The Open Studios Tour is a self-guided tour that attracts thousands of visitors from all over Boulder County, the metro Denver area and even surrounding states. The Tour normally takes place the first three weekends in October. In 2020, in response to Covid-19 and in order to ensure the health and safety of all participants we are cancelling the live Tour and launching a new Virtual Open Studios Program to bring our patrons inspiration and exciting, interactive visual art experiences, while supporting Boulder's incredible artists. 

For over 25 years, we have operated with a simple goal: connect artists with people who love art. This year the Tour opens virtual, online doors to artists’ studios so we may share their processes, inspiration and artwork. We will encourage conversations, develop understanding between art appreciators and creators, and build relationships that extend far beyond the Tour itself... and we will do it all virtually!

You must still apply to our Call For Entry and your work will be juried as usual. If you are selected to participate this year, the participation fee will be $85 and you can take advantage of the following benefits as a member of Open Studios from June 2020 through May 2021.




  • A new, more fun, functional and comprehensive website. Please explore the website to see how we will be representing and promoting our 2020 artists. Also a complete Mobile version of the website is now live!

  • Your own Artist Page in the Studio Tour Artists Catalog with images, artist statement, location and links to your email and website. Tour Artist Catalog.

  • A piece of your best art in our October Members’ Exhibit at the Museum of Boulder. (The Museum, if open to the public this October, will host this exhibit, under the Covid protocols in place at the time.

  • Optional placement of a Virtual Video Tour of your studio on your 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. Please see the Virtual Tour sample that Bill Stoehr created with his phone.

  • The opportunity to sell art through the new Open Studios Online Shop.

  • Social media, and other sales and marketing training.

  • First-in-line opportunity to participate in Pop Galleries when retail space opens up.

  • 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 ($35/hour) in Boulder County public schools, and to teach on-line as we develop these EdLinks programs.

  • The opportunity to do paid outreach residencies ($35/hour) in Boulder Housing Partners and Thistle Housing communities and to offer these services on-line as we develop these Mobile Art Lab programs.

  • Exhibition of your art in our new Window Galleries program. Beginning with a June plein air event, one or more drive-by, walk-by, or socially-distanced exhibition opportunities will be presented to Open Studios Members each month. ­­­

  • A $10 discount on the cost of each Boulder Plein Air Festival paint out you register for as a Community Artist. BPAF 2021 will be held in June, 2021.

  • Special October Event TBD  We are working toward creation of a special online event for October, 2020.

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



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.


We use CaFÉ - - as the Tour application vehicle. Before applying, you must register as an artist on CaFÉ. Once registered, find our call for entry listed as “2020 Boulder Open Studios Tour.” All applications will be reviewed and scored by a panel of professional jurors who will determine which artists will be invited to participate in the Tour.


For additional information, read the full application on CaFÉ or contact us at


What is the time frame for membership?

In 2020, Artists Membership will run from June through May, 2021 and all representation and benefits as described above will apply continuously throughout the year.


What tools are available to help me prepare for Open Studios Membership?

Open Studios will provide three or more workshops on a range of topics to help participating artists promote themselves using virtual resources. Topics will include general information and specific training in sales techniques, social media and more.​

Who produces the Open Studios Tour?

Open Studios, Inc, a Boulder County visual arts nonprofit, produces the annual Open Studios Tour. Our mission is to advance and enrich the visual arts and promote the role of artists in the Boulder community. The Open Studios Tour is our flagship event and is promoted through our other five programs.

Who is eligible to apply for Open Studios membership?

The 2020 Membership program is now open to all artists living and or working in Boulder County.


What if I collaborate with another artist? Can we apply together on one application?

Artists may apply together on one application ONLY if all of the work submitted is collaborative.​

How much work can I include on my Artist Page?

Your artists page will automatically include the six images you submitted via Cafe. You may submit an additional six 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.

Can I show other artists’ work on my Artist Page? What if my studio is in a building with other studios?

Artists may not show other artists' work on their Open Studios Page. We ask artists working in cluster or group studios to encourage their fellow artists to officially participate in the Open Studios Tour. 

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

Selling your work in our new online Shop is optional. We may have various promotions or themes in the Shop over the course of the year and you will get all the details about how to participate. In general 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. 

  • 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!


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