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Collection Summary

Administrative History

Scope and Contents

Arrangement

Restrictions

Index Terms

Related Material

Administrative Information

Description of Series

Clippings, 2015

People, 2014-2015

Place, 2014-2015

Thing, 2014-2015

Austin History Center

Los Outsiders "Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place" Public Art Project Photographs

An Inventory of the Collection



Collection Summary

Creator: Los Outsiders
Title: Los Outsiders "Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place" Public Art Project Photographs
Dates: 2014-2015
Abstract: Los Outsiders are an Austin-based art collective who represented City Council District One for the city-wide “Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place” public art project. Their collection contains photographs taken by the artists as part of their project documenting the people and places in District One.
Accession number: AR.2016.015
Quantity: 1.92 linear feet (1 box)
Location: qAR
Language: English
Repository: Austin History Center, Austin Public Library,
810 Guadalupe, PO Box 2287, Austin, TX 78768

Administrative History

In November 2012, the city of Austin voted to change its city council representation from city-wide to single-member district representation. Under this new system, each of the ten districts elects a representative to city council, while the mayoral seat is elected city-wide. The Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place project was a collaboration between The City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, the Go Collaborative (now a non-profit named Civic Arts), Public City, and Fisterra Studio in response to this change. The goal of the project was to provide a space for artistic representation of each city district during this major political shift.

In June 2014, Drawing Lines received a grant from ArtPlace America, which the project used to fund residencies for artists within each city district. The artists each spent one year collaborating with residents from their district to create art pieces representing the life and people in the district.

Los Outsiders are an Austin-based art collective founded in 2007. The group is comprised of Jaime Salvador Castillo, Michael Anthony García, Hector Hernandez, and Robert Jackson Harrington. Castillo, García, and Hernandez met exhibiting work in Mexic-Arte Museum’s “Young Latino Artists 11: Juventud Desenfrenada,” and Harrington joined the collective in 2014. Los Outsiders produces place-based art projects focusing on community participation and artistic dialog, and curates group exhibitions featuring local, national, and international artists.

As the artists chosen to represent District One for the Drawing Lines project, Los Outsiders took the approach of documenting their district through “community, memory, and object.” Their threefold approach focused on “person”, documented through photographs and audio recordings; “place”, documented with photographs taken along public transportation routes; and “thing”, documented through photographs and audio recordings capturing the importance of significant personal belongings.

The photographs in this collection were exhibited in their home district at the Cement Loop Studio and Gallery in Fall 2015, and in a group show with the projects from all the districts in April 2016 at the McKean-Eilers Building on Congress Avenue. During the exhibition, the photographs were grouped by Person and Place. Photographs of the “things” described by District One residents as significant personal belongings were interspersed among the two groupings.

Source: Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place (https://www.austinchronicle.com/arts/2016-04-01/drawing-lines-explorations-of-place/: accessed 26 November 2019)

Source: Los Outsiders (https://losoutsiders.org/: accessed 26 November 2019), “¿Quienes Son?”

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Scope and Contents

The Los Outsiders "Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place" Public Art Project Photographs collection contains 60 oversize color photographs in varying sizes of 11x17", 16x24", and 20x30" taken by Los Outsiders during the Drawing Lines project in 2014-2015. The photographs are the originals that were exhibited as part of the project at the Cement Loop Studio and Gallery in Fall 2015 and therefore show signs of wear from being displayed. They capture images of public art, local businesses, cemeteries, schools, libraries, and other landmarks in District 1 as well as portraits of District 1's citizens and Councilwoman Ora Houston. Also included in the collection is a two page black-and-white printout of a blog post from the Drawing Lines project website discussing the opening of Los Outsiders’ exhibit “Gently Fried” at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center in April 2015.

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Arrangement

The collection is arranged into four series based on the artists' project concept and arrangement of photographs during exhibition as well as an additional series of clippings:


  • Clippings
  • Person
  • Place
  • Thing

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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. Written permission must be obtained from the AHC before any publication use. The AHC does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners. Consult repository for more details.

