Robert Melton
Artist Talk
"New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch"
Austin Museum of Art
April 7th, 2011
Filmed and Edited by Sean Gaulager

The Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) is excited to celebrate the much-anticipated exhibition New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch. This triennial exhibition, the fourth in the series initiated in 2002, focuses on emerging and lesser-known artists who reside within a fifty-mile radius of the Capitol and make cutting-edge work in a variety of media. New Art in Austin celebrates the innovations and explorations of fifteen local visual artists who are at the forefront of the field. Selections for this edition address a range of themes including personal journeys, domestic interiors, Olympic feats, humorous hybrids, formal experiments, social engagement, and mundane and mysterious objects. Past exhibitions have been selected as “Best Museum Show” by Austin Art Critics and have been highly featured in year-end polls in The Austin American-Statesman and The Austin Chronicle.

Complete list of New Art in Austin artists:
Miguel A. Aragón (printmaking)
Jesus Benavente & Jennifer Remenchik (performance)
Ben Brandt (sculpture)
Debra Broz (sculpture)
Elizabeth Chiles (photography)
Santiago Forero (photography)
Nathan Green (installation)
Ian Ingram (drawing)
Anna Krachey (photography)
Robert Melton (video)
Leslie Mutchler (digital collage)
Ben Ruggiero (photography)
Adam Schreiber (photography)
Barry Stone (photography)
J. Parker Valentine (mixed media)

The curatorial selection team is comprised of Kate Bonansinga, Gallery Director of the Stanlee and Gerald Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, The University of Texas at El Paso; Toby Kamps, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Menil Collection, Houston; and Andrea Mellard, Interim Curator, Austin Museum of Art. A scholarly catalogue with essays on each artist written by the co-curators accompanies the exhibition.
New Art in Austin: 15 to Watch is organized by the Austin Museum of Art.

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