Louis Grachos Named Executive Director at AMOA-Arthouse
June 14, 2012 - AMOA-Arthouse announced today that Louis Grachos has been named its executive director. The appointment completes an extensive, seven-month international search. Mr. Grachos, director of the renowned Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, NY, brings with him more than thirty years of experience in the contemporary and modern art world. Throughout his career, Grachos has demonstrated a clear and uncompromising vision as a curator and community-focused museum director. He has designed high-impact, multidisciplinary exhibitions and innovative education initiatives, and commissioned exceptional works of art. At AMOA-Arthouse, Grachos will play a major role in reinvigorating art presentation, commissioning new art, and programming the museum's two sites. He will bring nationally prominent exhibitions and artists to Central Texas. Grachos takes on his new role part time at AMOA-Arthouse on November 1, 2012, and will assume full-time responsibilities on January 1, 2013.
"We are thrilled to have Louis Grachos on board to lead the museum during this very important time in its history," said Michael (Mickey) Klein, chairman of the AMOA-Arthouse Board of Trustees. "He comes with an outstanding reputation in the art world and extensive relationships with artists, collectors, and museum colleagues. He has a wealth of knowledge and a history of creating exciting exhibitions and programs. I know Louis will be a great asset to the Austin arts community."
"After an extensive and thorough search process, we feel that Louis Grachos is the best possible person we could have found to direct AMOA-Arthouse," Darrell Windham, president of the AMOA-Arthouse Board of Trustees, said. "Our board is impressed with his vision, and his ability to bring nationally prominent exhibitions and artists to Austin. Louis will have great success in providing new opportunities for Austinites to experience modern and contemporary art."
Speaking about his new appointment, Grachos said, "I am excited and energized by this unique opportunity to create a new model that will integrate contemporary art into the Austin community. By utilizing the smart and flexible Jones Center, and the wonderful grounds and facilities at Laguna Gloria, we will find many incredible opportunities for commissions, exhibitions, and public programs. In addition, I envision AMOA-Arthouse as a museum without walls, and in that respect the city and the parks present another great programming opportunity. Austin is a thriving and creative city that makes it a very attractive place to engage contemporary artists in all artistic disciplines. "
During his 10-year tenure at the Albright-Knox, Grachos has built long-standing relationships with artists, donors, and nationally prominent art collectors. He oversaw of the growth and development of collections, exhibitions, and programming at the 150-year-old gallery, and has a proven track record in fundraising and building strong ties to the community. In addition, Grachos has initiated a space study for a master plan for growth at the Gallery. Perhaps most importantly, Grachos oversaw significant growth of the permanent collection of the Gallery through a variety of significant donations, commissions, and major acquisitions.
Grachos previously served as the director of SITE Santa Fe, where he led the renovation of a warehouse for exhibition space and was a driving force behind a highly successful international biennial. He also served as curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, and as both the interim director and curator of exhibitions at the Center for the Fine Arts in Miami. Prior to these roles, he held various positions at the Queens Museum of Art and The Americas Society, as well as internships at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.
A native of Canada, Grachos was educated at the University of Toronto and New York University. He also completed post-graduate work at the Center for Museum Studies at John F. Kennedy University, San Francisco, California.
Tiny Park to Open New Gallery Space 1101 Navasota Street
June 4, 2012 - Tiny Park is pleased to announce the opening of our new gallery space at 1101 Navasota St., Austin, TX 78702 and the opening of "Greatest Hits", a group exhibition featuring all of the artists (and in some cases, specific works) we presented in our previous home-based gallery. The exhibition is an opportunity for us to get oriented in the new space and present a tongue-in-cheek "history" of our activities to date. We'll be working with some of these artists in the coming year, so the exhibition acts as both a history and preview. Opening Friday, June 29, 2012, 7pm to 11pm, the exhibition continues through July 28 and will be available for viewing 12pm - 5pm on Saturdays and at any time by appointment.
Tiny Park presents contemporary art exhibitions, readings, performances, and film screenings by local and national artists. Tiny Park also collaborates with guest curators and outside organizations to present conceptually and aesthetically diverse works. Tiny Park is organized by Brian Willey and Thao Votang.
Lawndale Artist Studio Program 2012-2013 Participating Artists Announced
June 12, 2012 - Lawndale Art Center is pleased to announce the residents for the seventh round of the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. Artists selected for the program are Domokos Benczédi, Nancy Douthey and Patrick Turk.
With an emphasis on emerging practices, the program will provide these artists with non-residential studio space for nine months (September 2012 - May 2013) on the third floor of Lawndale Art Center in the heart of the Museum District. The artists will have full access to their studios 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each artist will receive a $500 monthly stipend for the duration of the program and an initial $1500 unrestricted materials allowance. Artists working in all mediums were encouraged to apply. At the completion of the residency, works produced during the program will be exhibited at Lawndale Art Center in May 2013. The 2012-2013 residents were selected from over 100 applicants by a panel of three arts professionals; Dean Daderko, Curator at Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; Sharon Engelstein, Artist; and Adrienne Johnson Yost, Senior Associate at Kinzelmann Art Consulting and Lawndale Programming Committee Chair.
Sicardi Gallery Announces Grand Opening of New Space at 1506 West Alabama Street
June 4, 2012 - Sicardi Gallery announces the grand opening of our new space at 1506 West Alabama in Houston, designed by architect Fernando Brave, with a solo exhibition by the Colombian artist Oscar Muñoz. A reception with the artist is scheduled for Thursday, June 7 from 6 to 9 p.m.
For his third solo exhibition at Sicardi Gallery, Muñoz will present Paístiempo and Editor solitario as well as a selection of mixed media works, photographs, and videos. Together, these projects and images form part of the artist’s ongoing exploration of the ephemeral and vulnerable nature of human life. A catalogue with text written by Daniela Perez, independent curator and co-founder of the Mexico City non-profit space de-sitio, is forthcoming.
The new location of Sicardi Gallery is in the Houston Museum District, just across from The Menil Collection and the Houston Center for Photography. It includes expanded gallery spaces, areas for video projection, and a research room open to scholars and curators by appointment.