Join us for a panel unlike any other, because it’s a cartoon. Six members of the art community cover topics like their fear of being reduced to a database entry, where to find studio space that accommodates chainsaws, and how to avoid being scammed by tech companies...all while appearing as bizarre, animated versions of themselves.
The topics were taken from a recent survey where we asked artists across Austin to list three ways they hope to see the art community improve. Animating the panel is a fun way to embrace the virtual emphasis of this year’s studio tours.
Featuring Celina Zisman, Laura Oxendine, Catie Lewis, Keith Kreeger, and Raul De Lara
Animated and moderated by Kayla Lewis
Besides being the proud owner of 32" paella pan, Keith is an artist, designer and maker. Hailing from the East Coast, Keith got to Austin as quickly as possibly with this wife and three children. Previously he had a studio and contemporary craft gallery on Cape Cod for 12 years.
Keith's aesthetic comes from the singular idea that "objects matter," and his work reflects that simple phrase, exemplifying clean, polished and modern design.
A past-president of the board of Big Medium, the arts nonprofit that produces the East Austin Studio Tour, West Austin Studio Tour and the Texas Biennial, Keith currently sits on the advisory board of Austin Bat Cave and is an active supporter and advocate for the Andy Roddick Foundation.
In my home, mornings begin with a cabinet full of memories. Each mug I have to choose from has its own story. I'm reminded of a mentor, a friend, Massachusetts, or an artist I dream of one day meeting. I love watching our guests open that same cabinet as each cup is carefully studied. It's not long before a friend finds the one that speaks to them. I make pottery because I think the objects we use on a daily basis are as important as what they hold.
I think that a meal with friends that you've spent hours preparing calls for dinnerware crafted with the same care. I think flowers picked fresh from your garden look better in a vase you've picked as well. I think you deserve to know the maker of the objects you use every day.