SXSW Art Program

SXSW Art Program

SXSW Art Program

Circus Family, TRIPH, 2017. Mixed media, 30 x 20 feet. Photo: Shelley Hiam.


October 1, 2018
SXSW Art Program
March 8–17, 2019
SXSW Art Program
Austin, Texas 78768
United States
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South by Southwest (SXSW) Conference and Festivals (March 8–17, 2019) has announced their 2019 Art Program Advisory Board, including Suhair Khan, Patton Hindle, Ben Vickers and Mia Locks as just a few of the accomplished leaders and professionals in the art and design world lending their support to the initiative.

Now in its third year, the SXSW 2019 Art Program takes place March 9–18, in Austin, TX, and will showcase experiential and conceptual visual artworks that apply emerging technologies and immersive environments to spark discovery, inspiration, and connection. Incorporated into the broader ecosystem of creativity and innovation at SXSW, the Art Program serves as a launching point for collaboration and discussion around the role of visual and digital media arts in culture, technology, and the public realm.

The program creates a platform for visual artists to connect with international leaders in the fields of music, film and technology through showcasing innovative projects and hosting discussions. The SXSW Art Program has an open call the will be open until Thursday, October 11. Artists selected will showcase their installation at SXSW 2019 in Austin, TX. Apply here.

New for 2019 and in addition to the art showcases, SXSW will host Art Series of Sessions as part of SXSW Conference programming. Over two days, talks and panels in the Art Series of Sessions will take an in-depth look at the impact of technology on contemporary art and the creative community, with the goal of creating a dynamic discussion between patrons, curators, institutions, startups, technologists, designers and visual artists, addressing key topics facing the art world. This series will occur within the Design Track, which runs March 8–13.

Previous editions of the Art Program featured installations by Meow Wolf, Refik Anadol, Marshmallow Laser Feast, Ronen Sharabani, Sarah Newman, Jessica Yurkofsky and Rachel Kalmar, Hyphen-Labs, Raum Industries, Nick Verstand, Circus Family and Akinori Goto. Prior to the official inauguration of the Art Program in 2017, SXSW showcased work from Simon Heijdens, Ishky, Max Zorn, and collaborated with The Contemporary Austin on programming related to work by artists Charles Long, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Tom Sachs.

The Advisory Board plays an important role in curating and shaping the 2019 Art Program. The board is comprised of leaders from all backgrounds in the arts and creative sector. Board members include representatives of the community such as artists, curators, and event professionals, each offering unique and diverse perspectives.

SXSW 2019 Art Advisory Board

Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs & Public Engagements, The Contemporary Austin
Ben Vickers, Chief Technology Officer, Serpentine Galleries; Co-Founder Ignota Books, Initiator of unMonastery
Bettina Korek, Executive Director, Frieze Los Angeles
Bill Shapiro, Author, What We Keep  
Cézanne Charles, Director of Creative Industries, Creative Many
Jamie Bennett, Executive Director, ArtPlace America
Jesse Sachs, Senior Strategist, Versus Creative
Joey Fauerso, Artist and Associate Professor of Art Texas State University
Julia Kaganskiy, independent curator
Kim Cook, Director, Art & Civic Engagement, Burning Man
Marina Cashdan, VP, Editorial and Creative, Artsy
Marshall Birnbaum, Director, Summit Arts Foundation
Mia Locks, independent curator
Morgan Catalina, Principal + Creative Director, Out-Of-Office
Patton Hindle, Director of Arts, Kickstarter; PBC | Partner, yours mine & ours
Robert Kloos, Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York
Suhair Khan, Partnerships and Special Projects, Google Arts & Culture


SXSW dedicates itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Founded in 1987 in Austin, Texas, SXSW is best known for its conference and festivals that celebrate the convergence of the interactive, film, and music industries. An essential destination for global professionals, the event features sessions, showcases, screenings, exhibitions, and a variety of networking opportunities. SXSW proves that the most unexpected discoveries happen when diverse topics and people come together. SXSW 2019 will take place March 8–19, 2019. For more information, please visit To register for the event, please visit


SXSW 2019 is sponsored by Capital One, Mercedes-Benz, Bud Light, and The Austin Chronicle.


Press contacts:
Jody Arlington, Brett Cannon, Elizabeth Derczo, Heather Kaplan: press [​at​] / artinstallations [​at​]

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