The Texas Bold Beauty Project

An Extension of the National Bold Beauty Project

The Bold Beauty Project

Through the creative eyes of award-winning photographers, this project celebrates women who define beauty to include their abilities to boldly defy life’s challenges…
challenges which may shape their daily lifestyles, but which can’t override the strength and courage of each project model. That is the real definition of beauty!

Save the Dates!

From the Git-Go, art became an important element for the building and for the City. Art is everywhere in the building and the "Peoples' Gallery" really just means the inside of the building. Typically each local artist selected for the year's show submits a few works. Thanks to the work of Toni Cook and Lynn Myers, we will be able to display our complete Texas Bold Beauty exhibition of photographs. This is the first time a thematically unified exhibition of size has gone into the building and the curator is really excited to see it come together. And the exhibit will be up for a full year! We're aiming at 20 photographs and we have some concerns about timing. We need the digital images completed by the end of October and this means we have to accelerate our model recruitment. We'll need to prioritize speed over quality but we are doing multiple venues and you can replace one shot with a newer one. The reception is in late February and it draws 1,000 people including the mayor who speaks. Click the link to see a one minute time lapse video of the Gallery. And if you're in Austin, City Hall is open to the public.

WIMBERLEY
Friday and Saturday
Jan 11-13
Opening Reception Jan 12 4-8PM
Fri: 1pm-4pm preview, Sat: 10am – 8pm, Sun: Noon-4pm
Messina Inn
1000 Cypress Creek Lane, Wimberley
SAN MARCOS
Jan 12 – Feb 15
Reception Jan 18 5-7PM
The Walkers’ Gallery
San Marcos Activity Center
501 East Hopkins, San Marcos
AUSTIN
Feb 5 – December 31
Opening Reception Feb 22 6-9PM
Receptions Monthly on Last Fridays 6-9PM
The People’s Gallery – 2nd Floor
Austin City Hall
301 West 2nd Street, Austin
AUSTIN
Apr 5 – May 1
Opening Reception Apr 5 5-7PM
Old Bakery Emporium- 2nd Floor Gallery
1006 Congress Avenue, Austin
Other Texas locations to be announced…… Read More Save the Dates!

Our Stories: Barbara Ramirez

Barbara Ramirez, Bold Beauty Project Texas Model

I’m Barbie! I am 30 years old.  When I was fourteen, I was in a car accident resulting in a complete spinal cord injury at T4/T3 level.  My life changed in a matter of seconds.  Doctors said I would never walk again.  My love of sports and dreams of becoming a professional soccer player vanished.  They were replaced by physical and emotional pain and years of healing.… Read More Our Stories: Barbara Ramirez

Our Stories: Sarah Leigh Davis

Sarah Davis, model for the Bold Beauty Project Texas. Photographer: George Krause

Sarah Leigh Davis (Multiple Disabilities) is a 28-year-old artist who is able to capture beauty from within and bring it to life through her drawings and paintings.  When she was two-years-old, Sarah and her family were in a propane explosion.  Sarah had been thrown, knocked unconscious, and buried in the debris.  It took firefighters two hours to find her, and, as a result of the accident, Sarah suffers from organic brain damage.  She also received burns to her face, hands, legs, feet, and suffered a severely broken leg.  Over the years, Sarah has had 16 surgeries, but has always maintained a positive attitude.
Read More Our Stories: Sarah Leigh Davis

Our Stories: Paige Lambert

Thank YOU

Paige Lambert TAR Syndrome Growing up, I didn’t think certain things were possible because of my difference, until I saw someone like me showing me how to do it and what it looked like.  Now, I get to show other women what it’s like to embrace their differences, their uniqueness.  I get to show women that your identity is not based on how you look, what you do, or how successful you are.  It’s based on who God created you to be in the first place and the promises that He’s given you.  … Read More Our Stories: Paige Lambert

Out Stories: Heather McArthur

Heather McArthur, model for the Bold Beauty Project Texas

I chose the photo that I did because I wanted to express the idea that a woman can be sexy and genuinely beautiful regardless of scars or physical limitations.  And, at the same time, that very same woman can be ferociously intelligent and run the world without having to deny her beauty or what makes her a woman.  We are many, many, many things and have a right to never be labeled as one particular thing. (Cerebral Palsy)… Read More Out Stories: Heather McArthur

Our Stories: Mary Abigail Kiely

Mary Abagail Kiel, model for the Bold Beauty Project Texas

 Mary Abigail Kiely: The doctors told Dad and Mom I would not live to my second birthday, to take me home and love me.  I remember they laughed to themselves, snuggled me up, ventilator and g-tube feeding in tow, and away we went to my new life. I am now 27 years old.
My Dad and Mom have told me all my life that I am beautiful.  This project naturally fits me, as I also have a big, bold personality.… Read More Our Stories: Mary Abigail Kiely

Our Stories: Cristina White-Jones

Tina in Paint

“When I was 11 years old, I fell and broke my right hip. It started out as slipped capital femoral epiphysis with avascular necrosis. Since then, I’ve had over 30 surgeries on both my leg and hip.

“Without art and the support of my amazing family, I’m not sure how I would’ve made it through everything.

“I was excited to be part of the Texas Bold Beauty Project because it focuses on the woman and who she is first, not her “disability,” which is how it should always be. I was deemed permanently “disabled” at 19, but have never once considered myself disabled. I refuse to give up. We always have to keep going and keep trying!”… Read More Our Stories: Cristina White-Jones

Our Stories: Dená Cooper, Equine Therapy Student

Dená Cooper, Equine therapy student with the Bold Beauty Texas Project

Dená Cooper, Equine therapy student with the Bold Beauty Texas Project:”I am 28 years old. I lived in Huntsville, but was born in Galveston because I was 12 weeks premature…Bold means someone who is courageous. They are very confident. You still have to be confident to be beautiful. If you don’t think of yourself as beautiful, then nobody is going to see you as beautiful.… Read More Our Stories: Dená Cooper, Equine Therapy Student

Our Stories: Tanya Winters

Tanya Winters enjoys pushing the boundaries of art and disability through her work with VSA Texas, a statewide inclusive arts organization. She quickly moved from a scared young woman who read poetry with her back to the audience to a striking dancer who loves to perform. Tanya became a certified DanceAbility instructor in 2011 and spends her free time teaching, choreographing and performing.

Tanya Winters enjoys pushing the boundaries of art and disability through her work with VSA Texas, a statewide inclusive arts organization. She quickly moved from a scared young woman who read poetry with her back to the audience to a striking dancer who loves to perform. Tanya became a certified DanceAbility instructor in 2011 and spends her free time teaching, choreographing and performing.… Read More Our Stories: Tanya Winters