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Public Programs

Women & Their Work believes contemporary art education is a valuable resource that should be made accessible to audiences of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities. To aid interpretation of exhibitions featured in the galleries, the artwork is accompanied by critical essays written by art and culture professionals, video interviews with each artist speaking to the themes and methods behind her work, and public art education programs designed to complement each exhibition.

Since 1978, Women & Their Work has actively developed the careers of more than 1,900 artists, presenting hundreds of visual art exhibitions, music, dance and theater events, spoken word performances, literary readings, film festivals, and educational workshops.

Opening Receptions

For each exhibition, we celebrate the opening with a reception. Exhibiting artists are in attendance and give a short talk about their work. These receptions are free and open to the public.


TalkAbout is a program that facilitates conversations with artists and the people who inspire them. TalkAbout is held in conjunction with the exhibition on view in the gallery. This program is free and open to the public.

Fresh from the Studio

Fresh from the Studio invites W&TW artist members to share what they are working on now with you! In this virtual format, artists will share work in progress, newly finished artworks, and recent or upcoming projects. Each presentation will be about 10 minutes with time for your questions and comments afterwards. Fresh from the Studio is your chance to see what is new and hear from contemporary artists. This program is free and open to the public.


Women & Their Work collaborates on programming with many arts organizations in Austin, including Fusebox Festival, Big Medium, Austin Museum Partnership, and The Bullock Texas State History Museum.

Fusebox Festival

Women & Their Work and Fusebox Festival co-present contemporary art performances during the annual spring festival. Recent performances have included: Abby Z & The New Utility: Abandoned Playground (2018); Wura-Natasha Ogunji: House of Wahala (2017); Okwui Okpokwasili: Bronx Gothic (2016); Michelle Ellsworth:Preparation for the Obsolescence of the Y Chromosome (2015); Miwa Matreyek: This World Made Itself (2014).

Big Medium

The Austin Studio Tour is a free, annual, self-guided art event in November. The tour provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

Austin Museum Partnership

Austin Museum Day is a free, annual, city-wide celebration of Austin museums and galleries. The event is held on the 3rd Sunday in September.

The Bullock Texas State History Museum

Femme Film Fridays is presented in partnership with Women & Their Work. Held quarterly, these films highlight the work of women filmmakers.