ARTIST BENEFITS & GUIDELINES

MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

  • Your own Artist Page in the openstudios.org Members Online Catalog with images of your work, artist statement, links to your email, website and social media.

  • A piece of your best art in the annual Members’ Exhibit.

  • Optional placement of a brief Virtual Video Tour of your studio on your online Open Studios Artist Page. We'll provide directions for you to produce your own video. If unable to create a video, we will assist you for an additional fee.

  • The opportunity to sell art through our Online Shops and Galleries.

  • Sales and marketing training on topics including, but not limited to social media, sales techniques, website basics and more.

  • First-in-line opportunity to participate in POP! Galleries (these are retail pop-up galleries that Open Studios establishes in commercial locations, typically during tourist and holiday seasons.

  • First-in-line opportunities to participate in corporate art programs.

  • A listing in our website Art Class Search with a link to the teaching page on your website.

  • The opportunity to do paid teaching residencies in Boulder County’s public schools (BVSD and SVVSD).

  • The opportunity to do paid outreach residencies in underserved neighborhoods throughout Boulder County and to offer these services on-line through virtual Mobile Art Lab programing.

  • A $10 discount on Boulder Plein Air Event registration and/or scheduled paint-outs that are scheduled throughout the year.

  • Ongoing Social Media, Email and additional Marketing Campaigns throughout the year to promote all the activities listed here.

  • A $10 discount on membership fees for the 2023-2024 membership year.

 

Artists who accept an invitation to participate in our Studio Tour are automatically Members of Open Studios and may take full advantage of Member Benefits.

 

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


What is the time frame for membership?

Our Artist Membership year runs from July 1 through June 30. All representation and benefits as described above will apply continuously throughout the year.

Who is eligible to apply for Open Studios membership?

This program is open to all artists living and/or working in Boulder County.

How much work can I include on my Artist Page?

Your Artist Page will automatically include the images you submit in your application. You may submit a total of 12 images for your online gallery. Artists can show other media and styles, provided the quality of work is equivalent to the work submitted for jurying. We recommend presenting works in no more than two mediums on your application to demonstrate consistency and style for our jurors.

What's involved in participating in the Online Shop and is it required?

Selling your work in our Online Shops & Galleries is optional. We may have various promotions or themes in the Shops over the course of the year and you will receive details about how to participate. In our Gift Gallery, you can submit up to 15 items with photos, descriptions and pricing. While we will manage all sales - collecting tax and shipping costs up front - you will be responsible for the actual shipping fulfillment and we will reimburse you for a percentage of sales and shipping charges.

May I show and sell reproductions of my work?

A reproduction is defined as a copy of your original art. Reproductions for sale may be included in your Open Studios Shop Gallery, and sold in your studio during the Studio Tour. They should be clearly labeled as reproductions.

An explanation of the reproduction process should be included. This explanation should serve to educate the public about the distinction between original art and reproductions (e.g. “These are giclée prints of my oil paintings, printed using archival inks and paper on an inkjet printer.")

Photography and digital art are considered original art, not reproductions.

What is included in a Virtual Video Tour of my studio and is it required?

A video is not required but if you would like to do one, it can highlight any aspect of your studio that you choose. You can show your process, your studio set‐up, sample work, art in process, talk about your inspirations - it's up to you. Think of your video as a TV commercial for you!