, and Salmo points out that these durable structures are also commonly associated with disaster relief.)

The second liminal element is in the name. During a preview the night before the show opened, Gunn dressed up as a custodian and handed out paper refraction glasses. She manned the single door in the back that opens up into the “portal” — a line of five porta potties with no interior borders, brightly lit and austere inside — invisible from the entrance.

It really does look like a row of temporary event amenities, except that no one walks in the doors spilling white light out toward the entrance. But people do walk out. It is figuratively a portal to an altered mental state, and literally the transition from the regular world to the show.

“[When] I first decided that we wanted to try to put in a bid for the Creek Show this year, I told [Salmo], ‘The only way I want to do the Creek Show is if we get to open the show, and we do something totally insane,” says Gunn. Both women are creative professionals, but this is the team’s first major project together, and it’s not representing a company with resources, tools, and training to build avant-garde structures.

“It's such an honor to have been picked,” she continues. “[The first meeting] was very humbling. Like, ‘I'm an impressive architect! We're the architecture conglomerate of Hootie-Hoo, whatever it is.’ I think of weird things in my hammock in my backyard.”

A stipend from the Creek Show helped, but the Portal Potties went significantly over budget. Gunn calculates the damages as equal to “multiple house payments,” although, at the same time, muttering she does not want to know. In addition to being the underdog team, so to speak, they accidentally chose a nearly impossible task — instead of constructing something from scratch, they learned to alter structures that are designed to be nearly indestructible. (Even a company assembler struggled to fulfill their initial vision.) The portal also had to hold up under 70,000 visitors walking through, by Gunn’s estimate.

Aside from the campy concept and deceptively difficult installation, the Portal Potties are beautiful. Lined with mirrors and diffraction grating, and viewed through disorienting glasses, the portal turns into a high-concept funhouse or a low-budget infinity room. The white light and white walls shimmer with rainbows, and it fully removes the viewer from downtown Austin, before they step out into the show.

The house payments have not gone wildly astray, since the team hopes the structure will be rented out after the show, or perhaps bought by “an eccentric tech millionaire-billionaire.” It’s about the size of two teardrop camper trailers combined, and there’s no place like Austin to toss it up on Airbnb.

In fact, as the team continues working together, Gunn and Salmo are forming grand plans for more immersive works including a house to rent out. Instead of selling tickets to an immersive experience, to be rushed through among strangers, visitors will get to live in the space. Gunn imagines refashioning the Portal Potties as an elevator entrance in the Airbnb house, now a mansion. “What's in the sub-basement of a porta potty? “I guess it would be, like, the rainbow factory.”

The Creek Show is open at Waller Creek through November 20, from 6-8 pm most days. A full schedule and more information about each installation is available at waterloogreenway.org.

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A rendering of the “Portal Potty” installation that comes to life at Creek Show.

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5 things to know right now in Austin food: Anticipated rooftop restaurant opens at Lady Bird Lake

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Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

Nido, the much-anticipated rooftop restaurant on top of The Loren at Lady Bird Lake, is finally open for breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner, starting Thursday, October 20. A press release makes an old-fashioned claim in a city obsessed with being different: Nido will “focus on classic technique, offering a sense of familiarity to diners.” This hotel restaurant is high class, high above the city, and looks the part. Dinner menu highlights include kabocha squash beignets, wild mushrooms with sourdough fusilli, and Texas pork belly. The cocktail menu offers up more classics with interesting twists, like “Mule Variations” with Desert Door sotol. Reserve on Opentable.

Other news and notes

Biscuit shop Little Ola's is turning one year old. To celebrate, it’s giving away one ticket for free biscuit sandwiches every day for a year. (It lists this as a $3,700 value, if you can actually make it there daily.) Check out the Instagram post and follow the directions to sign up to win. No purchase is necessary. The restaurant is also transitioning to 7-day-a-week service, so customers can enjoy chicken sandwiches, breakfast, and sweet treats all week.

A virtual pie auction with a cause — getting Austin-area students the funds they need for culinary programs — is going on now through October 27. The Piehole Project comprises 20 pies by widely recognized local chefs like Aaron Franklin (Brisket Cottage Pie), Abby Love (Buttermilk Grits Pie), and Amanda Turner (Spiced Heirloom Tomato Pie). This is Austin’s first year running the Dallas-born fundraiser. More pies (starting at $95) and bidding at auctria.com.

