Open Studio Tour of Washington County, N.Y.
July 13, 14, 15, 16 (Th-Su) 2017
The Tour of Open Studios of Washington County is a juried biennial event showcasing professional fine artists and their studios.
To feature professional fine artists in their studios for art enthusiasts and serious collectors from near and far.
Open to professional artists. All media will be accepted for consideration. All work submitted to the jury must be the artist’s original. The artist’s studio or place used for display, must be an appropriate space for public visitation. Proof of a valid New York State Sales Tax Certificate and a website is required before the tour.
The Tour is a juried biennial event, established in 2005 by artists Serena Kovalosky and Brenda McMahon. Five successful tours in 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015 brought hundreds of visitors to studios and generated significant revenue to the artists. Limiting participation in the Tour to no more than 20 artists is designed to maximize the success for each individual participant and expose the outstanding talent to our public. This is an expanded event to 4 days. When openings become available new artists will be juried into the event. Therefore, if you are not accepted this year, please apply again.
The studio/space is an important part of the Tour. Semi-finalists will be contacted in advance to schedule an appointment for a visit of their space.
NOTICES OF DECISION
Application and digital images must be RECEIVED NO LATER THAN July 15, 2016. Jurists are Elizabeth Dubben, Executive Director of Collar Works and David Miller, retired Professor of Art at Skidmore College.
Applicants will be notified by the September 1, 2016.
FEES and PAYMENT SCHEDULE
We added a team of outside professionals with experience in business and marketing. It is the combined efforts of this team and the artists that will assure positive results for all. There is NO FEE to APPLY. Once accepted, a non-refundable fee of $600.00 to cover the costs of brochure design, distribution, signage, website management, editorials and advertising assures a wide-spread audience reach. This fee can be paid in full at any time or made in 3 equal payments as follows:
- First Deposit: $200 due September, 2016
- Second Payment: $200 due January, 2017
- Final Payment: $200 due April, 2017 100% of the proceeds from sales during the tour weekend go directly to the artist.
COMMUNITY AND SUCCESS
The success of the Open Studios Tour has been largely due to the artists working together as a community. All participants in the 2017 event will be invited to attend 3 sessions to brainstorm and discuss techniques for increasing their own clientele as well as assist in overall marketing initiatives. These sessions will be facilitated by Sue Sanderson, Executive Director of the Open Studio Tour.