Programs

Studio Tours

Artist Studio: Ryan Davis (EAST 2018 participant) / Photo by Vincent Roazzi Jr.

Artist Studio: Ryan Davis (EAST 2018 participant) / Photo by Vincent Roazzi Jr.

About

Big Medium’s East Austin Studio Tour (EAST) and West Austin Studio Tour (WEST) are free, annual, self-guided art events spanning two weekends in May and November. EAST and WEST provide opportunities for the public to meet the artists of Austin in their creative spaces. The mission of the East Austin Studio Tour and the West Austin Studio Tour is to provide an inclusive and accessible platform for a diverse group of artist’s to create, exhibit, and discuss their work; to increase the audience that experiences the artists work; and for that experience to create conversation and build relationships around art and the creative practice. EAST and WEST are not craft fairs or street festivals, and while sales are an important aspect of any artist’s career, they are not our primary focus. We believe an interconnected art community that supports each other will produce more impactful and sustainable benefits for everyone involved.

East Austin Studio Tour

The East Austin Studio Tour was founded by artists Shea Little, Jana Swec and Joseph Phillips in 2003. The trio sought to raise visibility for the visual arts and artists in East Austin, thus East Austin Studio Tour was created to introduce the artists to the public and welcome the public to East Austin studios and creative spaces. The tour began with just 28 studios opening their doors, and the public met them with open arms. It became a tradition and then it became an institution. In fall 2018, 585 artists, galleries, and creative projects showcased work to over 50,000 visitors in two subsequent weekends in celebration of Austin arts and culture.

EAST BOUNDARIES

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

 

West Austin Studio Tour

Following the success of the East Austin Studio Tour, Big Medium founded the West Austin Studio Tour in 2012 to provide a broader opportunity for artists across Austin. Together, the two tours form a comprehensive platform for artists working and exhibiting in the city.

WEST Boundaries

West of I-35
East of Mopac
South of 183
North of William Cannon

 

Important Dates


EAST Call for Artists
July 24 – August 22, 2019 

EAST Dinner
Tuesday, November 12, 2019
7 – 10pm

Due EAST: Official Kick Off Party
Thursday, November 14, 2019
7 – 10pm

East Austin Studio Tour
November 16–17 & 23–24, 2019

WEST Call for Artists
January 2020 

West Austin Studio Tour
May 9–10 & 16–17, 2020


WEST 2019

EAST 2018

WEST 2018

EAST 2017

WEST 2017

EAST 2016

WEST 2016

EAST 2015

WEST 2015

EAST 2014

WEST 2014

EAST 2013

WEST 2013

EAST 2012

WEST 2012

EAST 2011

Archiving in process.

 

EAST 2010

EAST 2009

EAST 2008

EAST 2007

EAST 2006

EAST 2005

EAST November 2004

EAST MAY 2004

Archiving in process.

 

EAST 2003