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Amplify Austin, the city's annual 24 hour period of giving, is almost here! This year, Prizer Arts & Letters has an amazing opportunity to have up to $8,000 of the money raised matched! This means that your donation will be doubled if you give between now and 6pm on March 3rd.

These funds will allow us to continue to offer free socially-engaged art exhibitions, literary readings, community gatherings and workshops as well as honorariums paid directly to exhibiting artists and writers.

With your support, we can continue to create an arts space for all, an artistic home that can do the unusual work of attracting people of all ages and backgrounds.

Click below to Donate.

https://www.amplifyatx.org/organizations/prizer-arts-letters
Take Me Home Tonight is tomorrow, SUNDAY, Feb. 27, from 3pm to 7pm. The sun will be out, and we will have free delicious chili and free drinks from Austin Beer Works & Rambler. Come on by!

Plus, we have some amazing artwork for sale on our walls. Here's a sneak peak of some of the beautiful pieces gracing our walls.

A heartfelt thanks to all of the artists, community members and collectors who donated these works and many more for Take Me Home Tonight.

1. Rejina Thomas ("Give It Voice: A Young Harriet Tubman," 24”x32.25" print on canvas)

2. Celia Nunez Gonzalez (Untitled, 48.5"x48.5"; From the collection of Saúl Gonzalez)

3. Kathie Sever (Untitled)

4. Tammy West ("Dust to Diversity")

5. Nine Francois ("Facsimile #17")

6. Mary Day Long ("Melting In The Light")

7. Carl Smith ("Jackson Hole 15")

8. Isaac Scott ("JUNE 3RD, 2020. CECIL B. MOORE AVE AND BROAD ST")
Austin! It's pretty cold and dreary out there and will be for the next couple of days. We are rescheduling our fundraising art sale to this Sunday Feb. 27th when the sun will be out again.

Come feel the warmth of the sun's return and the joy of falling in love with art.

In addition to amazing and affordable art for sale, ee will have free chili (vegetarian & meat), free drinks (thank you Austin Beer Works & Rambler!), fun games and fantastic community. See you this Sunday, Feb. 27th, from 3pm to 7pm.

This event is FREE and open to all - please help us spread the word about this date and time change.
Many thanks to Margaret Henkels for donating this beautiful hand built ceramic box for our fundraiser Take Me Home Tonight (Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm).

Margaret, we appreciate your generosity and thank you for sharing your talents with us!

Take Me Home Tonight is a FREE and festive event open to all who appreciate art, community and friendship. Find your heart's delight displayed in the gallery, and then enjoy fun games, food, drink and camaraderie on the gallery grounds outside.

In the days leading up to the fundraiser, we will be featuring selected work donated by artists, collectors and community members.

And remember to mark your calendars - Take Me Home Tonight is on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm.
Photographer Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon who created the portraits for the show "Vecino" at Prizer, has a new exhibition opening this Sunday at Precision Camera (see details below). Stop by to visit with the artist and his striking B&W portraits.

What: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon Photography Exhibit

When: Sunday, February 20th from 3pm to 5pm

Where: Precision Camera, South Location, 9600 S IH-35 | Southpark Meadows, Austin, TX 78748
Painter Chris Johnson once again donated two paintings to Take Me Home Tonight, our annual fundraiser happening on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm at Prizer.

Thank you, Chris, for generously sharing your vibrant work with us!

Take Me Home Tonight is a FREE and festive event open to all who appreciate art, community and friendship. Find your heart's delight displayed in the gallery, and then enjoy fun games, food, drink and camaraderie on the gallery grounds outside.

Stay tuned right here for sneak peaks of more contenders for your heart! We will be featuring selected work donated by artists, collectors and community members in the days leading up to Take Me Home Tonight!!

And mark your calendars: Take Me Home Tonight is on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm.
This weekend - February 12 & 13th - artist Gretchen Phillips will be at gallery hours from 12pm to 5pm at Prizer!

Stop in to talk with Gretchen, see her photographs, and listen to the music that has sustained her throughout the pandemic.
Many thanks to Austin artist Andy St. Martin for donating this beautiful and engaging painting for our annual fundraiser, Take Me Home Tonight happening on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4pm to at 8pm at Prizer.

