The Kerry Awn Collection

Kerry Awn at The Ritz 1974 - Sammy Mack Royal photo

We’ve been fortunate enough to make available beautiful posters and tees from one of Austin’s most accomplished graphic/poster artists, Kerry Awn.

Kerry Fitzgerald, better known as Kerry Awn, is an American cartoonist, actor, muralist, comedian, musician, iconographer and poster artist. Awn became prominent on the Austin countercultural scene in the 1970’s as a concert poster artist and as a member of the Uranium Savages.

Kerry Awn’s work appeared prominently in Austin’s The Rag and Houston’s Space City, early underground papers. During the heyday of the Armadillo World Headquarters, he created concert posters and handbills, many of which are archived in a collection at the Austin History Center. He was an among the group of artist known as the Armadillo Art Squad. The collection includes posters that promoted shows at Austin venues such as the Roadhouse, Jovitas, The Ritz, Steamboat, Armadillo World Headquarters, the Continental Club, Soap Creek Saloon, La Zona Rosa, Liberty Lunch, and the Velveeta Room.

Kerry was inducted into the Austin Arts Hall of Fame and has been recognized by the City of Austin and the State of Texas for his contributions to the arts. He was voted Austin’s funniest person 10 years running by the Austin Chronicle.

Header photo courtesy of Mack Royal  – Kerry Awn at The Ritz Theatre on 6th Street in 1974.  

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