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Open Studios Art Tour (Santa Cruz County) 2017
Santa Cruz County
Santa Cruz County, California (West)
Phone: 831.475.9600 x17
Show Dates: 10/7/17 - 10/22/17
Application Deadline: 4/30/17 Midnight PST
38 day(s) and 14 hour(s) remaining
Images: 7 (a booth shot is NOT required)
Fee (Application Fee): $40.00
Arts Council Santa Cruz County's Open Studios Art Tour is a self-guided tour open to permanent residents of Santa Cruz County, CA only. The tour showcases artists' studios throughout the county and takes place during the first three weekends of October.
Welcome to Arts Council Santa Cruz County's Open Studios Art Tour
In its 32nd year, the Open Studios Art Tour is one of Santa Cruz County’s most anticipated annual art happenings. Each year 300+ artists throughout the county open their creative spaces to the public during the first three weekends of October.
Open Studios is a self-guided tour that attracts thousands of visitors from near and far who learn about and purchase art straight from the source. Open Studios not only shines a light on the vast variety and sheer talent of visual artists in our community, it also ignites relationships, inspires conversations, and bridges gaps of understanding between art appreciators and creators, creating connections that extend far beyond the tour.
Dates for the 2017 Open Studios Art Tour:
North County* ~ October 7th & 8th
South County** ~ October 14th & 15th
All County Weekend ~ October 21st & 22nd
*NORTH County includes Ben Lomond, Bonny Doon, Boulder Creek, Brookdale, Davenport, Felton, Santa Cruz (city) and Scotts Valley.
**SOUTH County includes Aptos, Capitola, Corralitos, Freedom, La Selva Beach, Live Oak, Rio del Mar, Soquel, and Watsonville
Studio Hours ~ 11:00 AM to 5:00 PM.
Artists have the option of opening their studios earlier or closing their studios later than posted hours.
A $40 non-refundable Application Fee is required for your application to be submitted to the jury*. This fee can be paid online with a credit card at checkout, or you can select Payment by Check. Application fee must be received no later than 5pm, Monday, May 1, 2017
* If you are between the ages of 18 and 25, we will waive your $40 Application Fee. To receive your discount code, which will be entered at checkout, contact Ann Ostermann, 831-475-9600 17, email@example.com.
A $260 Participation Fee is required for all invited artists. Once invited, participation fees are due no later than Friday, June 16, 2017. Preferred payment is by check.
Your $260 participation fee reaps a powerful return on investment including:
We welcome all artists from emerging to professional. Your body of work should be well developed and demonstrate your competency, proficiency, and skill in your craft. In order to apply, you will need:
Studio Eligibility: An Open Studios site is defined as the artist’s regular workspace and must retain the atmosphere of art-making, with materials, equipment, work-in-progress, and processes visible.
Any space procured solely for the purpose of participating in Open Studios is NOT eligible.
Spaces converted temporarily into a “studio” for the purpose of participating in Open Studios are NOT eligible.
Retail galleries are NOT eligible for this event. Artists for whom 3 or more of the following characteristics are true are NOT eligible for Open Studios:
YOUR ARTIST GUIDE MAP LOCATION
The STUDIO address provided in your application will be used to pin your location on the Artist Guide map. You will have an opportunity to review your studio map placement before the Artist Guide goes to print.
BEING HOSTED BY AN ARTIST or HOSTING AN ARTIST AT YOUR STUDIO
The intention of the Open Studios Art Tour is to bring the public into artist’s working studios. However, if your studio is in a remote or inaccessible location, if your location has little or no access to parking, or if the space where you make your art cannot be opened to the public during the tour, you may request to be hosted by another Open Studios artist at their location. We will also allow individuals with unstable/uncertain housing to be hosted by an Open Studios artist, giving them a secure studio location during the Tour.
Hosted artists must submit a separate application, listing their host’s studio address on the application. If, at the time of application no host has been secured, enter “Need Host Studio” as your address on the application. If the hosting artist is not invited to participate, Arts Council will work with the invited artist to secure a host studio. New this year, individual artists will be allowed to host TWO artists at their location.
As a way of encouraging the public to make the drive to more remote studios, artists in remote locations are able to host more artists than those located in non-remote areas of the county. New this year, remote artists may host UP TO THREE artists at their location.
