Courtesy Dougherty Arts Center

Spring forward this month and get energized by exploring these eight exhibits across Austin and beyond. From capturing the absence of sound through painting at the ICOSA Collective with “Silence,” to being inspired by the bold colors of Old Havana architecture in Diana Greenberg’s exhibit at Wally Workman, there’s a lot to awaken the senses. Be charmed by Sarah Bork’s playful photography of drag performers grocery shopping, or take in three Texas artists examination of objects in our everyday lives in “discards vessels fragments” at Cameba Gallery. With an artful spring in your step and an ebullient spirit, you’ll be ready to enjoy March.

ICOSA Collective

“ Silence: Shawn Camp & Sarah Hirneisen” — March 3 through April 1
“Silence” explores the absence of sound where there was sound before. Both Shawn Camp and Sarah Hirneisen use their mediums to make quiet gestures and examine surface quality and texture, with subtle use of color. In Camp’s recent work, ambiguous spatial relationships arise from simple geometric imagery embedded into thickly applied oil paint and reminiscent of landscapes buried under a fresh blanket of snow. Hirneisen is exploring the idea of remnants and looks to transitions that happen in nature when triggered by environmental stressors. She uses the process of casting to freeze a moment in time and pause the process of deterioration.

The Contemporary, Jones Center

“Host: Celeste” — March 3 through August 20
Celeste is an artist duo based in Mexico City formed by María Fernanda Camarena and Gabriel Rosas Alemán. The artists’ collaborative practice centers on explorations of archetypal images and the creation of spaces that are both physical and social. In “Host,” Celeste presents a new textile-abstracted landscape painting, created specifically for the space, as well as two new wall-mounted copper sculptures. The artists take inspiration from the vital history of murals in their hometown of Mexico City, including how these murals have functioned to shape public space and communicate through images. Inspired by narrative therapy, which holds that the stories we tell shape the worlds we inhabit, the artists invite visitors to tell their own stories through the work’s evocative yet open-ended images. The exhibition is conceived as an environment that visitors may enter and activate.

Wally Workman

“Diana Greenberg: Solo Show” — March 4 through 26
The work in this show by Austin artist Diana Greenberg is influenced by Old Havana’s architecture and color, and specifically, the juxtaposition and boldness of color families within a series of neighboring buildings. Of Cuban heritage, Greenberg is intrinsically inspired to explore the visual sense of living there. While working on the small oil and mixed media works for this show, Greenberg was also influenced by Ikebana, or Japanese flower arranging, and the sculptural quality of the arrangements.


“At the Hour” — March 4 through April 3
In “At the Hour,” Forrest Aderholt and El Gonzalez use experiences from their upbringings to investigate how “our indoctrination into massive power structures,” as Aderholt puts it, is rooted in the home and other formative private spaces. Both revisit memories from the past that intertwine with imbalances of power and trauma. Gonzalez does this through material and metaphor, while Aderholt directly repurposes familiar imagery from pop culture, capitalist messaging, biblical allegory, and myth. From two different points of view, these artists are exploring how complex social structures impact us all on a personal level and how the domestic sphere reinforces the sociopolitical.

Dougherty Arts Center

“Sarah Bork: Girls Gotta Eat” — March 4 through April 15
In this series of vibrant cinematic portraits of drag performers grocery shopping viewers are invited to explore “how other is us.” Through Sarah Bork’s playful lens, the grocery store becomes a kaleidoscopic playground of comfort and self-care. These character portraits are paired with handwritten grocery lists and extensive interviews, exploring a nuanced spectrum of identity and experience beyond the traditional gender binary.

Camiba Gallery

“discards vessels fragments” — March 4 through April 15
This exhibit brings together recent work by Texas artists Jason Webb, Benjamin McVey, and Rebecca Rothfus Harrell, examining objects in our everyday lives. Webb spends his Sundays driving through unfamiliar Austin neighborhoods photographing once private possessions, now publicly disowned. San Antonio-based McVey’s new series of paintings of vessels represents the artist’s search for quiet space, simplicity, focus, and purpose in today’s increasingly complex post-pandemic world. And Austin’s Rothfus Harrell documents states of flux across the country — remnants of structures that have a history but no longer serve their intended purpose.