The Sustainable Food Center (SFC), a nonprofit that supports farmers and families for healthy food access, shares in a press release that “14.4% of people in Travis County experience food insecurity.” On October 21, SFC is sending a team to Meanwhile Brewing to meet the community. Stopping by is free, but supporters who make a recurring donation of at least $5 will get two drink tickets, a pumpkin to decorate on-site, and a raffle entry for a Patagonia vest. RSVP at sustainablefoodcenter.org.

If you missed the state fair or just couldn’t get enough, Independence Brewing Co. is throwing a state fair-themed party on October 22, to celebrate 18 years in business. From 3-10 pm that means 18 beer tappings along with carnival foods and games. It would be easy to phone this one in with beer and corn dogs, but this free event is pulling out all the fried food stops from oreos to kimchi pancakes. There’s also live music, screen printing, and CBD drinks. RSVP on Eventbrite.

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Austin ISD rolls out pioneering plan for fully electric school bus fleet

AISD Goes Green

Eco-friendly vehicles are hard to say no to. In fact, the entire board of trustees of the Austin Independent School District (AISD) agreed that buses should go completely electric. It voted to convert the district’s entire bus fleet by 2035.

This pioneering move in Texas has already been in place in Boston, New York, and other U.S. districts. Everman Independent School District, near Fort Worth, was first to purchase the electric vehicles, but Austin sets the state record with a total overhaul.

The buses used currently are diesel, which is used in larger vehicles for power and fewer fill-ups. Electric buses, which tend to be more expensive upfront, rely on batteries that need to recharge, like any electric vehicle. However, electric buses have been in increasingly wider use for years, and have demonstrated savings over time through lower operating costs.

The release lays out a time frame to start turning the fleet over, measured by new purchases of electric vehicles:

  • 2023: 25 percent of new school bus purchases
  • 2027: 50 percent of new school bus purchases
  • 2030: 100 percent of new school bus purchases
  • 2035: No more diesel buses remain

In addition to being cheaper and more environmentally friendly, these buses do not expose their riders to exhaust fumes. This was the top concern listed by local officials, including Mayor Steve Adler, who wrote in requesting a commitment to electric vehicles.

“Austin has long been considered a leader on health and environmental issues in the state, and electric school buses offer an opportunity for AISD to take the lead in protecting our environment, economic interests and the health of our school children,” said communications manager of the TexPIRG Education Fund, Shelley Livaudais, in a press release.

The initial call to action asked the district to set aside funds in its proposed bond on the November ballot. It complied, and plans to use funding from the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), among other government programs specifically for schools to access these vehicles. The EPA has a rebate program, and is expected to announce recipients soon.

“We applaud AISD for prioritizing the health of our children and the sustainability of our planet,” said executive director of the Environment Texas Research and Policy Center, Luke Metzger. “By going electric, the motors on the bus will be clean, clean, clean.”

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8 things to know in Austin food right now: New barbecue and beer joint fires up in Sunset Valley

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Editor’s note: We get it. It can be difficult to keep up with the fast pace of Austin’s restaurant and bar scene. We have you covered with our regular roundup of essential food news.

Openings

Slab BBQ & Beer, known for its piled-high sandwiches, is expanding southward, but not alone. The restaurant and Nomadic Beerworks are teaming up to launch a new location in Sunset Valley, just under the intersection of U.S. 290 and Mopac. A press release describes the new space as “ranch-like,” aiming for the feel of “old school Austin.” The brewing company is starting a cocktail program and periodically switching up what’s on tap from other local brewers. Doors open on October 19 at 6218 Brodie Ln. It will be open Wednesday and Thursday from 4 pm to 9 pm, Friday and Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm, and Sunday from 11 am to 6 pm.

A new Texas-Vietnamese food truck fusion is coming from Chef Bianca Frasier, former sous chef at Foreign & Domestic. Opening on September 30 at Gibson Street Bar (1109 South Lamar Blvd.), Bisous serves Southern classics like corn fritters alongside thit kho, braised pork belly, and eggs. The menu is long by truck standards (five appetizers, four entrees, two desserts), and entrees come on rice or Bao buns. The mission promises to balance "the academics of the culinary arts and the reality of everyday life." Bisous is open Tuesday through Thursday, and Sunday, from 4-11 pm; Friday and Saturday from 4 pm to midnight.

Drive-thru P. Terry’s Burger Stand continues to conquer the Austin area with a new location in Kyle, filling the gap between Austin and San Antonio with a fourth pit stop on I-35. Although P. Terry’s is, when it comes down to it, a fast-food chain, it has thoroughly won Austin over with its local business charm, low prices, and high-quality ingredients (including a house-made vegan burger that blows away any similar efforts). It’s open for business now at 18940 I-35 Frontage Road, from 7 am to 11 pm, extending to midnight on Friday and Saturday.

