MASS Gallery impacts the creative culture of Austin by cultivating a physical space for open engagement with a multiplicity of interests and acts of art making.
Founded in 2006, MASS is a collectively run nonprofit gallery and project space based in Austin, Texas. Consisting of a cast culled from Austin’s rich community of artists, writers, musicians and educators, MASS members jointly contribute to the daily operations and strategic planning of exhibitions, programming and events.
From 2006 to 2010 MASS existed as part of the Blue Theater complex, behind what is now Big Medium at Canopy and adjacent to the current Museum of Human Achievement. During this period, MASS presented more than forty exhibitions and indescribable events, establishing its reputation as an art space with a true sense of curiosity, always amenable to the risk of providing its space and energy in support of the unknown. MASS’s stint at the Blue Theater was characterized by large scale installations that dramatically transformed the space, notably House Painting by Erin Curtis, Stalemate of the Boozefox, and Panopticon by Dustin Kilgore. MASS also became an associated venue and partner with Austin art events like Fusebox, EAST and The Texas Biennial.
Between 2010 and 2013, MASS utilized a two year nomadic period to create public art projects and pop-up exhibitions around town. MASS teamed up with CoLab to mount 2 exhibitions: Monolith Pass by Anthony Garza and Vortexas Brainsaw Massacre, a haunted house/installation staged by the MASS staff. We also did the Totally Wreckshow at Big Medium and a group show, Methods of Entanglement at the UT ACES building.
In November 2013, MASS established itself in its new location within the 507 Calles Street complex, consisting of a 1,500-square foot gallery space, five large work studios and a unique retail space. After 5 years at Calles St MASS has relocated into a standalone structure at 705 Gunter St.
Erin Gentry is a native of Mexico, was raised in the United States, and has been living and working in Austin since the late 1990s. Erin has extensive professional experience in youthwork, bilingual education, and program design and project management, and has been involved in the creation and development of several small non-profit organizations, where she specialized in strategic planning, organizational development, and meeting facilitation. Her nationally recognized work for Arthouse at the Jones Center’s youth education programs impacted the lives of hundreds of young artists and educators. Erin holds a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies from St. Edward’s University, in Austin, TX, and a master’s degree in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, where she wrote about intersections of gender, contemporary art, and urban space. She has also completed graduate coursework in museum studies and information studies. She has been an active member of MASS Gallery since 2011.
Drew Liverman is an artist and designer living in Austin, Texas. Drew received his B.F.A. in painting and printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2002. Drew’s drawing, painting, and installation work has been featured in BOMB Magazine and shown in The Centre for Contemporary Arts Glasgow, Scotland; Atelier als Supermedium Artists Space for Contemporary Art Den Haag/Rijswijk, The Netherlands; and the Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas. In addition to his personal work, Drew contributes to the Austin, Texas based art collective, Boozefox and has been an active MASS member since 2007.
Aaron Dubrow is a founding member of MASS and a science writer at The University of Texas at Austin’s Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). He received a BA in English from Williams College and an MA in Journalism from UT Austin. He has attended residencies at Skowhegan, the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center, the Kavli Center for Theoretical Physics and the National Center for atmospheric Research, and recently finished a three-year stint at the National Science Foundation in D.C. Aaron has curated several shows for MASS, including Wally, Methods of Entanglement, Ping Pong, Systems of Growth and Decay, and 20MB — several of which touched on issues of technology and science. He also organized the Alley Cat Project (funded by a grant from the Idea Fund), Frame, a day of performances, talks and art events in collaboration with other non-profit art spaces (supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts), and Technovisual: Art in the Age of Code at the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Jules Buck Jones is a practicing artist living and working in Austin, Texas. Jules received his B.F.A. from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia in 2005 and received his M.F.A. from the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. Over the years Jules has developed a body of work dealing primarily with animal imagery and thoughts on biology, ecology, mythology, and transformation. He participated in the Austin Museum of Art’s 20 to Watch show in the spring of 2008 and was the Artist in Residence in Everglades National Park in May and June of 2009. In 2011 Jules completed residencies at the Vermont Studio Center in Vermont, the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture in Maine, Buoy Gallery, Maine, and received a fellowship for a residency on Fisher’s Island, New York. Jules shows extensively throughout Texas with solo shows in Dallas, Austin, and Houston. Jules is also part of Boozefox, a collaborative team practicing large scale installations and has been an active member of MASS Gallery since 2006. julesbuckjones.com
Andrea Calo is a freelance architectural and interiors photographer living in Austin, TX. She grew up on the edge of urban sprawl in Phoenix, Arizona, and received her BFA in Photography from the Herberger Institute of Design and the Arts at Arizona State University in 2009. She relocated to Austin in 2012, and in 2014 founded Lower Left, a garage gallery space. With a mission to promote collaboration between local artists, Lower Left housed exhibitions in a South Austin garage, and later joined the arts and education non-profit, Studium. Now on hiatus, Lower Left inspired Andrea to join MASS Gallery in 2017, in an effort to continue facilitating art and collaboration as an active member of the community in Austin.