“Sketches for Three Voices” — March 5 through April 16
“Sketches for Three Voices” is an exhibition of new work by artist Francesca Fuchs and a writing collaboration with the artist, poet Joanna Klink, and curator Annette DiMeo Carlozzi. In Fuchs' new paintings and sculptures, female subjects echo and iterate, their imagined arenas ranging from the indeterminate to the fantastic, from domesticity to revolution. The exhibition offers generous suggestions for potential narratives and challenges the collaborators to find new language. Together, they explore Fuchs’ luminous works and the interior and exterior worlds they conjure.

Women & Their Work

Dougherty Arts

Girls Gotta Eat, on display at the Dougherty Arts Center this month.

“Lindy Chambers” — March 25 through May 11
Lindy Chambers transforms the often-overlooked aspects of life to discover an otherwise unseen beauty in the ordinary — in mobile homes, stray dogs, and piles of trash. Chambers says in an artist statement that her work "is inspired by things that l travel by daily. Well maintained lots and acreage yield to plethoras of trash and abandoned vehicles. This is the subject matter l am most drawn to paint.” Her current work is comprised of oil on canvas and board. Chambers says she tries not to use the same color twice: “This forces me to use colors in a different way. The juxtaposition of colors, intensity, and values speak to me. l use what l need.”

Courtesy of Nick Campbell

Accomplished international art advisor creates new collective to shed light on Austin's growing art scene

Art Unites

Nick Campbell wants to be your Austin arts guide. The international art advisor recently announced the formation of an Art Collective membership to inspire and help Austinites navigate the expanding art opportunities in Central Texas as well as offer up exclusive, curated experiences, events, and art outings.

The Collective’s mission is to shine a light on Austin's growing and unique art scene while bringing together a community of art lovers, collectors, and like-minded individuals through creative, curated cultural experiences in the Central Texas region and beyond.

“When I first arrived in Austin and started organizing art talks at Soho House,” Campbell said, “I quickly realized that there were a number of people similar to myself, recent imports, who wanted to get involved in the local art scene but needed to know where to begin. It was then that I had my lightbulb moment. I wanted to create a collective of people who could come together and learn more about the city's art scene, meet new people, and become part of a larger community.”

The idea for the collective grew out of the Campbell Art Advisory, which Campbell first created to source world-class contemporary and emerging art for global clientele in late 2021. Before moving to Austin in 2022 to join his Texas fiancée (now wife, actress Kelly Frye) he founded London's Narcissus Arts consultancy, which opened up the art world to a new generation of collectors by specializing in pieces below $12,000. There, Campbell advised clients who might be new to the world of collecting by helping them navigate the often confusing and intimidating art world by finding works in every medium (paintings, drawings, photography, mixed media, sculpture, kinetic, light installations, textile and interactive) to suit a wide range of budgets, styles and spaces.

Today, Campbell Art Advisory helps clients through every stage of their collections, whether it be a private collector, commercial art project, or corporate collection. And now, Campbell is expanding the Art Advisory and introducing the Campbell Art Collective.

There will be two types of memberships: The Local program, priced at $2,500 annually, will provide various events that Campbell has curated over the course of the year in and around Austin; and The Traveler membership, which goes beyond Austin and includes day trips to Houston and San Antonio. The Traveler is an add-on to the Local membership, starting at an additional $300 per trip.

At these events, members will meet the artists, enjoy private tours of their studios, gain exclusive access to exhibition openings, attend behind-the-scenes viewings of galleries and museums, and receive invitations to private and corporate collections. Anticipated 2023 events include a studio visit with Claire Oswalt inside architect Charles Moore’s former residence; a talk with acclaimed rug designer Kyle Bunting; a private tour of the new Eamon Ore Giron show at the Contemporary Austin; and an exploration of Austin’s best public sculptures. Members can expect to enjoy at least eight events per year.

Campbell also provided CultureMap with a sneak peek of other events planned beyond the initial offering:

“At present I am planning something around Big Medium's annual Open Studio Tour, a trip to New York City during auction season, discussing an event with architecture firms around AIA open house tour, as well as additional visits to galleries and collections,” Campbell says. “I've been fortunate enough to create relationships with the amazing artists and creatives behind Austin's art scene, and I want to give others the opportunity to do the same. At every event, I want people to leave feeling inspired by both the event itself and the community we're building together.”

You may want to make sure your passport is up to date; the Campbell Art Collective is even planning some art inspired field trips outside of the U.S., giving The Traveler members an opportunity to experience cultural events from international art fairs like Art Basel to marquee London auctions.

