April Artist of the Month: Dwain Kelley

Dwain Bdaycontact_photo1Dtx5discovery_printwain Kelley’s sculptural assemblages are about discovery. Using a palette of old wood, metal, gold leaf, cloth, glass, rocks, and other materials these works are grounded in the unearthing of another time—attempting to re-create the excitement of a kid reading about the discovery of Machu Picchu in Peru by Hiram Bingham in 1911; King Tut’s Tomb in Egypt by Howard Carter in 1922; the uncovering of the history of the first Native Americans or the countless other archaeological discoveries from around the world. As you experience these works they will re-ignite some of this excitement and wonder every time you look at them.

You can see his original work at our East 7th Street location through May 1st or at his studio during West (West Austin Studio Tour) May 13-14th and 20-21st.

Graduating with a BFA degree from the University of Texas in 1953, Dwain Kelley studied under some of the most respected artists and educators in America. He started showing alongside and competing with some of these same professors while still in college. Over the years Dwain was accepted in thirty-six regional, national and international art exhibits, winning purchase prizes or awards in twenty. All of these works were either watercolors or drawings but his very first Texas solo exhibition was of his sculptural assemblages in 1967.

In 1954 he enlisted in the army and was sent overseas to Germany the next year. His wife Billie was able to join him there and they lived in the small attic of a house in the 700 year old village of Schwaebish-Hall where he spent many nights painting and drawing. These works lead to a solo exhibition on the army base that later traveled to Crailsheim and Munich.

Upon returning to Austin in 1956 he took a position as Art Director at Von Boeckmann-Jones, a printing firm founded in 1874. While working there he designed printed material for universities and companies across Texas. After the closing of the printing company in 1972 he founded the design firm Kelleygraphics which is celebrating it’s forty-fifth anniversary this year. Kelleygraphics portfolio includes twenty-five years of designing all the print graphics for the Texas Exes Alumni Association; thirty-eight years of the Texas Electric Co-Op magazine; nine years of the Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine; and many, many other books, magazines and corporate design projects with his design associate of almost thirty-five years, Mary Barminski Johnson.

Although he still designs, paints and draws, over the last ten years he has focused his creativity on the sculptural assemblages he first began in the 1960s.

… and he is still married to Billie!

You can see more of his work at his website here.

The Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas

SMPS Project Tour: Dell Seton Medical Center Open House

Please join us for a look at The Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas. This 520,000 SF teaching hospital, together with the Dell Medical School, will transform the way healthcare is delivered in Central Texas. 

Community Invitation: Help celebrate the opening of Dell Seton Medical Center, a teaching hospital built by Seton Healthcare Family. Preview the state-of-the art facility at a community open house featuring behind-the-scene tours, simulations, music and more! Designed to enhance patient care, support medical education and advance innovation, Dell Seton Medical Center will begin accepting patients on May 21. 

Highlights of the new hospital include:

  • New home for our region’s only Level I Trauma Center for adults
  • Designed to support medical education and collaboration among doctors, nurses, researchers, staff, students, patients and families
  • 211 beds in operation (including 135 Acute Care & 60 Critical Care/Universal beds), designed to add up to 135 beds in the future
  • More operating rooms and more space for diagnostic and therapeutic support
  • Pedestrian and bike friendly campus designed to attain LEED certification as a green building

In addition to providing better care closer to home, The Dell Seton Medical Center at the University of Texas is poised to become an economic catalyst for the Austin area. 15,000 new jobs are expected to be created, directly and indirectly through a new medical district.

Project team members include:

JE Dunn Construction (General Contractor), HKS (Architect & Structural), WSP (MEP), Garza EMC (Civil for Hospital) and Stantec (Civil for Medical District). The tour will be directed by Greg Euston, Vice President and Project Executive at JE Dunn Construction and Michael Shald, Vice President and Architect at HKS.

View all open house events here.

CodeNEXT is Here – Where Can I Learn More?

CodeNEXT is here and Miller IDS wants to help

CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to rewrite our complicated Land Development Code. The Land Development Code sets requirements for what, where, and how much can be built in Austin. It’s Austin’s first major zoning overhaul and it has many people asking questions.

CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) and SMPS (Society of Marketing Professionals) have already held luncheons on the topic. Additionally, city employees have been eager to discuss the plan for months.

From AIA Austin:

CodeNEXT Code Reading Party April 24th; 5:30pm – 8:30pm;
Austin Center for Architecture

CodeNEXT is the City of Austin initiative to revise the Land Development Code-which determines how land can be used throughout the city, including what, where, and how much can be built. The draft zoning maps are set to be released! This is a historic step for Austin and one that continues the community discussion on how we will improve the Land Development Code. You can review the draft code here. AIA Austin will host a CodeNEXT Code Reading Party to enable AIA members to gather and discuss the newly released draft zoning map in conjunction with the draft code. There is no question that architects must play a role in this process, and AIA Austin’s Advocacy leaders are very much involved. Please come out and join us for the Code Reading Party and make your voice heard. For more information visit the CodeNEXT page of aiaaustin.org, or contact David Carroll.

From the Real Estate Council of Austin (RECA):

Today, the City of Austin released draft zoning maps as part of the CodeNEXT process, which you can view here. These maps and the draft land development code will go through a series of reviews and amendments through the CodeNEXT Advisory Group, the Planning Commission, the Zoning and Platting Commission and the City Council with expected final implementation in 2018.

Over the next several weeks, RECA will review these maps in context with the draft land development code. Our team of experts will focus on testing the draft code and its outcomes with a close eye on whether it follows the vision laid out by Imagine Austin, the city’s comprehensive plan.

RECA has also joined the Evolve Austin coalition, which includes 24 organizations representing tens of thousands of Austinites. This broad coalition will continue to review the code and provide detailed policy recommendations to City Staff, the consultants and our elected officials throughout the process.

Austin’s land development code was last re-written in 1984 and, as you likely know, has been heavily scrutinized since. Conflicting overlays and contradictory rules have made it difficult for developers and property owners to navigate the City process and deliver quality projects in a reasonable time frame.