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Cultural Arts Division Announces Art After Six Lecture Series

Program Retooled to Feature Discussions on Specific Themes

City of Austin Economic DevelopmentAUSTIN, TX— March 28, 2017—The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, part of the Economic Development Department, announces a new iteration of the popular Art After Six lecture series. Developed in 2012 in conjunction with the City’s annual People’s Gallery exhibition, the program has historically featured presentations on the artwork of select People’s Gallery artists. In an expansion of the series, to better engage audiences and address topical issues pertinent to arts and culture, Art After Six will now explore specific themes via panel discussions with artists from the exhibition. The program will be held March – October on select Friday evenings at 6PM at Austin City Hall (201 West Second Street). The event is free and open to all, and parking will be validated for the City Hall garage.

The first, and very timely, program will investigate Art and Politics. Participating artists include Augustine Chavez, Starla Halfmann and Austin Sayre, in a discussion moderated by Suzanne Burton, Exhibition Coordinator for the People’s Gallery.

The complete schedule for 2017 is as follows:

March 31
Art and Politics
Augustine Chavez, Starla Halfmann, Austin Sayre
A look at the role of art and artists in recording and navigating politics

April 28, 2017
Photography Showdown: Digital vs Analog
Greg Davis, Carol Hayman, Kirk Marsh
Exploring the pros and cons (and processes) of digital vs analog photography

May 26, 2017
Painting as Process
Hollyanna Melear, Chun Hui Pak, Stephanie Sandoval
A look at the varied processes that painters employ to develop their work, from rituals or systems they use, to preparation of materials

June 30, 2017
Symbolism
Terri St. Arnauld & Frank Yezer, JoAnna Johnson, and John Seager
Exploring why and how artists incorporate symbolism into their work and how viewers can navigate it

July 28
Inspired by Nature
Jennifer Hill, Greta Olivas, Daniel Rivera
A look at how nature has historically served as one of artists’ greatest sources of inspiration

August 25
The Eyes of Texas
Gerard Juarez and John Lockhart
Looking at the work of photographers who capture different sides of the Lone Star State

September 29
Mixed Bag
Larry Akers, Rehab Elsadek, Jennifer Chenoweth and Jennifer Beth Guerin
A look at the use of mixed media in artmaking, including how it differs from using a single medium and its inherent challenges/advantages

Programs run from 6-8PM at Austin City Hall (201 West 2nd street) and are free and open to all. Following each program, visitors are invited to explore the People’s Gallery exhibition, in a special “off hours” viewing.  Parking will be validated at the City Hall garage. (Visitors are asked to advise the parking attendant on duty that they are at City Hall for Art After Six.)
More at austintexas.gov/artraftersix

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City of Austin Cultural Arts Division
The Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department provides leadership and management for the City’s cultural arts programs and for the development of arts and cultural industries. The Cultural Arts Division is responsible for the Cultural Arts Funding Programs, Art in Public Places Program, community-based arts development, and programs to assist the development of film and creative industries in Austin.

The Art in Public Places Program (AIPP) acquires and maintains works of art for City facilities and parks through commissions, donations, and loans for the cultural enrichment of Austin’s community. For more information, visit www.austincreates.com.

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