MASS is a nonprofit collective of Austin artists, educators and arts professionals with a range of interests, experiences and perspectives committed to contributing to a dynamic visual art scene in Austin, Texas.
For 12 years, MASS has been a vital and important presence in the Austin art community. Recently, however, we learned that we would be losing our space to make room for an internet startup. This has spurred us to seek out a new home that better suits the goals and vision for the future.
And we found it! Emerging from the new condo dust of the East side: an old warehouse behind a tire shop with an outdoor lot big enough for movie screenings, fire pits, gardens, outdoor sculpture and performances. This is where MASS will make its new home, where we can continue to contribute to and champion the Austin art community. A home for the future!
We are preparing to transform this space in East Austin into MASS’s new home and we need your help. Your contributions will allow MASS to get over a tricky passage in our journey: repurposing the raw space into a gallery and performance venue that will support the quality of work that we plan to present there for many years to come. We know we are not alone in our predicament, with many arts groups forced out of already unaffordable spaces each year, struggling to find a home. Yet, we feel incredibly excited about this new venture!
Our goal of $15,000.00 will cover approximately ½ of our construction costs, and will enable us to continue the quality programming we’ve become known for, including an upcoming year of exciting exhibits, artist talks, artist residency, and other public events.
For those able to contribute, MASSive rewards are in store: a plethora of art, experiences, and cool gear made by the great minds of MASS and their closest friends. From commissioned artworks, to dinner under the stars, to MASS-tagged tote bags, we have things you’ll love.
MASS Enamel Pin
MASS Mystery Tote
MASS Member ARTWORK & COMMISSIONS:
Ida Behjat is a MASS member and textile & apparel designer.
Andrea Calo is MASS member and architectural photographer.
Ted Carey is a MASS member and artist working in photography and sculpture.
Michelle Devereux is a MASS member and artist.
Hollis Hammonds is a new MASS member and Austin-based artist known for her large-scale drawings and sculptural installations dealing with natural and man-made disasters.
Brooke Johnson is a new MASS member and IRL @ MoHA coordinator. Her art practice focuses on ecology and museological spaces.
Jules Buck Jones is a MASS Member and Austin artist known for his "graphic fantastical images of hybridized animal forms." Influenced by ecological and biological concerns, Jones creates imagery of bizarre, fantastic happenings in nature, using the past, present and future as backdrops, mythology, fact, and fiction as fodder, and the animal kingdom as the vehicle.
Drew Liverman is an artist and designer living in Austin, Texas. In addition to his personal work, Drew contributes to a collaborative painting group called Youngsons, the Austin based art collective Boozefox, and has been an active member of MASS Gallery since 2007.
Risks and challenges
Running an arts-related project in Austin, Texas is tough. Rents are high and rising, but luckily we've secured a long-term lease that will keep us on the EAST side for years to come!
We look forward to a bright future at our new home, and with the support of our backers, we will be able to continue the high quality programming we've become known for.
See you soon at our new and improved location!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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