Other news and notes

Houston-born Local Foods made a splash when it opened a permanent Austin eatery in June, and has come around three months later to launch a brunch service. The restaurant is known for its sandwiches, and they’re not veering far for brunch with a peach and ricotta brioche toast, or a smoked salmon sandwich on rye with house pickles and cream cheese. The brunch menu, along with cocktails, will be served Saturdays and Sundays from 9 am to 3 pm.

Well, it’s time for neighborhood favorite The Well, a very chic nutrition-focused eatery, to kick things up a notch. A new happy hour offers nine dishes in diverse styles including vegan queso, smoked deviled eggs, and peach bruschetta. Weekdays from 4-6 pm, diners can try these discounted plates while enjoying half-off cocktails — made with natural sugars and house-made juices, bitters, and more — and select wines.

If it's hard to tear yourself from your fall-scented front porch now that temperatures have dropped, Favor will bring even more autumnal spirit to you with no delivery fees from October 1-18. Add up to four pumpkins by H-E-B Blooms to your cart to waive the fee and enjoy a variety of seasonal gourds, including carving pumpkins. Soak the seeds and toss them on a baking tray with olive oil and other seasonings for a crunchy snack while you carve.

Fever-Tree, the carbonated mixer maker known for its tonic water, is operating a mobile bartending truck from September 30 to October 2, handing out free mocktails to anyone who wants to try. Well-known bartenders from each neighborhood the truck stops in will make creative, high quality drinks, while handing out free four-packs and totes. Check Instagram to see the truck’s schedule through South Congress, Barton Springs, and East 7th Street.

Field Guide Festival, described as a “local food system festival” is creeping closer this November. An earlier event called At The Pass on October 1 introduces some of the ideas and players at St. John Studios. Chefs Philip Speer, Laura Sawicki, Jo Chan, Fiore Tedesco, Nayan Desai, and Giovanni Pujol are giving demonstrations, home cooking tips, and tastes using local ingredients in a one-night mini-festival from 6-9 pm. Tickets ($100) available on Eventbrite.

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2 trailblazing Texans to be honored with history-making award at Austin museum

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There are many conceptions of Texas around the world, but most can agree that Texans do have a knack for making history. An annual acknowledgement by the Texas State History Museum Foundation (TSHMF) will celebrate the contributions of two very different Texans who used their leadership skills to coordinate huge wins for their respective teams.

Retired Navy Admiral and former University of Texas System Chancellor William H. McRaven and former NFL quarterback Roger Staubach will be honored with the History-Making Texan Award at the 19th Annual Texas Independence Day Dinner, taking place March 2, 2023, at the Bullock Texas State History Museum in Austin.

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The History-Making Texan Award winners will be celebrated at the Bullock on March 2.

McRaven’s contributions and Staubach’s are similar by nature of leading teams — one commanded troops and the other played an integral part in the Dallas Cowboys into a wave of undeniable success — but the similarities mostly stop there.

McRaven led troops to rescue the ransomed Captain Richard Phillips, search for Osama Bin Laden, and ultimately capture Iraqi politician Saddam Hussein. The Four-Star admiral has advised U.S. presidents in his retirement and written several books, mostly imparting wisdom around changing one’s own life, and hopefully the world around them.

Staubach took a more entertainment-based path to greatness, rising to fame as a star player while lifting the rest of the Cowboys with him. The team had nine consecutive winning seasons with Staubach, of 20 total. Aside from giving Texans yet another point of state pride, Staubach spent his retirement and influence on real estate and philanthropy.

“Our recipients reached the pinnacle of accomplishments and eminence in their fields. Importantly, they were selected as honorees based on their personal character and commitment to improving the lives of others,” said dinner chair and TSHMF trustee Lisa Cooley in a press release. “They stand as role models to emulate, and we look forward to sharing their dramatic and inspiring stories with our guests.”

The dinner supports the Bullock Texas State History Museum with ticket sales and underwriting from nearly 500 attendees annually. Austin’s Jan Felts Bullock, wife of Bob Bullock and museum trustee, joins Dallas’ Cooley as honorary chair. In 2022, the award went to pianist James Dick and philanthropist Lyda Hill.

More information about the foundation and the History-Making Texan Award is available at tshmf.org.

