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.
-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.).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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