Home is where you hang your art.
Our galleries provide a glimpse into that immense pool of talent our area enjoys. Each of our two collections—professional and emerging—changes six times a year, which means at least a dozen new reasons to get excited about art every year.
ArtWorks Center galleries generally open* at 300 N Main St, Austin
Tue-Fri 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
*Occasionally closed for private events, call to confirm availability.
Michael Veverka (Painting)
Presented June 14 - August 17, 2019. Visit the free Opening Reception, Friday, June 14th from 5-7pm.
Rory Wakemup, Featured Artist of 2019 Austin ArtWorks Festival
Presented August 24-25, 2019
Artist’s presentation Saturday August 24 at 1 2 p.m.
St. Paul-based artist Rory Wakemup exhibited at the Rochester Art Center’s “Andy Warhol, MN GOES POP” in 2017 where ArtWorks Festival volunteers were impressed with his sculptures mixing iconography from his Anishinabe heritage and iconography from the Star Wars universe. Wakemup was selected to be the 2019 Featured Artist by a committee of ArtWorks Festival volunteers from a pool of fourteen nominated artists.
Wakemup earned a Master of Fine Arts in Glass/Sculpture from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Jewelry, Photography, Printmaking and Sculpture from the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico.
He won the University of Wisconsin-Madison Chazen Museum Prize in 2015 for his exhibition, “Kill the Idiot, Save the Fan,” a reference to the 19th century phrase “Kill the Indian, Save the Man” which summarized the purpose of U.S. government boarding schools for native children. Wakemup won grant funding from the Minnesota State Arts Board, Forecast Public Art, Hennepin Theatre Trust and SpringBoard for the Arts.
Wakemup’s work will be exhibited at the Austin ArtWorks Center 2nd Floor Gallery during the Austin ArtWorks Festival and the artists will be present to greet visitors.
Mary Nordeng & Jamie Kouba (Textile)
Presented September 13 to October 25, 2019
I always tell people that I cannot draw a straight line. But, when I quilt with my longarm machine, I use both hands, which engages both sides of my brain, and that makes me twice as talented. Well, it works for me.
My quilts, while varied in style, all have an emphasis on the machine quilting. All of the machine quilting is hand-guided, not computerized. I move the machine over the fabric to create the stitching designs. There are traditional-looking appliqué quilts, all done by machine. I also have more contemporary looking pieces. My most recent designs are a series of mid-century modern pieces which remind me of the decor in my childhood home.
I am a maker. A craftsperson. And, occasionally, an artist. I am happiest when my right brain is engaged in the creation of beauty: where line and design meet color and light.
Much of my original work comes from a textile challenge group of like-minded women. We met to collaborate, inspire, teach, and support each other on our unique, yet connected, textile journeys.
I find inspiration in EVERYTHING, as you will discover working your way from piece to piece. My latest inspiration comes from my son, Jake Kouba, as we explore the infinite possibilities of Islamic Tile design. We’ve only dipped our toes into the water….there is more to come.
All Member Show
Presented November 1 , 2019 to January 4, 2020.