MASS Gallery
507 Calles Street Suite 108
Austin, TX 78702

In an effort to explore alternative ways to support artists, MASS announces its second annual art award and exhibition—MASS Solo Cup. Selected through a national open call, applications were reviewed by MASS collective members with the chosen artist/s awarded the opportunity to mount a solo show in our 1500 sq. ft. gallery, plus a monetary honorarium of $1,000 to assist in its realization.

MASS is proud to present our 2016 Solo Cup awardees, Marfa, TX based Sam Schonzeit and Geneva, Switzerland based Vianney Fivel.  Schonzeit and Fivel will collaborate on Make Believe, an evolving installation comprised of fountains, haircuts, a gallery within the gallery, a moving business, life drawing sessions, movie screenings, musical performances, rotary plate digitization of 3d objects, and more.

The public is invited to help participate in Make Believe and the opening on June 24th will serve as an exhibition as well as a chance to meet the artists and learn how to participate if you’re interested. The ways in which Schonzeit and Fivel plan on integrating the community into Make Believe are described in their menu:


After the initial opening on Friday, July 24th, there will be two additional events at the gallery during the show run:

Saturday, July 9, 7-10 PM
The opening for SHOWING PEOPLE a gallery within a gallery, a group show where reluctant or recalcitrant creatives will be invited to show their work.

Thursday, July 21, 7-10 PM
A last hurrah, a closing event. The culmination of a month’s work.

Sam Schonzeit is a semi-pro artist, film maker, musician, gallerist, designer, correspondent, ceramicist and television personality based in Marfa, TX. He has shown his art, wares, and/or films in Tokyo, London, Berlin, Stockholm, Geneva, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Dallas, Marfa, Austin and Brookings, South Dakota.

Vianney Fivel is an artist living and working.  He graduated from Head-Geneva, Switzerland, in 2009. Along with friends, he makes sculptures and videos. Vianney is also part of Jeudi, a non-profit space based in Geneva, Switzerland.

MASS is funded and supported in part by the City of Austin through the Economic Development Department/Cultural Arts Division believing an investment in the Arts is an investment in Austin’s future.