THIRST Collaborators

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Women & Their Work

Nonprofit Art Organization

W&TW is a visual and performing art organization located in Central Austin that serves as a catalyst for contemporary art created by women living and working in Texas and beyond. For over 35 years, W&TW has brought groundbreaking art to Austin, with exhibitions, performances, literary readings and educational workshops. Known for our pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, our goal is to enrich the cultural experience for Texas by emphasizing the value and excellence of art by women, educating audiences of all ages about contemporary art, equipping artists with financial and technical support, and engaging the community through diverse exhibitions, performances and other programs.


Beili Liu – Visual Artist

The University of Texas at Austin

Beili Liu is a multidisciplinary artist whose time- and process-based installations explore subjects of cultural specificity and overlaps, and conflicting and confluent forces. Thread, paper, incense, wood, salt, water: these simple materials and compounds are the vehicles by which she hand crafts microcosms of fragility and poignancy. Liu has exhibited extensively in Asia, Europe, and across the U.S. Liu's work has received critical recognition from publications such as Art in America, Sacchi Review, UK, and ArtNow, China. Twice named Austin Artist of the Year by the Austin Visual Arts Association and the Austin Critics Table, Liu recently received a Distinction Award at the Kaunas Biennial, Lithuania and a University of Texas Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award. Liu is an Associate Professor of Art at the University of Texas at Austin.


Emily Little – Architect (FAIA)

Clayton&Little Architects

Twice named Austin’s Best Architect by the Austin Chronicle and an inductee in the Austin Arts Hall of Fame, Emily Little’s work rehabilitates historic buildings for modern-day function and artfully inserts new elements into the existing built environment. Elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects in 2009, she has provided leadership in the preservation and design community for over thirty years. A cultural anthropologist at heart, she has built her career on making good design accessible and attainable, often by finding the small gestures that largely improve the quality of a space. Little’s work often weaves the worlds of art and architecture and recently she participated in the winning design collaboration for the U.T. Music in Architecture Symposium, suspending hundreds of chimes beneath the historic Waller Creek bridge.


Norma Yancey – Associate AIA

Clayton&Little Architects

With a Master of Architecture from Washington University and a Bachelor of Architecture from Baylor University, with a minor in Sculpture, Norma Yancey's work is based upon the idea of overlap: art and architecture are far richer when they move outside their own parameters and allow themselves to be influenced by the world around them. These early years of her architecture career are interwoven with an almost continuous string of extracurricular art projects involving collaboration with musicians, sculptors, welders and filmmakers. She recently designed and fabricated a musical instrument named “Skiff” with Austin-based composer/musician Travis Weller. Skiff is now traveling on tour and being performed throughout the United States.


Cassie Bergstrom – Landscape Designer (ASLA)

dwg. urban landscape architects

Cassie Bergstrom has over nine years of experience in the landscape design/build industry, working primarily in large ranch and residential landscapes in Colorado and Texas. With a background in both Interior Architecture and Landscape Architecture, she is particularly interested in the poetic qualities of a space and the dialogue between interior and exterior spaces, past and present, old and new. Her design and project management experience allows her to help clients realize their visions on small and large scales from schematic design through construction documentation and implementation. Bergstrom is interested in the exploration of art as landscape/landscape as art as well as in the infrastructural landscapes of the future.