$15,000 Tito’s Prize available for one Austin Artist

Big Medium (ATX) announces the third edition of Tito’s Prize, an award of $15,000 to be granted to one Austin-based artist. The Tito’s Prize is funded by a generous gift from Tito’s Handmade Vodka and facilitated by Big Medium, a non-profit organization dedicated to championing and cultivating artists and the contemporary arts in Austin and across Texas. 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.

Big Medium’s mission began in Austin, and we remain committed to supporting artists who live and work in this city. Our
partnership with Tito’s has made it possible for us to elevate an artist in our own community, we hope to keep doing this for many years to come. — Shea Little, Big Medium, Executive Director

The winner of the Tito’s Prize will be announced August 22, 2019. The winning artist’s solo exhibition will open on March 6,
2020 in the Big Medium Gallery.


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, 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 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 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.