Application Deadline Has Been Extended to: 5:00 P.M., Sunday, October 27, 2019!   

No submission fees, always free to apply.


Summary

The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department is pleased to announce its 16th annual, 2020 exhibition at Austin City Hall! 

Located on the first three floors of City Hall, the People’s Gallery is part of an ongoing Cultural Arts Exhibition Series to showcase local and regional artistic endeavors and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. The exhibition is designed to reflect the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of Austin and to promote the City’s cultural and economic initiatives. A high-visibility venue, City Hall hosts over 210,000 visitors each year.

Exhibition Dates: February 28, 2020 – January 1, 2021

Eligibility

Professional artists over 18 years of age, who live or work in the Austin area (within Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, or Williamson Counties), or visual arts organizations in Austin, are eligible to apply. All mediums are welcome, including media arts submissions!

*City of Austin Economic Development Department staff members are ineligible to apply. Other City staff members are eligible to apply, but may not offer their works for sale.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit an artist resume (3 pages maximum) and up to FIVE artworks available for loan for the duration of the exhibition.

For each artwork entry, the following information is required:

  • One image or video file.  Include your name and the artwork title in each uploaded file's name, numbered by the order in which submitted.

EXAMPLES: 

First piece submitted: 01-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg 

Second piece submitted: 02-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg 

Third piece submitted: 03-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg 

Fourth piece submitted: 04-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg 

Fifth piece submitted: 05-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg 

  • Resume (Maximum of 3 pages).  
  • A brief artist statement for each entry. If accepted, each work will be accompanied by a label which lists your statement.
  • Title, Medium, Year of Completion, Dimensions, Insurance value, whether the piece is available for sale, and if it is for indoor or outdoor display.

* If proposals of artwork are submitted for consideration, final acceptance for inclusion in the exhibition will be subject to review and approval of the completed work of art.

Please, DO NOT send applications by e-mail or by postal mail. We are only accepting submissions through this site.

The City of Austin seeks 2- and 3- dimensional artworks in any medium by Austin-area visual artists or from Austin galleries or visual arts organizations. Video files must be representative of time or movement-based works. If accepted, the video must be accompanied by appropriate audio and video equipment. The in-house video screens are not available for use as part of the artwork exhibition series. 

All two-dimensional artwork selected must be framed or mounted and ready to hang. No sawtooth hangers, please. All three-dimensional artwork selected must be self-supporting or include a pedestal or stand. The gallery may provide pedestals as needed, but any artist-provided stands used must be approved by the Cultural Arts Program Manager before delivering to City Hall.

Selected artists may offer their artwork for sale; the City of Austin does not receive a commission on, or compensation from, the sale of artwork exhibited at Austin City Hall. All sales must be conducted by the artist or representing gallery. 

Selected artworks must be delivered by Sunday, January 19th, 2020, and remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. The 2020 People’s Gallery Exhibition will run from February 24, 2020 – January 1, 2021. 

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by a selection panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Division Manager. This year’s selection panelists are Exhibiting Artists, Meena Matocha, Dave McClinton, and Kemi Yemi-Ese.

All applicants will be notified of acceptance, modification, or rejection of their applications by e-mail. Please add peoplesgallery@austintexas.gov to your list of “safe” senders so that you receive these notifications. Do not contact staff about the status of your application once the submission period has closed.

Selection criteria may include, but is not limited to:

  • Quality or merit of the artwork
  • Cultural diversity of artwork
  • Local or national reputation of artist
  • Inclusion in the permanent collection of an Austin-based museum

Exhibition Space

No artwork will be displayed on the fourth floor or in the administrative offices located on the first, second, and third floors.

Available exterior exhibition space:

  • City Hall Plaza and/or Mezzanine (outside) as determined on a case by case basis. Weight of artwork not to exceed 250 lbs. per square foot.

Available interior exhibition space:

  • First Floor: Atrium lobby and limited locations in adjoining public rooms. Self-supporting sculptures must be on a pedestal at least 4.75” high, to be provided by the artist, and to be painted with a washable paint for ease of maintenance. Weight may not exceed 200 lbs. per 18” x 18” floor tile. Pedestal must not exceed a 6’ x 6’ footprint.
  • Second Floor: Second floor lobby and surrounding conference rooms, East and West hallway corridors.
  • Third Floor: Third floor lobby and surrounding conference rooms, excluding the City Manager’s conference room. Self-supporting sculpture must be on a pedestal at least 4.75” high, provided by the artist and to be painted with a washable paint for ease of maintenance. Pedestal footprint may not exceed 42” in depth.

Timeline (subject to change) 

Sunday, October 27, 2019, 5:00 P.M., Application Deadline.

November 2019: Applications reviewed and artworks recommended. Show is laid out prior to final review.

Late November, 2019 - Early December, 2019 Final review takes place. Notification e-mails sent to ALL applicants. Loan Agreement forms and delivery information will be sent to selected artists. All selected artists must confirm receipt of acceptance and give notice of agreement to participate, by the deadline provided in the acceptance email.

January 18 & 19, 2020: Artist delivery of selected works to Austin City Hall. No artworks will be accepted without a Loan Agreement form. Loan forms to be signed upon installation/delivery, with City staff.

February 28, 2020 (6-9 p.m.): Opening Reception at Austin City Hall. (301 W. 2nd St.)

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding this call for artworks, please call 512-974-6456, or e-mail peoplesgallery@austintexas.gov. Add this email address to your "safe senders" list so that you will receive our notifications.

