2018 Applications are now closed:



13/14 & 20/21

2018 Artist Timeline

March 9, 2018 midnight mountain time, Submission Deadline

April 1, 2018 Selection Notification to artists via email

April 23, 2018 – Artists Meeting at Lagunitas – Get to know your fellow Portland Open Studios artists. Receive relevant information about the tour and other events for the year.

June 19, 2018 – Artists Meeting – General Artists Meeting at Lagunitas

September – Artists Kick Off Party – Yard sign distribution. Join us for food, drinks, and more.

October 13-14 & 20-21, 2018  Weekend dates of studio tour. Studios open 10-5.

Applications are now closed for our 2018 tour. Applications for our 2019 show will be available in early 2019.

Portland Open Studios is a juried studio tour of ~100 artists in the Portland metro area, providing a unique opportunity for artists to open their studios to the public. Now in our 20th year, Portland Open Studios is an important and anticipated annual arts event that attracts visitors from the community and beyond. The Tour is a free event; attendees may purchase a printed Tour Guide or Mobile app and a free Mobile app is also available.

What our Artists love about participating..

Good mix of new visitors and repeat visitors.

Visitors seemed genuinely interested in our work process, stayed for demos and signed up to get more info.

“My Community Leader arranged a tour of the artists studios in my community so we wouldn’t miss out on the experience a visitor gets.”

(Studio visits from other artists), “..insight & feedback – overall sense of community of those that participated was the nicest thing – helped me all over with ideas & feeling hopeful again.”

“Appreciated the opportunity to show my work along with other artists in my group at a couple of shows prior to the tour”

“Good publicity, people are looking at PDXOS artists for art opportunities”

Why should you apply?

We encourage all visual artists to apply every year.  As your work progresses, be sure to update your selection of images for the application.

Our jury changes annually allowing for new artists to emerge, and the agility to embrace modern trends.

Participating in Portland Open Studios amplifies your own marketing efforts.

We like to share on our social media channels. We help you build your social media audience by sharing your news and events with our followers.

We purchase advertising in print, radio and through other joint sponsorships. We promote our Tour Guide, the dates of the main event, and the festivals where our artists are attending.

We took away the requirement to volunteer for 8 hours.

Our Artist’s tell us they get a lot of value by investing their time with our organization. We are now rewarding our Artists for donating their time to work with us.  By working 4 or more hours with our Volunteer Coordinator, Artists are eligible to request a $50 refund.

What is “required” from the artist.

Required: 3 artwork images

Optional: 1 “at work” image.

The “at work” image will preferably show the artist in the process of making their work.  These “at work” images may be used in advertising, on tour materials, on the Portland Open Studios website, or as part of our educational efforts. The “at work” image will not be scored by jurors.

Artists may only submit three artwork images; any application with a fourth artwork image will be marked ‘Incomplete’ and may be disqualified from jurying if not corrected upon request.

All images need to conform to CaFE standards:

File format: JPEG only

File dimensions: No smaller than 1920 pixels on the longest side

File resolution: 72 ppi/dpi (standard web resolution)

File size: 5 MB maximum

Cost to Apply and Participate

Entry Fee (20th Annual Portland Open Studios): $30.00
(Applications close March 9th at midnight PT)

Participation Fee – $250 Collected upon acceptance

(The participation fee funds all of Portland Open Studios’ advertising budget the tour guide, and some general operating costs)

More reasons to apply

We generate opportunities for group shows and other events that promote the annual event.

We look for additional ways to sell Tour Guides, and access new audiences for our artists.

Can’t afford a booth at a local event? Can’t spend an entire weekend at a festival? Hate having to pack a vehicle with inventory?

We apply to and sponsor local art festivals and need Artists willing to demonstrate their process, techniques, and interesting aspects of their chosen media. You get access to a new audience; the opportunity to talk to people specifically about your work. Cultivate your next fan, future collectors, and entice visitors to your studio during the Tour dates.

What can I expect in sales during the event?

During the event, sales results may vary by artist, day, location due to many different factors we at Portland Open Studios just can’t control. Our artist’s have shared these insights about other benefits for participating.

  • Opportunity for new commissions, custom work, and future sales.
  • “Visitors signed up for workshops & classes that I teach, and I add to my email lists.”
  • Meeting and networking with other artists at all levels in their career.
  • Some artists do not have a sales goal, they apply to increase their visibility and exposure.

What is Portland Open Studios marketing plan?

