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 of Austin in their creative spaces.
November 16–17 & 23–24, 2019
12 – 6pm
East of I-35
West of HWY 183
South of HWY 183
North of Riverside Dr
Who We Are
Big Medium is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting artists and building community through the arts in Austin and across Texas. We provide opportunities for artists to create, exhibit, and discuss their work and connect to an engaged and diverse audience. We strive to make art a part of everyday life.
What We Do
East and West Austin Studio Tours — annual city‑wide art events that offer the public an opportunity to meet local artists in their creative spaces; Texas Biennial — a curated statewide survey exhibition of contemporary art in Texas; Creative Standard — professional development workshops and resources supporting artists at any stage of their career; the Big Medium Gallery — a dedicated space for innovative and experimental exhibitions; Tito’s Prize — a $15,000 award for one Austin artist and solo exhibition; Studios at Canopy — studio space for over 60 artists; The LINE Residency — a six week residency in a private studio space inside of a hotel; International Exchange — promotes cross‑cultural understanding through art and increases connections to Texas artists; Art Swap — artists, collectors, and appreciators exchange art and ideas on the grounds of the Elisabet Ney Museum; Sponsored Projects — administrative and financial support for local artists, organizations, and projects that align with Big Medium’s mission.
All Big Medium programs seek to provide opportunities for artists to create, exhibit, and discuss their work and process, as well as celebrate a multitude of voices and practices in our creative community.
Big Medium Team
Shea Little / Executive Director
Rachael Garbowski / Director of Development
Jordan Gentry / Director of Programming
Paloma Mayorga / Development Coordinator
Coka Treviño / Program Coordinator
Christina Moser / Designer
Akki Brathwaite / Event and Rental Coordinator
Aidan Cho / Branding Advisor and Cultural Ambassador
Anwuli Chukwurah / Bookkeeper
Joseph Pagano / Digital Strategy Consultant
Board of Directors
Studio Tour Committee
Big Medium works with a Review Committee to help select EAST participants. In 2019, we've expanded the size and role of the committee to now include a six person team that not only helps with artist selection, but also will influence strategy, structure, and community engagement of future tours.
Our 2019 Committee includes Carre Adams, Lead Curator / Culture & Arts Manager at the Carver Museum, Cultural & Genealogy Center; Jieun Beth, Visual artist and Exhibit Coordinator at the Central Library; Miriam Conner, Community Engagement Coordinator at Forklift Danceworks and member of the African American Resource Advisory Commission; Oliver Franklin, Museum Site Coordinator at the Elisabet Ney Museum; Emmy Laursen, Associate Director at Pump Project and Vladimir Mejia, Visual artist and Director of Social Media and #bitres Curator at Co-Lab Projects.