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The Artist Resource Center is a place for emerging and established artists of all mediums to engage and collaborate. Functioning as a no cost meeting and research space for the arts community, the Artist Resource Center offers the tools for creatives to develop and advance their careers in the arts. 

Amenities Include:

  • Community bulletin board with artist opportunities and events
  • Free wifi
  • Access to Adobe Suite (by appointment)
  • 60" LCD TV with HDMI connection
  • Charging stations
  • Artist Resource Library
  • Complimentary coffee and tea
  • Available office hours with onsite arts professionals

This is a shared workspace, no reservations are necessary. Hours are Monday-Thursday from 10am to 10pm, Fridays 10am to 6pm, and Saturdays from 10am to 2pm. The Artist Resource Center is occasionally closed to general use for Dougherty events and classes.  Please see below for specific closures.

Artist Resource Center closed for general use:
January 6, 8, 13, 15, 22, 27, 29 (all 6-9pm)
February 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 24, 26 (all 6-9pm)
March 9, 11 (all 6-9pm)

Join our Facebook Group and stay up to date on artist opportunities!


Artist Professional Development

Artist Resource Center Workshop

The Dougherty Art Center offers Artist Professional Development through workshops, classes, and residencies.

Visit the pages below for more information:

Artist Professional Development Classes

The Artist Resource Center at the Dougherty Arts Center offers artist professional development classes to give artists the tools to develop and advance their careers in the arts.

Visual Artist Residency Program

This volunteer work exchange program provides visual artists with the space, facilities, time, and professional interaction to help them develop as practicing artists in exchange for creating outreach opportunities within our community.


Professional Development Workshop Series

Artist Resource Center workshop

The Artist Resource Center is pleased to host free monthly professional development workshops for artists. Covering a different topic each month, our workshops give artists the tools to develop and advance their careers in the arts.

All workshops are free and open to the public. We do appreciate an RSVP to the workshops on our Facebook Events in order to get an idea of how many people to expect.

Selling Your Work through Galleries & Online Platforms
Tuesday, March 3, 2020
6:30-8pm
One of the most difficult things creatives face is how to get paid for their work. For many years, the primary place artists sold their work was through galleries, but the internet has created brand new marketplaces for artists to get their work in the hands of buyers. We will examine the ins and outs of selling your work legally, safely, and with great success.

Austin Artist Orientation
Tuesday, April 7, 2020
6:30-8pm
Are you an artist new to Austin or an Austinite that’s new to the arts? Come learn what resources Austin has to offer artists of all mediums. From art festivals and exhibit spaces, to where to find studio space and artist professional development opportunities, we’ll share all of the resources and funding that Austin has for artists.

Trademarks for Artists 
Tuesday, May 5, 2020
6:30-8pm

As an artist, it is important to legally protect your name and brand, but intellectual property law can be confusing. Join us as we untangle the issue of trademarks with Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts. Learn why artists should protect their brand identity through trademark registration and understand how to get the protection you and your work deserve.

Social Media for Artists
Tuesday, June 2, 2020
6:30-8pm

Building an online audience is increasingly important for the career of an artist, but keeping up with the latest social media trends can be challenging. This workshop will cover the strategies you need to know to build your brand, engage your followers, and expand your audience across platforms. Learn how to take control of social media effectively and efficiently, so that you have more time to get back to making art.

 

Previous Workshop Topics

February 2020 - Grants & Funding for Artists (pdf)
January 2020 - The Art of Taxes (pdf)
January 2020 - Art Fair Bootcamp (pdf) video
December 2019 - Artist Self Care 
November 2019 - Health Insurance for Artists (pdf)
October 2019 - The Online Application Process (pdf)
September 2019 - Collaborating: The Artist Dating Game
August 2019 - Crowdfunding for Artists
July 2019 - Networking to Build Your Audience
June 2019 - Sales Tax for Artists
May 2019 - Preparing a Visual Portfolio (pdf)
April 2019 - Photographing Your Work
March 2019 - Budgeting for Artists
February 2019 - Pricing Your Art (video)
January 2019 - Strategic Social Media (pdf)
December 2018 - The Art of Taxes
November 2018 - Owning Your Work: Copyright Laws
October 2018 - Grants & Funding for Artists (pdf)
September 2018 - Working with Galleries (pdf)
August 2018 - Building Your Audience (pdf)
July 2018 - Selling Your Work Online (pdf)
June 2018 - Preparing a Visual Portfolio (pdf)
May 2018 - Photographing Your Work (pdf)
April 2018 - Writing Your Artist Statement (pdf)
March 2018 - Beginners Social Media for Artists (pdf)
February 2018 - Becoming a City of Austin Teaching Artist (pdf)
January 2018 - The Online Application Process (pdf)


If you have questions about the Artist Resource Center or opportunities for Austin artists, email artistresourcecenter@austintexas.gov