Hosted artists will be supplied with a set of minimum guidelines for sharing their creative process along with their art at their host studio location.
For more information regarding being hosted, hosting an artist, or whether your location qualifies as remote, contact Ann Ostermann at 831.475.9600 x17.
If all of the work submitted is collaborative, artists may apply together on one application.
GROUP STUDIO BUILDINGS
Artists must agree not to exhibit, sell, or host other artists in the space over which they have interest or control. Artists working in "cluster studios" should encourage their fellow artists to officially participate in Open Studios. Artists who are not officially participating in Open Studios are asked to not present themselves in any way as Open Studios artists.
A "reproduction" is defined as a copy of original art. Reproductions for sale may be included in your Open Studios display, with the following restrictions:
COMMUNICATING THE ARTISTIC PROCESS
Providing the public with an intimate view of the artistic process and your studio set-up is FUNDAMENTAL to the concept of Open Studios. Actual demonstration and works in process are ideal ways to share your process with visitors. If your process is dangerous or very complex, storyboards, video presentations, or other visual aids may be displayed instead.
APPLICATION IMAGE REQUIREMENTS
You will need 7 lo-res images and 1 hi-res image of original artwork created within the last three years (2014 to the present).
Important: Images submitted should reflect a consistent body of work, with a similarity in style, theme, or visual language. Images should represent technical proficiency, as well as reflecting originality and individuality, and look as though the same person created them all.
APPLICATION IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS (lo-res JPEGs)
All images for the online application must be formatted to the specifications listed below. For a complete list of image sizing resources, visit the Help Center on ZAPP® and select the Digital Tutorials and Resources tab.
ARTIST GUIDE IMAGE SPECIFICATIONS (hi-res JPEG or TIFF)
The Artist Guide image must be formatted to the following specifications:
REQUIREMENTS FOR YOUR ARTIST GUIDE IMAGE
Artist Guide images must be uploaded to the designated holding site http://comprinters.com/artupload/ no later than midnight, May 1st, in order for your application to be sent to the jury.
Please note that your APPLICATION must be received no later than Midnight, April 30th. There is an additional day given for receipt of the Artist Guide image.
The 2017 Open Studios Art Tour jury is comprised of seven art professionals:
Jurors will be given the following guidelines to direct their deliberations:
"Arts Council Santa Cruz County’s Open Studios Art Tour showcases art in a broad range of media and styles. The event contributes to public awareness about the quality and diversity of the artists in our community. Participation in Open Studios is intended for artists producing fine art & fine craft of professional quality. The event is an opportunity to show a body of original artwork that reflects a personal style and vision, and technical proficiency with their medium.
You are being asked to assess whether or not you think an applicant's work is of suitably professional quality to be presented to the public, and is compatible with the philosophy and purpose of Arts Council Santa Cruz County's Open Studios Art Tour. When jurying for our tour, you will review and score the artwork using a scale of 1-10 applying the following criteria:
Scores from all seven jurors are totaled, then one high and one low score are removed. Using the resulting average score, the Open Studios Committee determines a cut-off point for invitation to the tour. There is no pre-determined cut-off score for inclusion in Open Studios. The burden of the final decision resides with the Arts Council and the Open Studios Committee.
Artists will be notified by e-mail in late May regarding the status of their application. Notification will be sent via e-mail to the address listed in your ZAPP® Artist Profile.
Open Studios Preparation Workshop
It is highly recommended that first-year Open Studios participants attend this workshop in July [date TBD]. At the workshop, we review guidelines and discuss topics like displaying your art, pricing your art, promoting and selling your work, ways to show your process, sources for art and display materials, and so on.
An exhibit of original work by all Open Studios artists will be held at the Santa Cruz Art League. The exhibit opens the Saturday prior to Open Studios and remains open through the last Sunday of Open Studios. Each artist is encouraged to submit a piece of original art created within the last three years.
Participating artists are required to perform up to 4 hours of service to the Arts Council. Volunteer jobs take place between June and December. Artists will sign up for volunteer service online (link will be provided to artists after being invited to participate in the tour).
After-event Artist Survey: Participating artists are required to submit an online survey after the tour ends. All information is anonymous and confidential and is used to assess the economic and cultural impact of the Open Studios Art Tour in Santa Cruz County.
For further information including Application Guidelines and FAQs, visit the Open Studios website at http://www.artscouncilsc.org/open-studios/
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