*Allison & Jay Leno*
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CowParade Austin 2011
Allison was commissioned
by a panel of judges in Austin, as well as the CowParade committee and
Austin Sponsors, to not only paint one cow, but four!!! This is quite an
honor, as no other person in CowParade history, among thousands of artists
in the world, has ever been chosen to paint that many cows.
She was interviewed on television with “Pi-COW-sso on KVUE , has been
featured in the newspaper several times, as well as magazines and online
To top it all off, her first bovine, which is officially titled “Partying
with Pi-COW-sso” , has been one of the few chosen to be reproduced for the
Extra Large, Museum Edition replicas, which are sold all over the world.
To order Allison's cow figurine
Colorful cows hit Austin streets
Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Allison Gregory is one of the artists who decorated a CowParade statue.
She calls her work 'Parting with Picowsso.' You can find the cows
throughout Austin and at the Long Center preview party tonight.
Allison’s herd, please double click on their pictures!
A MOO-Sical MOO-saic
MOO-sy in the Sky
History of Cowparade and Cowparade
The first CowParade
exhibit was staged in Chicago in 1999 with 340 cow installations displayed
principally along Michigan Avenue. Crane’s reported at the time that the
event attracted an estimated five million people to the city and increased
the revenues of restaurants, hotels and
retailers by more than $100 million. Since it’s introduction,
CowParade is now the largest and most recognized public art event in the
world! CowParade exhibits, held in 75 cities in 30 countries on six
continents to date, have produced more than 5,000 of the signature cow
canvases painted on and transformed by emerging, established and even
famous artists like Peter Max and Romero Britto. The exhibits have been
viewed by upwards of one half billion of the global population.
Each CowParade event has an important charitable component. At the end of
the three-month-long exhibit, about 50 of the best event cows are sold at
a live auction gala for the benefit of the nonprofit with which CowParade
has partnered in the venue. In Austin, CowParade is partnering with
the Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas to benefit Dell
Children’s Medical Center and the Superhero Kids Fund. Superhero Kids Fund
provides financial assistance for families in need that are receiving
treatment at Dell Children’s Blood and Cancer Center. From helping with
travel expenses to keeping a family’s lights on, Superhero Kids Fund works
to fulfill its mission of enhancing the quality of life for patients and
their families during treatment. At the end of the three-month-long
exhibit, about 50 of the best event cows are sold at a live auction gala
to benefit the medical center. In the U.S., auction prices have averaged
nearly $10,000 per cow.
Globally, CowParade has raised in excess of $30 million for its nonprofit
In addition, CowParade also reproduces selected cows from each event, in
the form of replica figurines, that can be Purchased in three size
categories – Museum Edition (large and extra large), the Collection
(medium) and Minimoos (small). To date, replica figurines of
approximately 700 different cows have been produced, of which several
hundred have been retired. There now are thousands of collectors in
the United States and around the world.
For more information on CowParade, or to order “Partying with Pi-COW-sso”,
Allison’s Museum Edition cow, please go to:
To see network features of CowParade Austin, please go to their
You can also view the latest news, read magazine and newspaper reviews,
see photos of the preview party, and browse through the “artist stories”.
JAY LENO- COWPARADE CHARITY
AUCTION- SUPERHERO KIDS:
November 13, 2011 , Allison's cows were finally auctioned off by
Tonight Show host Jay Leno and world famous auctioneer Spanky
Assister. The proceeds will benefit the "Superhero Kids", a special
program involving families in need at the Dell Children Blood and
Cancer Center Hospital.
evening was packed with excitement as it was the most profitable
CowParade to date, earning a record breaking $1.58 million! One of
Allison's cows, "MOOSY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" , sold for
$100,000! The money generated from "MOOSY...", combined with the
closing bids on Allison's 3 other cows came to $220,000!
Austin GuitarTown Project
was selected by a panel of public celebrities, including Willie Nelson and
Mayor Will Wynn, as one of the 20 artists to paint a 10ft. guitar. There
were hundreds of applicants in the selection process, so it was quite an
honor to be chosen for such a project.
The Austin GuitarTown project was a public arts project dedicated to
bringing visual and musical artists together, ithrough a unique display of
10ft. Gibson Guitar sculptures, that were placed throughout the city in
November 2006. The project raised $589,000, benefiting four designated
Austin based charities. Allison’s guitar was auctioned off and sold to
Frost Bank at a closing bid of $16,800.
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ALLISON NAMED OFFICIAL ARTIST OF 2009 PECAN STREET
recent exhibition at Art on 5th Gallery sparked some interest with the city.
When the gallery asked her to paint a cityscape of the downtown skyline, she
depicted a whimsical, funky rendition of Austin. The piece, entitled “In the
Town Where We Live” , was sold to the director of the Pecan Street Art
Festival. As of Fall 2009, it will be the official image/logo AND PRINT for
the infamous event, which will be held the last weekend of September.
Texas Folklife Festival
The Texas Folklife Festival was modeled after the Smithsonian’s
Folklife Festival, which was held in Washington, D.C. in 1968. In 2006
Allison was commissioned by The City of San Antonio to design the Texas
Folk Life Festival poster. The annual festival is a celebration of
ethnic Texan cultures sponsored by
the University of Texas at
Institute of Texan Cultures. The artwork selected by panel of
judge’s (below) was the artists’ vision of prominent icons in Texas pop
culture. The guitar , longhorn and
cowboy boot are all
ubiquitous symbols throughout the Lonestar State. Only 250 posters were
printed in limited editions and now those original posters have increased
in value, selling on the website at $60.00. The small number of the
posters that are signed and numbered by Festival artists for the Institute
, have been known to sell to collectors years later for as much as $2000
and up. To purchase one of these prints, go to their website at