Big Medium's East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in November. EAST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.
Free and open on November 11-12 & 18-19, 2017 from 11am-6pm.
East of I-35
West of HHW 183
South of HWY 290
North of Riverside
|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.|
|Libraries||Big Medium partners with the Austin Public Library to feature exhibitions at library branches within the tour boundaries. Our Library liaison, Carlos Rodriquez-Brondo, curates each show. Be sure to check the open hours for each Library.|
|Schools||This category highlights the schools in our community. Visit these spaces to discover what east Austin’s young artists are creating.|
Under each EAST participant listing is their location’s Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) information. Each number represents a different accessibility feature that is available at the participant's location. The numbers correspond to the list below. If a number is listed, it means that the EAST participant has verified 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|
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.
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.
Shea Little — Executive Director
Rachel Garbowski — Director of Development
Jordan Gentry — Director of Programming
Tiffany L. Coghill — Director of Operations and Finance
Jenna Carrens — Development Coordinator
Leslie Moody Castro — Texas Biennial Curator and Artistic Director
Scott Nyerges — Studio and Property Manager
Elise Powell — Volunteer Coordinator, Program Assistant
Stephanie Braddock — Advertising
Estafania Marquez — Graphic Design
Joseph Pagano — Website/Mobile Development
Keith Kreeger — President
Shea Little — Ex Officio
Big Medium worked with a Review Committee to help select EAST participants. The three-member panel featured Jade Walker, Executive Director of Art Alliance Austin; Oliver Franklin, Director of the Elisabet Ney Museum; and Rebecca Gomez, Curator of Exhibitions and Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum. The EAST Committee provided invaluable assistance in selecting this year’s participants.
Our design theme for 2017 uses flowers as a way of emphasizing the importance of regionality and peace in response to our current tumultuous cultural climate. Ten EAST artists each illustrated a seasonal, native flowering plant, selected through Big Medium’s partnership with the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.
Artists include Stella Alesi (Beautyberry), Rich Cali (Turkscap), Emily Cayton (Lindheimer’s Senna), Jordan Gentry (Pink Milkweed), Jules Buck Jones (Corona de Cristo), Dave McClinton (Prairie Goldenrod), John Mulvany (Jimsonweed), Dawn Okoro (Eryngo), Jana Swec (Shrubby Boneset), and Liliana Wilson (Prairie False Foxglove).
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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