We amplify our artists marketing efforts. We make a serious effort to promote our event and every participating artist. Portland Open Studios pursues multi-channel media promotions, but we are not a replacement for your own marketing efforts. We provide opportunities to connect you to resources to create your own marketing strategy to use beyond our event. We want every artist to be successful in their career.

Here’s our strategy for 2018:

  • Look for our ads in Portland Mercury, Portland Monthly, and other publications
  • We’re in “At the Performance” – the Artslandia magazine delivered to audiences at musicals, plays, and events around town
  • Listen for commercials on KINK & OPB
  • Watch our Facebook page for regular updates and news
  • Subscribe to our newsletter to get notifications about relevant opportunities
  • We share your social media and blog posts to our audiences – send us your news
  • Attend the workshop to meet Jillian Pitre, Social Media Strategist, get tips to help your strategy
  • Look for fresh interviews with artists on our Blog

-Expand your audience and deepen relationships with established followers by demonstrating your methods and sharing your work

-Artwork and contact information published in a full color Tour Guide, which is distributed throughout the region.

-Artwork and contact information published in our iPhone and Android Mobile apps.

-A dedicated page on our website featuring three images, website link and artist statement

-The use of signs directing people to your studios during the tour.

-A minimum of two free workshops providing Tour information, professional tips, and the opportunity to connect with other artists

-Announcements about you and your work published in the Portland Open Studios blog from April 2018 until March 2019.

-Coordinate self-promotion with Portland Open Studios’ marketing efforts.

-Artists may sell their work, be invited to exhibitions, become the subject of news articles, or asked to teach classes as a result of being in Portland Open Studios

– We will offer our teaching guide on the website.

-Open to all visual media except film.

-Artists are required to open their studios* and demonstrate their working methods all hours of both weekends. Artists must show an educational element, such as documentation of methods or demonstrations of technical and creative processes.

-Open to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties.

-Artists may self-promote in any manner as long as any mention of their studio address includes information about Portland Open Studios.

*A studio is any workspace which the artist is permitted to open to the public and where the artist can demonstrate their working methods – Living rooms, Parent’s garages, etc. are all permissible.  If the artist is uncertain of where they will be in October they should not apply.

Teams, Groups, Collaborative work

Every year we receive questions from couples, teams, co-ops, and more regarding applying to Portland Open Studios. Collaborative teams have been represented in our Guide when the integrated partners are completely inseparable, and do not produce any independent work.

Our application process has not been modified to identify the correct information to create an accurate Tour Guide entry and expectation for the visitor. The team/collaborative application process requires changes that we have been unable to effectively implement. Artists must contact us separately to disclose partnerships.

When a blind juror looks at an image or a piece of work, s/he are rating it regardless of how many people contributed to create it. When teams and groups apply, and collaborative work is selected for judging, a blind juror will be unaware of these collaborative efforts. This can create an unfair advantage to the individual efforts represented by the majority of our applicants.

This limitation has been an obstacle for many years, our progress is slow, yet continuous. We are making strides in changing our processes, and we value your interest and constructive feedback.

Three jurors from Portland’s arts community view and score each applicant’s submitted images. The combined scores determine which artists are invited to participate.

The percentage of previous participants admitted will not exceed 65% of total participants.

In the event of tied scores at the threshold to acceptance, past behavior as a participant may be evaluated (i.e. being a super volunteer, rules violations, etc.).

2018 JURY

To be announced.

Kimberly Gales Emerging Artist Scholarship:

Artists 20–30 years of age are encouraged to apply for the Kimberly Gales Scholarship to Portland Open Studios. Recipient will have their participation fee waived and will receive a $100 stipend. See application for details about additional requirements.

All artists are eligible for the Merit and Service awards.

Check out our past winners.

Contact admin@portlandopenstudios.com to provide details for what you require. We will attempt to assist as many artists as we can with these funds.

Resources for Participating in Portland Open Studios

To have us promote you and what you’re doing on social media send an e-mail to artistevents@portlandopenstudios.com. (Add this e-mail to your mailing list as well.)

For information on Tour Guide formats or directing people to purchase a Tour Guide, use this link:

Please email Samyak at volunteer@portlandopenstudios.com to record your volunteer hours.

New Artist Orientation (what to expect from the Tour and what we expect from you).
Select Comments from the 2013 Visitor’s Survey (note how people remember a friendly host as much as a talented artist)
Usage of Portland Open Studios Signs