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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

Long Center CEO Marc Seriff leaving post after four months
Marc Seriff and wife, Carolyn Seriff, at a Long Center fundraiser last year. Marc Seriff is leaving as president and CEO of the performing arts center because his father is ill, Long Center board Chair Patsy Woods Martin said.

4:52 p.m. Thursday, May 26, 2016

Just over four months after he took over as president and CEO of the Long Center for the Performing Arts, Marc Seriff has left the post, Long Center board Chair Patsy Woods Martin announced Thursday.Martin said Seriff’s departure was effective immediately and was “due to the unexpected and serious illness ...
Affordability issues part of subject and staging of ‘Hotel Vanya’
A rehearsal of “The Hotel Vanya, or a Metaphysical-Paradigm at the End of Everythingness,” a new play by Austin writer Timothy Braun. It is being staged in an East Austin warehouse slated for development.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Affordability — or Austin’s increasing lack thereof — is conversation topic No. 1 these days in the arts community.Like many Austin artists, playwright Timothy Braun claims entry points to the topic.A longtime board member of Salvage Vanguard Theater, he’s had a front row seat to the unfolding drama as the ...
West Austin Studio Tour Weekend 2: Our picks and highlights
Co-Lab Projects has taken over the first floor of the long-empty 721 Congress Ave. as a temporary gallery for the next year.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Rain didn’t dampen the first weekend of the West Austin Studio Tour.Among the delights seen out and about on the tour were several pop-up exhibits — proof once again that despite Austin’s rising rents and rapid gentrification, artists will find a way to creatively exhibit their work.Here’s a photographic look ...
In San Marcos, Eye of the Dog Art Center hosts its Dirt Dauber Fest
A dog greets visitors at the Eye of the Dog Art Center in San Marcos. The center will hold its annual Dirt Dauber Festival on May 14-15.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016

Dirt Dauber Festival. On the outer edges of San Marcos, Eye of the Dog Art Center is at it again, once more hosting its annual Dirt Dauber Festival. More than three dozen clay artists will show their work in the eclectic rural setting, an artful gathering of studios, kiln sheds ...
Mini museum a curious stop on West Austin Studio Tour
David Stark initiated transforming Brown’s studio into a mini museum after she died in 2012.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016

It’s a tiny place with a grand name: the Patricia Duncan Brown Tribute Collection at the Museum of Collectibles and Curiosities.Tucked behind a large rental house in Clarksville, there’s a tidy white building not much larger than a one-car garage. Yet it holds a singular collection of vintage collectibles, once ...
Critic’s picks for the West Austin Studio Tour
Sonya Berg, “Untitled (garden sketch 2).” Berg collages simple snapshots with painted abstractions. Her studio is on the 2016 West Austin Studio Tour.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 12, 2016

Where to start on the West Austin Studio Tour? With dozens and dozens of stops, it’s hard to know. And unlike in East Austin, where artists have colonized warehouses that house dozens of studios at one address, the West Austin Studio Tour features more backyard studios and galleries. Popping into ...
Line Upon Line Percussion keeps the beat going
Line Upon Line percussion ensemble during “Lumen,” a performance with Andrea Ariel Dance Company.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Line Upon Line Percussion, a trio of Austin musicians, went through a sound check of sorts before a recent performance.Matthew Teodori poured fine sand into plastic cones, each outfitted with a tap at the bottom and perched above a metal can.Adam Bedell and Cullen Faulk fired up a fan, adjusting ...
West Austin Studio Tour among best of Austin arts, week of May 8-14
A weaving by Laura Poll of Weaving Arts Austin. Poll’s studio will be on the 2016 West Austin Studio Tour.

12:00 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016

Art“West Austin Studio Tour.” Its popular eastside companion tour may have introduced crowds to a now-burgeoning East Austin scene, but the West Austin Studio Tour, with its more far-flung boundaries, offers a more chill and relaxed experience. And with the free, self-guided tour running two weekends, you have the chance ...
Top picks for the best of Austin’s arts in May
Jason Webb, “Discard Pile 47.” Webb’s studio is on the West Austin Studio Tour.

12:00 a.m. Thursday, May 5, 2016

“Macbeth.” Austin Shakespeare continues its decades-long tradition of presenting a free show in Zilker Park with a new production of “Macbeth” that has a modern military look — along with plenty of sword fights and creepy witches. Marc Pouhé reprises his acclaimed 2008 portrayal of Macbeth, and Helen Merino stars ...
Weird Homes Tour stop is a collection of collections
The Travis Heights home of Steve Wiman, artist and owner of vintage emporium Uncommon Objects.

12:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Two enormous balls of rusting barbed wire nestle near Steve Wiman’s front porch. Like offspring, round iron buoys of various sizes — some the size of bowling balls, others much larger — snuggle in the grass nearby.The arrangement of orbs is carefully, artfully composed. Likewise the thousands of things inside ...

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