EAST Day Tours

EAST Day Tours

east day tours

Art Alliance is pleased to announce a handful of guided day tours of the East Austin Studio Tour.

Are you excited about EAST, but daunted by the number of artists and not sure where to start? Join a limited-capacity tour lead by some of Austin’s most knowledgeable and active arts leaders, introducing you to some of Austin’s most exciting artists.

Here is an overview of the details:

  • Select your studio tour guide
  • $30 per person
  • Each tour will have a 20 ticket maximum and 10 ticket minimum
  • Transportation not provided
  • Refreshments provided at tour mid-point

Heather Pesanti, Saturday, Nov 15th, 2pm – 6pm


Heather Pesanti is Senior Curator at The Contemporary Austin, overseeing curatorial programming and exhibitions for the museum. To date, she has organized exhibitions on the work of Marianne Vitale, Liam Gillick, Charles Long, and Do Ho Suh.  Pesanti is currently planning Strange Pilgrims, a large-scale thematic exhibition opening September 2015 on experiential art that will engage the museum’s two sites, the Jones Center and Laguna Gloria, as well as a third venue, the Visual Arts Center (VAC) at the University of Texas, and will be accompanied by the organization’s first substantial catalogue. Pesanti relocated from Buffalo, New York, where she was Curator at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery for nearly five years. During her tenure, she organized the historic exhibition Wish You Were Here: The Buffalo Avant-garde in the 1970s, a large-scale survey of Buffalo’s dynamic arts scene in the 1970s.  Additional projects included the survey Robert Therrien (2013), a group exhibition Surveyor (2011), and several collection-based and co-curated exhibitions. Pesanti holds master’s degrees in Cultural Anthropology from The University of Oxford, England, and in Contemporary Art History from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University.

Heather Pesanti will lead a studio tour of five east-side Austin art spaces. At each stop, Heather will introduce the group to the audience and lead an informal conversation with the artist and the group.

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Troy Campa, Saturday, Nov 15th, 1pm – 5:30pm

In 2013. award winning Architect Troy Campa and his partner Rene Ibarra moved to Austin from Houston. Pursuing their passion for the arts, they founded Camiba Art as a way to be of service to the art community – both to the artists and the collectors. Visit Camiba Art’s website for more information about them: www.CamibaArt.com.

Camiba Art is interested in contemporary concept-based art, with an emphasis on materials, quality of craft and attention to detail.  The works of the five inspiring artists selected for this tour embody these qualities.  Their works can also be described as: layered, colorful, structural, and dynamic. Tour-goers will see a wide range of materials and methods, and through one-on-one talks with the artists, are certain to learn something about the process as well as the art.

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Brian Willey, Sunday, Nov 16th, 1pm – 5:30pm

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Brian Willey received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For the last three years he has been the director and curator of Tiny Park, an art exhibition and performance space. Tiny Park was voted best overall gallery by the Austin Critic’s Table Awards in 2014, Austin Chronicle’s Top Ten Visual Arts for 2013, CultureMap’s Top Five Galleries in Austin, and included in Austin Monthly’s Hot List. Prior to this, Brian was assistant director of Jan Cicero Gallery in Chicago and associate director of Kopeikin Gallery in Los Angeles.

Brian will lead a studio tour of four of Austin’s most exciting visual artists working in a variety of media. At each stop he will lead a casual discussion with the artist and group, exploring subjects such as technique, subject matter, the art market, collecting, and the Austin art scene. The tour will conclude with a viewing of an east Austin collector’s private home and collection.

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