City of Austin TEMPO Public Art Program to activate locations across Austin —
September 22, 2020

City of Austin TEMPO Public Art Program to activate locations across Austin

The City of Austin’s Art in Public Places Program, part of the Economic Development Department Cultural Arts Division, presents “TEMPO 2019”a temporary exhibition of public art across Austin.  Now in its seventh year featuring seven sculptures in Austin Public Library branches and another 10 murals citywide, the TEMPO program showcases thought-provoking works by local artists that transform city spaces and catalyze community engagement.

Over the years, the TEMPO program has featured sculpture and mural installations sited in public parks, library branches, the airport and community centers throughout each of Austin’s ten council districts. This year, seven sculptures will be sited on Austin Public Library branch sites.

“The TEMPO program has introduced public art to many Austinites and visitors and has highlighted the numerous ways it can enhance enjoyment of public spaces and encourage civic dialogue,” said Sue Lambe, Manager of the Art in Public Places Program. “This year, we are particularly excited to partner Austin Public Library for the artwork installations, sharing each artist’s work via artist talks at the branch where they have located their sculpture.”

The works reflect a broad range of styles and materials and address subjects such as cultural identity and the environment. Each “TEMPO 2019” sculpture artist will present a short talk about their work on display at the corresponding Austin Public Library Branch from 3:30-5 p.m.


  • September 12: Brandon Mike, Central Library
  • September 19: Angel Alcala, Southwest Branch Library
  • September 26: Ender Martos, Willie Mae Kirk Branch Library
  • October 3: Jamie Spinello, Hampton Branch at Oak Hill Library
  • October 10: Michael Mendoza , Jeff Gauzer and Courtney Bee Peterson, Little Walnut Creek Brach Library
  • October 17: Christy Stallop, Manchaca Road Branch Library
  • October 24: Darcie Book, Ruiz Branch Library

After being displayed at Austin Public Library branches, the seven sculptures will be re-installed for a group exhibition, “TEMPO Convergence,” as an official part of the East Austin Studio Tour through the entire month of November at Edward Rendon Sr. Park Metro Park at Festival Beach (2101 Jesse Segovia St.).

Additionally, the TEMPO 2D program will bring ten murals created by local artists to be sited in each council district.  Austin artists were selected to create hand-painted murals, vinyl adhesive artwork, and fiber art at locations across Austin including public parks, the Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, and other high-profile locations.

The selected artists and display locations are as follows:

  • Olaniyi Akindiya (Austin-Bergstrom International Airport)
  • Lucas Aoki (Northwest District Park)
  • Steffany Bankenbusch (Austin Nature and Science Center)
  • Samson Barboza (South Lamar and Treadwell)
  • Samara Barks (Mabel Davis District Park)
  • Essentials Creative (4801 Bolm Road)
  • Alonso Estrada (Eiland Moss Skate Park)
  • Brian Joseph (Springswood Park)
  • Larissa Stephens (Gustavo “Gus” Garcia Recreation Center)
  • Bill Tavis (7600 Wood Hollow Drive)

A complete list of public programs is available at

For additional information on the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division, visit

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