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West Austin Studio Tour at Texas Folklife Gallery - featuring The Upshaws of County Line exhibit

West Austin Studio Tour at Texas Folklife Gallery - featuring The Upshaws of County Line exhibit

Texas Folklife
1708 Houston St  
Austin, TX 78756

May 12th-13th and May 19th-20th (11am-6pm)

Texas Folklife is a participant gallery in the 2018 WEST Austin Studio Tour.  Please join us for WEST, we will have drinks and snacks available throughout the tour. 

Our gallery will feature photography exhibit The Upshaws of County Line: An American Family.  This exhibt presents photographs and oral history collected by photographer Richard Orton over a twenty-five year period in the freedom colony of County Line, an African American community founded by the Upshaw family after Emancipation. Their story is the story of emancipated blacks who, unlike most others, created a relatively autonomous existence for themselves after being enslaved.

To learn more about this exhibit, please visit this article from the Southwestern Historical Quarterly.

Parking Information:
Parking for the event is available in Texas Folklife's gravel driveway, on street immediately in front of building, and Asterra Properties (located next door). Overflow parking available at Recycled Reads (5335 Burnet Rd). Please use spaces in the back or on the south side of the Recycled Reads building.

About West Austin Studio Tour:
Big Medium's West Austin Studio Tour (West) is a free, annual, self-guided art event spanning across two weekends in May. West provides opportunities for the public to meet the local artists and artisans of Austin in their creative spaces.

This year, we celebrate the 7th edition of West.

Dates & Times

May 12th-13th and May 19th-20th (11am-6pm)


West of I-35
East of Mopac/Loop 1
South of HWY 183
North of William Cannon

West is a program of Big Medium, a non-profit organization dedicated to championing and cultivating artists and the contemporary arts in Austin and across Texas. Through our programs and partnerships, we are working to foster the arts and facilitate an inclusive cultural dialogue between artists and their communities. sends e-mail)

916 Springdale Rd, Bldg 2 #101
Austin, TX 78702

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