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Flash Collective "Meander" Project Records
An Inventory of the Collection
Veronica Ceci is an Austin, Texas, based visual artist and the founder of Flash Collective. In 2002, Ceci earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design, later earning an MFA in Printmaking from Kent State University in 2014. Ceci is an observational artist whose work concentrates on the figurative implications of our involvement with technology. Ceci is a master printmaker having worked with the processes of lithography, woodcut and monotype works on paper.
In 2018, The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places (AIPP) program of the Cultural Arts Division, Economic Development Department, requested proposals from professional visual artists or artist teams (including Flash Collective) to design, fabricate, install and de-install short-term or time-based exterior artworks in City-owned sites within Austin Public Library Department property. The intent for the temporary public art program is to promote tourism, cultivate curiosity, spark imagination, engage the community in a meaningful dialogue about public art, foster work by local artists and cultivate exploration of the City of Austin. Artists are encouraged to create artworks that reflect the district in which they select to exhibit and design artworks that can be easily installed and de-installed.
Flash Collective's mission throughout the process of creating the "Meander" mural was to celebrate LGBTQ identifying Texans and generate a sense of unity. To that end, Ceci put out a call for help with the project via Craigslist. Around 50 community members attended three free workshops, conducted at the Lamar Senior Activity Center, in order to create linocut prints featuring the faces of queer Texans, like Barbara Jordan, Gretchen Phillips, and Lisa Davis. With the aid of project assistant Aime Polivka, the brightly colored rainbow-esque background was painted onto a low concrete wall located at North Lamar and 30th streets. Ceci and her team pressed the linocut portraits, created by the community, onto brightly colored Greek key designs known as "meanders". Extensive research about various PRIDE flag designs and color schemes from all over the world was conducted by Ceci to inform the "Meander" design which was completed in the fall of 2018.
The collection consists of project files that document the research and creation of the "Meander" mural project. Of particular interest are the 118 linocut prints created by community members at three workshops conducted at the Lamar Senior Activity Center. These prints include self-portraits and portraits of notable LGBTQ identifying Texas some of which were created by students of the Round Rock High School Gay Straight Alliance (RRHS GSA). Other items of note include Veronica Ceci's sketchbook and notes that demonstrate her research of PRIDE flag designs and color schemes. This reasearch influenced the design of the "Meander" mural and was presented to the Arts Commission. Correspondence between Ceci and the Arts Commission during the design process, and photographs of the printmaking workshops and mural painting were received as digital files and document the public art-making process.
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Flash Collective "Meander" Project Records (AR.2019.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.
Donor #: DO/2019/017
Donation Date: 2019
Original donation processed and finding aid encoded by Nikole Koehlert in 2019.
The born-digital files were received on flash media. The materials were processed in accordance with the AHC's digital processing guidelines including disk imaging, virus scan, and checksums. For more information, see the Born-digital Processing Manual.
File names were modified during processing to comply with Austin History Center file naming schema. A list of the original files names is available upon request.
Sketchbook pages were removed from spiral bound notebook for preservation concerns.