Tito's Prize

Open Call: April 24 - May 31, 2018


Big Medium is now accepting applications for the second annual Tito's Prize! Austin artists are invited to apply until May 31. Please review the full guidelines before applying.

The Tito’s Prize is funded by a generous gift from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and facilitated by Big Medium. The award includes a solo exhibition during the 2018 East Austin Studio Tour in the Big Medium Gallery at Canopy. This opportunity is available to any artist living and working in Austin. For this purpose, Austin is defined as the area contained within the ten city council districts. Artists working in any artistic media and at any stage in their career are eligible.

A four member curatorial panel will unanimously select the prize-winning artist. The curatorial panel includes Andrea Mellard, Director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at The Contemporary Austin; Dennis Nance, Galveston Arts Center Curator and artist; and Veronica Roberts, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art.

The winner of the Tito’s Prize will be announced July 17, 2018. The winning artist’s solo exhibition will open on October 19 in the Big Medium Gallery and run through the 2018 East Austin Studio Tour, closing on November 18.




Meet the Curators

Andrea Mellard is the Director of Public Programs and Community Engagement for The Contemporary Austin. She curates programming and curates for the museum’s two distinct sites—one urban and the other natural—to bring audiences together to investigate art. Recent performance-based projects and exhibitions she organized bring the work of Charles Atlas, Janine Antoni & Stephen Petronio, Sanford Biggers, Nick Cave, Ragnar Kjartansson, Mark Mothersbaugh, and Lucky Dragons to Austin. Prior to the merger that created The Contemporary Austin, Mellard curated exhibitions and public programs for the Austin Museum of Art, working primarily with local and regional artists since 2004. The Crit Group program she has co-lead for five years provides group critique, professional development, and community building for Austin artists. She has over 17 years of museum experience and a M.A. in American Studies from The University of Texas inflects her interdisciplinary approach to contemporary culture. She aims to connect people with art, ideas, and each other.


Dennis Nance is an artist and curator from Houston, TX. He was appointed as Curator for the Galveston Arts Center in 2016. From 2007 to 2016, Nance was Exhibitions & Programming Director for Lawndale Art Center in Houston, where he worked extensively with local and regional artists through over 20 exhibitions annually and the Lawndale Artist Studio Program. He currently serves on the Artist Advisory Board for DiverseWorks. Nance is a practicing artist and was awarded an Individual Artist Grant from the Houston Arts Alliance and an Idea Fund Award, administered through Aurora Picture Show, DiverseWorks Artspace and Project Row Houses and funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, in 2015. He has exhibited his work at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, The Brandon, BOX13 ArtSpace and the Menil Collection bookstore. He received his BA from Austin College in Sherman, TX with a concentration in Fine Arts and French.


Veronica Roberts is curator of modern and contemporary art at the Blanton Museum. Her recent major exhibitions at the Blanton include Nina Katchadourian: Curiouser (2017) and Converging Lines: Eva Hesse and Sol LeWitt (2015). She is currently working on an exhibition with Vincent Valdez and in the research phase of a major thematic exhibition. Prior to joining the Blanton in 2013, she worked for numerous art museums, including The Museum of Modern Art, Indianapolis Museum of Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art. She received her MA in Art History from UC Santa Barbara and her BA in Art History from Williams College.



About Tito's Handmade Vodka

Tito's Handmade Vodka is America's Original Craft Vodka. In 1997, Bert “Tito” Beveridge, now a 50-something geophysicist, obtained the first legal permit to distill in Texas and created Tito's Handmade Vodka. Tito distills his corn-based vodka using old-fashioned copper pot stills and the vodka is naturally Gluten-Free. Tito's Handmade Vodka has won the prestigious Double Gold Unanimous Judge's Choice at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition, besting 72 of the world's premier vodka brands. Tito's continues to receive critical acclaim for its impeccably pure taste, affordability and brand growth. Tito's Handmade Vodka is distilled and bottled by Fifth Generation Inc. in Austin, Texas, and is available in Liter, 1.75L, 750ml, 375ml, 200ml and 50ml sizes. For more information, visit www.titosvodka.com.

About Big Medium

Big Medium is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to supporting and promoting contemporary art in Texas. Big Medium produces the East Austin Studio Tour, the West Austin Studio Tour, the Texas Biennial, and present innovative exhibitions throughout the year. Big Medium provides affordable studio space to artists, and partners with various organizations in Texas to help foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities.


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Big Medium is also supported by the Texas Commission on the Arts and by generous contributions from private donors.