Arthouse at The Jones Center
AMOA-Arthouse at The Jones Center is a 501(c)3 conforming non-profit visual arts organization based in Austin, Texas. It is the oldest statewide visual arts organization in Texas, and the only statewide visual arts organization dedicated entirely to contemporary art.
Founded as the Texas Fine Arts Association (TFAA) in 1911, the organization's initial purpose was to maintain the studio and collection of sculptor Elisabet Ney, now the Elisabet Ney Museum. The Association's early leadership helped to establish the studio art department at The University of Texas at Austin, promote the formation of a state arts commission, and found some of the state's major art museums.
In 1927 TFAA began a visual arts touring program that brought selected works of art to communities throughout the state. In 1943, Clara Driscoll deeded her Austin estate, Laguna Gloria, to TFAA who operated the facility as an art museum until 1961 when the Laguna Gloria Art Museum, Inc. assumed that responsibility. Until the fall of 1998, TFAA maintained its state headquarters in the carriage house on the property, and annually held three exhibitions in the main building.
In 1995 TFAA's Board of Directors purchased the property at 700 Congress Avenue in Austin, TX. Three years after the building's purchase, TFAA opened its new headquarters, the Jones Center for Contemporary Art, in November 1998.
In November 2002, the name of the organization was officially changed from the Texas Fine Arts Association to Arthouse.
In 2010 Lewis.Tsurumaki.Lewis (LTL) architects completed radical expansions and renovations to Arthouse at the Jones Center. As part of the remodeling, LTL and award-winning New York City-based lighting design firm LumenArch installed 177 LED-lit rectangular laminated glass blocks perforating the southern and eastern walls of the building to create a “glowing” effect.
Arthouse now functions as a resource for Texas-based artists as well. In addition to exhibitions and programming, Arthouse offers access to an Emergency Relief Fund, affordable health insurance, membership banking and credit union opportunities, discounts on art materials and art publications, and its own newsletter, Arthouse News.
Arthouse serves an average of 50,000 people annually.
Notes and references
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- Federal Writers' Project. Texas, A Guide to the Lone Star State. US History Publishers. p. 146. ISBN 1-60354-042-3. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
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- Greene, Alison deLima; Jimenez, Alejandra (2000). Texas: 150 Works from the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. p. 17. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
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- Little, Carol Morris (1996). A comprehensive guide to outdoor sculpture in Texas. University of Texas Press. p. 85. ISBN 0-292-76036-1. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- "A Big Word With a Small "A"". The Austin Chronicle. 2000-02-11. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- "CALL IT FESTIVAL FEVER.". Austin Business Journal. 2001-05-18. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- Cohen, Rebecca S. (2004). Art Guide Texas: Museums, Art Centers, Alternative Spaces, and Nonprofit Galleries. University of Texas Press. p. 15. ISBN 0-292-71230-8. Retrieved 2008-06-24.
- "Arthouse at the Jones Center". Architectural Record. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
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