507 Calles Street
Austin, TX 78702
Friday: 5-8 pm
Saturday: 12-5 pm
Sunday: 12-5 pm
This project is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Growth & Redevelopment Services Office/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future. Visit Austin at NowPlayingAustin.com.
MASS fosters exploratory modes of creation by encouraging artists to broaden the scope of their practice, while providing a friendly conversation space for the community to engage with contemporary art.
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.
Between 2010 and 2013, MASS utilized a two year nomadic period to create public art projects and pop-up exhibitions around town. In November 2013, MASS established itself in its new location within the vibrant 507 Calles Street complex. Now consisting of a 1,500-square foot gallery space, five large work studios and a soon to be opened retail space, MASS continues to cultivate a friendly conversation space for the public to engage with the contemporary arts and the Austin, TX community.
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. www.julesbuckjones.com
Xochi Solis is a painter living and working in Austin, Texas. She received her B.F.A. in Studio Art from the University of Texas at Austin in 2005. In 2013, Solis exhibited a solo exhibition—Rivers of our Vision—at Lawndale Art Center in Houston, Texas and just finished an Arquetopia residency in Oaxaca, Mexico to learn and work with natural pigments. In addition to her studio practice, she is the Director of Public Programming at the Visual Arts Center, University of Texas at Austin and has been an active member of MASS Gallery since 2008. www.xochisolis.com
Erin Gentry has 10 years of experience as an educator, both in the classroom and non-profit settings. Most recently, she was the Manager of Education Programs for Arthouse at the Jones Center, where she designed and led the nationally recognized education department from 2008 to 2012. In 2010, she created the annual Advanced Young Artists program, pairing 10 exemplary underserved teens with Artist-Mentors for a yearlong collaborative mentorship that culminates in a professional exhibition of new artwork. Gentry holds a B.A. in Liberal Studies from St. Edward’s University, Austin, and a M.A. in American Culture Studies from Bowling Green State University, Ohio, where she focused on the intersections of gender, contemporary art, and urban space. Gentry served as the Co-Founder and Managing Editor of PaperDolls, a non-profit online magazine for teen girls, 2007 – 2009. She currently serves as a member of MASS Gallery, and as an advisory board member for Co-Lab Projects.
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, screen-printing, video/animation, and installation work has been featured in Beautiful Decay 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.
Richard P. Mansfield is a practicing sculptor, living and working in Austin, Texas. He was born and raised in the Northwest receiving his B.A. in Sculpture from Central Washington University and his M.F.A. in Sculpture from California State University, Fullerton. He has shown in Washington, Arizona, California, Texas and most recently in Chicago at the Nicole Villeneuve Gallery. While being an active artist he also works at the University of Texas at Austin as a Lecture and Sculpture supervisor. Richard is also an active member of MASS Gallery, a non-profit, artist run gallery in Austin, Texas. richardmansfield.net
Christa Palazzolo is a musician, painter, and educator working in Austin, Texas. She graduated with a B.F.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2006, and spent two years in the NYC gallery industry shortly thereafter. Her paintings have been featured in exhibitions in Dallas, Houston & Austin, Texas. Her band, Boy Friend, has toured nationally and throughout Europe. She has worked with several female-oriented music & arts camps since 2009, and volunteers with Girls Rock Camp every year. Christa is also an active member of artist-run MASS Gallery in Austin. christapalazzolo.com
George Pasterk was born and raised in Las Vegas, Nevada and has been living and working in Austin, Texas since 2007. He has a B.A. in Art History from University of Nevada Las Vegas and for the last fifteen years has worked in library public services and in museum education. Since 2009 he has been the acting creative director for the east Austin new music and performance series, the Church of the Friendly Ghost. Since 2012 he has acted as lead curator for the Church’s summer event, the New Media Art and Sound Summit, a three day festival of musical performance, experimental film, installation work and public workshops. He has been a MASS member since 2013.
Scott Proctor is an artist and educator currently living and working in Austin, Texas. Scott Received his B.F.A. from Western Michigan University and his M.F.A. at the University of Texas at Austin in 2007. Since graduation, Scott participated in the Austin Museum of Art’s 20 To Watch show in the spring of 2008. He has been a resident artist at OXBOW in Sagatuck, Michigan, a Lecturer at Temple College in Temple, Texas, and now a lecturer at the University of Texas at Austin. Scott continues to maintain a professional art practice in his Austin studio, as well as exhibiting regularly in Texas and across the country. In addition to his art practice and his teaching, Scott is a preparator at the Visual Arts Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus and is an active member of MASS Gallery.
Margit Raczkowski was born in Rochester, Michigan exactly five years to the day President Ford granted an unconditional pardon to former President Nixon. Born and raised in Michigan, she now enjoys sunny days living and working as an educator in Austin, Texas. Raczkowski received a B.F.A. in Studio Art from Michigan State University in 2002 and a Master’s in Elementary Education from Texas State University in 2013. She has worked at museums, summer camps, and public schools teaching art in Michigan, New York, Maine, and Texas to students ranging in age from 4 to 15 years. Raczkowski currently works in Austin ISD as a substitute teacher and has been an active member of MASS Gallery since 2009.
Andy Rihn was born in San Antonio in 1975 and is 6th generation Texan. Over the past 20 years he has produced artwork in many different forms and mediums. A grant recipient of The Idea Fund and a member of MASS Gallery, he lives and works out of Austin. www.oldmanjambox.com
Benjamin Slade is an Albuquerque, New Mexico native living and working in Austin, Texas. Before founding what.it.is creative in 2010, he ran Membership & Digital Communications at Arthouse at the Jones Center – Texas’ oldest statewide contemporary art institution – which is more widely known now as The Contemporary Austin. Since 2010 what.it.is creative has grown into a full-service branding & interactive agency, focused on doing engaging, innovative work at the intersection of branding and the digital space. Ben is a self-taught art director and developer, with BAs in Art History and Political Science from Kenyon College. Outside of normal business hours, Ben is thrilled to be a member of MASS Gallery.
Aaron Dubrow is a science writer at the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and a founding member of MASS. He received his BA in English from Williams College and an MA in Journalism from The University of Texas at Austin. He attended residencies at Skowhegan and the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center and his documentary films have screened at film festivals nationally and on PBS. At TACC, Aaron writes articles and produces short films about futuristic science performed on some of the world’s most powerful supercomputers. He has curated several shows for MASS, including Methods of Entanglement, Ping Pong, Systems of Growth and Decay, and 20MB, all of which touched on issues of technology and science. Currently, Aaron is leading the Alley Cat Project, funded by a grant from the Idea Fund. He serves as treasurer for MASS.
Erin Elizabeth Curtis was born in Albany, New York in 1977. She has lived in Austin, TX for the last 10 years. Curtis attended The Glasgow School of Art in 1998 and graduated from William College with a BA in Liberal Arts in June of 1999. In May 2007, she received her MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and she attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 2010. She has had solo shows at David Shelton Gallery, San Antonio, TX, Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX, Champion Contemporary and Women and Their Work Gallery, Austin, TX, Kashi Art Gallery, Kochi, Kerala, India, and Lawndale Art Center in Houston, TX. In 2008- 2009, Erin was a Fulbright Scholar in Jaipur, Rajasthan. She was in residence at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO during the winter of 2012. Curtis received the Dozier Travel Grant from the Dallas Museum of Art in 2012 to travel to Guatemala and study traditional textiles and architecture. She is currently designing a large public art piece for the City of Austin that will be installed downtown along 8 blocks of 3rd Street. erinelizabethcurtis.com