The new home of Dimension Gallery is an industrial bay at 979 Springdale.  The warehouse, a food manufacturing plant for the last thirty years, is currently being transformed into a bustling commercial district including the Austin Bouldering Project, Austin Eastciders, Ground Floor Theatre, and Daily Greens.  The indoor exhibition space boasts high ceilings, vintage industrial lighting, and terracotta brick walls.  The outdoor space includes a large covered seating area and a secondary display area.  Dimension is situated a block away from the well known art studio/gallery facility, Canopy, adding to the burgeoning East Austin gallery district.

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Dimension Gallery was founded by Colin McIntyre and Moya Khabele, who conceived the idea after co-producing several shows for McIntyre, a local sculptor.  Colin McIntyre has built his career as a metal sculptor in Austin since 2001.  His most notable accomplishments of large-scale sculpture include ‘Arboreal Passage’ at the Austin Nature and Science Center and ‘Emergence’ at Art on the Llano in Lubbock, TX.  He was awarded a grant from the Texas Biennial in 2009 and has been featured in the Museum of Vordingborg, Denmark, The Ogden Museum of Southern Art, New Orleans, and the People’s Gallery at Austin City Hall, among many others.  His recent accomplishments include two solo shows funded by the City of Austin Cultural Arts Division as well as an invitation to the world-renowned international sculpture show in Perth, Australia, Sculpture by the Sea.

colinmoyaengaged-6790-copyMoya Khabele co-founded and operated a nonprofit private school in Austin, The Khabele School, for 12 years.  In this role, she helped grow a small start up alternative school with 10 students to a three-campus pre-K through 12th grade school with over 500 students.  She also helped to found and performed for a local West African Dance Company, Lannaya, for 10 years, both performing and writing grants for the nonprofit.  She went on to help found Vuka, an event venue and co-working space, where she created monthly art openings to help promote local artists. Continuing her love of the arts, she assisted in producing shows for Big Ass Canvas and Colin McIntyre Sculpture Studio. 

McIntyre and Khabele have teamed up to fill what they find to be a void in Austin’s art scene, a gallery dedicated to showcasing sculptural and three-dimensional art.  They are also assisting artists in accessing City of Austin Cultural Arts funding, another function that most galleries do not undertake.  Their goal is to not only exhibit art, but to empower the artists to fund the creation of their work, considering the more intensive studio practices often involved in generating sculpture.

They aim to inspire dimension in the up and coming East Austin art movement.

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