About The Gallery

Welcome to the 15th annual, 2019 People's Gallery exhibition!


The People’s Gallery is a program of the Economic Development Department’s Cultural Arts Division, and our mission is to promote the excellence of local artistic endeavors in the visual arts, to highlight the unique architecture and dynamic public space of Austin City Hall, and to encourage public dialogue, understanding and enjoyment of visual art.


Fifteen years ago, the program was spearheaded by then Mayor Will Wynn’s wife, Anne Elizabeth Wynn. Since then, The People’s Gallery has exhibited approximately 1,300 artists, and averages about 50% new artists exhibiting each year. This exhibition series provides opportunities for local artists to exhibit their works on City property, and for citizens and tourists to experience Austin’s arts and culture in this premiere public facility.


The 2019 selection panelists were arts professionals, Vy Ngo, Rick Nelson, and Stephanie Sandoval. The exhibition was managed and designed by Exhibition Coordinator Suzanne Burton with assistance from Owen Max Dodgen.


This year approximately 360 artists submitted over 1,200 works for consideration to be included in the exhibition. The artworks submitted were in a wide range of mediums, from a diverse pool of applicants, representative of the ten council districts and many walks of life. From the pool of applicants, 114 were chosen to display 140 works.


After works are recommended, the show is laid out for final review, and installed at the end of January. Each year, on the last Friday of February, The People's Gallery hosts a gallery opening, which is the largest City Hall event of the year.