Take Me Home Tonight is a FREE and festive event open to all who appreciate art, community and friendship. Find your heart's delight displayed in the gallery, and then enjoy fun games, food, drink and camaraderie on the gallery grounds outside.

Stay tuned right here for more sneak peaks of the contenders for your heart! We will be featuring selected work donated by artists, collectors and community members in these last two weeks leading up to Take Me Home Tonight!!

And mark your calendars now: Take Me Home Tonight is coming up soon on Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm.
Photo by Gretchen Phillips. Her show, "It's Worth It," runs from Feb, 11th - Feb. 20th. We will be open for gallery hours from 12pm to 5pm, Friday-Sunday, during this time.
Many thanks to AgavePrint for doing an amazing job printing the portraits in Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's show at Prizer AND for letting us display some of these photographs in their storefront!

Stop by AgavePrint at 1312 Cesar Chavez to see selections from Vecino viewable through their window until January 30th.

Note: As with the work in the front at Prizer, these portraits will be illuminated after dark for nighttime viewing.

Pictured: 1. AgavePrint exterior with window display, 2. close-up of AgavePrint window display, and 3. the artist Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon out front of AgavePrint in the sunshine!
Calling All Art Lovers: Take Me Home Tonight Returns!

At Prizer Arts & Letters, we think art should be loved, and to be loved, it must be seen. Do you have a piece of art that you’ve tucked away in the closet or under your bed? Set it free to be loved by someone new and support Prizer at the same time!


We are requesting donations of artwork for our annual fundraising art sale and auction, Take Me Home Tonight. This event is scheduled for Saturday February 26, 2022 from 4pm to 8pm, and the funds we raise will help pay for all of the free socially-engaged art exhibitions, workshops and readings we host at Prizer.


Have a piece of art you’d like to donate to our fundraiser? Email us at [email protected]. Donations accepted until mid-February - but the sooner we receive them the better!

If you’re in the Austin area, we'll come pick up your donated piece, or you can drop it off at the gallery. If you're from out of town, we welcome pieces sent via mail, too.

And if there’s a story behind the piece you’re donating (where it came from, how long you’ve had it, if you once loved it or the person who gave it to you…) we want to hear about it. We will include these descriptions with the pieces in the fundraiser.


As Romero Britto says, “Art is too important not to share.” We thank you for considering sharing a piece of art with Prizer - we depend on donations from individuals and are very grateful for your support.
Prizer will be closed on Jan. 1st & 2nd for the holiday.

We will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 8th.

Stop by from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, Jan. 8th and Sunday, Jan. 9th to see Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's incredible portrait show, "Vecinos."

Pictured: Blanca Navarette at Joe's Bakery

We are a community-based and socially-engaged center for arts and literature, and we host free exhibitions, readings and creativity events. We are currently open for events and by appointment.

The mission of Prizer Arts & Letters is to nurture and exhibit socially engaged artwork that fosters dialogue and creativity.

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Support Prizer Arts & Letters in #ILiveHereIGiveHere! | Amplify Austin Day 2022 03/01/2022

Support Prizer Arts & Letters in #ILiveHereIGiveHere! | Amplify Austin Day 2022

Amplify Austin, the city's annual 24 hour period of giving, is almost here! This year, Prizer Arts & Letters has an amazing opportunity to have up to $8,000 of the money raised matched! This means that your donation will be doubled if you give between now and 6pm on March 3rd.

These funds will allow us to continue to offer free socially-engaged art exhibitions, literary readings, community gatherings and workshops as well as honorariums paid directly to exhibiting artists and writers.

With your support, we can continue to create an arts space for all, an artistic home that can do the unusual work of attracting people of all ages and backgrounds.

Click below to Donate.

https://www.amplifyatx.org/organizations/prizer-arts-letters

Support Prizer Arts & Letters in #ILiveHereIGiveHere! | Amplify Austin Day 2022 I’m ready to support Prizer Arts & Letters on March 2, 2022 during Amplify Austin Day 2022. Learn more about Prizer Arts & Letters and all the other organizations participating in #ILiveHereIGiveHere.

