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Descriptive Summary

Biographical Sketch

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Administrative, 2018

Artworks, 2018

Correspondence, 2018

Photographs, 2006; 2018

Publicity/Press, 2018

Research files, 2018

Austin History Center

Flash Collective "Meander" Project Records

An Inventory of the Collection



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Ceci, Veronica,
Title: Flash Collective "Meander" Project Records
Dates: 2006; 2018
Abstract: Veronica Ceci is an Austin, Texas based visual artist and the founder of Flash Collective. In 2018, as part of the City of Austin’s TEMPO 2D Program (Art In Public Places-AIPP), Ceci, a master printmaker, worked with a team of volunteers to complete the “Meander” mural project. The "Meander" project highlighted LGBTQ identifying Texans including Lisa Davis, Gretchen Phillips, and Barbara Jordan. The collection consists of project files and photographs that document the research and creation of the "Meander" mural project, in addition to the 118 linocut prints created by community members at three free workshops conducted at the Lamar Senior Activity Center.
Accession number: AR.2019.012
Quantity: 1 linear foot (2 boxes); 0.13 GB (41 digital files)
Location: Archives stacks, qAR, Digital storage
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Biographical Sketch

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.

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Scope and Contents

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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Arrangement

Original file structure of digital photographs was maintained.

Collection is arranged into 6 series:


  • I. Administrative
  • II. Artworks
  • III. Correspondence
  • IV. Photographs
  • V. Publicity/Press
  • VI. Research files

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Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Use Restrictions

The Austin History Center (AHC) is the owner of the physical materials in the AHC collections and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. These materials may not be duplicated without the written permission of the artist(s). Permission to publish or publicly display the artwork or photographs in this collection for non-commercial use only may be granted but credit must be given to both the Austin History Center and the artist(s) (Restriction 04). Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Ceci, Veronica.
Polivka, Aime.
Subjects (Organizations)
Austin (Tex.). Cultural Arts Division.
Austin Arts Commission (Tex.). Art in Public Places Advisory Panel.
Flash Collective.
Round Rock High School Gay Straight Alliance (RRHS GSA).
Subjects
Art in Public Places Program.
Art, Municipal--Texas--Austin.
LGBTQ.
Mural painting and decoration Texas Austin.
Public art.
Women artists.
Places
Lamar Senior Activity Center.
Document Types
Art.
Clippings.
Color photographs.
Correspondence.
Creative works.
Digital images.
Printed materials.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 736.98 RA Railsmith Collective, Collapse of the home. 2009.

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Barbara Jordan
  • AF Biography - Gretchen Phillips
  • AF Biography - Lisa Davis
  • AF Subject - Art A6300 Murals--See: Art Galleries A6400 (104)
  • AF Subject - Art Galleries A6400 Murals/Outdoor Art (104)
  • AF Subject - Art - Sculpture A6400(S1400) Art in Public Places--See: Art in Public Places Program P1400 (38) and Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services - Cultural Arts Division C4170 (31)
  • AF Subject - LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer) People H2030

Archives & Manuscripts


Video Collection


  • AR.2012.002 Austin (Tex.). ATXN Video Collection. Channel 6. August 20, 2018 Arts Commission Item 7. City of Austin Texas

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Flash Collective "Meander" Project Records (AR.2019.012). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2019/017

Donation Date: 2019

Processing Information

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.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Administrative, 2018

Box Folder
1 1 Release forms and volunteer sign-up sheets, 2018

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Artworks, 2018

Location BoxItem
qAR 92 Block prints Linocut prints (118 in total), 2018
Prints #048-118 specifically portray LGBTQ identifying persons.

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Correspondence, 2018

DigitalStorage Folder
Open AR-2019-012\Meander\Correspondence Design statement and arts commission feedback, 2018
0.002 GB (3 digital files); born-digital (PDF)

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Photographs, 2006; 2018

DigitalStorage Folder
Open AR-2019-012\Meander\Photographs Flash Collective print workshops and mural project, 2018
0.128 GB (38 digital files); born-digital (JPEG)
Box Folder
1 2 Photographic prints (Veronica Ceci and Ivy Bottini at the Brooklyn Cyceum (001)), 2006

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Publicity/Press, 2018

Box Folder
1 3 Clippings, flyers, and printed materials, 2018

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Research files, 2018

Box Folder
1 4 Veronica Ceci's sketchbook and research notes (includes information about the various PRIDE flag designs and color schemes), 2018

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