FotoATX, a new Austin photography festival, launches


A nascent fine art photography festival has launched in Austin.

Called FotoATX it is a collaboration between the city’s Cultural Arts Division, the City’s Museum and Cultural Arts Centers of the Austin Parks and Recreation Department, PrintAustin and other community partners. FotoATX is comprised of roughly of a month’s worth of photography-centric exhibitions and public programs at mostly city of Austin facilities.

Below are a few selected exhibits. The complete FotoATXschedule is at

“AWXAW: Austin Women By Austin Women”
Elisabet Ney Museum, 304 E. 44th Street
Exhibition Dates: January 11 – February 18, 2018
Artists’ Reception:  January 11, 6:30 – 8:30PM
Open House: January 13, 12 – 4PM
Artists’ Talk: January 27, 2 – 3PM
Austin is a unique city and its people are what make it great. In this gallery show, Austin women at work and play, pioneering, bold and creative, are revealed by Austin women photographers. Learn more about the wealth of energy and spirit Austin women bring to both sides of the camera, through works by Ave Bonar, Amalia Diaz, Christa Blackwood, Hannah Neal and Erica Wilkins, at the home of one of Austin’s most spirited women, Elisabet Ney.

Nancy Mims, multi-media photo-based work, from the exhibit “Terra Incognita.”

“Nancy Mims: Terra Incognita”
Dougherty Arts Center, 1110 Barton Springs Road
Exhibition Dates: January 13 – February 3, 2018
Artist’s Reception: January 13, 1-3PM
Artist’s talk: January 24, 7 – 8PM
It begins with a walk. Cracks on a sidewalk. Birds on a line, then suddenly in flight. Nancy Mims’ work starts with her daily practice of walking and looking. Tracing a meandering route through her neighborhood, she fills her camera with bits and pieces of what she encounters. Her meticulous process of editing results in a photography collection that reflects this elegant order, and depicts those chaotic forces of change in action, frozen in the moment.

“Where I Belong”
Asian American Resource Center, 8401 Cameron Road
Exhibition Dates: January 13 –  June 29, 2018
Open House:  January 13, 12 – 4PM
Co-curated by local Asian American photojournalist Lizzie Chen and the Asian American Resource Center, this exhibit portrays mixed-race Asian American Pacific Islander youth and teens at home in Austin. Multicultural families open their doors to share authentic lived experiences captured on film.

“George Brainard: Austin Originals: Portraits of the People That Shape Our City”
Austin Central Library, 710 West Cesar Chavez Street
Exhibition Dates: January 13 – February 18, 2018
Open House: January 13, 12 – 4PM
Austin native George Brainard exhibits portraits of the musicians, artists, journalists, and other icons that make Austin unique. His photographs reveal connections, secrets and insights into the incomparable cultural engine that powers Austin life. Many images appeared in Austin Monthly magazine, and some are exclusive to this show.

“Su-Realidad (Your Reality): An Exploration of Surreal Photography and Installation Art”
Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center, 600 River Street
Exhibition Dates: January 20 –  March 3, 2018
Artists’ Reception: January 20, 3 – 5PM
This youth installation photography exhibit is curated by the twelve members of the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center teen leadership program, Caminos, which empowers Austin teens to carve their path in the creative arts. Su-Realidad features the unbridled imagination of Austin’s youth. 

“Juntos/Together: Black and Brown Activism in Austin from 1970 – 1983”
George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center,
1165 Angelina Street
Exhibition Dates: January 11 – April 16, 2018
Curator’s Reception: January 11, 7 – 9PM
Open House: January 13, 12 – 4PM
Curators’ Talk: January 30, 6:30 – 8PMThis exhibition focuses on expressions of solidarity between African American and Latino activists during a period of social change demanded by two of the city’s visible ethnic groups. Curated by Alan Garcia and Rachel E. Winston, the exhibition of archival photographs are on view at the George Washington Carver Museum, Cultural & Genealogy Center from January 9 to April 16, 2018. Garcia is the founder of ATX Barrio Archive and Winston is the Black Diaspora Archivist of the Benson Latin American Studies and Collections at the University of Texas

“Sev Coursen: Built Environments”
Lewis Carnegie, 1312 E. Cesar Chavez St.
Exhibition Dates:January 13 –  January 25, 2018
Open House: January 13, 12 – 4PM
Artist’s Reception:  January 13, 6 – 9 PM
Artist’s Talk: January 20, 3 – 4PM
Using color, composition, and patience, Sev Coursen documents buildings and other environments across Texas.



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