The Asian American Resource Center (AARC) offers an excellent opportunity
local artists to display
celebrates the diversity and dynamism of Asian and
culture. The AARC seeks to present visual art that
addresses topics in Asian and Asian American culture, heritage and history
through a quarterly
rotating exhibits program.
While this is an Austin-based program, we welcome national and international submissions.
The application deadline for 2018 exhibits is March 31st, 2017.
working in various media as
well as curators, galleries, and organizations to submit a call for
exhibits application along with supporting materials to include:
- Artwork images: If this is a solo exhibition, the artist
must submit 10-20 jpeg images (no
larger than 1024 x 768 pixels at 300 dpi) of artwork. If this is a group exhibition, the curator, gallery, or organization must
submit 5-10 jpeg images of artwork by EACH participating artist. All works of art must be completed in the past 5 years.
- Image list: Include the following information for each uploaded image: title of work, medium, dimensions (height x width x depth), and date completed.
- Exhibition statement: Briefly describe the medium, artistic process
and inspiration of the art. Explain the message you would like to convey
through this exhibit.
Type of work
2D– painting, drawing, prints,
photography, fiber, multimedia
3D– sculptures, ceramics, jewelry,
Please note that daily video
installations are not available at this time. Video installations may be
available during opening receptions upon request.
Artwork may not exceed 50 lbs
in depth if exhibited in glass display case.
An independent panel comprised of community members will review all submissions
and select exhibitions. The panel will be provided only the artwork examples and exhibition statement submitted for
review. No background on the artist, including name, experience, age, national origin, gender or other information will be provided. Artwork will be judged solely on its
Selection criteria are broad and may include:
All artwork is original in concept and /or presentation.
Impression: Strength of the artwork is shown based on technique, concept of
work, execution, and application of artistic abilities.
The exhibition is suitable for a multi-use space and relevant to the AARC
Final exhibit selections will
approved by the panel in conjunction with AARC
Length of exhibitions
Exhibitions are rotated on a quarterly basis and
will run for approximately 10 weeks depending on other programming activities at
The AARC is not a museum gallery. Exhibit spaces
available include a ballroom, conference room, the lobby area, and the
adjoining hallways. A secured glass display case located in the lobby is also
available for smaller work, such as sculpture, jewelry, ceramics, small 3-D sculptures,
and small 2-D work.
Delivery, installation, and
Artist(s) are responsible
for transporting all artwork
and all related
components including, stands, labels and
other informational materials to and from the AARC on the date specified in the
Exhibition Agreement. The AARC is partially equipped with track lighting system
and relies mainly on natural sunlight and canned lights. The artist(s) is responsible
for providing additional lighting and/or other necessary equipment for installation.
All 2-D artwork submitted must be framed or mounted
and ready to hang with D-rings. The AARC is a city owned facility and is handicap
accessible. The national standard hanging height for artwork is 58 - 60” on center
for accessibility purposes. Artwork that is intentionally unframed, such as stretched
canvas, must have well finished edges. Edges cannot be taped. Mats, if used, must
be well cut and clean. At the AARC, the gallery track hanging system with
classic hooks is used for exhibits. The use of this system is preferred, but
other methods that do not damage the walls will be considered at the manager's
discretion. This system supports up to 45lbs per piece.
All 3-D artwork submitted must be self-supporting
or include a stand. Pedestals may be available upon request. In addition, 3D artwork
should not have sharp objects protruding from the stand or be installed directly
on the floor creating a possible walking hazard or difficulty with facility cleaning.
All artwork labels must be typed and should be the
same size and contain the same information (title, name, medium). Use a readable
font style such as Arial or Times New Roman and font size no smaller than 14 points.
Be consistent with placement of the labels.
Label hanging height should not exceed 54”. The label design and material must
be approved by AARC staff prior to installation. Pricelist and number pins are
Exhibition installation is the responsibility of
the artist(s) and subject to approval by AARC staff. Thirty (30) days before the
date of the installation, the artist(s) must attend a required planning meeting
in order to have the proposed exhibit layout and installation methods approved.
AARC staff will be onsite to provide consultation; however artist(s) are ultimately
responsible for curating and installing the exhibition and providing all their own
hardware and tools.
The AARC will ensure that exhibit space and walls
are ready for hanging prior to installation of work. All artwork must be removed
from the premises by the close date unless other arrangements have been made with
AARC staff. AARC staff will inspect space
to ensure gallery is ready for the next show.
Publicity and promotion
The AARC will support artists to the best of its
ability in terms of promoting exhibitions via the center’s website, brochures,
newsletters, calendar listings and other media outlets as available. Additional methods of publicity are the responsibility
of the artist(s). The AARC reserves the right to reproduce accepted entries and
images for the purpose of exhibition promotion and educational programming, as
provided in the agreement.
A reception is typically scheduled for each exhibit,
usually within the first week of its installation. The AARC will host the reception
and provide light refreshments.
Sale of artwork
Artist(s) may sell work directly to the public provided
that artwork sold remains on display until the conclusion of the exhibition. The
AARC does not market sales nor receive a commission from sales of art. AARC
staff does not handle purchase negotiations for the artist(s). Any and all purchase inquiries will be referred
directly back to the artist.
Although the greatest of care and respect will be
given to all work exhibited at the AARC, the AARC is not responsible for any loss or damage to the application materials
or to the accepted work submitted.
Exhibits are afforded property insurance coverage
under the Fine-Arts Floater on the City of Austin property insurance policy. The
artist(s) is responsible for the deductible amount of $2,500.
Exhibition agreement form
If an artist, curator, gallery, or organization is offered an exhibition opportunity at the
AARC, a Community Exhibition Program Agreement must be
completed and returned to the AARC within two weeks of notification. The terms of
these guidelines are incorporated as part of the agreement.
ABOUT THE ASIAN AMERICAN RESOURCE CENTER
The Asian American Resource Center (AARC) is a cultural facility within the Parks and Recreation Department. Our mission is to provide spaces and resources through an Asian American Pacific Islander perspective.
The AARC is a public multi-use facility, which includes a ballroom, a library and computer lab, a conference room, community rooms, classrooms, a zen garden, and Great Lawn.
Monday and Tuesday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00am to 9:00pm
Friday and Saturday, 9:00am to 5:00pm
Sunday — Closed
Asian American Resource Center
8401 Cameron Road
Austin, Texas 78754