Art World Business Meetings
With no fewer than twenty-two major museums and art galleries, Austin has become a top destination for new and established artists to showcase their work. The art world provides two commodities in the business meeting industry that planners often find in short supply: space and ingenuity. By nature of their design, art galleries and museums allow a large number of people to assemble indoors while allowing guests to enjoy environments that are interesting and aesthetically pleasing.

Business meeting planners should understand that the artwork of each gallery has a drastic effect on the mood and ambience of the space. For example, modern geometric art tends to be showcased in rooms that are brightly lit and hard-edged, making for a clean, sharp atmosphere while landscape paintings are usually ornately framed and displayed in smaller rooms that incorporate more colors and spatial furnishings for a warmer, intimate feel. Planners should work closely with the art curators at each facility to see what art is available for display and if arrangements can be made to work with the space as needed. Most galleries are willing to work with planners in regards to catering and audio and visual equipment as long as the safety of their artwork is guaranteed.

The Austin Museum of Art (AMOA) is the city’s signature art venue, featuring a permanent collection containing pieces from some of the most iconic figures in twentieth-century art, including Andy Warhol, Julian Schnabel, and Donald Judd. The museum is conveniently located downtown and offers a private room across from the main foyer that can be rented for medium-scale corporate meetings or luncheons. Guests are allowed private access to the museum’s exhibitions and are treated to discounts at the AMOA Museum Store.

The University of Texas at Austin’s Blanton Museum of Art is a well-rounded collection that features art from a broad spectrum of time periods and movements. In addition to the modern and contemporary work that defines much of Austin’s art scene, the Blanton Museum also features prominent examples of Renaissance, Baroque, and Latin American art. The museum facilitates the operation of three diverse meeting spaces designed to accommodate a variety of corporate functions. The Osborne Seminar Room and Foyer is a perfect space for board meetings and receptions. The seminar room contains eight tables and twenty chairs that can be arranged to the planner’s liking and the foyer area is open for catering options. The Rapoport Atrium is an impressive focal point of the museum, showcasing 50-foot ceilings and elegant décor. The atrium is most suitable for hosting ballroom-scale receptions. In using the facility, guests are allowed to roam the exhibits of the museum’s first floor. The Michener Gallery Building consists of 35,500 feet of meetings space including twenty-seven rooms of different sizes.

Gallery spaces that feature contemporary art showcase the trends of the art world as it is at the present moment. These galleries have the potential to provide an abundance of talking points for an evening of thoughtful conversation and can serve as a great learning tool for the uninitiated.

The Arthouse at the Jones Center is one of the few establishments in Texas that is devoted solely to contemporary art. Its modern architectural style makes the building standout from the more traditional buildings of downtown. The sleek design of the exterior has made it a popular facility to use for trendy corporate receptions. If looking for a facility that has the staff to handle alcoholic beverages, planners will want to note that the Jones Center is well-known for hosting lively cocktail parties of up to 125 guests.

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