CELEBRATING VISUAL ART
Each year the Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department presents the People’s Gallery exhibition, designed to showcase regional artistic endeavors and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of the visual arts. Since 2005, Austin City Hall has been an annual showcase for works by Austin-area artists. The goal of the program is to present a series of exhibitions that reflect the artistic excellence and diversity of Austin and promote the City’s cultural and economic initiatives. The works presented span a range of sensibilities and materials while holding to a high standard of quality in the field. The success of this program would not be possible without the Austin artists, galleries, and collectors, who generously loan their pieces to the exhibition for the enjoyment of residents and visitors.
FEATURED THIS YEAR
The 2020 exhibition presents works by over 100 artists. A panel of arts professionals reviewed over 1,275 entries, submitted by over 330 local artists and arts organizations.
The 2020 exhibition includes a special selection of 2D artworks from the organization Arc of the Capital Area, located on the first floor. The Arc of the Capital Area, a nonprofit organization, is committed to empowering Central Texans with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families, through compassionate case management and innovative programs. The Art Education and Gallery program at The Arc of the Capital area supports individuals they serve, to explore artistic mediums and create artwork that is professionally shown and sold at art shows, local businesses, and online.
A diverse panel of three local visual arts professionals served as the jury this year: Meena Matocha, Dave McClinton, and Kemi Yemi-Ese. The exhibition was managed and designed by Exhibit Coordinator Suzanne Burton, with assistance from Penny Rodriguez, and the Cultural Arts Division Staff.
THE PEOPLE’S CHOICE
Each year the public is invited to vote for their favorite artworks! Gallery visitors can submit their top three choices by paper ballot. The ballots and ballot box are located in the second floor lobby of City Hall. Each person is allowed only one ballot, and no anonymous ballots will be accepted. “The People’s Choice” is selected from among the top-recommended artworks each year. Previous People’s Choice artworks are ineligible for this year’s vote. Voting ends October 30th, 2020, and the winner will be announced at the opening reception of the 2021 People’s Gallery exhibition.