In light of the recent Stay Home-Work Safe Order requiring residents to stay home as much as possible, the DAC is proud to offer free digital programming for the public.
Creepy Campfire: A Masterfully Macabre Storytime
Virtual Art A La Carte Event
Wednesday, April 21, 2021
Creepy Campfire: A Masterfully Macabre Storytime, is an Art A La Carte event premiering on Facebook. Performed by local actors, these dramatic interpretations have been carefully crafted to give you bouts of nervous laughter, and an urge to check your bedroom closet.
Free! Appropriate for 15 and up. For more information, email DACTheater@austintexas.gov
April 24, 2021
The Dougherty Arts Center and the Works In Progress program present Art You! a youth led, arts-based networking event for teens! Come and hear from industry professionals, learn about different careers in the arts, engage in hands-on activities, and more!
We’re excited to welcome speakers Helena Martin (muralist and educator), Kyle Armstrong (illustrator and educator), Mai Gutierrez (architect and sculptor), and Kelly Hasandras (performing artists and educator). Each speaker will be telling us about their background in the arts and their path to where they are now, as well as providing a demonstration or activity.
Visit the Works in Progress Page for more information and to register to receive your link to this virtual event.
Creating an Artist Business Plan
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Many people may not realize that being an artist also means being a business, and a successful business starts with a plan. In this virtual workshop, you’ll learn to focus your ideas and envision your future by developing your objectives and setting goals, determining your audience and how best to reach them, and creating an action plan for success. Gain the tools and tips for taking your creative career to the next level!
This event will take place virtually on Zoom. Attendees must register to receive their zoom link.
Adding Depth to Underglazes with Marianne Levy
May 8, 2021
2 – 3 pm
Marianne Levy will demonstrate her glazing process that creates a muted yet surreal finish to her sculptures. Learn how she creates depth in her work by adding a copper wash to her underglazes and applies layers of sprayed glaze that add beautiful variations to a sculpture's surface. This demo will take place via Zoom.
Creating a Diorama Collage with Marty Lewis
June 12, 2021
2 – 3 pm
Mixed media artist Marty Lewis takes you on a journey creating a diorama collage. Discover how you can use found objects and images from vintage prints to build a narrative and tell a visual story. Learn techniques that help you visually address a small three-dimensional space and apply collage materials to create a one-of-a-kind artwork. This demo will take place via Zoom.
- Adult Art Lessons
Instructor-led lessons in various different mediums of ceramics, drawing & painting, and digital arts.
- Virtual Exhibits
Fall 2020 Exhibits
Discover the artists who were scheduled to exhibit during the Fall of 2020. Due to COVID-19, their shows have been postponed but you can still explore their art practice on our Fall Exhibits page.
Whether they are looking to the past to inspire the future of the arts, imagining a future without human, or celebrating the presence of tradition, artists Jonathan Paul Jackson, Emma Hadzi Antich, and Leticia Mosqueda create worth that not only causes a viewer to reflect, but urges them to act.
Enter Fall Exhibits Page Here
FotoATX 2020 Exhibits
Visit our interactive webpage to learn more about photographers Amar Gupta, Sarah Luna, and Michelle Gardella. Enjoy beautiful images celebrating the concepts of being, belonging, and community.
Summer 2020 Exhibits
Visit our interactive webpage to learn more about exhibiting artists, Nora McMillen Burke, Jon Nelson, and Marianne Levy and explore works including whimsical sculptures and paintings rich with symbolism
West 2020 Exhibits
Delve into the work of Cara Jackson, B. Shawn Cox, and Layla Luna and view artworks ranging in media from acrylic and flashe paint to origami and fiber.
Spring 2020 Exhibits
Learn more about Susannah Haddad, Austin Community College, and Nancy Wood and explore works ranging from ceramic Sriracha bottles and abstract landscape views, to digital renderings of the Texas Hill Country.
- Artist Professional Development
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.
- Art is Everywhere Map
Art is Everywhere and we have proof. Check out the DAC's complete interactive guide to art you can safely enjoy from the comfort of your car. Use this map to plan out your next Sunday afternoon drive, go on an art scavenger hunt and more! Do you have a spectacular yard sculpture in your front yard or business you want to include on the map and share with the public?
Check out the link to find out how you can participate. Art is Everywhere Map
- Paper Pandemonium
Digital Programming Brochures
The Austin Parks and Recreation Department is taking the next steps toward moving the Dougherty Arts Center out of the beloved naval center and into a newly envisioned building to be constructed on Butler Shores Park.