Overcoming Scarcity Mindset
Sep
18
6:30 PM18:30

Overcoming Scarcity Mindset

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Feeling like you'll never have enough time, money, recognition, access, (insert feeling here!) to sustain yourself as an artist? Need to get out of the scarcity-mindset tunnel? Join us for a workshop around healthy habits for nurturing your creative practice and working from a place of 'abundance' vs. 'lack.'

Christine Garvey is an artist and entrepreneur based in Austin, TX. She received her MFA from Concordia University Montreal, and BFA from Washington University in St Louis. Her paintings and installations have been exhibited internationally, including exhibitions with Galerie Circulaire (Montreal), Sur La Montagne Galerie (Berlin), Jules Maidoff Gallery (Florence), International Print Center (New York) and Terminal 136 (San Antonio, Texas). Garvey is the recipient of numerous awards including a 2016 Fulbright Research Grant from the Italian Commission and most recently a City of Austin Community Initiatives Grant. Since 2010 she's been a teaching-artist and faculty member at institutions like UT Austin, Concordia University Montreal, Florence University of the Arts, and Pioneer Works Center for Art and Innovation.



The focus of Creative Standard is to convene artists regularly; provide information, opportunities, and resources; and to create and maintain standards of professionalism and integrity for the creative community to adhere to and uphold.

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Exhibition Opening / Happiness is a Journey
Oct
18
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening / Happiness is a Journey

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Happiness is a Journey chronicles the daily life and art of Bear Lopez, East Austin resident of 60 years. Artists Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan met Bear at the Austin American Statesman’s printing warehouse where Lopez has been working for over 20 years without a single day off, delivering papers. 

Bear’s paper route cuts through the heart of East Austin, traversing César Chavez from I-35 to the Holly Power Plant. Watching alleyways and business districts that define everyday life, he is a steadfast witness to the transformation and gentrification of East Austin. With Happiness is a Journey, Lucas and Bresnan seek to bring the home and works of Bear Lopez, while recording the resilience of those who like Bear remain faithful and proud of their East Side roots.

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EAST Weekend 1
Nov
16
to Nov 17

EAST Weekend 1

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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.

Tour Dates
November 16–17 & 23–24, 2019

NEW TIME
12 – 6pm

Boundaries
East of I-35
West of HWY 183
South of HWY 183
North of Riverside Dr

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EAST Weekend 2
Nov
23
to Nov 24

EAST Weekend 2

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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.

Tour Dates
November 16–17 & 23–24, 2019

NEW TIME
12 – 6pm

Boundaries
East of I-35
West of HWY 183
South of HWY 183
North of Riverside Dr

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Artist Talk / Sanctum
Sep
7
12:00 PM12:00

Artist Talk / Sanctum

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Join us for a conversation with artist Scott Vincent Campbell and curator and artist Alyssa Taylor Wendt.

One of six artists in the exhibition Sanctum, curated by Alyssa Taylor Wendt, Scott will discuss the concepts behind his work, his influences, process, and how he thinks these things relate to the underlying theme of the exhibition.

Scott Vincent Campbell is a visual artist and curator born in New York and currently based in Detroit, MI. He received his BFA from Haverford College in 2005 and has exhibited widely in New York and throughout the Midwest. Conceptually, Campbell is interested in the difference between perception and objective reality; the disconnect between how one interprets the world around them and how it actually is.

Alyssa Taylor Wendt works as a multidisciplinary artist, filmmaker and curator that works in Austin, Texas and Detroit, Michigan. Her recent projects reference themes of ritual, animism, interactivity, monuments, mysticism, the primordial, architecture and the palimpsestic nature of history using video, sculpture, staged photographs, sound and performance.

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Exhibition Opening / Sanctum
Sep
6
7:00 PM19:00

Exhibition Opening / Sanctum

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Sanctum brings together a collection of international artists to present work in conversation around the concept of genetic memory. Long fascinated with the idea that we inherit not only DNA but fear, habits, triumph, trauma and love—among other things from our ancestors—Wendt has gathered these artists to explore how this affects our collective cultural consciousness. Hailing from diverse practices and working in video, installation, photography, painting and sculpture, this group of work includes an excerpt from Wendt’s latest film The Memory Inheritance, which she filmed this past summer in Detroit.

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Coffee Chat | International Exchange
Sep
5
9:00 AM09:00

Coffee Chat | International Exchange

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Join us for a Coffee Chat celebrating Big Medium International Exchange artists Justin Balleza and Jorge Molina! The influences and experiences gathered from the artists' time in Spain will be shared at the Coffee Chat through artwork and storytelling.

The Spain International Exchange is produced in partnership with Inés Batlló. This program is an exchange of ideas and cultures between Texas and Spain based artists.

In a country where art thrives, and old masters inhabit every museum, Big Medium provides an opportunity for artists to be inspired in an immersive way. Inés Batlló, who splits time between Austin and Barcelona, facilitates the program by hosting the artists who visit and coordinating relevant, enriching activities.

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Grant Writing with David McMichael
Aug
21
6:30 PM18:30

Grant Writing with David McMichael

Developing grant writing skills is one of the best ways to secure funding for your artistic pursuits. The process is also foreign to many artists who could be benefiting from this kind of funding. Join us for a presentation from David McMichael who will share his grant writing experience with both small and large projects.

David McMichael is an artist and grants professional in Austin. He manages a grant portfolio of ~$700k/year at the Paramount Theatre; he created a fiscal sponsorship program in 2018 for Co-Lab Projects and currently supports a roster of 12 visionary weirdos like Diptych, Glowed Up, and Lifted Traces; and he does his damnedest to guide the unruly teen hyperreal film club along with his two co-parents Jenni Kaye and Tanner Hadfield. Sometimes he writes things like maximalist film lists or saucy fables or makes short films about dystopian cults.

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Coffee Chat: M.E. Laursen
Aug
8
9:00 AM09:00

Coffee Chat: M.E. Laursen

Coffee Chats feature leaders in the creative community sharing their personal and professional experiences to inspire others pursuing careers in art. Our August featured speaker is M.E. Laursen

M.E. Laursen is an artist living in Austin, TX. She is the Associate Director & Curator at Pump Project, an artist-run non-profit that provides exhibition and studio space to emerging and established artists. Since receiving her BFA in Studio Art at The University of Texas at Austin in 2015, she has worked in various fields. Her experience has reinforced her commitment to advocating for programs and space at the intersection of artists and community. During her free time she volunteers and work trades for organizations she loves. 

The focus of Creative Standard is to convene artists regularly; provide information, opportunities, and resources; and to create and maintain standards of professionalism and integrity for the creative community to adhere and uphold.

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Proposal Review
Jul
24
6:30 PM18:30

Proposal Review

Gain insight into the proposal review process from curators Carre Adams and Andrea Mellard. In a dual presentation, they will give you their personal perspectives when analyzing proposals in an effort to help you improve future submissions.

Carre Adams is a mixed media artist, creative consultant, and filmmaker. Some of his former projects and collaborations have been featured on, Arts in Context, produced by PBS, Feministing, Art in America, and Forbes. He received his BA from Sarah Lawrence College in Visual Arts and African and African Diaspora Studies. A former co-director at allgo, a statewide queer people of color arts and advocacy organizations, he has repeatedly sought professional opportunities that allow him to merge his creative pursuits with movements for racial and economic justice. He is a former We Shall Overcome Fellow whose work has been supported by Alternate ROOTS and The Highlander Research and Education Center. He currently resides in Austin, TX where he works as Associate Curator and Coordinator of Exhibitions for the George Washington Carver Museum and Cultural Center. Adams is a member of Big Medium’s 2019 Studio Tour Review Committee.

Andrea Mellard is the Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement for The Contemporary Austin and founder of Crit Group. She curates programming that takes advantage of the museum’s two distinct sites—one urban and the other natural—and provides platforms for audiences to come together, investigate art, and create new experiences. In addition to film series and artist talks, Mellard has curated recent exhibitions and projects with Janine Antoni, Sanford Biggers, Nick Cave, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Lucky Dragons, Ragnar Kjartansson, and Mark Mothersbaugh. For six years, she has co-led Crit Group, a museum program for local artists that build community and offers feedback and professional development. With over eighteen years of museum experience, and an MA in American Studies from The University of Texas at Austin, she brings an interdisciplinary approach to contemporary culture. Mellard was a member of Big Medium’s 2018 Tito’s Prize Curatorial Panel.

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Coffee Chat: Rebecca Gomez
Jul
11
9:00 AM09:00

Coffee Chat: Rebecca Gomez

Join us for our next Coffee Chat featuring Rebecca Gomez, Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs at Mexic-Arte Museum.

Coffee Chats are opportunities to learn from leaders in our community about their experience, insight, and career. Complimentary coffee and light breakfast is provided.

Rebecca Gomez earned her B.A. in Art History from Southwestern University (2007) and her M.A. in Art History and Criticism from the University of Texas at San Antonio (2011), focusing on Latin American Art and writing her thesis on “The History, Collection, and Display of Chicano/a Art in San Antonio.” Rebecca served as assistant to the curator at the UTSA Art Collection for three years; interned at the Royal Academy for the Arts (London, 2006); and curated the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts’ exhibit: Art of Devotion: 18th and 19th Century Mexican Religious Folk Art (2007). Her written work appears in peer-reviewed publications, including Anales del Instituto de Investigaciones Estéticas (National Autonomous University of Mexico) and Hemisphere: Visual Cultures of the Americas (University of New Mexico). She currently works at the Mexic-Arte Museum as the Curator of Exhibitions and Director of Programs. She has served as the project director or curated nearly 40 exhibitions. She presented a paper on Proyecto Changarrito for the Inter-University Program for Latino Research Conference: the Mapping of Latino Research (2017).

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Success Strategies for Professional Artists
Jun
26
6:30 PM18:30

Success Strategies for Professional Artists

Join us for our June Creative Standard event in our new space at Canopy. We're thrilled to have James Blake speaking about Business Law, Contracts, and Copyright specifically for artists.

James Blake is a business attorney who represents and advises artists, media and production companies, restaurants and hotels, technology companies, food and beverage manufacturers, festivals and events, and other creative business ventures. With more than nine years of domestic and international law experience, he has cultivated deep understanding and executive competency directing business strategy, business transactions and contracts, licensing, strategic partnerships, risk management, and organizational leadership. James immerses himself with talented and proven professionals to organize creative ventures that potentiate untapped value and drive advanced trajectories for growth and competitive edge.

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Art Swap
Jun
22
10:00 AM10:00

Art Swap

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Big Medium and the Elisabet Ney Museum are pleased to present the fourth annual Art Swap! You are invited to bring artwork to trade with other artists, collectors, and appreciators. The event will be held at the Elisabet Ney Museum on Saturday, June 22, from 10am-1pm. Come early for complimentary breakfast and stick around for the exchange of art and ideas—as well as regular tours of the museum.

Show up with an open mind and items ready for trade.

How to Art Swap:

  1. Bring your own artwork or pieces that are part of your collection.

  2. Propose a swap! Offer an item for trade and start negotiating. Remember, nothing can be swapped for cash.

  3. Keep an open mind. Artwork, tools, mediums, as well as services, can be used for trade.

  4. Take home new treasures for your collection!

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