Photos from Prizer Arts & Letters's post 02/26/2022

Take Me Home Tonight is tomorrow, SUNDAY, Feb. 27, from 3pm to 7pm. The sun will be out, and we will have free delicious chili and free drinks from Austin Beer Works & Rambler. Come on by!

Plus, we have some amazing artwork for sale on our walls. Here's a sneak peak of some of the beautiful pieces gracing our walls.

A heartfelt thanks to all of the artists, community members and collectors who donated these works and many more for Take Me Home Tonight.

1. Rejina Thomas ("Give It Voice: A Young Harriet Tubman," 24”x32.25" print on canvas)

2. Celia Nunez Gonzalez (Untitled, 48.5"x48.5"; From the collection of Saúl Gonzalez)

3. Kathie Sever (Untitled)

4. Tammy West ("Dust to Diversity")

5. Nine Francois ("Facsimile #17")

6. Mary Day Long ("Melting In The Light")

7. Carl Smith ("Jackson Hole 15")

8. Isaac Scott ("JUNE 3RD, 2020. CECIL B. MOORE AVE AND BROAD ST")

02/24/2022

Austin! It's pretty cold and dreary out there and will be for the next couple of days. We are rescheduling our fundraising art sale to this Sunday Feb. 27th when the sun will be out again.

Come feel the warmth of the sun's return and the joy of falling in love with art.

In addition to amazing and affordable art for sale, ee will have free chili (vegetarian & meat), free drinks (thank you Austin Beer Works & Rambler!), fun games and fantastic community. See you this Sunday, Feb. 27th, from 3pm to 7pm.

This event is FREE and open to all - please help us spread the word about this date and time change.

02/16/2022

Many thanks to Margaret Henkels for donating this beautiful hand built ceramic box for our fundraiser Take Me Home Tonight (Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm).

Margaret, we appreciate your generosity and thank you for sharing your talents with us!

Take Me Home Tonight is a FREE and festive event open to all who appreciate art, community and friendship. Find your heart's delight displayed in the gallery, and then enjoy fun games, food, drink and camaraderie on the gallery grounds outside.

In the days leading up to the fundraiser, we will be featuring selected work donated by artists, collectors and community members.

And remember to mark your calendars - Take Me Home Tonight is on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm.

Photos from Prizer Arts & Letters's post 02/16/2022

Photographer Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon who created the portraits for the show "Vecino" at Prizer, has a new exhibition opening this Sunday at Precision Camera (see details below). Stop by to visit with the artist and his striking B&W portraits.

What: Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon Photography Exhibit

When: Sunday, February 20th from 3pm to 5pm

Where: Precision Camera, South Location, 9600 S IH-35 | Southpark Meadows, Austin, TX 78748

02/15/2022

Painter Chris Johnson once again donated two paintings to Take Me Home Tonight, our annual fundraiser happening on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm at Prizer.

Thank you, Chris, for generously sharing your vibrant work with us!

Take Me Home Tonight is a FREE and festive event open to all who appreciate art, community and friendship. Find your heart's delight displayed in the gallery, and then enjoy fun games, food, drink and camaraderie on the gallery grounds outside.

Stay tuned right here for sneak peaks of more contenders for your heart! We will be featuring selected work donated by artists, collectors and community members in the days leading up to Take Me Home Tonight!!

And mark your calendars: Take Me Home Tonight is on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm.

02/11/2022

This weekend - February 12 & 13th - artist Gretchen Phillips will be at gallery hours from 12pm to 5pm at Prizer!

Stop in to talk with Gretchen, see her photographs, and listen to the music that has sustained her throughout the pandemic.

02/07/2022

Many thanks to Austin artist Andy St. Martin for donating this beautiful and engaging painting for our annual fundraiser, Take Me Home Tonight happening on Saturday, Feb. 26th from 4pm to at 8pm at Prizer.

