Cage Match Project (CMP) gallery lives in an industrial caged-trailer. Measured at 20x8x7 feet, this weathered and rusted container resides in a gravel parking lot in Austin, TX where it is under constant exposure to the elements and 24-hour public viewership. By fully embracing the caged-trailer as both literal and conceptual context, Cage Match Project purposefully stages a narrative of the artist-at-odds, with either history, space, or a work of art itself.

Since 2017, through an open call process, with several exhibitions per year, CMP has hosted 21 Rounds of physical installations, 2 seasons of podcasts, 12 workshops all of which are created and led by the community and invited artists and collectives. In total, CMP has remained open and accessible for 2500+ days of public exhibits. Aside from exhibition openings, gallery hours, and public programming, CMP coordinates networking opportunities between emerging artists and Austin’s art community. CMP maintains a platform through in-person and digital events, highlighting and showcasing each artist’s practice to a national and international audience. The very nature of CMP is intersectional not as a theoretical term but as an everyday practice and lived experience.

In 2019, Aryel René Jackson accepted the role of director and curator of CMP from Ryan Hawk, founder and initial curator of CMP.

This project is supported in part by the Museum of Human Achievement and the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


Aryel René Jackson | Curator | cage@themuseumofhumanachievement.com

Zac Traeger | MoHA Director | zac@themuseumofhumanachievement.com