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19th Annual Portland Open Studios
Portland Open Studios
PO BOX 31077
Portland, OR 97231

Event Dates: 10/14/17 - 10/22/17
Entry Deadline: 3/4/17
Application Closed


Images - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 4
Total Media - Minimum: 3, Maximum: 4

Entry Fee (19th Annual Portland Open Studios): $40.00

Portland Open Studios is a juried studio tour of ~100 artists in the Portland metro area. We provide a unique opportunity for artists to open their studios to the public. Now in our 19th year, Portland Open Studios is an important and anticipated annual arts event that attracts visitors from the community and beyond. The Tour is a ticketed event; attendees may purchase a printed Tour Guide, a Mobile app, or be personally invited by you to your studio.
3 artwork images
Optional: 1 "at work" image. 
The "at work" image will preferably show the artist in the process of making their work or in their studio.  These "at work" images may be used in advertising, on tour materials, on the PDXOS 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.

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

Collected upon acceptance
Participation Fee - $250
(The participation fee funds all of Portland Open Studios' advertising budget and some general operating costs)
Volunteer Opt Out Fee - $50 (Volunteering is optional this year, and only refunded via a formal request to the Volunteer Coordinator after 4 or more hours of approved volunteer activity)
February 26, 2017 Entry Fee increases to $40
March 3, 2017 midnight mountain time, Submission Deadline
April 1, 2017 Selection Notification to artists
April – Community Leader Meeting.
April – General Artists Meeting – A new approach to building community. Please join us for conversation about the changes to Portland Open Studios this year.
June – General Artists Meeting – Jillian Pitre provides Social Media Q&A. Please join us for ways to increase your online traffic. Tour Guides available for distribution.
September – General Artists Kick Off Party – Get your signs! Join us for food, drinks, and distribution.
October 14-15 & 21- 22, 2017 Weekend dates of studio tour. Studios open 10-5
Three jurors from Portland's arts community view and score each applicant's submitted artwork 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.).

2017 JURY
Soon to be announced.
-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 have 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.
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.
-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 apps.
-A dedicated page on our website featuring three images, website link and artist statement
-5 free Tour Guides and the use of studio signs.
-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 2017 until March 2018.
-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
There will be a new feature in the tour guide this year; a platform for artists to advertise their art classes in the tour guide. Invited artists will have a free ad.