We are pleased to partner with Texas Society of Architects to bring you Visionary Voices, a new speaker series featuring celebrated public artists from across the country. The series aims to encourage thoughtful consideration of the role of public art and its relationship to public spaces, examining the often blurred line between art and architecture. The lectures will also highlight the participating artists’ bodies of work and will offer a sneak peek of commissions they are executing for the City.
New American Public Artist of Somerville, MA will launch the series with a discussion of Kempelen’s Owls, their upcoming sculpture for Austin’s Green Water Treatment Plant Re-Development site within the Seaholm Eco-district. (see image above.) The group will also discuss their experience working in the interactive art field with an open source philosophy for creating. Subsequent speakers will include local artist Beili Liu—whose work has been exhibited from Munich to Shanghai, and whose 2013 installation Thirst for Ladybird Lake in Austin was widely celebrated; Thoughtbarn, an Austin-based collective, whose projects have been awarded by the American Institute of Architects and Public Art Network, among other national organizations; and Massachusetts-based artist Janet Echelman, a recipient of the Smithsonian American Ingenuity Award in Visual Arts, honoring “the greatest innovators in America today,” and whose works, sited around the globe, combine ancient craft and modern technology.
All lectures are at 6PM at Texas Society of Architects, 500 Chicon Street.
New American Public Art (Somerville, MA)
Beili Liu (Austin, TX)
Thoughtbarn (Austin, TX)
Janet Echelman (Brookline, MA)
All lectures will be held at 6PM at the Texas Society of Architects building at 500 Chicon Street, Austin, and are free and open to the public. Parking is available onsite.