Downtowner Gallery

Celebrating New and Emerging Artists

Why is it sometimes so hard to say out loud, “I Am an Artist?” Creating and sharing artwork is a personal process involving a mix of vulnerability and confidence. With this exhibit, we’ve proudly placed the spotlight on new and emerging artists and their works, including artists exhibiting art in a gallery setting for the very first time!

Being a new or emerging artist has nothing to do with age. Some “new” artists have worked for years on their art, perhaps considering it a hobby, and are suddenly or slowly at a stage where they are ready to share their art in an art gallery setting. Other emerging artists are newer to their art practice, and again, that has nothing to do with age. Still other emerging artists shared their art publicly in high school or college exhibits but are now returning to their art in their adult life and getting started all over again.

Throughout each year, all of our exhibits and art opportunities in the Downtowner Gallery are open to new, emerging, seasoned, and professional artists working in all 2D and 3D media.

Our hope is that gallery visitors of all ages who are perhaps shyly creative will be encouraged by seeing the works of other new and emerging artists and will feel more empowered themselves to declare, “I Am an Artist!”

Preview the "I Am an Artist" exhibit

Artist Feature

Spanning two display cases filled with thousands of components and a free-standing pedestal sculpture that is equally complex, fine artist Chesiel John creatively makes the past come to new life through her assemblage art. Using found and reclaimed objects, she creates imaginative sculptures that convey stories about emotions.

Chesiel John: Assemblage Artist Statement

The desire to draw and create has always driven me. I remember running home as a child, grabbing my sketchpad and heading to the meadow to draw for hours. At seventeen, I made my way to Parson’s School of Design where I discovered the possibilities of graphic art. Still, the “old soul” inside me continued to focus my eyes on found objects, treasures in the street and even pieces that others considered trash.

 

Making assemblage appeals deeply to the Island girl within me, who is not afraid to get her hands dirty. I seek and find, gather objects from junkyards, the side of the road, empty lots… Then I return to my studio and begin arranging the pieces, discovering what is still needed and figuring out where I will search next. Watching the viewers engage with my sculptures, following the natural flow of the creation, each item attached to the next, connects me to them and allows me to share the spiritual healing and renewal that comes from giving new life to discarded objects. I live to make discoveries both of individual artifacts and through my finished works. Finding just the right piece to complete an assemblage continues the cycle of creation and allows me to express the wide range of emotions I see through and in my works: hope, disappointment, fear, love, fragility, defiance, tragedy, pain, humor and salvation.

Opening Soon!

Travel through time and memories, bicycle with friends to places that are part real and part fantasy, voyage under water, and see the results of an artist’s creative and personal journey. What would your artistic passpoort look like? Where are we going on our trip? Enjoy an exhibit that takes you to places far and wide, real and imaginary in the Downtowner Gallery.

Downtowner Gallery Events

Celebrate with us at these free events:

  • Feb 16, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “I Am an Artist” exhibit
  • April 12, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “Golden Ticket” exhibit
  • June 7, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “Natural Art” exhibit 
  • August 16, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “Common Ground” exhibit
  • October 18, 2024, 6pm-8pm: Reception for “If I Could Change One Thing” exhibit

Stay tuned for announcements about more events in the Downtowner Gallery!

Thanks to all for coming out in support of our Fall 2023 events in the Downtowner Gallery!

September 23, October 28, November 18, December 16 2023, from 10am-3pm: The gallery will be open additional hours for a Saturday Open House series. This open house is opportunity to meet the visual arts nonprofit Round Rock Arts and learn how to get involved! 

October 20, 2023, 6pm to 8pm: Exhibit reception for “Adornment: The Art of Wearing.”

October 28, 2023,, from 10am-3pm: The gallery will be open additional hours for a Saturday Open House series. This open house is opportunity to meet the visual arts nonprofit Round Rock Arts and learn how to get involved! 

October 28, 2023, 2pm-3pm: Gallery-led tour with exhibiting artist Marga Silvestre, during the Saturday Open House. 

October 31, 2023, 3pm to 7pm: Hometown Halloween Spookhouse in the Downtowner Gallery, during Hometown Halloween.

November 15, 2023, 5pm-9pm: The gallery will be open extra hours during the annual Beaujolais Nights event. Enjoy and shop for art during this free wine and jazz festival (for 21 and over only) in Downtown Round Rock. Plus, So Good Brazilian Treats will be in the gallery with free sweets! 

November 18, 2023, from 10am-3pm: The gallery will be open additional hours for a Saturday Open House series. This open house is opportunity to meet the visual arts nonprofit Round Rock Arts and learn how to get involved! 

November 18, 2023, 2pm-3pm: Gallery-led tour with exhibiting artist Marga Silvestre, during the Saturday Open House. 

Holiday Season, join us for December Saturdays (10am-3pm), in additon to our regular hours. Stay tuned on social for additional extended hours during Hometown Holidays Music on Main and Parklets concerts. 

Downtowner Gallery Exhibit Calendar

January 11-March 1, 2024

I AM AN ARTIST: Spotlight on New and Emerging Artists

An exhibit celebrating new and emerging local and area artists, including many artists exhibiting for the very first time in an art gallery setting.

