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Visual Artists' Sustainability Survey


Are you surviving or thriving? Please give us your feedback in this survey!


If you had asked me five years ago if I would be willing to spend over $45,000 of my own money, and volunteer nearly full time for four years while scrambling to pay my own bills and hardly ever make it to the studio, I would have laughed at you. I started Generous Art so I would have the chance to sell art in a way I could stomach, and to support nonprofits that help me survive. The more stories I heard from artists about our struggles to financially survive while still appearing as working professionals, the more dedicated I became. When I talk to people about the broken business models in the art world, they are shocked; but they can relate it to the music industry which has done a much better job advocating about the problems. There really are not many people or agencies advocating for Visual Artists, locally, regionally, or nationally.

Please share your data so we can advocate for you, so you have a chance to do your best work. And then please share the survey with your artist friends.

Thank you-- Jennifer Chenoweth

Posted by Jennifer Chenoweth at 10:04 AM
Austin, TX

AIA Austin Event Poster

Eventbrite Link to RSVP

AIA Austin Generous Art poster

Posted by Jennifer Chenoweth at 2:15 PM
Austin, TX

AIA Show Austin - Where Art meets Architecture

Generous Art launches a partnership with AIA Austin for a pop-up art show where art and architecture intersect.

Join us in a roundtable discussion with distinguished local architects and artists. Featuring guest curators Larry Alan Doll, Ryan Coover, and a panel of select Generous Artists.

Admission will include signature cocktails and a vast array of locally crafted hors d'oeuvres. All proceeds plus 30% of art sales will benefit the Austin Foundation for Architecture.

It will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at the Austin Center for Architecture 801 W. 12th Street, Austin, TX, 78701.

The private talk will go from 5:30pm to 7pm. This part of the event will be ticketed ($15). The public reception begins at 7pm and will go on until 9pm.

Eventbrite Link here to RSVP

Posted by Jennifer Chenoweth at 1:48 PM
Austin, TX

Curator's Roundtable Luncheon 2014

Curator's Roundtable Photos

On Tuesday, February 18, we invited Austin's community of curators and our board of directors to meet for lunch in the Crenshaw Room at the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Museum. We discussed our new Curatorial Board, Artwork Criteria, and Curatorial Statement, developed by Independent Curator Salvador Jaime Castillo and the Artist's Liason to the GA Board Eleanor Droll. We talked about our mission to empower artists and sustain communities, and how we've grown.

The curators in attendance provided great insights on how to design our new Curatorial Board. We look forward to having their input on our next call for artists.

We plan to create more opportunities for curators to participate in Generous Art's dynamic shows and professional development for artists.

Many thanks to the Umlauf Sculpture Garden and Trento for hosting and catering this event!



Posted by Jennifer Chenoweth at 7:19 PM
Austin, TX

February 2014 News From Generous Art

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Posted by Jennifer Chenoweth at 7:04 PM
Austin, TX

Why we do what we do.

Take a look at Mr. Koll's article: Don't Quit Your Day Job; thank you Mr. Koll for speaking out. Does this ring true to your experience? Don't worry, you don't have to start planning a voyage to Denmark or Ireland. While Mr. Koll speaks to one common reality of the American artist, here at Generous Art we are advocating for a solution that is all inclusive.  

Posted by Jennifer Chenoweth at 12:36 AM
Austin, TX

Beautiful Giving at Penn Field

  On September 26th, we held our annual fall gala Beautiful Giving at Penn Field and a great time was had by all. The show featured 29 fine art works by 23 of our Generous Artists, and we gathered together to celebrate the Austin arts and nonprofits that help enrich and support our community.
And the Yellow Dot Artist of the evening was Katie Rose Pipkin.  Her piece got the most Yellow Dot votes, and we will send her nonprofit of choice, Fusebox Festival, a $50 donation in her name.
Stream Realty and ThinkStreet were our generous hosts, providing the beautiful space at Penn Field. Individual sponsorship was kindly donated by Frank and Judith Gordon.
Generous Art would also like to thank Deep Eddy Vodka for sharing libations, Roxy Roca for performing, ElevenLofts for promotion, Eunice Garza for catering at the opening event using produce donated by Tecolote farms with additional catering by the always delicious Texas French Bread, who also provided catering for the preview lunch and learn for Penn Field tenants on September 17th. Our show generated buzz: We were also invited to present a preview to Stream Realty’s September Lunch and Learn meeting, where we were able to present the mission of Generous Art to their panel of Property Managers, who oversee some of Austin’s finest properties.
Missed the show? You can still view the show catalog online and purchase work through the month of October.
The show helped to introduce a new era for Generous Art. Since 2011, our mission has helped to generate over $18,000 to area charities and has provided an avenue for artists to also be philanthropists. We are an effective and free fundraising tool, and we’re challenging how art is sold in Austin, TX. It feels good to do good, and we’re feeling great! We’ve grown our partner nonprofits to a list of 60 participants and proudly represent a diverse body of work from 34 talented Austin artists. Now, we are relaunching Generous Art as a nonprofit so we can be better positioned to do even more.
Want to be part of the cause? We totally get that. Artists, nonprofits and partner sponsors can join up with Generous Art online here.
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Posted by Jennifer Chenoweth at 3:42 PM
Austin, TX

Inside Eleanor's Studio

Eleanor Droll Vimeo ThumbnailGenerous Art is excited to present our first in a series of videos about our artists' process. Eleanor Droll is a printmaker. She does etchings, linotypes, and monoprints, which all follow the drawing process.

Get an inside look at her creativity and hands at work. Filmed by Marche Howell.

And then come see her finished prints in person at her studio sale closing at Texas French Bread Sunday February 10 from 3:00 - 5:00 pm. Address is 2900 Rio Grande.

Watch the video HERE on VIMEO!

Posted by Jennifer Chenoweth at 7:52 PM
Austin, TX

The Giving Never Stops!

We just keep on going here at Generous Art. Take a look at Generous Artist Judith Simonds (left) passing on a donation to KLRU's Betsy Gerdeman (right). What a great way to kick off the New Year!

Posted by L Putrino at 2:00 PM
Austin, TX

It Doesn't Get Better Than This

I recently had the pleasure of handing off a donation to Communities in Schools accompanied by Generous Artist Virginia Fleck. This was the final donation made for the sale of her Thrill Mandala. We are all thrilled (pun intended) to see this good deed completed! Now, if only our buyer was present to complete this amazing photograph.

Posted by L Putrino at 11:40 AM
Austin, TX