The 2019 Call for Art is open from July 1st through September 16th.

All applicants must be 50 years of older and live in Travis County Texas or an adjacent county.

The Old Bakery & Emporium is a historic building located in Downtown Austin. The Bakery operates as a Consignment Shop, Visitor Information Center, Art Gallery exhibiting local artists 50 or better and houses the Lundberg-Maerki Historical Collection.

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The Art Gallery at the Old Bakery & Emporium (OBE) is currently seeking applications for the monthly exhibits for January 2019 through December 2019. We invite artists and visual arts organizations to apply for the monthly exhibits. Applicants must be 50 years of age or better and live locally in Travis County or an adjoining county to meet OBE requirements. 

Two to three artist or a group will exhibit each month. 2D, 3D and Installation art is welcome.  Art must be family friendly and no erotica or inflammatory matter. There is no fee to submit an application.  Applicants may specify a preference of months to exhibit, however months and times of each exhibit will be determined by availability.  The completed application and the images will be accepted in jpge format online.


Every year a jury panel is assembled to view the applications. The body of art for each artist or group is assessed. The artists names are  withheld. 

Criteria for selection includes artistic merit as evidenced by the submitted materials and appropriate subject matter for the general public.  The final selections are approved by the OBE management. 

About the Gallery and Historical Building: 

The Old Bakery and Emporium is in the block south of the Capitol at 1006 Congress Avenue with the Art Gallery located on the 3rd floor. In the spring of 2011 the art gallery was opened and has had continuous monthly exhibits. Originally  it was a bakery run by the Lundberg’s, then the Maerki’s from 1876 to 1936. In 1964, the Heritage Society used the building to operate a Tourist Information Center and in 1970  it was sold to the State of Texas. The existing Old Bakery and  Emporium opened to the public in 1976.


Today the OBE features arts and crafts, tourist information, and is a mecca for visitors to the city because of the proximity to the Capitol and Governors Mansion. 

Gallery Space: 

There are approximately 168  linear feet of wall space to  display art. The gallery's main feature are the 18 feet high limestone walls. The professional art hanging system allows for large pieces of work.  Two to three artists or a group constitute the monthly exhibits.

Exhibit Team: 

The art is curated by the exhibit team, who help with the check in process and assure all the paperwork is completed.  A flyer is created for each exhibit and sent to the exhibitors and local social media. Each artist is encouraged to promote their own  exhibit. The Opening Reception is on the Friday after the first Thursday of each month unless otherwise stated. 

All art must be ready to exhibit and hanging art is required to have D-Hooks and wire. 


Due care will be given to all the art, but OBE is not responsible for any loss or damage to the art.

All art must be for sale and can be purchased by the public during the exhibit: 

The Old Bakery takes a 20% commission from all art sold during the exhibit. When a piece of art is sold a new piece of art may replace it.

City and Exhibition Paperwork must be completed before any art can be exhibited.

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Important Dates:

All applications must be received by the Deadline: Sunday, September 16, 2018. 

Notifications: Thursday, October 11, 2018 with additional exhibit information.

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