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2326 E. Cesar Chavez
Austin, Tx

(512) 981-7539

Up Collective is an artist-run community on the east side of Austin, Texas that provides 21 studio spaces and a 1,600 sq. foot gallery for artists to share ideas, produce work, and exhibit. Since its establishment in 2011, Up Collective has served as a creative gathering of visual arts, music, and theater performances.


Ricardo Jaén, UP Collective Director

Ricardo Jaén, UP Collective Director

Ricardo Jaén

Director // Rentals & Events Manager

Ricardo Jaén has been a resident artist since October 2010, was integral in the founding of Up Collective, and has been Rentals and Events Manager since November 2011. As an extension of being a mixed media oil painter himself, Jaén’s work with Up Collective has been to actively seek out and bring together artists from all different disciplines. Beginning with organizing the anual East of SX music showcase in 2011 as well as helping to set the foundation for the 6x6 Project, Jaén aims to fill the space with, and bring together art makers of all kinds.

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Jessica Mathews

Jessica Mathews

Jessica Mathews

Assistant Director

Jessica Mathews joined the Up Collective community after graduation from the Savannah College of Art & Design in 2012. As a resident artist, Jessica is primarily a painter that creates handmade explorations of digital structures and behaviors. Other interests include teaching and writing, which have led her to her role as communications & volunteer coordinator.