Archives in Art

Due to restrictions put in place by local officials in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and for the safety of all involved, the Austin Archives Bazaar and the Archives in Art Show have been postponed.  We will send out new dates when we have them. Be safe.

Archives in Art:

Austin Archives Bazaar 2020 Juried Show

The Austin Archives Bazaar is excited to announce its inaugural exhibition: Archives in Art, a juried art show that encourages Central Texas artists to use or be inspired by archival materials in creating their work. There are no submission fees, and accepted works will be exhibited at the Austin Archives Bazaar on April 19, 2020 and afterwards at Austin Central Library’s 4th Floor from April 27 – June 30. Central Library will be a stop on the WEST Austin Studio Tour in May! There will be cash awards for the jury’s choice and people’s choice winners.

Artists are encouraged to visit a local archival repository in person OR online and select an archival collection or item to interpret as a 2D visual creative work. The artist’s work can pay homage to historical events or figures, fuel discussion, or examine current events through a historical lens. Topics to consider include (but are not limited to): climate change, cultural celebrations, faith, family history, gentrification, human rights, identity, immigration, and incarceration.

Artists may transform and reconfigure copies of archival material, while being mindful of Fair Use Copyright Law. Sources used MUST be cited. See for more information.

Cash Awards

For both jury’s and people’s choice winners, the cash awards will be $300 for 1st, $150 for 2nd, and $50 for 3rd place.

2020 Jurors

Hollis Hammonds

Hollis Hammonds is a Kentucky-born artist and educator living and working in Austin, Texas. Her dystopian drawings and found-object installations have been widely exhibited throughout the US, including venues such as Women & Their Work, Redux Contemporary Art Center, The Grace Museum, and the Dishman Art Museum. She is a Professor of Art and Chair of the Department of Visual Studies at St. Edward’s University.

Adrian Aguilera

A native of Monterrey, Mexico, Aguilera currently lives and works in Austin, Texas. With an interest in scientific observation, cultural history, and social issues, Aguilera’s work is created from selectively removing discarded texts and images from their original contexts, then editing and recombining them. Aguilera is an art registrar and art handler, involved in exhibition design and handling for local art institutions such as Umlauf Sculpture Garden & Museum, the Visual Arts Center, and the Mexican American Cultural Center.

About Austin Archives Bazaar

Austin Archives Bazaar is a FREE biennial event organized by the Archivists of Central Texas since 2014. Austin Archives Bazaar 2020 will take place at Trinity Hall, 311 E. 5th Street, on April 19, 2020. Visitors will have the opportunity to chat with over 20 local archival repositories who table at the event, hear speakers share stories about their discoveries with archives, learn best preservation practices, win door prizes, and more!

Things to Know Before Visiting an Archival Repository

1.       For most repositories, a list of their policies and procedures will be available online in some form. Spend time looking over the archives’ website before your visit. Look for a “Plan Your Visit” link which will prepare you for what to expect, including registration steps and what items are prohibited from the reading room. Many archives have locker systems available to store items, but it’s not a bad idea to travel light.

2.       Be mindful of photography restrictions. Many archives allow the use of cameras, laptops and other personal digital devices, but restrictions may exist.

3.       Handle all materials carefully and keep the materials in order.

4.       Be prepared to pay for photocopies.

5.       Once you find materials to work with, talk to an archivist about how you will be using the item(s) so they can clarify any restrictions on use or copyright violations.

Significant Dates

Submission deadline: March 15 UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 31

Notification of entry: April 3

Artwork delivery dates: April 11 and April 16

Austin Archives Bazaar: April 19

Exhibit at Central Library (4th Floor): April 27 – June 30

Please email all questions to


Any artwork that is not emailed according to these specifications will be disqualified.

Deadline: Emailed entry submissions must be sent by midnight on March 15, 2020 UPDATE: DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MARCH 31, 2020

Austin Archives Bazaar email:

TYPE “FirstName LastName Submission” in the subject line.

Please attach up to 3 images per artwork. No more than 2 artworks accepted per artist. Submission images should be JPEG format with a max size of 300 dpi and 3000 pixels on the long edge. An artist’s statement (500 word max) is required with each submission. Please state what archives were used in the creation of the work(s).

Notification of entry status: You will be notified by email of the jury’s decision. Notifications will go out by midnight, April 3, 2020.

Accepted artwork delivery dates: Saturday, April 11 and Thursday, April 16 between 10am and 4pm at Austin History Center, 810 Guadalupe Street. Your name and the title of the artwork should be attached to the back of the work.

Max size of art should not exceed 24” x 36”. Accepted works will be displayed on easels during Austin Archives Bazaar and will be installed at Austin Central Library the week of April 27th. Works should be delivered ready-to-hang.



Artist Name: ________________________________________________

Phone #: ___________________________________________________

Email: _____________________________________________________

Please include a brief description of the work, for identification purposes.

Work #1 Title: ___________________________________ *Price: _____

Media: ____________________________________________________

Dimensions: ___________________No. of Images (up to 3) __________

Description: ________________________________________________

Work #2 Title: ___________________________________ *Price: _____

Media: ____________________________________________________

Dimensions: ___________________No. of Images (up to 3) __________

Description: ________________________________________________

I, ____________________________, understand the requirements as stated above and authorize Austin Archives Bazaar and the Archivists of Central Texas the full rights to the use and/or reproduction of the images of my artwork for non-commercial marketing purposes. Liability: All possible care will be taken in handling artwork, but Austin Archives Bazaar and the Archivists of Central Texas cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.