SXSW rolls out next round of music showcases for 2023, including 29 Austin artists

300 more

Obviously, 190 music showcases is not enough for South by Southwest. That’s 19 a day? Make it another 301. On December 7, SXSW announced the second round of 2023 showcasing artists, bringing the current total to almost 500 acts performing March 13-18, 2023, in Austin.

Of those newly announced artists, 29 are from Austin, and eight more are from Texas, keeping the local numbers relatively high compared to the whole world. This round contains almost 10 percent Austin bands, while the first round contained nearly 7 percent.

Some of the more widely recognizable Austin acts announced in the second round include:

  • Good Looks: Vocalist and guitarist Tyler Jordan cites an increasingly venerated Austin band, Spoon, as an influence. Good Looks is guitar riff-driven, wistful, and a little Southern in sound.
  • Graham Reynolds (solo), Graham Reynolds & The Golden Arm Trio: A prolific composer and bandleader, Reynolds’ name pops up all over Austin films and awards ceremonies. He appears solo and with an eclectic jazz trio.
  • Kalu & The Electric Joint: Frontman Kalu James arrived in Austin from Nigeria at 18 and has made a strong name for himself (and guitarist Jonathan “JT” Holt) through psychedelic, vaguely jazzy, and decidedly funky jams.
  • Pleasure Venom: One of the rawest acts in town, Pleasure Venom is well-known for punk hits (and honest takes) that don’t hold back. The band is consistently making news between lots of live shows and festival appearances.
  • Primo the Alien: Solo artist and producer Primo the Alien is bringing the 80s back with synthy electro-pop. She attaches it all to a double persona that’s both candid on social media and a delivery system for sensory overload onstage.
  • The Tiarras: A triple-threat band of sisters, The Tiarras are always thinking about family and stepping into their power. They’ve tackled topics like lesbian and Latina representation, and although they’re young, they’re seasoned pros.

The remaining Austin bands in the second round are: Andrea Magee, Big Wy's Brass Band, Billy King & The Bad Bad Bad, Caleb De Casper, Daiistar, Del Castillo, El Combo Oscuro, Font, JM Stevens, Johnny Chops, Marshall Hood, Otis Wilkins, Pink Nasty Meets El Cento, Rett Smith, Rod Gatort, Schatzi, Shooks, S.L. Houser, The Tender Things, Thor & Friends, Trouble in The Streets, and West Texas Exiles.

Showcases are the base unit of the SXSW music experience, so to speak. They may be solo or part of a multi-day affair, especially when sponsored by large entities like Rolling Stone. Attendees with music wristbands get priority, but all wristbands get access if space remains.

Even as the lineup seems to bulge at the seams, a press release states that there are more to come. A full schedule of showcasing artists, where users can select events for their customized schedule, is available at schedule.sxsw.com.

Austin's Central Library announces open call for artists for future gallery exhibits

Beyond Books

People can learn a lot at the library. Besides all the books, magazines, online resources, and in-person programming, Austinites enjoy a buffet of rotating art exhibits that populate the gallery at the Central Library downtown, publicizing local artists and teaching visitors about the culture around them.

Now the ever-changing Austin Public Library is looking for another new exhibit sometime in 2024 between January and September, and inviting artists to apply through February 28.

Good news for artists who crave freedom, and frustrating news for artists who love something to bounce off of: This engagement offers few to no parameters. There is no explicit theme, but the library does claim a mission in a press release about the call for artists.

“The mission of the Central Library Gallery is to support local artists and art communities, raise awareness of contemporary and diverse forms of art, and to provide exhibitions in which a wide variety of identities and interests are represented,” said the release.

The Central Library website lists four current exhibitions: Hannah Hannah lends some expressionist portraits, Release the Puppets tells stories in a classic and playful medium, the Austin American-Statesman explores Austin communities of color through photographs, and a traveling exhibition documents Pride parades of the past.

The call is addressed to “artists, collectives, curators and beyond,” further widening the possibilities, but still restricting them to applicants residing in Texas. Applicants should consider the size of the gallery (2,700 square feet) and a few logistical stipulations, including that pieces may not be hung from the ceiling, and that walls may be painted.

When the jury — made up of local artists and others in the industry — announces a winning proposal in March 2023, the artist will be offered a stipend to complete the work. All project costs are the exhibitor’s responsibility, so this stipend is not unlike an advance, except that the project will not continue to generate revenue at the library.

Applications are open now through 11:59 pm on February 28, 2023. Applicants may make their proposals via submittable.com.