The People’s Gallery is a year-long exhibit presented in Austin City Hall. It showcases the work of regional artists and encourages public dialogue, appreciation and enjoyment of visual art. Each year, the Cultural Arts Division issues a call for artworks to Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations, and presents works by over 100 local artists.
This year’s exhibit features over 125 artworks in a wide array of media — paintings, sculptures, drawings and other media. The 2018 selection panelists were arts educator and artist Teruko Nimura; artist and Preparator (Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin) John Sager; and artist and Professor of Art, St. Edward’s University Tammie Rubin.
The People’s Gallery is holding its opening reception at City Hall on Friday, February 23 at 6:00-9:00pm. This event is free and open to the public and is a great opportunity to meet the participating artists. Light refreshments will be served, and live music will be provided by the Austin Community Steelband. Remarks by Austin Mayor Steve Adler and others will begin at 6:30pm. Limited parking is available in the City Hall garage and will be validated.
If you are unable to attend the opening, the exhibit is on full display during normal City Hall business hours (8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday). Admission is always free. The 2018 exhibition will remain on display through January 1, 2019.
Gallery visitors are encouraged to vote for their favorite artwork. The winner receives the “People’s Choice” award and their artwork is added to the City’s permanent collection. Ballots for the 2018 People’s Choice will be available during the opening reception on February 23, and during normal exhibition hours through October 26, 2018. The People’s Choice award for the 2017 recipient will be presented at the opening reception at 6:30 p.m.
Cover photo images: (left to right) Dave McClinton, Monica Mohnot, Nicole Jeffords