Take Me Home Tonight is a FREE and festive event open to all who appreciate art, community and friendship. Find your heart's delight displayed in the gallery, and then enjoy fun games, food, drink and camaraderie on the gallery grounds outside.

Stay tuned right here for more sneak peaks of the contenders for your heart! We will be featuring selected work donated by artists, collectors and community members in these last two weeks leading up to Take Me Home Tonight!!

And mark your calendars now: Take Me Home Tonight is coming up soon on Feb. 26th from 4pm to 8pm.

Photos from Prizer Arts & Letters's post 01/07/2022

Many thanks to AgavePrint for doing an amazing job printing the portraits in Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's show at Prizer AND for letting us display some of these photographs in their storefront!

Stop by AgavePrint at 1312 Cesar Chavez to see selections from Vecino viewable through their window until January 30th.

Note: As with the work in the front at Prizer, these portraits will be illuminated after dark for nighttime viewing.

Pictured: 1. AgavePrint exterior with window display, 2. close-up of AgavePrint window display, and 3. the artist Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon out front of AgavePrint in the sunshine!

01/06/2022

Calling All Art Lovers: Take Me Home Tonight Returns!

At Prizer Arts & Letters, we think art should be loved, and to be loved, it must be seen. Do you have a piece of art that you’ve tucked away in the closet or under your bed? Set it free to be loved by someone new and support Prizer at the same time!


We are requesting donations of artwork for our annual fundraising art sale and auction, Take Me Home Tonight. This event is scheduled for Saturday February 26, 2022 from 4pm to 8pm, and the funds we raise will help pay for all of the free socially-engaged art exhibitions, workshops and readings we host at Prizer.


Have a piece of art you’d like to donate to our fundraiser? Email us at [email protected]. Donations accepted until mid-February - but the sooner we receive them the better!

If you’re in the Austin area, we'll come pick up your donated piece, or you can drop it off at the gallery. If you're from out of town, we welcome pieces sent via mail, too.

And if there’s a story behind the piece you’re donating (where it came from, how long you’ve had it, if you once loved it or the person who gave it to you…) we want to hear about it. We will include these descriptions with the pieces in the fundraiser.


As Romero Britto says, “Art is too important not to share.” We thank you for considering sharing a piece of art with Prizer - we depend on donations from individuals and are very grateful for your support.

12/30/2021

Prizer will be closed on Jan. 1st & 2nd for the holiday.

We will reopen on Saturday, Jan. 8th.

Stop by from 12pm to 5pm on Saturday, Jan. 8th and Sunday, Jan. 9th to see Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's incredible portrait show, "Vecinos."

Pictured: Blanca Navarette at Joe's Bakery

'Picture Man': Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's 'Vecino' chronicles 25 years in his East Austin neighborhood 12/20/2021

'Picture Man': Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's 'Vecino' chronicles 25 years in his East Austin neighborhood

Thank you to Michael Lee and KUT for this great interview with Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon about his show "Vecino!" Have a listen and then come see the show before it closes on January 15th (link in bio).

"Vecino" viewing hours:

-January 8th & 9th from 12pm to 5pm
-January 15th "Vecino" Closing Reception from 4pm to 8pm

Note: Prizer will be closed for the holidays on Dec 25th & 26th and Jan. 1st & 2nd.

https://www.kut.org/life-arts/2021-12-17/picture-man-jorge-sanhueza-lyons-vecino-chronicles-25-years-in-his-neighborhood

'Picture Man': Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's 'Vecino' chronicles 25 years in his East Austin neighborhood "Vecino" is a collection of portraits taken over a quarter of a century in the neighborhood.

12/10/2021

Join us at Women and Their Work this Saturday at 11am for a discussion with Rehab El Sadek about her show, "Pattern Language." Following "Memory Palace" (Big Medium, 2019) and "Transient" (Prizer Arts & Letters, 2019-2020), "Pattern Language" is the final exhibition in this series of connected works by El Sadek.

