CultureMap Austin 2016 Article
5 exhibits you don’t want to miss during West Austin Studio Tour
The 2016 West Austin Studio Tour kicks off this weekend, giving art enthusiasts a chance to peek into the lives and work of local artists west of I-35, east of MoPac, south of Highway 183, and north of William Cannon Drive. The fifth annual West takes place from 11 am to 6 pm on May 14-15 and 21-22 and is free and open to the public.
If West sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’ve heard of EAST (East Austin Studio Tour), which happens every fall and is also hosted by parent company Big Medium, a local nonprofit that supports and promotes contemporary art in Texas. While West is Big Medium’s newer project, EAST is coming up on its 15th year in Austin and showcases more than 400 different local art projects.
Over the last five years, West has expanded from simple studio and gallery exhibitions to include five categories of events: artist studios; galleries; temporary exhibitions, such as pop-up shows; happenings (time-based events like performances or parties); and partner programs, showcasing organizations and businesses that support the arts year-round in Austin. West is self-guided, and though it may be smaller and newer than EAST, the tour spans a much wider geographical area, so you’ll have to plan accordingly to visit some of the most interesting and beautiful exhibits.