Will There Ever Be A Rainbow? Unicorn Art Show – Nov ’05

Unicorn Art Show

Will There Ever Be A Rainbow?
Unicorn Art Show
Bolm Studios
Austin, Texas
November 4 – November 8, 2005
Austin Chronicle writeup


Reception with artists and voting for the People’s Choice Award and presentation of the artists prizes on Saturday, November 5 from 4pm – 11pm

The show “Will there ever be a Rainbow?” is Ian Shults’ pet project of an art event, produced and coordinated by Michael Schliefke.  Developed long ago in a cloudy haze, the idea to match unicorn art and Austin artists  finally came to life and was hosted by Bolm Studios in November of 2005.

The unicorn art show featured the work of 60 artists,spanning painting, sculpture, illustration, animation and video art.

Participating Artists:

Paul AhernCorey GoeringMaria Reyes
Ethan AzarianParke GreggShannon Roberts
Paul BeckJenny HartMatthew Rodriguez
Wade BeesleyAlice HendersonVictoria Lydia Rodriguez
Kim CantonChristopher HernandezAlfonso Rabago
Ismael CavazosHector HernandezMichael Schliefke
Josh ChalmersDennis HodgesIan Shults
Chris ChappellSandra JacksonChristina Simon
Kelly ChanteloupHeather JarryRory Skagen
Charlie ChauvinBill JeffreyJen Frost Smith
Ryan ChristensenNathan JensenTina Sparkle
Chris CoakleyRachel KoperAnna Swanson
Kevin CollinsMarissa LittleJana Swec
Mike CombsShea LittleAlicia Traveria
Matt CowanMichelle MayerTeddy Vuong
Wendy DavenportDan MorrisonCherie Weaver
Ryan DayTravis NicholsJames Webb
Lisa DiRiccoMatt NorrisAdam Whatley
JD FanningKaty O’ConnorBarbara Whitehead
Aaron FoxMike ParsonsJennifer Wilson
Nathan FoxHope PerkinsAmanda Winkles & Brandon Gonzalez
Michael FurrhBrandon PetrieGlenn Bryant Worley
Martin GarciaJoseph PhillipsDana Younger
Carol Gilson  

Show History

The ‘Will There Ever Be a Rainbow’ unicorn art show took place in November of 2005 as a collaboration between Austin based artists Ian Shults and Michael Schliefke.

Using the gallery space at Bolm Studios (now Big Medium), 12 artists were originally invited to participate but invitations to artists had to be cut off at 60 due to demand. Each artist was given the task of making a piece of art based off the loose subject of ‘unicorn. Artists ran in every direction imaginable – paintings, drawings, quilts, animated movies, rocking horse unicorns made of rebar, toys, and other artistic objects filled out the show. The event grew in volume to not only fill the Bolm Studios Gallery, but also encompassed the studio spaces as well as the entire courtyard of the art space.

The show attracted a crowd estimated over 1600 people. There were activities for children throughout the day portion of the show, including a unicorn pinata.During the entire event, the public was encouraged to vote for the People’s Choice Award. Over 400 ballots were counted, and additional juror’s choice awards were selected.

The show became legendary among the Austin art scene, and ended up winning the Best Art Show of 2005 by the Austin Chronicle and was the first major art event put together by the team of Ian Shults and Michael Schliefke that would continue for the next decade.

Samples of Work from the Show: