Application FAQ

Who can apply as a WEST 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 WEST?

Participation in WEST allows artists to be a part of one of the city's largest celebrations of visual art. With over 30,000 attendees each year, WEST 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 WEST and year-round:

  • Listing in the WEST catalog 4,000 copies distributed citywide
  • Listing in the WEST map, with 10,000 copies distributed citywide
  • Listing on the WEST website (, including contact information and images of your work
  • One street sign and three catalogs
  • Invitation to WEST events including the Artist Social and Due WEST
  • Access to WEST promotional materials for distribution to your networks, including WEST design assets, social media content, customized press release templates, and promotional flyers
  • Opportunity to participate in the WEST 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 WEST-related exhibitions, workshops, and events
  • Membership to Creative Standard
  • 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. 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 WEST Group Exhibition and be included in WEST 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 WEST through our Fellowship Program. Big Medium awards artists scholarships based on artistic merit and financial limitations. WEST applicants may apply for a Fellowship within the tour application to receive partial or full financial support to cover the participation fee. WEST’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.

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