Big Medium is proud to present the 4th West Austin Studio Tour!

The West Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided tour that champions the abundance of talent within Austin’s large and wildly diverse creative community. The public is invited to discover new artistic talent, see working studios, learn about artists’ tools, techniques, and inspirations, and support the arts community by building their personal art collections with the work of local artists.

 WEST Basics

 DATES AND TIMES

WEST is divided into four participant categories: Artist Studios, Exhibitions, Happenings, and Select Events. Artist Studios and Exhibitions are free to the public and open on the weekends of May 9-10 & 16-17 from 11am - 6pm. Happenings are also free, occurring on the weekends of the tour with varying hours. Select Events may be ticketed and take place throughout tour weekends as well as the weekdays and weeknights in between.

 BOUNDARIES

West of I-35
East of Mopac/Loop 1
South of Hwy 183
North of William Cannon [expanded for 2015!]

 COLLECTIVE COURTESY

Please keep in mind that many WEST locations are in residential areas. Our neighbors have been very welcoming to tour visitors over the years, and it’s important to respect and reciprocate that hospitality. Please don’t be too loud or cause disturbances; avoid leaving any trash behind; drive and park your cars thoughtfully; and whenever possible, use bikes or public transportation to navigate your way around the tour.

 WHAT TO SEE

 SELECT EVENTS

Select Events are projects or events, organized in collaboration with Big Medium. These events highlight partnerships that provide financial and ideological support for both parties involved, as well as a unique experience for the audience.

 ARTIST STUDIOS

This is where the creativity begins. For many of these spaces, this is the only 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.

 EXHIBITIONS

Exhibitions take place in spaces that are either dedicated to exhibiting art year-round or have created shows specifically for WEST at their location. In this category, you can see galleries, theatres, or museums as well as a few select nonarts-based spaces.

 HAPPENINGS

Happenings are singular events, contained within a 24-hour period. This category may include special exhibitions, installations, temporary or permanent public art, competitions, art-centered celebrations, educational programming, and art-themed parties. Be sure to check the date and time for each Happening.

 FELLOWSHIPS

Big Medium awards artists fellowships based on artistic merit and financial limitations. This year, the Big Medium Fellowship Program provided partial or full financial support to cover the participant fees of 23 WEST artists. Just look for the icon above throughout the site to identify this year’s fellowship recipients.

 ACCESSIBILITY

Under each WEST participant listing is a helpful Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) graphic. Each square within the graphic represents a different accessibility feature that is or is not available at the participant’s location. The boxes correspond to the numbered list below. If a box is filled in with a dot that means that accessibility feature is available at the space.

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
= Yes = No
  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

 Big Medium

The West Austin Studio Tour is a program of Big Medium, a non-profit organization dedicated to the cultivation and promotion of contemporary art and artists in Austin and across Texas. Big Medium is sustained by the community and we need your support to continue to reach and exceed our goals. Please visit our website and support us if you’d like to share in the endeavor of creating an engaging and unique experience for our community.

Shea Little
Director
Tiffany L. Coghill
Director of Operations, Finance
Jon Windham
Graphic Design, Production Manager
Jordan Gentry
Program Coordination, Communications
Kevin McNamee-Tweed
Gallery Curator, Studio Manager
Jenna Carrens
Event Coordinator
Lauren Cohen
Volunteer Coordinator
Elise Powell
Project Assistant
Berkeley Beauchot
Gallery Assistant
Estefania Marquez
Graphic Design, Project Assistant
Erin Lindsay Corrigan
Graphic Design
Stephanie Braddock
Advertising
Karina Persson & Joseph Pagano
Website/Mobile Development
Juice Consulting
Corporate Sponsorship Development

  Disclaimer

The WEST and EAST catalogs are an evolving physical representation of all Austin artists who participate in the tours and the work they create. Big Medium does not set any content guidelines for artists or exercise any predetermined censorship when producing the catalogs and websites. We ask you to please be aware that the 2015 WEST catalog and website may contain some images with sexual content, nudity, or violence. We understand and appreciate that some individuals may find certain images controversial. We respect those opinions and are always open to community feedback.

All works represented in this mobile web app were reproduced with expressed permission from the artists. All text and images are copyrighted by each individual artist.

Copyright © WEST AUSTIN STUDIO TOUR 2015 (all rights reserved).