West Austin Studio Tour
Various West Austin Locations
May 13-14, 20-21, 11AM – 6PM
by Khortlyn Cole
Photograph by Andrew Reiner
Block off the two middle weekends in May, because you’ll be busy! Big Medium, the Austin nonprofit devoted to supporting and promoting contemporary art in Texas, once again invites you to check out the jaw-dropping talents of local artists through the sixth edition of their West Austin Studio Tour, also known as West.
Once again, more than two hundred private studios and galleries found within the boundaries west of I-35, east of Mopac, south of 183 and north of William Cannon are swinging open their doors and welcoming the public to observe, shop and mingle. As with the group’s phenomenally successful East, West is a free, self-guided event providing the rare opportunity to meet the makers—local artisans whose work infuses the creative culture Austin is known for.
In addition to artist studios and galleries, West encompasses a number of pop-up shows, temporary exhibits, workshops and performances. The tour’s free catalog provides all the details including a handy map of the warehouses, empty homes, libraries, small businesses and other unconventional venues where the art happenings take place.
Now, gather your bearings, grab your map and go west! And be sure to stop by some of our favorites including Women & Their Work, Austin Art Space and ART on 5th. See west.bigmedium.org for a comprehensive list of artists, locations and happenings.
Read more from the Travel Issue | May 2017