I love having fun playing with my friends, so I try to throw good parties. Please hold me fully accountable if I throw a boring art party. Thank you to the Dead Music Capital Marching Band for undeadening things up with their zombie review. Thank you to Beth Coffey and Sebastian Miles for helping attend the refreshments. Thank you to Beth Coffey and Marlon McAllister for dancing a drawing for us at the opening. Here is what you saw or missed:
For my solo show at the Julia C. Butridge Gallery at the Dougherty Art Center, I created large projects that relied on friends and helpers to make and install. While planning the show, the Gallery Director Melissa Bartling was incredibly supportive and helpful, and got Parks and Recreation to supply a boom crane for the install. So many folks helped that I want to show you pictures of the install and very much thank everyone who helped. It was truly a collaboration to have in installation go so well.
The show Sacred Space was funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. So thank you for all who helped me get that support, including Laurence Miller of Fluent~Collaborative, and my many friends who helped edit and write letters of recommendation.
On the LONG list of people who I am deeply grateful for their help who are staff at the City of Austin: Melissa Bartling, Mary Brogan, Steve Weaver, Alex Serna, Mike Garza, Norma Zapata, and all of the gallery staff who kept an eye on the show, gave me feedback, and answered visitors’ questions.
Thank you so much to my friends who helped: Eunice Garza, Larry Vanston, Robby Lee, Jake Lenahan, Humberto Trevino Jr., Carly Walker, Beth Coffey, Brendon Bigelow, Sebastian Miles, Randy Bounds, Todd Campbell, Blake Smith, Marlon McAllister, Yeni Woodall, Erin Coupal, Elaine Holton, and probably another dozen more. Could not have done it without you!!
For 2013, Jordan Jeffus was the Garden Party Chair for the annual amazing Umlauf Garden Party in April. She asked me if I would be the Featured Artist for the event, and I was quite honored, but I was still very surprised at the graciousness and generosity that I was given in working with Nina Seely, Emily Pratte, Kristin Olin, Diane Sikes, and installation crew.
Thank you to Studio Uma and Payam Golsham for taking such great pictures.
The week before the event, we hung a whole show of my work in the gallery. I’ve included some installation shots of that here, followed by pictures from the most surprising evening of delight. My favorite drink was the VIP cocktail (Tito’s Greyhound); they had a VIP lounge for me to meet the board of directors, two amazing bands played all night for me and my dance partners to enjoy, the Nash Hernandez Jr. Orchestra and the amazing Ruby Jane. There was food from amazing caterers and a lovely barstaff all throughout the garden. My art that I donated to their auction, Calendar Drips, was the color and graphic theme of the whole party (which I have to say looked great), and I got to help the live auctioneer sell the work to benefit one of our loveliest arts destinations in town. Somehow the spirit of Charles Umlauf graced me that evening, and I enjoyed the beauty of his world. Basically, it was like they threw a big wedding party for me as an artist. It was astonishing and fun, and I am very grateful to have had that beautiful breeze fill my sails to create more art.
Tertulia is based on the Iberian tradition of sharing the arts for art’s sake. Free community event. Performances included: Finley Sexton, Lucy’s Kite, GHG, Harmoni-Sarah-Noelle-Charlie, Timothy Ogene, Jesse Sublett, David Jewell, Nathan Brown (Poet Laureate of Oklahoma), Jennifer Chenoweth, Bernadette Noll, Elana James, Nathan Hamilton, Jena Kirkpatrick, Dan Dyer, Guilia Milanta & Kellie Salome. Nice company to be in!
March 26, 2013 Entrepreneurship and Austin Music @ 6:00pm @ the Cactus Cafe
Join photographer and author of “The Sound of Austin“, Mathew Sturtevant, along with Tamir Kalifa of the band Mother Falcon, Jennifer Chenoweth of Generous Art, and Scott Ward, owner of Strange Brew Coffee House to discuss art and innovation in Austin. We’ll talk about unique opportunities that artists, business owners and musicians are creating for themselves in the Austin area, and what’s still needed to make things easier for entrepreneurship in the arts. We hope to see you Tuesday at 6pm at the Cactus Cafe on the University of Texas at Austin campus.
Thursday, March 28, 2013 @ 6:30 pm @ the Umlauf Sculpture Garden
For this installment of the popular INSIGHTS series,UMLAUF Garden Party featured artist Jennifer Chenoweth will speak to her artistic process and work with Generous Art. The INSIGHTS Series brings artists and curators to the UMLAUF to discuss their practices.
This event is Free and Open to the public but space is limited.
Please RSVP to email@example.com and reserve your spot now!
Beverage service begins one hours prior to the event.
More about the Umlauf Scultpture Garden Insights Series HERE.
The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin offers the Next Level Program in order to raise the capacity of local creative organizations, businesses, and individuals. Recent economic impact studies reveal that the creative sector in Austin accounts for over $4.35 billion in economic activity and almost 49,000 jobs, and continues to grow. Strengthening management, marketing, and fundraising skills is crucial for maintaining a strong and sustainable creative ecosystem.
Jennifer Chenoweth will be teaching three workshops during this program including Professional Presence (August 8), Creative Entrepreneurship (September 5), and Community, Collaboration, and Trade (September 25). See below for a full schedule of the program.
AUGUST 2 Grant Writing Basics 7 Fundraising FUNdamentals 8 How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying: The Story Behind The Intergalactic Nemesis 15 Professional Presence 16 Public Art Evaluation: Principles & Methodology for Measuring Impact (webinar viewing) 21 The Rules of Engagement: Above and Beyond “Social Media 101” 29 Your Brand Is As Your Brand Does
SEPTEMBER 5 Creative Entrepreneurship 6 Roles and Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards 10 Seducing the Latino Audience (webinar viewing) 12 Getting a Jump on Grant Evaluation and Reporting 19 Building Partnerships with Business: Employee Engagement and the Arts (webinar viewing) 25 Community, Collaboration and Trade