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The Alley Cat Project
Image Courtesy of Mass Gallery

Mass Gallery is back in action. Its recent endeavor, "The Alley Cat Project" has generated plenty of buzz and was featured in an article in the Austin American-Statesman. The project, supported by a grant from the Idea Fund, involves twelve public art installations in neighborhood alleyways throughout central East Austin. Homeowners in East Austin, including Professor John Yancey, gamely donated their alleyways to the project, which will remain on view through December 2013. "The Alley Cat Project" includes work by local and Texas-based artists, and teens participating in AMOA-Arthouse’s education program, Club-A.

Mass recently reemerged as an official non-profit organization, relocating to a new complex at 507 Calles Street, and is expanding its reach to encompass an extensive gallery space, several artist studios, and a packed season of public programs, film screenings, performances and exhibitions. Originally founded in 2006, the Austin-based collective now consists of 13 artists, writers and curators, many of whom are alumni of the department including Xochi Solis (BFA 2005), Jules Buck Jones (MFA 2008), Erin Elizabeth Curtis (MFA 2007), Laura Uhlir (BFA 2007), Scott Proctor (MFA 2007) and Scott Eastwood (MFA 2011).