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Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Archuleta, Federico.
Castillo, Jaime Salvador.
García, Michael Anthony.
Harrington, Robert Jackson.
Hernandez, Hector.
Houston, Ora.
Subjects (Organizations)
ArtPlace America.
Asian American Resource Center (AARC).
Austin (Tex.). Cultural Arts Division.
Austin (Tex.). Economic Development Department. Art in Public Places.
Bob Bullock Texas State History Museum.
Civic Arts (Austin, Tex.).
David Chapel Baptist Church (Austin, Tex.).
Fisterra Studios (Austin, Tex.).
Franklin Barbecue (Austin, Tex.).
George Washington Carver Museum (Austin, Tex.).
GO Collaborative (Austin, Tex.).
Huston-Tillotson College.
Long Horn Meat (Austin, Tex.).
Los Outsiders (Austin, Tex.).
Nubian Queen (Austin, Tex.).
Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church (Austin, Tex.).
Public City (Austin, Tex.).
Roland's Soul Food (Austin, Tex.).
Salvage Vanguard Theater (Austin, Tex.).
Sam's BBQ (Austin, Tex.).
Space 12 (Austin, Tex.).
Star of Texas Rodeo and Fair and Austin Rodeo.
True Home Church (Austin, Tex.).
University of Texas at Austin.
Victory Grill (Austin, Tex.).
VORTEX Repertory Company (Austin, Tex.).
Subjects
Art--Texas--Austin.
Art, Modern--20th century--Texas--Austin--Exhibitions.
Artists--Texas--Austin.
Buildings--Texas--Austin.
Business enterprises--Texas--Austin.
City council members--Texas--Austin.
Churches--Texas--Austin.
Community arts projects--Texas--Austin.
Cultural arts--Texas--Austin.
Election districts--Texas--Austin.
Historic buildings--Texas--Austin.
Mexican American arts.
Minority business enterprises--Texas--Austin.
Municipal government--Texas--Austin.
Photography--Texas--Austin.
Portrait photography.
Small business--Texas--Austin
Street art--Texas--Austin.
Places
African American Cultural Heritage District (Austin, Tex.).
Austin (Tex.)--Buildings, structures, etc.
Austin (Tex.)--Pictorial works.
Austin (Tex.)--Social life and customs.
Dobson Park (Austin, Tex.).
Dr. Charles E. Urdy Plaza (Austin, Tex.).
East Austin (Austin, Tex.).
Oakwood Cemetery (Austin, Tex.).
Windsor Park (Austin, Tex.).
Document Types
Clippings.
Color photographs.

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Related Material

General Collection


  • A 353.77 AUC9683 Austin (Tex.). Cultural Arts Division, City of Austin cultural arts funding programs auxiliary programs, FY 2007-2008. 2002.
  • A 706.0976431 SW Austin (Tex.). City of Austin, The City of Austin and the arts: an overview of public policy and support for the arts in Austin. 1985.
  • A 709.76431 AUAR3P Proposed art in public places program guidelines. 1986.
  • A 709.76431 MC Jen McPherson, ArtWalk Austin vol. 1. 2016.
  • A 711.4097643 AU, Austin alive, mapping place through art and culture: a downtown arts development study for Austin, Texas. 2007.
  • A 976.4310222 TI Rama Tiru, Austin east of I-35: a photo essay. 2010.

Austin Files


  • AF Biography - Ora Elliott Houston
  • AF Subject - African Americans - African American Cultural Heritage District A1300(50)
  • AF Subject - Agriculture - Livestock Show (also known as Star of Texas Rodeo and Fair and Austin Rodeo) A1500(17)
  • AF Subject - Art Galleries A6400
  • AF Subject - Art Galleries - Murals/Outdoor Art A6400(104)
  • AF Subject - Artists A6800
  • AF Subject - Artists - Los Outsiders - A6800(3)
  • AF Subject - Asian Americans - Asian American Resource Center (AARC) A7000(6)
  • AF Subject - Cemeteries - Oakwood C2150
  • AF Subject - Churches - Baptist - David Chapel C3450(13)
  • AF Subject - Churches - Catholic - Our Lady of Guadalupe C3550(13)
  • AF Subject - City Planning - Economic Growth and Redevelopment Services – Cultural Arts Division C4170(31)
  • AF Subject - Huston-Tillotson College H4800
  • AF Subject - Lake Walter E. Long (Decker Lake) L0450
  • AF Subject - Libraries - Branches - Carver Branch L2710(44)
  • AF Subject - Museums – Bob Bullock Texas State History M9200
  • AF Subject - Museums – George Washington Carver M9125
  • AF Subject - Parks and Recreation Dept. - Art in Public Places Program P1400(38)
  • AF Subject - Restaurants, lunchrooms, etc. - Nubian Queen R3800(N)
  • AF Subject - Restaurants, lunchrooms, etc. - Sam's BBQ R3800(S)
  • AF Subject - Saloons - Victory Grill S0300(75)
  • AF Subject - Streets - Named (by street) (Chicon, Lydia Streets) S5700(5)
  • AF Subject - Streets - Numbered (by street) (11th, 12th Streets) S5700(4)
  • AF Subject - Subdivisions - Windsor Park S6000(64)
  • AF Subject - Theater - Salvage Vanguard Theater T6500(83)
  • AF Subject - Theater - Vortex Repertory Company T6500(76)
  • AF Subject - University of Texas - Buildings - Memorial Stadium U3460

Archives & Manuscripts


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Administrative Information

Custodial History

The collection was donated by GO Collaborative with permission from Los Outsiders.

Preferred Citation

Los Outsiders "Drawing Lines: Explorations of Place" Public Art Project Photographs (AR.2016.015). Austin History Center, Austin Public Library, Texas.

Acquisition Information

Donor #: DO/2016/019

Donation Date: 2016

Processing Information

Administrative History written by Grace Hansen in 2019. Collection arranged and finding encoded by Madeline Moya in 2019.

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Detailed Description of the Collection

Clippings, 2015

Location Folder
qAR Photo Box 1 "Gently Fried: An Exhibition in Three Parts", April 19, 2015

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People, 2014-2015

Location Folder
qAR Photo Box 2 Photographs (#001-027), 2014-2015

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Place, 2014-2015

Location Folder
qAR Photo Box 3 Photographs (#028-058), 2014-2015

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Thing, 2014-2015

Location Folder
qAR Photo Box 3 Photographs (#059-060), 2014-2015

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