Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place

323 Congress Avenue
in the (1897) Historic McKean-Eilers Building

Exhibition Dates: April 1-10, 2016
Public Opening Party: April 1 from 7-10p
Gallery Hours: April 2-10 from noon-5p
Project Talks: March 31-April 1 (multiple times)
Capital Metro Transit Adventures: April 3, 9 & 10
Exhibition Catalog

An experiential and immersive exhibition, Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place brings the 10 commissioned place-specific public art projects together for the first time in one location to reflect on Austin’s new 10-1 political structure, each district’s dynamic cultural life and thus, the city itself.

As the first exhibition of its kind and scale in Austin, it brings together the project's commissioned artists that co-created a public art works with the residents in their district throughout a one-year residency. Engaging through different approaches and media, Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place brings together the results of this work.

Capturing an historic moment in the city’s evolution through each of the artists’ year-long residency, the exhibition provides a snapshot into the first year of this new city council structure and the newly drawn geographic communities it is charged to represent. The exhibition allows us to experience at once the diversity and commonality of communities explored by the artists and reminds us that collectively the nuances of place make the city what it is today.

Housed in the (1897) McKean-Eilers Building, an historic building on Congress Avenue, the location intentionally brings the exhibition to one of Austin’s most defining places where, for generations, culture, community and civic life have intersected to shape the city.

The McKean-Eilers building located at 323 Congress Avenue sits equidistant from 2 of Austin’s original downtown squares, Republic Square and Brush Square. In addition to providing relief from the built environment and cultural and historic significance, these public green spaces also anchor many public transportation routes, including Capital Metro’s Downtown Station for the red line and the many routes traveling north/south on Lavaca and Guadalupe streets.

As critical civic infrastructure that connects each district to form Austin’s city-wide public transportation network, Capital Metro will co- curate public transit adventures consisting of excursions to various locations of the city’s ten districts (as selected by the artists working in those districts) during the exhibition-opening weekend. The exhibition’s public program is anchored by the explorations which will depart from 323 Congress Avenue. A 13-part documentary video series also accompanies the exhibition. 

Being commissioned to work in District 3 was not only one of the most daunting and intimidating projects I’ve been a part of as an artist but it was also by far the most inspiring and rewarding. I’ve raised a family in the district and have seen so much change in that time that I chose to engage with generations past, present and future to paint a picture of the complexity and beauty of it all.
— Grammy Award-winning musician and visual artist Adrian Quesada