The City of Austin’s Cultural Arts Division invites Austin-area artists, galleries, museums, and arts organizations to apply for the 2014 People’s Gallery exhibition, which will be on display at City Hall almost a full year: February 28, 2014-January 9, 2015. As of today, applications are being accepted for 2- and 3-dimensional artworks in any medium through October 18. Artists are encouraged to attend one of two artist information meetings for more details about the application process. The city has posted information about the exhibition, the meetings, and the application process online.
In November, a selection panel of local arts professionals will review the submissions; this year’s panelists are artist and curator Michael Anthony García, art historian and co-owner of Tiny Park Gallery Thao Votang, as well as artist and illustrator Terrence Moline. Throughout the year, the public is invited to vote for their favorite artworks and the “People’s Choice” award is selected from among the top-recommended artworks each year. Remember that the “people” choosing are people that visit City Hall, so submit some work and then get tons of friends to go down and vote. It’s pretty cool that the city puts up this show every year but, like most political entities speaking for the “people,” watch out for the fine print. Note that the arts panel recommends the selection and the “People’s Choice” award is selected from among the top-recommended works.