Whether for a performance, lecture, artist conversation, or film, the Visual Arts Center invites the public to activate our space while energetically discovering fresh perspectives in contemporary art. Through auxiliary programming, the creative community at large is encouraged to intersect with the visual arts in unexpected and inspired ways.
Special thanks to The University of Texas at Austin Fine Arts Library and its staff for their support in expanding the educational mission of of the Visual Arts Center through acquisitions directly in response to the VAC's exhibition and supplementary programming.
Art in Practice
Art in Practice is a series of panel discussions that provide guidance and insight into the professional world to students preparing for careers in the arts. Varying topics of conversation range from a nuts-and-bolts approach to gaining valuable job skills, to broad issues relevant to creative culture as a whole. Led by committed art administrators, enterprising gallerists, and established artists, these talks engage audiences in constructive exchanges about the multifaceted field of contemporary art.
Fade In is a series of specially curated videos remarkably projected from within the VAC to audiences outside the building. As dusk approaches, the VAC retains its pulse as work is screened outwardly onto the landscape of the university. Acting as a silent beacon, Fade In captures the curiosity of passersby and invites them to continue their contemporary art investigation during daytime hours.
Focus Group is a screening series centered on experimental film in its various formats, including but not limited to 16mm, 8mm, and digital video. Focusing on seminal filmmakers from the past and their contemporary counterparts, the screenings are introduced by artists, filmmakers, critics, and curators who additionally present discussion topics ranging from innovative approaches to the medium to issues in contemporary film culture. Through this exposure to unique and often rare films, as well as the critical dialogue surrounding them, Focus Group enables a broader understanding of the possibilities of cinema.
Two Ships Passing
Two Ships Passing is presented in collaboration with the art publication Pastelegram. Often said of two people who meet for a brief but intense moment, this conversation series explores pertinent topics within the creative community. In each edition of Two Ships Passing, one speaker will be invited and prompted to request the company of a committed colleague, mentor, or perhaps even a new acquaintance, creating a unique pairing for a dialogue. This remarkable event aims to establish a reactive space where ideas will be exchanged and unexpected conclusions reached.