This is our 18th year of producing a studio tour in Austin, and this year is a strange one, to say the least, but we are excited to present 420 Austin-based artists and collaboratives in a combination of the East and West Austin Studio Tours. The Austin Studio Tour continues our mission of fostering connections between artists all over Austin and presenting the public with a rare opportunity to engage and connect with many of the creatives that help define the culture of our city.
With the safety of our artists and audience at the forefront, the Austin Studio Tour presents creative ways to safely experience art through virtual programs and self-guided visits to public art. This expanded website includes artist profiles, images of artworks, virtual studio visits, demonstrations, artists talks, and a map of outdoor installations and public art.
We encourage you to support Austin artists by purchasing art online. Normally, the studio tours are a moment for artists to sell their work and sustain their practice. Although we cannot visit studios and see art in person, please take time during the Austin Studio Tour to engage and help the creative sector thrive.
Special thanks to Aaron Weiss for all his help making the Launch Party video. Thanks to Karl Toft for his video work documenting our amazing Community Partners, and to the people behind these organizations for taking part in this celebration. We also want to thank Easy Compadre! for providing some of the music in the Launch Party video.
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Details about the 2020 Group Exhibition curated by Big Medium
Big Medium will continue its annual Studio Tour Group Exhibition but will present the show virtually this year via the website. Audiences can still support Austin Artists this year by viewing and purchasing art on Big Medium’s platform.
How can I learn more about Austin Studio Tour artists?
The new Austin Studio Tour platform (austinstudiotour.org) will include profiles of all participating Artists & Art Spaces plus a section featuring curated interactive demonstrations, virtual studio visits, and a map to outdoor public art. Participating Artists profiles will have short bios, images of available art to purchase, along with links to their social media, websites, and to any live streaming or pre-recorded content related to their presentation this year.
Big Medium is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting artists in Austin and across Texas. We provide opportunities for artists to create, exhibit, and discuss their work. We strive to make art a part of everyday life.
Big Medium Staff
CAE, MBA, Director of Operations
Creative and Production
Board of Directors
Robert Boland, Chair
Chris Cobb, Secretary
Courtney DiSabato, Vice-Chair
Peter Helf, Treasurer
Studio Tour Committee
Big Medium is supported by a committee of arts leaders that guide the artist selection process, develop strategies for the tour, and involve our community to broaden our engagement.
Lead Curator, Culture and Arts Manager at the Carver Museum, Cultural & Genealogy Center
Artist, Exhibit Coordinator at the Austin Central Library
Community Organizer, Curator with Public City and Vice-Chair of the African American Resource Advisory Commission
Museum Site Coordinator at the Elisabet Ney Museum
Independent Curator, Artist, Community Organizer
Artist, Community Organizer
“The Austin Studio Tour continues Big Medium’s mission of fostering connections between artists all over Austin and presenting the public with a rare opportunity to engage and connect with many of the creatives that help define the culture of our city. Although we cannot visit studios and see art in person this year, we hope the public will discover new artists online and help the creative sector thrive by purchasing artworks.”
— Shea Little, Executive Director, Big Medium
Support local artists by joining Big Medium today. Big Medium is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit dedicated to supporting artists and building community through the arts in Austin and across Texas.
Some Membership perks include:
Austin Studio Tour Art Book
Members only previews for exhibits in the Big Medium Gallery
Advanced notice on upcoming events, exhibitions, and ticket sales