Art in AIR's Austin Office
AIR’s Austin headquarters is designed by Milton Hime and Studio 8 Architects. The building’s airy design fosters collaboration through community spaces, workrooms, and offices to create a welcoming gathering place for educators. To enhance the aesthetics and décor of this space, AIR has gathered a collection of artwork. These pieces—from a soothing landscape by Robert Striffolino, to bold photographs by Burton Pritzker, to a delightful tile mosaic by Elizabeth MacDonald—reflect the enlightening nature of SEDL’s work and provide a chance for quiet reflection for staff and visitors.
Below is an account of the artists and a list of the artwork featured in the building. Click on the images below to view them in a larger format.
1st floor lobby
Landscape artist Robert Striffolino’s work appears in many private and corporate collections worldwide. He has lived and worked in Santa Fe, New Mexico, since 1978.
“Years ago I chose to focus on landscapes because I have always felt a tremendous affinity toward them. As a child growing up in New York I was always trying to escape to a park. There among trees and grass I could be alone, and feel myself relax and breathe more fully. As I grew older, I came to understand this affinity as a spiritual one.”
Student Art Gallery
Education and My Future
1st floor hallway
In December 2007, SEDL held an art contest titled “Education and My Future” for students between the ages of 5 and 18. SEDL received 178 entries from students in 11 states throughout the nation. The artwork of the winning 13 students is on display in SEDL’s new building.
Click here to view the full gallery of winning artwork.
“In our work with schools, communities, and state departments of education we strive for a bright future for all students, and the winning artwork beautifully illustrates that future.”
SEDL President and CEO Wesley A. Hoover
2nd floor hallway gallery
Burton Pritzker’s work has been exhibited in museums and galleries across the nation, and collected in a book, Texas Rangeland (University of Texas Press, 2002). He lives and works in Austin, Texas.
“My aim in taking photographs is not to record, it is to reveal. Forms—a feather, an acorn, an arch—can take me into realms of deep possibility, cause me to look beyond the surface to something else, another story. So, too, good teaching nurtures the deep core of questioning and possibility that leads us beyond What is it? to What can it be?”
First floor, both end of hallway
Second floor, various locations
Third floor, various locations
Moment of Realization
The Obstacle or a Solution
First floor, DRP group
Born and raised in Riverside, California, Doug West has always been fascinated with the beauty of nature. He expresses his love for the American Southwest in his richly hued and detailed images. West's distinctive images allow the viewer to contemplate the vastness and serenity of nature. Using the medium of silkscreen, he creates beautiful landscapes of the Southwest. His serigraphs are exhibited in fine art galleries throughout the United States. West has had numerous one-man shows around the country and was one of twenty artists invited to participate at the White House in Washington D.C. during the annual Easter celebration.
2nd floor lounge area
Connecticut-based artist Elizabeth MacDonald’s tile mosaics can be seen in numerous collections; they also have been incorporated into the construction of buildings, including a 78-foot mural along Chicago’s Michigan Avenue.
“I express my connection to the natural world. Each work speaks to the process of change, whether through the appearance of age or the spontaneity of gesture . . . Small surface elements draw the viewer into a larger context, where hundreds of parts interact to form a whole.”
2nd floor library and 3rd floor hallway
A landscape photographer for more than 35 years, Richard Reynolds has accumulated thousands of photo credits from magazines, newspapers, calendars, and books around the world. He is the photographer of eight books of landscape photography and has more than 25 Texas Highways magazine covers to his credit. He lives and works in Austin, Texas.
“My landscape photographs are not about presenting an exact record of what was in front of my camera at the time I made the exposure. They are recreations of my impressions of what I see.”
First floor, various locations
Common Pink Forester
Indian Leaf Butterfly
3rd floor hallway
A plexiglass structure chronicling SEDL's more than 40-year-long journey of providing quality education for all learners is on display. The timeline contains pivotal moments in SEDL history, products of merit and historical significance, evolution of our branding, and management transitions. It honors our rich history of providing research, service, and professional development. The timeline structure is approximately 19' x 3'6" and weighs approximately 200 lbs.
“SEDL has a well-established history as a research-based leader that addresses underrepresented, high-minority issues that are critical to teacher and student success.”
Sr. Isabel Ball, College of Arts and Sciences, Our Lady of the Lake University, San Antonio, Texas
River of Gold II
3rd floor lounge area
Suzanne Donazetti is one of the few artists today painting on copper, a complex and labor-intensive process. Her public art commissions include Connecticut’s Bradley International Airport and the main courtroom of the Alaska Supreme Court. She lives in Raton, New Mexico.
“As I weave, the colors come together to suggest a place viewed through a lens into a parallel universe. My goal is to add to the beauty of our world. Through the communication of color, I seek to provide moments of harmony and peace for meditation and reflection.”