Big Medium announces $15,000 Tito’s Award for an Austin artist

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.

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East Austin Studio Tour artists announced

This year’s East Austin Studio Tour artist have just been announced!  Austin’s free, annual tour or artist studios happens over two weekends: Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20.

See the entire list of several hundred artists here: http://east.bigmedium.org/participants.html.

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).

The warehouses complexes or other co-working spaces that serve as home to multiple studios and galleries are always place to start. Use our map and guide to the recommended studio complexes  to find a starting place.

And here’s some of what went down at last year’s EAST.

"Lost in Austin" by Federico Archuleta, one of the artists on this year's East Austin Studio Tour.
“Lost in Austin” by Federico Archuleta, one of the artists on this year’s East Austin Studio Tour.

 

East Austin Studio Tour dates announced

Pencil it in: The 2016 East Austin Studio will be Nov. 12-13 and Nov. 19-20.

Nonprofit Big Medium announce the dates today and announced the open call for EAST participants.

Artists may apply online at east.bigmedium.org between July 18 and Aug. 18, 2016.

The participation fee is $175.

An early application fee of $150 will be available until July 18 through 11:59 p.m. July 25. Monday, July 25 at 11:59pm.

Big Medium is also hosting application workshop for artists on July 28.

EAST started in 2003 with just 28 artists on the roster. Now, there’s more than 400 creatives artists, artisans, craftspeople, art spaces and the like that make-up list of what’s on the tour.

Check out some of our coverage of last year’s EAST.

And also check out:

Foreground: “99 White Balloons,” by Invivia. Background: “Duck blind in Plain Site,” OPAL/And-Either-Or." EAST 2015.
Foreground: “99 White Balloons,” by Invivia. Background: “Duck blind in Plain Site,” OPAL/And-Either-Or. A temporary installation during EAST 2015.

What to see at EAST: Don’t miss “Field Constructs”

“Field Constructs” is an inventive artistic intervention at 10-acre Circle Acres Nature Preserve in the Montopolis neighborhood.

Once a quarry, then a landfill, the site was horrifically toxic when Ecology Action assumed its ownership, and cleaned up.

And for the East Austin Studio Tour, “Field Constructs,” an independent initiative, selected four temporary installations for the site.

Circle Acres Nature Preserve is at 900 Grove Blvd. and “Field Constructs” will be on view 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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“Hybroot,” OTA+

 

"99 White Balloons," by Invivia
Foreground: “99 White Balloons,” by Invivia. Background: “Duck blind in Plain Site,” OPAL/And-Either-Or

 

And for more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.

 

What to see at EAST: Must-sees at Canopy art complex

Headed out on the second weekend of the East Austin Studio Tour?

Here’s some of what we enjoyed most at the Canopy arts complex, 916 Springdale Road

Jenn Hassin‘s intense assemblages of rolled newspaper.

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James Tisdale‘s worried ceramics.

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Hollis Hammonds’ tornado-like installation of wooden household objects compatibly sharing the studio Alexandra Robinson‘s tornado-like installation of white plastic sheeting.

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Susan Scafati‘s photo-based layered images.

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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.

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And for more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.

What to see at EAST: Starting with the warehouse studio complexes

Need a strategy for tackling the 450 designated stops on the East Austin Studio Tour?

Start with the warehouses or other co-working spaces that serve as home to multiple studios and galleries.

Here’s our map and guide to the recommended studio complexes.

And for more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.

What to see at EAST: “Las Piñatas” & the Piñata Picnic

Perhaps no other recent news story represents the complex situations of the rapid gentrification of East Austin as the controversial demolition of an East Austin piñata store by developers.

Photo by Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.
Photo by Ralph Barrera/AMERICAN-STATESMAN.

Visit our most recent coverage here at statesman.com/piñata (Contains links to previous piñata store stories.)

David A. Goujon’s “Las Piñatas” public art project pays homage to the East Austin piñata shop.

Part of the city’s TEMPO initiative of temporary public art projects, Goujon’s three big piñatas are now installed at Edward Rendon Sr. Park at Festival Beach on north shore of Lady Bird Lake.

After they were installed in October, they stood a bit east of where they are now. But when vandals knocked them off their cement posts a couple of weeks ago, the colorful trio was relocated.

Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/AMERICAN-STATESMAN
Photo by Jeanne Claire van Ryzin/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

In tandem with the East Austin Studio Tour, Goujon will stage a community event this Saturday. The public is invited to bring a picnic — and break small piñatas.

The Piñata Picnic is from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Visit Goujon’s web site for more information: laspinatasatx.com

“Las Piñatas” will be on view through Nov. 22.

And for more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.

What to see at EAST: Three polished painters

We’re breaking it down for you.

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

Elizabeth McDonald, "All That Ever Was," 2015
Elizabeth McDonald, “All That Ever Was,” 2015

 

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

 

John Swanger, "No title #24," Enamel, acrylic, paper on canvas.
John Swanger, “No title #24,” Enamel, acrylic, paper on canvas.

 

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.

 

Rachel K. Bury, "Tip Top (red spot)," acetate, acrylic, wood, 2015
Rachel K. Bury, “Tip Top (red spot),” acetate, acrylic, wood, 2015

For more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.

 

What to see at EAST: Art (literally) beyond studio walls

 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 reimagining 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. 

"Hybroot," by the Austin archiectural design firm OTA, is one of four installations of "Field Constructs" in the Circle Acres Nature Preserve.
“Hybroot,” by Austin architecture firm OTA, is one of four installations of “Field Constructs” in the Circle Acres Nature Preserve.

 

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.

Nancy Mims' large manipulated photographs form the center of her installation in the Utility Research Gardens.
Nancy Mims’ large manipulated photographs form the center of her installation in the Utility Research Gardens.

 

“Omission” and “Sky Lines.” Juan Deleon’s “Omission” is 20 enormous inflatable white orbs. Underneath the Pleasant Valley Road overpasss, Melissa Borrell and Hanna Lupico drape an enormous garland of colorful solar-powered fiber-optic cable. Both are city-sponsored temporary public art project. Boggy Creek Greenbelt Park, Rosewood Ave. 

Juan Deleon's "Omission" is part of Austin's Art in Public Places "Tempo" project installation in the Boggy Creek Greenbelt during the East Austin Studio Tour on Nov. 14-15. Photo by George Ramirez
Juan Deleon’s “Omission” is part of Austin’s Art in Public Places “Tempo” project installation in the Boggy Creek Greenbelt during the East Austin Studio Tour on Nov. 14-15. Photo by George Ramirez.
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“Sky Lines” is underneath the Pleasant Valley Road underpass in Boggy Creek Greenbelt Park.

For more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.

 

What to see at EAST: Three new East Austin galleries

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:

Icosa Collective. Artist-run collective in a former auto body shop. 702 Shady Lane.

Brooke Gassiot, "Stories our Neurons Tells Us," mixed media light installation.
Brooke Gassiot, “Stories our Neurons Tells Us,” mixed media light installation.

Wade Art Room  This artist-run space is in a historic former church and is exhibiting a group show. 81 San Marcos St.

Yuliya Lanina, "Family," acrylic on canvas
Yuliya Lanina, “Family,” acrylic on canvas

 

Camiba Art. This gallery focuses on regional contemporary art that has a conceptual flair. Flatbed building, 2832 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

 

Ender Martos, "Centrifugal Force of Geometry," acrylic & monofilament on plexiglas
Ender Martos, “Centrifugal Force of Geometry,” acrylic & monofilament on plexiglas

For more coverage of and recommendations for EAST, visit our the austin360 arts blog.