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Artist

Art can inspire, energize and induce a positive emotional response. For this reason, we are committed to featuring more visual art into the total experience of our customers, visitors and attendees. In keeping with the City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program (AIPP), several iconic pieces were commissioned as part of the capital improvement budget for the original construction of the Austin Convention Center and subsequent additions. In addition to the public art collection, the Austin Convention Center Department began acquiring additional works by some of the region’s most accomplished artists, which can be found in various spots throughout the facility. Keep your eyes peeled for any of these exceptional works during your next visit!

Virginia Fleck

In 2002 I started using post-consumer plastic bags and wrappers as collage material. The graphics and slogans printed on plastic bags are the results of exhaustive market research by advertisers. With an Exacto knife, I take aim at these graphics and through the slow deliberate action of cutting, I extract, alter and subvert those consumer messages. Indulging my inherently playful nature, I take consumerism and wrestle it through the sieve of formal beauty. The resulting mandalas are intricately crafted works created by collaging pieces of detritus from a consumer society, revealing the beauty of disposable items that continually pass through our hands.

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Artist Photo: Virginia Fleck

Toss Up (2016)