Only members can catch the inaugural event on March 1 at the Westlake Hills residence of artist and collector Sara Carter; sign up at campbellartcollective.com.

Courtesy of Mexic-Arte

8 Austin exhibits to seduce the senses this February

State of the Arts

Enjoy art to your heart’s content this month in Austin with exhibits that will romance the intellect and seduce the senses. Meagan Hofstetter’s bold colors and intuitive abstract pieces bedazzle at the Dougherty Arts Center, while Candace Hick’s embroidered composition books on canvas emerge from her fascination with learning. Cowboys and horses with a dash of Banksy-influence dot Brandon Owen’s canvases at Vaughn Gallery, and a show at the Blanton explores artists and their “Day Jobs." Get fired up and inspired with these opportunities and more this February.

Camiba Gallery

“EXISTENCIA: Daniel Rodríguez Collazo and Edgardo Kerlegand” — Now through February 25
“Existencia” or ‘existence' is a reference to the artists’ forms of expression as they relate to the human existence — one on the internal and physical forms of the human figure, and the other on the forms that humans create and exist in. Cuban artist Daniel Rodríguez Collazo’s main interest as a creator is rooted in the observation and analysis of architecture’s powerful connection with the individuals who inhabit it, from its functional to its subjective aspects. Mexican artist Edgardo Kerlegand has always been interested in painting the human figure; the spiritual and the introspective aspect of his subjects characterize much of his work.

Ivester Contemporary

“Understanding Coincidence in the Multiverse: Candace Hicks” — Now through February 25
With a background in book art, Candace Hicks’ work is based on reading fiction. Her latest exhibition features her 8“x10.5” hand embroidered compositions on canvas she calls “Notes for String Theory” as well as her multi-page hand embroidered bookworks, “String Theory." Both of these series focus on literary coincidence and Hicks’ fascination with the phenomenon of learning a new word or hearing about something in particular only to begin seeing it seemingly everywhere or reading the same unique phrase or idea in more than one book in short succession.

Dougherty Arts Center

“Cosmic Garden: Meagan Hofstetter” — Now through March 11
Vibrant and bold colors draw the viewer into Meagan Hofstetter’s "Cosmic Garden" exhibit, which consists of interactive and intuitive abstract resin pieces that seem to be ever changing — depending on the lighting and distance. Also at the Dougherty, “Between You and Me” features new paintings by Kat Spears and “Dreamscapes” by Caroline Walker.

The Fine Arts Gallery at Southwestern University

“Irresistible Revolutions” — Now through March 10
"Irresistible Revolutions" celebrates collective rest, dreaming, play, pleasure, and care as empowering, embodied practices that actively create the worlds we truly desire to live in together. The exhibition features artists whose works point to mindsets, rituals, and relationships that resist the everyday violence of white supremacy, capitalism, and cisheteropatriarchy, shifting us toward paradigms of healing and connection.

Vaughn Gallery

“Of all the things I’ve ever known: Brandon Owen” — February 9 through 28
Drawing on his memories of a rural childhood, teen years spent skateboarding, and two tours of duty in Afghanistan, Owen's newest body of work is a labor of love created while awaiting the birth of his first child. “Now I want to be more delicate and more precise with what I am trying to accomplish. I’m more concerned with making meaningful and interesting pieces,” Owen says in an artist statement. By combining his intuitive, illustrative instincts with the cowboy influences of his youth, filtered through a lifetime of graphic design, Owen produces pieces stripped down to their essential element. With works ranging from quilts to CNC cut wall reliefs, this collection of work reflects the material influences of the South and the Old West.

Cloud Tree Studios & Gallery

“I C U: New Works by Heyd Fontenot” — February 10 through 26
Longtime Austin resident and interdisciplinary artist Heyd Fontenot returns to Texas after a lengthy artist’s residency on the Atlantic coast of Newfoundland, Canada. He brings with him a collection of freshly minted drawings and large scale paintings never before exhibited in Austin. Fontenot’s stylized nude portraits are prized for their beautiful draftsmanship and unexpected humor, and his artwork focusing on the human figure has been widely exhibited for more than 20 years. Within the sex-saturated psyche of American culture, the artist combats both religious dogma and conservative hypocrisy to celebrate humanity in all of its lovely imperfection. With “I C U”, Fontenot continues to explore the human form and experiment with immersive installation.

