The People’s Gallery: 2016

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The 2016 People’s Gallery is now on display at Austin City Hall. This 12th annual exhibition features over 150 pieces created by about 100 local artists. Through October 30, you can visit City Hall and vote for your three favorite pieces. The city will then buy the winning artwork to add to their permanent collection. Don’t let me influence your ballot, but here are some entries which caught my eye…

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Creek Show

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Taking advantage of the mild-for-November weather, Bill and I decided to visit the Creek Show, an outdoor art exhibit sponsored by the Waller Creek Conservancy. Waller Creek is a 1.5 mile stream running north-to-south from the UT campus to Lady Bird Lake. Five light installations are set up along the banks between Fifth and Ninth Streets.

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The Peoples Gallery: 2015

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Each year the City of Austin sponsors an exhibition called The People’s Gallery inside our City Hall building. The exhibition also includes a contest where visitors can vote for their three favorite pieces. The top vote-getter will be announced early next year and purchased by the city for their permanent collection. The contest ended in October, but the exhibition continues until January 7, 2016.

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Public Art Eye Candy

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New works of art, including this mural in the Second Street District, have recently popped up around downtown. Given all the new construction projects, this is not surprising. Austin has a city ordinance that requires that “2% of eligible capital improvement project budgets are allocated to commission or purchase art for that site.” Some pieces are privately owned/funded, but most of the city’s public art is under the oversight of the Art in Public Places program.

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