Choose your own interactive tour of Austin’s arts scene

We know. There’s lots to do in Austin. And whether you’re new to town or have been here for years, Austin’s ever-exploding arts scene can sometimes overwhelm.

Not to worry. We’ve got it all laid out for you to peruse with several interactive, easy-to-use map guides that will get you out and seeing things.


Print Austin fest at the Canopy arts complex
Print Austin fest at the Canopy arts complex in East Austin




Pritzker Architecture Prize winner designed St. Ed’s dorm

Chilean architect Alejandro Aravena has just been awarded the Pritzker Architecture Prize, the honor often called the Nobel of architecture.

In 2009 Aravena designed a dormitory for St. Edward’s University, a striking building with a minimalist exterior that reveals a jewel-like courtyard lined by a four-story curtain wall of red and clear glass panels.

The dorm is the only one of Aravena’s building in the United States.


The naturally-shaded courtyard offers plenty of opportunities for social exchange. In Aravena’s student village, it’s the architecture which functions as social media.




“Creek Show” illuminates Waller Creek


They lit it up, and people came.

"Float the Waller" by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects. Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.
“Float the Waller” by Ten Eyck Landscape Architects. Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin.

The Waller Creek Conservancy’s “Creek Show” launched last night with five light installations illuminating a three block stretch of the downtown waterway.

It’ll continue every night from 6 to 11 p.m. through Nov. 21. The installations extend up and down the creek from E. Sixth St. to E. Eighth St.

Last year’s “Creek Show” proved so popular, organizers had to quickly extend the event beyond the one night they had planned.

This year a new roster of artists and architects created temporary installations many of which have kinetic elements such as Luke Savisky’s live video “A/Tx” which uses passersby and reflections of the water to cast undulating patterns underneath the Seventh St. overpass.

Last night, the crowd seemed as a gleefully excited at being on the rarely-visited creekside walkways as they were about the lucent displays.

And that more than suggests the possibilities of how a neglected public space like Waller Creek can so easily be transformed and re-enlivened with thoughtful attention — and artistic interventions.

“A/Tx” by Luke Savisky. Video by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin,

Blanton Museum to build Ellsworth Kelly building

Rendering of Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin" building.
Rendering of Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” building.

The Blanton Museum of Art will announce Friday that it has acquired and will build Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin,” 2,715squarefoot stone building.

One of the most important figures of post-war American abstract art, Kelly originally conceived of the building in 1986 for a private collector. However the work was never realized. The artist has said it has always been his intention for it to exist in perpetuity in a public space.

The building — with luminous colored glass windows, a totemic wood sculpture and 14 blackandwhite stone panels in marble — will be sited on the grounds of the Blanton  on the University of Texas campus.

The 91-year-old Kelly  gifted his design concept for the project to the Blanton.

Austin is part of a journey that began nearly 70 years ago,” he said in a statement.

Rendering of interior of Ellsworth Kelly's "Austin" building.
Rendering of interior of Ellsworth Kelly’s “Austin” building.

“In Boston in 1947, as an art student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, I discovered a 12thcentury fresco in the museum’s collection that made a tremendous impression on me. Later, when I was living and working in Paris, I would put my bike on a train and visit early architectural sites all over France. I was intrigued by Romanesque and Byzantine art and architecture. While the simplicity and purity of these forms had a great influence on my art, I conceived this project without a religious program. I hope visitors will experience Austin as a place of calm and light. 

Construction is to begin after the Blanton raises $15 million.

To date $7 million has raised including $2 million each from Austin donors Jeanne and Michael Klein, and from Suzanne Deal Booth and David G. Booth. The Blanton family has donated $3 million .

Beyond the $15 million project budget, UT President Bill Powers has committed $1 million to the project with funds coming from the earnings of University’s Longhorn Network.

The historic Norwood House makes some noise

Ever wonder what a house sounds like when it’s being moved?

For several years, a non-profit has worked to save Austin’s historic Norwood House, a distinctive 1922 Arts & Crafts bungalow on the shores of Lady Bird Lake.

On Monday, the house was shifted on the site to allow for foundation work to ensue.

To see more about the restoration of the Norwood House, go to


Wednesday arts pick: “Sagrada,” Rooftop Architecture Film Series

Construction began pn La Sagrada Família, the towering basilica in Barcelona, in 1882.

Designed by architect Antoni Gaudí, its brilliant mash-up of Gothic and Art Nouveau styles that remains still not finished.


As part of its Rooftop Architecture Film Series, the Contemporary screens “Sagrada: The Mystery Of Creation” a 2012 documentary by Swiss filmmaker Stefan Haupt, follows the creative process of the Sagrada from its beginnings.

“Sagrada” shows two nights — Wednesday and Thursday — at the Contemporary’s Jones Center, 700 Congress Ave. Roof opens at 6:30 p.m., film at 7:30 p.m. $10. Seating is limited.

The nave in the Sagrada Familia with a hyperboloid vault.
The nave in the Sagrada Familia with a hyperboloid vault.