Blanton Museum of Art

“Day Jobs” — February 19 through July 23
One of the typical measures of success for artists is the ability to quit their day jobs and focus on making art full time. Yet these roles are not always an impediment to an artist’s career. This exhibition illuminates how day jobs can spur creative growth by providing artists with unexpected new materials and methods, working knowledge of a specific industry that becomes an area of artistic interest or critique, or a predictable structure that opens space for unpredictable ideas. “Day Jobs” is dedicated to demystifying artistic production and upending the stubborn myth of the artist sequestered in their studio, waiting for inspiration to strike. The exhibition will make clear that much of what has determined the course of modern and contemporary art history are unexpected moments spurred by pragmatic choices, rather than dramatic epiphanies.


“Mix ‘n’ Mash: Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul” — February 24 through March 19
This group exhibition explores the theme of food from over 200 artists, from its ability to lift the spirit and bring communities together to the traditions that are passed from one generation to the next, bringing us closer to our history and our families. Food preparation also has as much creative potential as any traditional media (painting, drawing, sculpting, etc.). “Alimento para el alma / Food for the soul” celebrates the variety of foods interpreted by artists.

Courtesy of Mexic-Arte

"Mix n Mash: Alimento para el alma / Food for the Soul" at Mexic-Arte this February.

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Texas rises through the ranks of most innovative states, says new report


The Lone Star State has again taken a step up on an annual report that ranks the most and least innovative states in the country — this time cracking the top 15.

Texas ranked No. 15 in personal finance site WalletHub's 2023’s Most and Least Innovative States ranking. It's a steady improvement for the state, which ranked No. 16 in 2022 and No. 17 in 2021.

The report analyzed the 50 states and the District of Columbia and how each performed across 22 key metrics, including population of STEM professionals, venture capital investment activity, number of technology companies, patents per capita, and more. The data was pulled from the U.S. Census Bureau, Bureau of Labor Statistics, National Science Foundation, National Center for Education Statistics, United States Patent and Trademark Office, and other records.

Here's how Texas performed at a glance:

  • No. 18 – for share of STEM professionals
  • No. 16 – for projected STEM job demand by 2030
  • No. 25 – for eighth grade math and science performance
  • No. 21 – for share of science and engineering graduates aged 25 or older
  • No. 13 – for share of technology companies
  • No. 31 – for R&D spending per capita
  • No. 18 – venture capital funding per capita

For the 11th year, Texas won Site Selection Magazine's Governor's Cup, the governor's office announced earlier this year. The award, which Texas has won 19 times since its inception in 1978, recognizes the nation’s top-performing state for job-creating business relocations and expansions.

"Texas truly is America’s economic engine, and we stand apart as a model for the nation. When choosing where to relocate or expand their businesses, more and more innovative industry leaders find themselves at home in our state," Governor Greg Abbott says in a news release about the award.

"I congratulate the exceptional economic development teams at the local, regional, and state level who have worked so diligently to attract and retain these growing businesses and the jobs they create in diverse communities across this great state," he continues.

The most innovative states included the District of Columbia, which ranked at No. 1, followed by Massachusetts, Washington, Maryland, and California, respectively. The least innovative state was identified as Mississippi, followed by Louisiana, North Dakota, West Virginia, and Arkansas, respectively.

Source: WalletHub

Access to quality education is a significant contributor to each state's innovation economy, the experts say in the report.

"Investing in education, particularly K-12 but also at the University level, it is no accident that innovative ecosystems develop in states with strong education systems and research universities," says David L. Deeds, professor at the University of St. Thomas in Minneapolis. "These institutions build strong capable modern workforces that attract capital, and jobs and create innovations. The benefits do not happen overnight, in fact, they take years if not decades, but consider what The UC’s or the University of Texas at Austin have meant for the development of premier innovative ecosystems."

Austin's meat palace Fogo de Chao expands its menu with new plant-based options

Vegan News

Well, here's a twist: Fogo de Chão, the churrascuria-style restaurant concept from Brazil known for its dedication to meat, is expanding its menu in an unprecedented new direction: They're adding tofu.

Effective immediately, the restaurant will offer new plant-based and nutrient-dense dishes, alongside an enhanced Bar Fogo beverage list that has new non-alcoholic craft cocktails made with low-proof spirits (less than 0.5 percent alcohol).

Fogo CEO Barry McGowan says in a release that they're responding to demand from their younger, more health-conscious customers.

