10 Districts. 10 Projects. 1 City.

At its core, Drawing Lines is an exploratory conversation about the dynamics of place. An artist-driven, community-based public art project, Drawing Lines was commissioned in response to Austin's historic 10-1 political transformation from at-large to geographic representation. Embedding artists within the foundation of a rapidly changing, ever-evolving city, it's a project that explores how art itself, as a process, can be part of the conversation around Austin’s newly restructured 10-1 political system and examines the role of contemporary culture in the transition of place.

the exhibition

Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place is an experiential and immersive exhibition bringing together 10 commissioned place-specific public art projects for the first time under one roof to reflect on the new 10-1 political structure, each district’s dynamic cultural life and thus, the city itself. Capturing an historic moment in Austin’s evolution as a city through each of the artists' year-long residency, the exhibition provided a snapshot into the first year of this new council structure and the newly drawn geographic communities it is charged to represent. 

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In 2012, the citizens of Austin initiated and voted for a new political system where city council members represent specific geographic districts, beginning with the November 2014 election. Exploring these citizen-driven yet prescribed boundaries of place, Drawing Lines embedded artists in each of the ten newly drawn districts for the first year to co-create a place-specific public project with the residents of the new districts. The ten district projects came together for the first time in the project's 18-month duration in Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place.

Commissioned artists include Los Outsiders, Deb Esquenazi and Carrie Kenny, Adrian Quesada, Zell Miller III, Sonya Coté, Josef Kristofoletti, Teruko Nimura, Patrick Bresnan and Ivete Lucas, Jack Sanders and Steve Parker.

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