Tito's Prize

Tito's Prize Open Call
June 27 — July 25



General Information

The Tito’s Prize is a $15,000 award for one Austin-based artist. 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 featuring the selected artist, on display from March 6 — April 4, 2020 in the Big Medium Gallery at Canopy.

This opportunity will be available to all artists within a 20 mile radius of Austin. Artists working in any artistic media and at any stage in their career are eligible. A three member curatorial panel will unanimously select the prize-winning artist. The open call will run June 27 — July 25, 2019.

The winner will be announced August 22, 2019. The winning artist’s solo exhibition will open on March 6, 2020.

Please review the full guidelines before applying.



Meet the Curators

The Curatorial Panel includes Florencia Bazzano-Nelson, Assistant Curator, Latin American Art at the Blanton Museum of Art (Austin); Annette Lawrence, Artist and Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas (Denton); and Rigoberto Luna, Director and Curator at Presa House Gallery (San Antonio).

Florencia Bazzano-Nelson

Florencia Bazzano-Nelson, Assistant Curator for Latin American Art, joined the Blanton Museum of Art in 2015. Her recent projects include co-curating Arte Sin Fronteras: Prints from the Self Help Graphics Studio (upcoming in October 2019) and Words/Matter: Latin American Art and Language (2018). She also assisted in reinstalling the Latin American permanent collection as part of You Belong Here: Reimagining the Blanton (2017). Before joining the Blanton, Bazzano worked for the Cantor Arts Museum at Stanford University and the Smithsonian Museum of American Art in Washington, D.C. She also taught art history for many years and has an extensive list of publications, including the book Liliana Porter: The Art of Simulation (Routledge, 2008). Bazzano is an alumna of The University of Texas at Austin, where she received her undergraduate and master’s degrees. She went on to receive her Ph.D. in Latin American Art from the University of New Mexico.

Annette Lawrence

Annette Lawrence is an artist based in Texas since 1990. In 2018 she received a MacDowell Fellowship and anticipates exhibiting works completed at MacDowell in October 2019 at the Conduit Gallery in Dallas. Lawrence’s work is held in museums and private collections including the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Dallas Museum of Art, The Rachofsky Collection, Artpace, the Blanton Museum of Art, American Airlines and the Art Collection of the Dallas Cowboys. Her work was included in the 1997 Biennial Exhibition at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is an alumna of the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She received a BFA from the Hartford Art School and an MFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Originally from New York, Lawrence lives and works in Denton, Texas and is a Professor of Studio Art at the University of North Texas.

Rigoberto Luna

Rigoberto Luna is an artist, designer, and curator in San Antonio, Texas where he is Director and Curator of the Presa House Gallery. Since 2016 Luna has curated over 30 exhibitions with a heavy focus on Latinx artists out of Central and South Texas. Recent major curatorial projects include Ctrl+A, at K Space Contemporary in Corpus Christi; Entre La Sombra: Life Along the Missions a collaboration with The City of San Antonio’s Department of Arts & Culture World Heritage Office and the Office of Historic Preservation; as well as exhibitions with the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, and the former San Antonio Smithsonian Affiliate Museo Alameda. In addition, he is a visual artist who has exhibited his work with Public Art San Antonio, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center (San Antonio), Flight Gallery (San Antonio), Good Children Gallery (New Orleans), and 3rd Space Gallery (San Antonio). Luna attended the Pratt Institute where he studied and became an accomplished designer.



Tito's Prize Alumni

2018: Steve Parker
2017: Zack Ingram



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 titosvodka.com.

About Big Medium

Big Medium is a nonprofit 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 funded in part by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.

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