"Our young and dynamic guests consider themselves food explorers who seek new culinary discoveries with each visit,” McGowan says. “For nearly 45 years we’ve had nutrient-dense and plant-forward dining options for every occasion and dietary tribe throughour Market Table. With the rollout of our new dining choices and clean cocktails, we continue to offer our guests the variety and discoveries they crave while doing it in a wholesome and flavorful way.”

The Market Table is their famed salad bar, which has sated many a vegetarian diner or else those just not up for the whole skewered meat thing that is a trademark of Fogo and other churrascuria-style places.

Two new plant-based innovations will join Fogo's existing Vegetarian and Pescatarian dishes such as the Cauliflower Steak, and will be available on the main dining menu available for lunch, brunch, and dinner as an alternative to the Full Churrasco Experience, as follows:

  • Seared Tofu with Miso Black Bean Pasta - Chimichurri-marinated tofu served atop black bean pasta sautéed with green onion, Napa cabbage, pickled onions and carrot ginger-miso dressing. Vegan and gluten-free.
  • Roasted Power Vegetable Bowl - Roasted eggplant, marinated mushrooms, roasted zucchini, asparagus, and baby peppers served with chimichurri spinach rice. Vegan and gluten-free.

togo power bowlRoasted Power Vegetable Bowl at Fogo de Chao.Photo courtesy of Fogo de Chao

They're also rolling out new dishes on the Market Table which for the past 45 years has showcased nutrient-dense and flavorful choices including seasonal salads, micro greens, natural and plant-based proteins, imported charcuterie, and more.

New items on the Market Table are as follows:

  • Spring Hummus - Fresh hummus blended with herbs, roasted garlic and citrus, topped with radish, fresh mint, edamame, and olive oil.
  • Baby Kale & Mango Salad - Fresh baby kale, Napa cabbage, red radish and mango, tossed in a lime honey dressing.
  • Miso Black Bean Pasta - Gluten-free black bean pasta tossed with green onion, Napa cabbage, pickled onions and carrot ginger-miso dressing.
  • Apple Manchego Salad - Granny Smith apples and Manchego cheese tossed with honey, cracked pepper and black mission figs.
  • Power Greens - A seasonal mix of vitamin-rich greens, fresh herbs and micro-shoots

The Bar
The Bar Fogo menu now features five new cocktails, including three made with Clean Co’s non-alcoholic spirits with less than 0.5% alcohol, as follows:

  • Yellowbird - Desolas Mezcal, Passion Fruit, Pineapple, Cointreau, La Marca Prosecco
  • Espresso Martini - Diplomatico Reserva Rum, Caffe Borghetti and Licor 43
  • Clean Cosmo - CleanCo V (Vodka) Apple, Cranberry, Fresh Lemon
  • CleanR Sour - CleanCo R (Rum), Passionfruit, Pineapple, Aquafaba, Bitters
  • Clean Cucumber Martini - CleanCo V (Vodka) Apple, Cucumber, Basil, Lemon Twist

Founded in southern Brazil in 1979, Fogo has seven other locations across Texas: Addison, Uptown Dallas, Plano, Friendswood, Houston, San Antonio, and The Woodlands.

City of Austin spikes weekend parking rates at Zilker Park

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Starting May 1, one of Austin's most popular parks will be increasing parking prices and start charging for parking in lots that were previously free.

At Zilker Park, the parking lots that currently charge $5 for parking will be increased to $7 from May 1 through Labor Day.

The parking lot off of Stratford Road, just north of the Zilker Botanical Garden, and the South Barton Springs Pool parking lot, near Azie Morton Road, will start charging $7 on the weekends and holidays.

Both of these parking lots were havens for visitors and residents alike, as they were free to park. Park visitors like P.K. Luangsingotha liked that parking was free at the lot off Stratford. Luangsingotha said he is not happy that he will have to start paying to park.

"I believe people should be out enjoying the parks, the sunlight, et. cetera, and not have to [pay]. I mean, the City is already making so much money as it [is]. Now trying to tax people more on parking — I think it’s kind of unfair. Just my opinion," Luangsingotha said.

Hailey Adams, an Austin resident, also enjoys coming to Zilker and the free parking near Stratford with her dog. Come May, Adams may adjust the activities she participates in at Zilker due to the cost of parking.

“I definitely want more of a [full-day] activity, versus sometimes [coming] for 30 minutes," Adams said.

The Austin Parks and Recreation Department said it hopes charging at the parking lots will help with traffic issues.


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