Museum gets new name: The Contemporary Austin

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A Central Texas museum and art school complex has a new name and an updated mission to focus on contemporary artists.

The Austin museum formerly known as AMOA-Arthouse on Thursday became The Contemporary Austin.

The museum has two venues - the 12-acre lakeside Laguna Gloria and the Jones Center - along with a new executive director. Louis Grachos took over in January.

Museum board president Darrell Windham says it's time for Austin to have a contemporary art museum to match its robust activity in music, film and new-media entrepreneurship.

Exhibits by artists Liam Gillick and Marianne Vitale open in September.

AMOA-Arthouse formed in 2011 when the Austin Museum of Art merged with the Congress Avenue contemporary arts center - Arthouse.

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