Big Medium's East Austin Studio Tour (East) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in November. East provides opportunities for the public to meet the local artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

This year, we celebrate the 15th edition of East! With 534 participants the 2016 East Austin Studio Tour is the most robust in our history.

Dates & Times

The majority of East events takes place November 12-13 & 19-20, 2016 from 11am-6pm. However, there may be variations among the five participant categories.

Artist Studios Free and open on November 12-13 & 19-20 from 11am-6pm
Galleries Free and open on November 12-13 & 19-20 from 11am-6pm
Temporary Exhibitions Free and open on November 12-13 & 19-20 from 11am-6pm
Happenings Free and occur within November 12-13 & 19-20 with varying hours
Partner Programs Scheduled within and around East weekends; some may have costs associated with them


East of I-35
West of Hwy 183
South of Hwy 290
North of Riverside Dr

What to See

Artist Studios This is where the creativity begins. For many of these spaces, this is the one time of year that you can get a special glimpse into the inspiration, process, and techniques of the artist. In this category, you can see home studios, spaces in larger studio complexes, or stand-alone commercial studios.
Galleries This category is for established art venues with regular gallery programming. These spaces are committed to exhibiting art year-round, supporting artists with opportunities to share their work and vision with the public in a dedicated space.
Temporary Exhibitions Temporary Exhibitions include pop-up shows, often created specifically for East. In this category, you can see exhibitions in warehouse spaces, empty homes, libraries, small businesses, and other unconventional venues.
Happenings Happenings are time-based art events. This category may include performances, workshops, opening receptions, installations, competitions, art-centered celebrations, educational programming, and art-themed parties. Be sure to check the date and time for each Happening.
Partner Programs Partner Programs serve to educate our community about the fellow organizations and businesses who support the arts year-round in Austin. Partner Programs includes a variety of offerings, such as special events by art organizations, private tours, and fundraisers that support the future of East. Be sure to check the date and time for each Partner Program, as well as instructions on reservations or entry fees.


Under each West participant listing is their location’s accessibility information. Each number represents a different feature that is available at the participant’s location. The numbers correspond to the list below. If the number is listed, it means that the participant has verifed this accessibility feature is available at their space.

1 Official parking for the disabled
2 Entrance and Interior : Minimum 32" wide doorway clearance space
3 Entrance: Entryway without stairs
4 Entrance: Entryway with a ramp
5 Entrance: No lip entryway
6 Interior: Accessible path around studio with minimum 36" width
7 Restrooms: Entryway with minimum 36" wide clearance space
8 Restrooms: Minimum 56 x 60" clearance space for toilet
9 Restrooms: Grab bars
10 Braille or raised letter signage
0 None of the above

Collective Courtesy

Please be mindful of our neighbors, as many East locations are in residential areas. Cause no disturbances, and leave no trash behind. Drive and park your vehicles thoughtfully, and if possible, use bikes or public transportation to make your way around the tour.

(For Capital Metro bus schedules and routes visit capmetro.org.)

Who We Are

East is a program of Big Medium, a non-profit organization dedicated to championing and cultivating artists and the contemporary arts in Austin and across Texas. Through our programs and partnerships, we are working to foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.

What We Do

Big Medium produces the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and presents innovative exhibitions throughout the year in the Big Medium Gallery. We also provide studio space to artists at Canopy and Bolm Studios, and umbrella several artists and creative organizations through our Sponsored Projects program.

Big Medium Team

Shea Little — Executive Director

Jordan Gentry — Director of Programming

Tiffany L. Coghill — Director of Operations & Finance

Hannah Packard — Director of Development

Jenna Carrens — Development Coordinator

Kevin McNamee-Tweed — Gallery Curator & Studio Manager

Elise Powell — Volunteer Coordinator

Berkeley Beauchot — Gallery Assistant

Jana Swec — Graph Designer

Jon Windham — Graph Designer

Stephanie Braddock — Advertising

Joseph Pagano — Website/Mobile Development

Board of Directors

Keith Kreeger — President

Shea Little — Ex Officio

Jon Lawrence

Mirna Maddox

Joseph Phillips

Jana Swec


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Big Medium at Canopy
916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 #101
Austin, TX 78702

Big Medium at Bolm Studios
5305 Bolm Rd #9-12
Austin, TX 78721

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