Big Medium's West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning two weekends in May. WEST provides opportunities for the public to meet the artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.
This year, we celebrate the 6th edition of WEST. The 2017 tour includes 331 participants: 172 Artist Studios, 45 Galleries, 92 Temporary Exhibitions, 11 Happenings, 6 Libraries, and 5 Schools.
Free and open on May 13-14 & 20-21, 2017 from 11am-6pm.
West of I-35
East of Mopac/Loop 1
South of HWY 183
North of William Cannon
|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 WEST. 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||Big Medium believes that schools are the foundation of a strong community and that art education should be celebrated. Visit these schools to discover what Austin’s young artists are creating. Be sure to check the open hours for each School.|
Under each WEST 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 WEST 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|
WEST 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
Tiffany L. Coghill — Director of Operations and Finance
Rachel Garbowski — Director of Development
Jordan Gentry — Director of Programming
Jenna Carrens — Development Coordinator
Leslie Moody Castro — Texas Biennial Curator and Artistic Director
Kevin McNamee-Tweed — Curator
Stephanie Braddock — Advertising
Elise Powell — Volunteer Coordinator, Program Assistant
Joseph Pagano — Website/Mobile Development
Keith Kreeger — President
Shea Little — Ex Officio
Big Medium worked with a Review Committee to help select WEST 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 Mexics-Arte Museum. Guided by Big Medium's criteria to provide a platform for a diverse group of Austin artists, the WEST Review Committee provided invaluable assistance in selecting this year's participants.
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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