Big Medium, the artist-run non-profit behind the East Austin Studio tour, announced today that it is launching the Tito’s Award, a $15,000 prize that will go to an Austin visual artist.
The prize comes courtesy of a donation from Tito’s Handmade Vodka, the Austin-based liquor company.
Launching in early 2017 the award will be available to any artist working in any media and living within a 20 mile radius of Austin. In addition to the $15,000, the winner will receive a solo exhibition at Big Medium Gallery that will run during the 2017 East Austin Studio Tour.
In a press release Zack Flores, charity coordinator at Tito’s Handmade Vodka said: “It is our social responsibility to give back and directly support our artists by providing job opportunities while inviting the rest of our community to join us in doing so.”
Artist may apply for the award in early 2017. A four member curatorial panel will select the prize-winning artist.
The panel is artist Ana Esteve Llorens; Joseph Havel, Director of the Glassell School of Art and artist; Kevin McNamee-Tweed, artist and Big Medium Gallery curator; and Bárbara Perea, Mexico City-based independent curator.
Yes, it’s daunting trying to triangulate where to go. Maps and catalogs will likely be due in early Nov. (though tour organizers Big Medium have traditionally been kinda last minute in publishing both).
And perhaps the finest surprise is Angelbert Metoyer’s solo exhibit “Life Machine” at Co-Lab Projects’ gallery. The layers of video, massive paintings and soundtracks together make for an impressive immersive experience.
Because it’s impossible to see even a portion of the more than 450 numbered tour stops on the East Austin Studio Tour, Nov. 14.-15, 21-22.
Conceptual art and installation projects may be all the rage these days. But the achievements of adroit and alluring painters never go unnoticed.
Here’s my pick of three whose talents shouldn’t be missed:
Elizabeth McDonald. Potent with stories that are nevertheless enticingly obscured, McDonald’s paintings are luscious, large and expressive. Canopy, 916 Springdale Road, Bldg. 1 #206. EAST #143
John Swanger. Swanger’s beguiling, ethereal abstractions belie only a few of the physical processes (the folding, the crumpling, the layering of different types of paint) that go into their creation. 701 Tillery St. EAST # 178
Rachel K. Bury. The objectness of a painting becomes the focus of Bury’s practice of manipulating painted sheets of plastic, turning them inside out to call attention to physical properties of the material. White Light Studio, 900 Vargas Road. EAST #282.
If the East Austin Studio Tour started as an opportunity to peek inside artists’ creative spaces, outside installations and public projects have joined the fun adding artistic explosions to parks or overlooked public spaces.
Here’s our picks of what to see:
“Field Constructs.” On a 10-acre former landfill, four large-scale installations inspire re–imagining of the once-environmentally hazardous site. Circle Acres Nature Preserve, 900 Grove Blvd. Special hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 14-15, 21-22.
“The Sky Looms.” Nancy Mims uses the wondrous, hidden greenhouses and gardens space of the Utility Research Gardens for a singular installation of enormous photographs of the sky that are printed on cloth, then cut apart and woven back together. 638 Tillery St.
With more than 450 numbered stops, the East Austin Studio Tour can be daunting when it comes to figuring out where to start. So to offer a little focus, we’re making short lists of our recommendations.
Here’s three new indie galleries and/or artist-run exhibit spaces: