Participate in 2019

Use this resource page to get all the info you need about being an artist on the 2019 East Austin Studio Tour.


Tour Information

Open Call

July 9 – August 9, 2019

Tour Dates

November 16–17 & 23–24, 2019

Participation Fee

$175

Boundaries

To participate in EAST, you must have a space within tour boundaries: Eastt of I-35, West of 183, South of 183, North of Riverside. If your studio or exhibition space is outside the boundaries, you are welcome to join by showing as a guest at another artist’s studio, temporary space, or gallery.

Criteria

Please do not apply as a participant of EAST if you are seeking to advertise a non arts-related event or business as a stop on the tour. This includes cafes, restaurants, bars, and retail businesses and boutiques. We appreciate your desire to be involved and invite you to invest in the success of the tour and promote what you do to a huge audience by becoming an EAST sponsor, Local Business Partner, or advertiser. For more information email development@bigmedium.org.

Basic Application Requirements

  • Artist Statement
    Be able to provide a short statement for publication in the catalog and website, with 400 characters or less (including spaces).
  • Images
    Be prepared to submit three images for consideration that best represent your art, space, or event. One of your images will be featured in the catalog—all three will appear on the EAST desktop and mobile sites.

FAQ

Who can apply as an EAST participant?

Visual artists, artist collectives, arts organizations and galleries are encouraged to join in the annual celebration of visual art.

What benefits do I receive for participating in EAST?

EAST offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Austin’s best and brightest creative minds at work through an approachable, self-guided tour. Join us for EAST 2019 and be at the heart of one of the city's largest celebrations of visual art. With over 30,000 attendees each year, EAST is the opportunity for you to connect with new audiences in an innovative way.

In addition to having the opportunity to share your work with arts enthusiasts, industry leaders, and collectors, you will receive the following perks during EAST and year-round:

  • Listing in the EAST catalog and map, with 10,000 copies distributed citywide
  • Listing on the EAST website (east.bigmedium.org), including contact information and images of your work
  • Access to EAST promotional materials for distribution to your networks, including EAST design assets, social media content, customized press release templates, and promotional flyers
  • Opportunity to participate in the EAST group exhibition
  • Discounts on advertising in the catalog
  • Considered for year-round visits with Big Medium’s donors and collectors
  • Social media and web promotion of your EAST-related exhibitions, workshops, and events
  • Emails about artist opportunities, calls for submissions, and career development workshops

If I share a space with another participant, what is the fee?

Each participant is encouraged to register individually, unless you are a collaborative. There are no discounts for group registrations. The benefit of registering individually is that visitors tend to gravitate to locations with higher density registrants. By registering individually you are increasing the number of destinations in your neighborhood, and are thereby more likely to attract visitors!

Can I set up in another registered participant’s studio, but not register?

We do not recommend or encourage this setup. It is in your best interest to register and officially be included on the tour. This way you can participate in the EAST Group Exhibition and be included in EAST promotional materials.

Do I still have to pay the $175 if I don't get accepted into the show?

We fully refund applicants that are not accepted onto the tour.

What does my participation fee go to?

Your $175 contributes to the services and platform the tour provides as well as production of promotional materials—including the catalog and map, flyers, over the street banners, etc—and marketing efforts, including digital and print ads in various media outlets.

The registration fee is a lot of money for me right now, but I really want to participate. What should I do?

Big Medium provides opportunities for artists to participate in EAST through our Fellowship Program. Big Medium awards artists scholarships based on artistic merit and financial limitations. EAST applicants may apply for a Fellowship within the tour application to receive partial or full financial support to cover the participation fee. EAST’s registration fee is comparable to other nationally acclaimed open studio tours. We are committed to keeping the cost as low as possible for our artist participants.

I want to participate, but I don't have a studio within the boundaries.

We want you to participate and Big Medium MAY be able to pair you with a space. Please fill out our Guest | Host form. Please note, Big Medium cannot guarantee placement and will only seek a pairing, we highly encourage you to simultaneously seek space on your own.

Do guest artists have to live/work outside of the boundaries?

Not necessarily. Sometimes artists choose not to show at their own space even if they are within the boundaries, because they prefer to share space as a guest. Guests can also be from outside Austin.

How do I format my images for print?

Images should be at least 1500 pixels in 300dpi. If you do not have Photoshop, free alternatives include: Pixel, Splashup, GIMP.