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March 7-May 3, 2024

Golden Ticket: Travel to Real and Imaginary Places

Let’s travel to real and imaginary locales through art! How’d we get there and what was the journey like? We’re headed to made-up places from the mind’s eye.

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May 9, 2024-July 5, 2024

Natural Art

This exhibit explores the myriad ways art can be made from natural elements, like wood, clay, minerals, plant fibers, dried botanicals, stone, and the unexpected.

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 July 11, 2024- September 6, 2024

Common Ground: Collaboration

Artists share the unique results of their tête-à-tête collaborations with writers, family members, musicians, neighbors, and complete strangers too!

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September 12, 2024-November 22, 2024

If I Could Change One Thing

Imagine you found a genie in a bottle who was only willing to grant you one wish. What would that be? Artists reveal their visual and unusual answers in this group exhibit.

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December 5, 2024-January 5, 2025

ANNUAL HOLIDAY MART

Although you can buy gifts all year long in our gallery and gift shop, during holiday season, we invite you to shop local with a gallery filled with local/area artists’ gift art!

Our 2023 calendar of exhibits includes a diverse array of topics. We present artwork by emerging and professional artists in our gallery in Downtown Round Rock. 

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: THINKING ABOUT, GROWING, MAKING, AND EATING FOOD

January 11 -March 3, 2023

WITH GUEST EXHIBIT: THE SEED LIBRARY FROM THE ROUND ROCK PUBLIC LIBRARY

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BUILDING BEAUTY: ART AND ARCHITECTURE

March 9 – May 5, 2023

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PLASTIC

May 11 – July 7, 2023

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PROJECT HAPPINESS: CREATIVITY AND MENTAL HEALTH

July 13 – Sept 8, 2023

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ADORNMENT: THE ART OF WEARING

Sept 14 – Nov 17, 2023

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PLAYFUL NOSTALGIA: The annual Downtowner Holiday mART

Plus the Annual Winter Sugar Spectacular from Capitol Confectioners

Nov 30, 2023 – Jan 4, 2024

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I AM AN ARTIST: Spotlight on Emerging Artists

January 11-March 1, 2024

More to be announced!

 

How do you show your art in the Downtowner Gallery? Answer a Call for Art! 

Exhibit opportunities in the Downtowner Gallery are managed through our partners, Round Rock Arts, through an online Call for Art process: www.roundrockarts.org/call-for-art

Exhibit Opportunities:

 “BUILDING BEAUTY“: Art and Architecture

DEADLINE TO APPLY: February 22, 2023 at 11pm

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“PLASTIC” As a medium and as a topic

DEADLINE TO APPLY: April 12, 2023 at 11pm

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“PROJECT: HAPPINESS” Creativity and mental health

DEADLINE TO APPLY ONLINE: June 14, 2023 at 11pm

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“ADORNMENT” Art of wearing

DEADLINE TO APPLY: August 9, 2023 at 11pm

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Answer a Call for Art by applying online:

www.roundrockarts.org/call-for-art

Gallery Gift Shop

In addition to shopping for art from our exhibits, we also have a gift shop! This features prints, books, stickers, artist trading cards, puzzles, postcards/notecards and other items featuring original artwork by local and area artists. New items added, including Round Rock-themed gifts, jewelry, and more! 

Your purchases help support artist-owned businesses and the visual arts nonprofit Round Rock Arts

Exhibit Opportunities for Local/Area Artists

The Downtowner Gallery is the collaboration by the City of Round Rock Arts and Culture with the visual arts nonprofit organization Round Rock Arts. The Call for Art process of Downtowner Gallery exhibit opportunities for local and area artists takes places through an online process on the Round Rock Arts website (www.roundrockarts.org/call-for-art). 

Looking Back

Since our opening in August 2019, we have had the pleasure of meeting visitors for near and far, exhibiting art by a diverse range of talented artists, providing art experiences, and having lots of fun too! 

Collaboration

The Downtowner Gallery is the collaboration by the City of Round Rock Arts and Culture with the visual arts nonprofit Round Rock Arts. Together we present artwork created by local/area artists. The gallery also serves as a pickup/drop off point for the local mental health awareness nonprofit, Pick With Austin

Visit Us

Our Downtowner Gallery is located at 231 East Main Street in Downtown Round Rock. Free parking is available throughout downtown, including CIty Hall and Library parking garages and streetside parking too. The gallery — and gift shop — is open Tuesday – Friday: 12 noon – 5 p.m.

Your purchases in the Downtowner Gallery support artist-owned businesses.
We thank you for your supporting the arts in our community!

Downtowner Gallery

231 East Main Street, Suite 160

Round Rock, TX 78664

www.downtownergallery.com

 

GALLERY CONTACT:
Christina Rudofsky
Arts and Culture Associate
crudofsky@roundrocktexas.gov
512-801-0698 Cell
512-218-3298 Downtowner Gallery

City of Round Rock Arts and Culture
Scot Wilkinson, Director of Arts and Culture
swilkinson@roundrocktexas.gov
512-671-2705
940-391-1928

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