SXSW Art Program

March 10-18. The SXSW Art Program creates a platform for visual artists to connect with international leaders in the fields of music, film, and technology through showcasing innovative projects and hosting discussions during SXSW. Experience one-of-a-kind art installations by both established and emerging artists at SXSW programming venues and other locations in Austin.

SXSW Art Program

ANIMA by Studio Nick Verstand. Photo by Nick Verstand.

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About SXSW Art Program


Visual artists have always played a role at SXSW through the filmmakers, musicians, and technologists coming to Austin each spring. In 2017, we are expanding our art initiative to deliver an experience of unexpected discovery and inspiration, bringing together diverse people, mediums, and topics.

The SXSW Art Program will showcase international artists, support local talent, and contribute to a vibrant culture of art in Austin through permanent and temporary installations. We seek to work with established artists and emerging talent, and welcome your art installation proposals.

Previous projects include Anima by Nick Verstand, Silent Room and Tree by Simon Heijdens, The Impossible Wall Project with POW! WOW! and SprATX, Tom Sachs: Boombox Retrospective at the Contemporary Austin, PI in the Sky by Ishky, Re+Public’s Augmented Reality Mural, and dozens more.


Propose Your Art Installation

SXSW is seeking project ideas for the 2017 Art Program. Enter your proposal before the Friday, December 16 deadline.

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Proposal Details



All visual artists are eligible to enter their project to SXSW. This is open to studios, designers, and collectives in addition to individual artists. All proposals are confidential and will not be shared outside of the SXSW review process. All proposals must be in to SXSW via the below form by 11:59pm CT on Friday, December 16, 2016.

For installations selected for SXSW 2017, SXSW will provide:

  • Funds for installation expenses not to exceed $10,000 each for the completion of installation
  • Dedicated SXSW staff liaison to assist with on-site production needs
  • High visibility space in Austin, TX to display installation
  • Platinum credential(s) to attend SXSW
  • Consultation on media outreach


The selected installations will be listed in the SXSW schedule of events, which is read by some of the most innovative thinkers from across the US and around the world. SXSW reserves the right to use photographs or digital images of any accepted work for the purpose of publicity. If your project is selected for SXSW, these and many other specifics will be explain in more detail.


Please select the SXSW designated location that is most appropriate for this artwork. If your artwork doesn’t fit into one of these locations, please select “other” and describe the ideal location. SXSW will have final curatorial placement of installation(s) inside the dedicated space for art.

Indoor Space

  • 20 x 20 x 8 – empty conference style room
  • No drilling, tacking or taping into the walls
  • Limited shore power

Outdoor Space

  • 20 x 30 – empty street space
  • No onsite power

Park Space

  • 20 x 20 – park space
  • No damage to park land
  • No vehicles in wheels in the park
  • No staking into the ground
  • No tethering things to trees or fence

Consideration for Proposals

  • Must provide visual representation of your installation
  • All basic safety considerations must be taken into account – no flames or flammable materials/gases, dangerous materials
  • All designs will be subject to final approval by the fire marshall
  • Assembly onsite only. All fabrication/hard construction will need to be finished pre-load in.
  • All installations must have general liability insurance
  • Extra points for interactivity


SXSW will select up to 5 installations. The selection decisions will be made by the SXSW Art Team and our advisory board members. Advisory Board members will provide feedback on proposals, but SXSW Art Team will make all final selections. All participants will be notified of their status by the end of January.


Please complete the proposal form below. Leaving information blank may result in your entry not being processed.


We understand that some proposals will need a longer lead time than March 2017. If you have a great proposal for 2018, please send us an email at

Proposal Intake Form


Deadline to complete this form is 11:59pm CT on Friday December 16, 2016.

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