B.1984 Philadelphia, PA.
Ted Carey is an improv sculptor and abstract turntablist currently living in Austin, TX.
MFA- University of Pennsylvania
BFA- University of the Arts
“Carey works with the drastic insightfulness of an absurdist poet. His elegantly distressed objects, funny and sad and oddly exquisite, undermine varied sacred cows of culture and commerce. More, they affirm the vitality and importance of the mindful eye and heart in a world that overlooks beauty and numbs the senses.” – Matt Freedman
Michelle Devereux is an artist born and raised in Dallas, Texas and has been living and working in Austin since 2005. She received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from Bard College in 2004. She currently works at an Austin-based chainstitch company known as Fort Lonesome. Her performances, installations, videos, and drawings have been shown locally at Monofonus Press, Mass Gallery, Arthouse at the Jones Center, Co-Lab, Domy Books, Okay Mountain, El Cosmico, and Museum of Human Achievement. Other notable shows include a two person show with Matt Furie at New Image Art Gallery in Los Angeles, in addition to a pizza themed group show at Marlborough Gallery in Chelsea. Her recent body of work centers mostly on the media of colored pencil drawings mixed airbrush.
Hollis Hammonds is a Kentucky born artist who has been living and working in Austin, Texas since 2007. Her work crosses media from drawing to sculptural installation and has been exhibited throughout the U.S. including solo exhibitions at Redux Contemporary Art Center in Charleston, SC; the Dishman Art Museum in Beaumont, TX; the Reed Gallery at the University of Cincinnati in OH; the Museum of Art at Southern Mississippi University in Hattiesburg, MS; the Hiestand Galleries at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio; and at Women and Their Work gallery in Austin, TX. She was an artist in residence at McColl Center for Art and Innovation in Charlotte, NC in spring 2016. She is the author of Drawing Structure: Conceptual and Observational Techniques, and has had her creative work published in New American Paintings, Manifest’s International Drawing Annual, Uppercase Magazine and 60 Americans. Hammonds has a BFA from Northern Kentucky University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati. She is an Associate Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Visual Studies at St. Edward’s University in Austin, TX. www.hollishammonds.com
Brooke Johnson is an artist living and working in Austin, Texas. She is expected to graduate in 2019 with a BFA in Studio Art, a BA in Art History, and a Bridging Disciplines Program Certificate in Museum Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Her performance and lens-based art practice focuses primarily on the environment, animals, and representations of the natural world within science and natural history museums. Brooke is a member of Mass Gallery, The Museum of Human Achievement’s IRL @MoHA, and Fleet Performance Collective. She has exhibited and performed in multiple exhibitions within Austin, both individually and as a member of Fleet Performance Collective.
Beth Schindler, an artist living and working in Austin, Texas. Working in textiles, photography and found materials. She has shown her work in Austin, New Orleans, Marfa, D.C. and San Francisco. Her most recent works have been interactive and not to be taken very seriously. Creating space for gay stuff is what is usually happening in her free time. With events like Lesbian Wedding, Free and Queer Cinema, Homo Photo Club, QueerBomb, OUTsider Festival, etc. Some examples of her work are here bethcita.tumblr.com
riel Sturchio is a multimedia artist who was born in Portland, Maine and currently resides in Austin, TX. riel received an MFA from the University of Austin, Texas (2018), and a BFA in Photography from the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME (2012). riel’s work often revolves around the body, identity, language, and vulnerability. riel’s work has been widely supported by the John Anson Kittredge Fund, The Maine Arts Commission, and The Alexia Foundation. gabriellasturchio.com
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