Big Medium Presents the 20th Anniversary Austin Studio Tour
by Erika Mehlhaff
You are invited to celebrate 20 years of art in Austin during the 20th Anniversary Austin Studio Tour! This year, the Austin Studio Tour will be showcasing the work of 520 Austin-based artists and collaboratives, including Art From the Streets, a volunteer-run 501(c)(3) non-profit organization catering to the needs of homeless and at-risk artists.
The Austin Studio Tour is presented by Big Medium, an artist-run, grassroots, nonprofit organization that is “dedicated to championing and cultivating artists and the contemporary arts in Austin and across Texas.” The Tour will be open to all on weekends from November 5-20, 2022, with a Group Exhibition and Kick Off event on November 1.
The Official Kick Off of the Austin Studio Tour will be on November 1, 2022, at the Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center (600 River Street). On this date, there will be a Member Preview from 6:00-7:00 pm, with General Admission to follow from 7:00-10:00 pm. While the Austin Studio Tour itself is free, the Kick Off event requires paid admission. Tickets for the Kick Off are available to the public now.
The Austin Studio Tour is a free, self-guided art tour across the city, from east to west. The first weekend of the tour, November 5-6, highlights local artists on the west side of the city, while weekend #2 on November 12-13 features creatives from both the west and east areas of Austin, with weekend #3 on November 19-20 spotlighting those on the east side. The Tour provides opportunities for the public to meet Austin artists in their creative spaces, to view and discuss their work and build connections between artmakers and art lovers in the city.
The Austin Studio Tour was the first event in which Art From the Streets (AFTS) participated after settling into their new, dedicated studio at Canopy--it was the first time that the public was able to see the new gallery space. This event marks ONE YEAR of AFTS hosting gallery shows in the organization’s very own studio! AFTS is thrilled to share that they will be participating in the 20th Anniversary Austin Studio Tour! On the heels of the AFTS 30th Annual Show and Sale and participation in the 20th Annual Travis Heights Art Trail, the arts organization is excited to welcome visitors on November 12-13 & 19-20 to experience art with them.
Established in 1991, Art From the Streets provides transient people a way to develop as artists and to use their creativity to climb out of homelessness. Purchasing artwork supports the artists directly. Donating to our program helps us to offer a free Open Studio for the currently homeless as well as individuals who are at risk of becoming homeless.