Collective: Upcycle Challenge

This week’s KLRU Collective gets creative with trash.

The Austin Upcycle Challenge took place in June 2013 in the Austin Goodwill Outlet parking lot. Participants used items from Goodwill’s blue bins, a final receptacle for items donated to Goodwill, to create artwork, refurbished furniture, home accents and much more. The Austin Upcycle Challenge was a collaboration between Goodwill AustinAustin Creative Reuse,  Austin Zero Waste Alliance and  These community organizations are working to help make Austin a Zero Waste City with a goal to transform trash to treasure and keep landfills clear of methane-producing textiles and home goods.

KLRU Collective: Science and art merge

This week’s KLRU Collective brings us the union of science and art.

Art and Science don’t have to constantly butt heads, and at Art.Science.Gallery., artists can be scientists and scientists can be artists. As Art Scientists, they make science more readily available, entertaining, and engaging through educational art exhibitions. It is the ultimate interdisciplinary experience, bringing the left-brained and the right-brained together. At Art.Science.Gallery.’s always free exhibitions, people can effectively blend science and art to innovate in both fields. The gallery is located at 2009 S. 1st Street in Austin.

KLRU Collective: Submerged

This week, KLRU Collective takes us underwater!

The Barton Springs Pool is a critical part of Austin culture & life. What better way to honor the Springs than an art exhibit dedicated completely to them? Bridget Quinn & the lovely patrons of Barton Springs have teamed up to create Submerged. Composed of photos & videos taken under the surface of the 68 degree Springs, people ranging from professional photographers to tech savvy six year olds have submitted works that capture what Barton Springs means to them.

The Sheffield Education Center is accepting submissions until July 5, 2013. The Submerged exhibit will run August 11 – October 6, 2013.


KLRU Collective: BYOBeard

This week KLRU Collective gets hairy.

BYOBeard is an exercise in unapologetic dorkiness. For one night only, an Austin gallery will be transformed into an ‘apiary of bearded people buzzing around’ while admiring bearded artwork, browsing through bearded trinkets, and sipping from beers from bearded brewers. But the story behind the event is as unique as the event itself. In this video meet seven artists and hear their inspiration as they plan for the event and create their own submissions for BYOBeard. They explain how constraint helps breed creativity and how beards make everything more fun.

KLRU Collective: Modern Quilting

This week KLRU Collective gives us a glimpse into the art of modern quilting.

Modern Quilters adhere to one rule: There Are No Rules! Modern Quilting brings a bold new aesthetic to a traditional craft. With clean lines, contemporary color schemes, and the excitement to meet online quilting friends in person, The Modern Quilt Guild presented QuiltCon on February 21-24, 2013 in Austin, Texas. QuiltCon is the first International Modern Quilting Conference with vendors, demonstrations, exhibits and some of the craft’s most influential people. People came from all over the United States to learn new techniques, and everyone was inspired by the beautiful and unique craftsmanship of the quilts.

KLRU Collective: Con Mascaras

CFILLMXE2SMLThis week, KLRU Collective presents the Masked: Changing Identities exhibition. Mexic-Arte Museum brings together over 200 traditional masks from various eras & regions in Mexico. The collection illustrates a people’s history that blends real life & myth & emphasizes the continued importance of masks in Mexican culture. While some consider them works of arts & some see them as part of traditional dance costumes, others revere them as religious symbols. However interpreted, these masks serve as inspiration for contemporary art & are a unique feature of Mexican tradition.

Masked: Changing Identities is on exhibit at Mexic-Arte Museum from January 25 – May 25, 2013. To celebrate Cinco de Mayo this year, Collective will be available in both English and Spanish during the day and provide links to traditional dances.

KLRU Collective: Is Graffiti Art?

This week, KLRU Collective explores the art of graffiti.

Spray-can art started as an underground, street art movement. Today, graffiti is as relevant as any other art form, and Emerge ATX brings these artists into the gallery. With live graffiti painting and performances from DJs, MCs & B-boys, this annual art show uncovers the culture and process behind Austin’s street art.

Art Seen Alliance is a group of artists that come together to make art and produce events

KLRU Collective: Texas Photo Roundup

This week, KLRU Collective focuses on photography in this week’s piece.

Turning your love of photography into more than a hobby is not an easy task. With the rise in popularity of apps like Instagram, everyone has the ability to be a photographer, but it takes more than just having the right equipment. We’ve got some tips from Austin professionals at the Texas Photo Roundup on how to develop your photography.

KLRU Collective: Sand Mandala

This week, KLRU Collective presents an artistic spiritual meditation. Compassion and wisdom are spread as a group of Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Drepung Loseling Monastery constructed a sand mandala at the Blanton Museum of Art.

The Sand Mandala is a Tibetan Buddhist tradition involving the creation and destruction of mandalas made from colored sand.  Each step in its creation and destruction are accompanied by rituals, ceremonies and chanting symbolizing the Buddhist philosophy in the transitory nature of material life. During January 9-13, 2013, the monks constructed a sand mandala in the Blanton’s Rapoport Atrium. The monks believe it takes divine understanding to make art which is really powerful.

KLRU Collective goes Prime Time

It’s been almost a year since the launch of KLRU Collective, our online focus on Austin arts and artists. Tonight KLRU Collective makes a prime time debut during the PBS Arts Fall Festival. During the nine week festival PBS stations are given an option to include local pieces and we jumped at the chance to showcase some of Austin’s coolest arts.

The piece that will air tonight is a profile of a public art project at the University of Texas called Landmarks. KLRU staff was already well acquainted with one of these installations because it’s located outside of our building. Even though we see Peter Reginato’s Kingfish everyday we didn’t know it is part of twenty-eight modern and contemporary sculptures on long-term loan from the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City.  Now we look forward to visiting all the sculptures and checking out the new acquisitions the program is making.

The most memorable shoot was for a piece that will air the last night of the festival. We profiled Forklift Danceworks “The Trash Project” on the last night of their performance which happened to be on one of the hottest days of the year. To make it even tougher the performance was located at the old airport…meaning limited shade and endless tarmac. But these imperfect weather conditions didn’t keep thousands of Austinites from coming to enjoy an amazing tribute to our city’s Solid Waste Services department. The experience and dance was definitely a highlight for me on this project.

The Trash Project

The pieces airing during the festival have been produced by myself and Eve Tarlo with help from lots of KLRU staff. We’ve enjoyed sharing our viewpoint on Austin’s art scene this past year and we look forward to another great year of KLRU Collective.

-Sara Robertson

Sara Robertson is the Director of On-Air Marketing at KLRU. She has worked in television her whole career and feels lucky to work for Austin’s PBS station. In her spare time she enjoys coaching a women only swim program, reading and being crafty.