Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Fine arts reporter

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman where she has worked since 1999. She covers visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

Among other commendations, Jeanne Claire has won first place awards for arts criticism from the American Association of Sunday & Features Editors; the Texas Associated Press Managing Editors and fellowships at the USC/Getty Arts Journalism Institute and Columbia University Arts Journalism Program.

Latest from Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Exhibit seeks to spark conversation about gentrification
“My Little Pony” by Claire Ashley in the Los Outsiders’ art exhibit “Gently Fried” at the Mexican American Cultural Center.

11:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015

There’s a quiet hiss that emerges from the improbably large inflated sculpture that occupies one corner of the high-ceiling gallery at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center.More than 20 feet tall, Claire Ashley’s “My Little Pony” is brightly spray-painted in neon shades, its rump backed into a corner ...
The Weird Homes Tour aims to keep Austin, well, quirky
The Crestview home of artist Darryl Freeman has hand-built, 6-foot-tall limestone walls, two koi ponds, an aviary and many tropical and native Texas plants.

11:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015

One home is made of long earth-filled sandbags stacked into coiled beehive-like shapes. Another sports an observation tower in the backyard and a front facade whimsically decorated with brightly variegated tile, like some full-blown fairy tale house. A third is a 33-square-foot dumpster. All are on the Weird Homes Tour ...
Arts picks: May 17-23
“Fear and Trembling.” From the exhibit “I Only Know Plenty: Works by Elizabeth McDonald” at Grayduck Gallery.

11:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015

“I Only Know Plenty.” Gallery hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday. Exhibit continues through June 21. Grayduck Gallery, 2213 E. Cesar Chavez St. Free. artist Elizabeth McDonald launches her ambitious new series of large- and small-scale paintings, sound art and sculptures in a ...
Shay Ishii resurrects early modern dance masterpieces
Choreographer Shay Ishii.

11:00 p.m. Friday, May 15, 2015

Dance is perhaps the most ephemeral of art forms.Paintings and sculpture survive centuries. So do play scripts.But dance has never had a codified system for documenting itself in the way that, for example, musical notation preserves an opera or sonata composed more than 300 years ago.Certainly since the advent of ...
Eye of the Dog offers creative setting for clay artists in San Marcos
A grinning dog greets visitors at the Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A grinning ceramic dog sculpture greets you at the entrance of the Eye of the Dog Art Center. Standing on two legs, the anthropomorphic canine sports a cheesy, toothy grin, a yellow flowered shirt and slouchy jeans. Its paws hold a sign that reads “smile” in deliberately sloppy lettering. This ...
Arts picks: May 10-16
Tom Friedman’s 33-foot tall “Looking Up” is now on permanent display at Laguna Gloria, the newest addition to the Betty and Edward Marcus Sculpture Park.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 9, 2015

“Looking Up.” Permanent display. Grounds hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sundays. Contemporary Austin-Laguna Gloria, 3809 W. 35th St. 512-453-5312, Tom Friedman’s monumental sculpture “Looking Up” debuts this weekend, now permanently installed at Laguna Gloria. The latest addition to the growing ...
Natural forces focus of one West Austin Studio Tour installation
Austin artist Colin McIntyre salvaged the warped flooring in the abandoned Round Oak Stove Co. (shown) in Michigan to use in a new installation.

4:06 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Since he first saw them nearly a decade ago, artist Colin McIntyre has been dreaming of how to transform the undulating waves of wood flooring. The tongue-and-groove maple planks — buckled by years of slow exposure to water — once lined the floors of the Round Oak Stove Co. in ...
May arts in Austin: The best of what to see this month
The over-sized yet hyper-realistic sculpture by Robert Therrien is on view at the Contemporary through Aug. 30.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, April 30, 2015

May blooms with eclectic arts happenings, from a musical homage to Austin’s traffic to the West Austin Studio Tour to “Swan Lake.” Here’s our list of the best of what’s coming up. Ballet Austin’s “Swan Lake.” 8 p.m. May 8-9, 2 p.m. May 9, 3 p.m. May 10. Long Center, ...
Assessing the profile of Austin’s new high-rise, the Independent
Designed by Austin-based Rhode Partners architects, the Independent is a tiered design, the 58-story high-rise separated into blocks offset from on another.

Updated: 11:29 a.m. Thursday, April 23, 2015

Only one rendering appeared with the news recently that Austin would get its tallest building yet, the 58-story, 685-foot-tall Independent condominium high-rise in the redevelopment of the Seaholm District, a former industrial area that housed the Seaholm Power Plant and Thomas C. Green Water Treatment Plant.That one drawing immediately ignited ...
Arts picks: April 26-May 2
Austin’s Trouble Puppet Theater Company debuts its latest original play, “The Wars of Heaven,” the first of what will be a three-part epic.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, April 25, 2015

“The Wars of Heaven.” 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 6 p.m. Sunday through May 17. Salvage Vanguard Theater, 2803 Manor Road. Austin’s inventive Trouble Puppet Theater Company debuts its latest original play, the first of what will be a three-part epic. Told through tabletop and shadow puppetry, “The Wars of Heaven” ...



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