For more information about the 2020 Exhibition Guidelines, please visit: www.austintexas.gov/peoplesgallery

To explore the current exhibition, City Hall is located at 301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, and is open Monday-Friday from 8-5 (except on City holidays.)  Can't visit in person?  Go to www.austincityhall.oncell.com to take a tour!

Like The People’s Gallery on Facebook 

@cityofaustinarts on Instagram  

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Install at City Hall 



Application Deadline Has Been Extended to: 5:00 P.M., Sunday, October 27, 2019!   

No submission fees, always free to apply.


Budget: $3,000

Budget amount will go towards insurance, materials, installation and deinstallation of the chosen work.

Ladders or scaffolding for installation and deinstallation must be provided by the artist. 

There are no electrical outlets available for works that involve electronic or lighted components. 

Standard drywall.

Wall may not be painted.

The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division of the Economic Development Department is pleased to announce its 16th annual, 2020 People's Gallery exhibition!   

Artists are invited to propose temporary, site-specific artwork installations for display in the Mayor’s second floor stairwell at City Hall for the duration of the 2020 exhibition. The total project budget is $3,000 and must include insurance, materials, installation, and deinstallation of the artwork. 

Located on the first three floors of City Hall, the People’s Gallery is part of an ongoing Cultural Arts Exhibition Series to showcase local and regional artistic endeavors and to encourage public dialogue, understanding, and enjoyment of visual art. The exhibition is designed to reflect the artistic excellence and cultural diversity of Austin and to promote the City’s cultural and economic initiatives. A high-visibility venue, City Hall hosts over 210,000 visitors each year.

Application Deadline: 5:00 P.M., Sunday, October 27, 2019. 

Exhibition Dates: February 28, 2020 – January 1, 2021

Eligibility

Professional artists over 18 years of age, who live or studio out of one of the following TX counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, Hays, Travis, or Williamson.  Visual arts organizations in Austin are also eligible to apply.

City of Austin Economic Development Department staff members are ineligible to apply. Other City staff members are eligible to apply, but may not offer their works for sale.

Application Requirements

Applicants must submit an artist resume (3 pages maximum) and up to FIVE artworks or artwork proposals available for loan for the duration of the exhibition.

For each artwork entry, the following information is required:

  • One image file, one video file, or one pdf
  • Include your name and the artwork title in each uploaded file's name, numbered by the order in which submitted: 

EXAMPLES:
First piece submitted: 01-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg
Second piece submitted:  02-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg       
Third piece submitted:  03-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg
Fourth piece submitted: 04-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg
Fifth piece submitted:  05-LastName_FirstName_Title.jpg 


  • Resume (Maximum of 3 pages).  
  • A brief artist statement for each entry. If accepted, each work will be accompanied by a label which lists your statement.
  • Title, Medium, Year of Completion, Dimensions, Insurance value, and whether the piece is available for sale.

* If proposals of artwork are submitted for consideration, final acceptance for inclusion in the exhibition will be subject to review and approval of the completed work of art.

Please, DO NOT send applications by e-mail or by postal mail. We are only accepting submissions through this site.

Selected artwork must be installed by Sunday, January 20, 2020, and remain on display for the duration of the exhibition. The 2020 People’s Gallery Exhibition will run from February 24, 2020 – January 1, 2021.  

Selection Process

All applications will be reviewed by a selection panel appointed by the Cultural Arts Division Manager. This year’s selection panelists are Exhibiting Artists, Meena Matocha, Dave McClinton,  and Kemi Yemi-Ese.

All applicants will be notified of acceptance, modification, or rejection of their applications by e-mail. Please add peoplesgallery@austintexas.gov to your list of “safe” senders so that you receive these notifications. Do not contact staff about the status of your application once the submission period has closed.

 Selection criteria may include, but is not limited to: 

  • Quality or merit of the artwork
  • Cultural diversity of artwork
  • Local or national reputation of artist
  • Inclusion in the permanent collection of an Austin-based museum

Timeline (subject to change) 


Sunday, October 27, 2019, 5:00 p.m.: Application Deadline. 

November 2019: Applications reviewed and artworks recommended. Show is laid out prior to final review.

Late November, 2019 - Early December, 2019 Final review takes place. Notification e-mails sent to ALL applicants. Loan Agreement forms and delivery information will be sent to selected artist/artist team. Selected artist must confirm receipt of acceptance and give notice of agreement to participate, by the deadline provided in the acceptance email.

January 19, 2020: Deadline for artwork installation of selected work in the Austin City Hall second floor stairwell. No artworks will be accepted without a Loan Agreement form. Loan forms to be signed after work is delivered/installed, with City staff.

February 28, 2020 (6:00 – 9:00 p.m.): Opening Reception at Austin City Hall; 301 W. 2nd Street, Austin, TX 78701

Contact Information

If you have questions regarding this call for artworks, please call 512-974-6456, or e-mail peoplesgallery@austintexas.gov. Add this email address to your "safe senders" list so that you will receive our notifications.

For more information and to view the 2020 Exhibition Guidelines, please visit: www.austintexas.gov/peoplesgallery

To explore the current exhibition, City Hall is located at 301 W 2nd St, Austin, TX 78701, and is open Monday-Friday from 8-5 (except on City holidays.)  Can't make it in person?  Visit www.austincityhall.oncell.com to take a tour!

Like The People’s Gallery on Facebook
@cityofaustinarts on Instagram
Sign up for our Cultural Arts Division Newsletters

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