Frequently Asked Questions

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What’s different?

Now in its 20th iteration, the Austin Studio Tour has become an Austin tradition and continues Big Medium's mission of fostering connections between artists while presenting the public with a rare opportunity to engage and connect with many of the creatives that help define the culture of our city.

With the safety of our artists and audience at the forefront, the Austin Studio Tour presents creative ways to safely experience art through virtual programs, in-person studio visits by appointment, and self‑guided visits to public art. Later this month, the expanded online platform will include artist profiles, images of artworks, virtual studio visits, demonstrations, artists talks, an online event guide, and a map of all participating locations.

Now more than ever, it is essential that we celebrate and advocate for our local artists. We hope the public will use the website and art book as resources to connect with artists, purchase new works and commissions, and proudly invest in the creative economy of Austin.

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Is it still free and open to the general public?

Yes! Some registration is required to access links to attend virtual events.

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Will the public be able to visit an artist studio in person?

Yes! And to be safe and prepared, and since we're still experiencing unprecedented times, we strongly recommend referring to your favorite artists' social media and website for updates before visiting, making appointments when necessary, and most importantly, don't forget your mask!

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How do I find a schedule and learn about the artists this year?

Visit a branch of the Austin Public Library to pick up a free copy of the Austin Studio Tour Map, the best resource to plan your route around the city for a self-guided tour of your favorite participating artists. Maps are available at all Public Libraries (while supplies last). To start planning your route, access the most updated version of the virtual map here

You can also enjoy the expanded AustinStudioTour.org platform to see artist profiles, images of artworks, virtual studio visits, demonstrations, artists talks, and download a self-guided tour map.

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Will there still be a Studio Tour catalog?

Yes, in a new way. Because we’ve shifted artist profiles and guides online, this year’s catalog is designed more like a coffee table book and less like a guiding publication. That means more art and less text!

This book will only be distributed to Artists & Participants, Members, and Supporting Partners. We’re excited to produce this special year-round reference to Austin’s vibrant art community. There is still time to join as a Member and pick-up the catalog! The general public can best support Austin artists this year by purchasing artworks online or by contacting artists directly.

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How can I learn more about Austin Studio Tour artists?

The new Austin Studio Tour platform (austinstudiotour.org) includes profiles of all participating Artists & Art Spaces plus a section featuring curated interactive demonstrations, virtual studio visits, and a map to outdoor public art. Participating Artists profiles have short bios, images of available art to purchase, along with links to their social media, websites, and to any live streaming or pre-recorded content related to their presentation this year.

  • See the online 2021 Austin Studio Tour Group Exhibition curated by Big Medium and attend a Virtual Program to interact with Artists.
  • Visit austionstudiotour.org to read Artist profiles and see available artworks for purchase.
  • The Austin Studio Tour features a coffee table-style art book available for all new and existing Members.
  • Follow @austinstudiotour on Instagram to start discovering artists on the tour!
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Details about the 2021 Group Exhibition curated by Big Medium

Big Medium will continue its annual Studio Tour Group Exhibition but will present the show virtually this year via the website. Audiences can still support Austin Artists this year by viewing and purchasing art on Big Medium’s platform.