TalkAbout Pattern Language is coming up Saturday, December 11th! Join us for a lively conversation in the gallery about architecture, memory and other issues raised in the exhibition, Pattern Language. Taking part in spirited conversation will be exhibiting artist Rehab El Sadek, Prizer Arts & Letters Director Carrie Kenny, and artist and architectural designer, Agustina Rodriguez. TalkAbout is a program that facilitates casual conversations with artists and the people who inspire them. This event is free and open to the public. RSVP at the link below.

https://womenandtheirwork.org/upcoming/talkabout-pattern-language/

Photos from Prizer Arts & Letters's post 12/03/2021

Brothers Emmanuel and Jose check out their portraits and their mother's portrait in Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's show "Vecino."

We are open Saturdays and Sundays in December from 12pm to 5pm. Stop by to see these incredible portraits in person.

Sanhueza-Lyon writes, "With "Vecino" I look to explore the distinctive sense of spirit that defines this neighborhood. For me, this spirit has always been fostered by my neighbors. The stories of these kindred spirits, old-timers, families and folks have shaped my sense of home, and together, they are my “Genius Loci”, the keepers of the spirit of the neighborhood.

Over the past two decades, I’ve watched neighbors come and go, businesses open and businesses close, homes get demolished and new ones built in their place. Vecino is a way for me to chronicle and honor my neighbors and the stories we carry collectively. The portraits and interviews, both past and present, are a living narrative of the place I call home."

EAST Austin Is Over. What’s Next for an Art Scene That’s Losing Its Nucleus? 11/26/2021

EAST Austin Is Over. What’s Next for an Art Scene That’s Losing Its Nucleus?

Thank you to Mike Agresta and Texas Monthly for including Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's show, "Vecino," in this thoughtful article about the East Austin Studio Tour.

We are open this Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 5pm - stop by to see Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's stunning photographs of his neighbors.

https://www.texasmonthly.com/arts-entertainment/east-austin-studio-tour-changing/

EAST Austin Is Over. What’s Next for an Art Scene That’s Losing Its Nucleus? An annual tour of artist studios opts for a wider map as cost of living blows up the east side of the city.

Photos from Prizer Arts & Letters's post 11/17/2021

Thank you to everyone who came out to see Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon's show Vecino this past weekend! This coming weekend - the 20th and 21st - is the last one of EAST. Stop by between 12pm and 9pm on Saturday or between 12pm and 6pm on Sunday to see Jorge's stunning photographs of his East Austin neighbors and pose for a portrait while you are at it! We'll send you home with a complimentary photo.

Photos from Prizer Arts & Letters's post 11/03/2021

For EAST this year, we are thrilled to be exhibiting the work of long-time East Austin resident and photographer Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon in a show titled "Vecino."

OPENING RECEPTION: Saturday, November 13th, 6pm to 9pm

EAST Hours: 12pm to 6pm, Sat & Sun, Nov. 13-14 & 20-21
EAST #256

For over twenty-five years, Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon has lived and photographed in the Holly Street neighborhood, all along creating strikingly beautiful portraits of his neighbors. We invite you to come see selected portraits from this twenty-five year period.

About the show Sanhueza-Lyon states, “ 'Vecino' looks to explore the unique and distinctive sense of spirit that defines the Holly Street neighborhood, the place where I have lived for the past twenty-five years. For me, this spirit has always been fostered by my neighbors. The stories of these kindred spirits, old-timers, families and folks have shaped my sense of home, and together, they are my “Genius Loci”, the keepers of the spirit of the neighborhood.

Change is nothing new to the Holly Street neighborhood. Over the past twenty-five years, I’ve watched neighbors come and go, businesses open and businesses close, homes get demolished and new ones built in their place. What feels different now is the scope and speed of this change. 'Vecino' is both a way for me to honor personally important space keepers as well as explore what happens to the spirit of a neighborhood inside such rapid change. Through portraits and interviews both past and present, 'Vecino' is a living collective narrative of the place I call home."

Our Story

The mission of Prizer Arts & Letters is to nurture and exhibit socially engaged artwork that fosters dialogue and creativity. We believe art is an essential conduit for social change, we bring writers and artists into conversation, and we create free creativity events for people of all ages. Prizer is currently open for events and by appointment only.

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2023 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX
78702-4511

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Saturday 12pm - 5pm
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