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Clark County Open Studios 2020
PO Box 191
Vancouver, WA 98666

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Call Type: Exhibitions
Eligibility: Local
State: Washington
Event Dates: 11/7/20 - 11/8/20
Entry Deadline: 5/31/20
Application Closed
Images - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 6
Total Media - Minimum: 6, Maximum: 6
Entry Fee (Artstra): $25.00


Visual artists and artisans in Clark County, working in all media

Clark County Open Studios is a juried art event, offering a unique opportunity for you to gain further recognition as an artist, open your studio doors to the public, and to show and sell your work. For the community, Open Studios is a free self-guided tour that will enhance awareness of talented local artists while enriching the cultural life of Clark County neighborhoods.

Open Studios tour: Sat-Sun, NOVEMBER 7-8, 2020, 10 am to 5 pm

Preview exhibit and artists reception: First Friday NOVEMBER 6, 2020, 5–9 pm 
Art at the CAVE Gallery, 108 E Evergreen Blvd, Vancouver, WA 98660

    •    Expand your audience by sharing where and how you work.

    •    Take advantage of an opportunity to sell your work to the public.

    •    All proceeds from studio sales go to the artists unless gallery contract specifies otherwise.

    •    Gain exposure through Open Studios’ print, web, and social media marketing—including postcards, flyers, local and regional advertising, yard signs, and more.

    •    Artwork and contact information for each artist will be published in the full-color Open      Studios guidebook.

    •    An artist directory will also be published on the Open Studios website, including up to 5 images, a link to the artist’s website, and contact info.

    •    Preview exhibit and artists' reception will feature one work of art from each participant.

    ◦    The artwork in the preview show will be for sale.  The hosting gallery will receive a 50% commission on sales during the preview. (If this conflicts with your local gallery contract, artwork can be marked NFS with courtesy of your local gallery.)

    •    Networking opportunities, meet and work with other local artists


Open Studios goes beyond the traditional art show in fostering a greater understanding of the artistic process by providing the public with an opportunity to enter the world of the visual artist and experience how, why and where art is created. The Open Studios tour is designed to support key goals for Clark County’s arts community:

    •    Increase visibility and public awareness of practicing and accomplished creative artists in Clark  County.

    •    Bring arts education and cultural enrichment to Clark County neighborhoods.

    •    Expand opportunity and accessibility for residents of all ages to experience art.

    •    Develop the county's cultural climate, enhance its image, and support the growth of the local economy through the arts.


Participating artists MUST have a regular, ongoing studio workspace for creating art located within Clark County, Washington.

    •    STUDIO SHARING: Open Studios was created to offer the public an opportunity to be invited into the working spaces of Clark County's artistic community and to have an authentic experience visiting a working artist. It is not intended for temporary set-ups in businesses or pop-up spaces. Sharing space in another artist's studio must be approved on an individual basis and will only be granted when an artist's studio is inaccessible to the public.

    •    The studio must retain the atmosphere of an active workspace, with materials, equipment and work-in-progress visible.

    •    Artists must agree to not exhibit, sell or host non-participating artists in the space over which they have interest or control.

    •    Artists working in cluster studios should encourage their fellow artists to apply for participation in Open Studios.

    •    Artists who are not officially participating in Open Studios are asked not to represent themselves in any way as Open Studios artists.

Clark County Open Studios is open to a wide range of visual media including painting, drawing, mixed media, sculpture, ceramics, wood, metal, glass, fiber arts, jewelry, photography, digital art, and printmaking. Art displayed in Open Studios must adhere to these guidelines;

    •    During Open Studios, participating artists must exhibit a minimum of 15 pieces of original art, created within the last three years.

    •    In addition to the required minimum number of original artworks, reproductions for sale may also be exhibited with the following restrictions:

    ◦    Only 20% of an artist’s Open Studios display space may be allocated to reproductions.

    ◦    Original work should be prominent and seen first as visitors enter the studio area.

    ◦    Reproductions must be clearly labeled as reproductions.

    ◦    An explanation of the reproduction process must be posted near the presentation of any reproduction(s). This explanation should serve to educate the public about the distinction between original art and reproductions. (e.g. “These are giclée prints (copies) of my oil paintings, printed using archival inks and paper on an inkjet printer.”).

First, note that YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE, so have your information and files available prior to filling out the online form.

    1.    Prepare FIVE DIGITAL IMAGES OF YOUR ARTWORK. Images submitted must be created in the last 3 years and preferably available. These images will be used for the printed guidebook and online guide. 

    2.    Prepare ONE IMAGE OF YOUR STUDIO SPACE. Your studio image can be just your space with artwork or show the artist at work. This image helps jurors see a perspective of your work and may be used for marketing promotion.

    3.    Write a BRIEF (about 50 words) artist statement describing your conceptual approach and creative process and have it ready to paste into the online application. This statement will be used for the online guide. 

    4.    Fill out and submit the online CaFE application and pay the $25 application fee.

Clark County Open Studios Tour will showcase art in a broad range of media and styles. The event contributes to public awareness of the quality and diversity of artists in our community. Because of the increasing number of applicants, jurying is competitive and there is strict enforcement of the guidelines. Participation in Clark County Open Studios is intended for professional artists who are actively producing and exhibiting their work. Application material will not be judged on personal tastes or preferences.

2020 JURORS 

Steven L. Grafe, curator of art at Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, Washington.

Leith Gaines, Executive Director for the  Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, Oregon.

Judith Schlicting, owner and director of Rowboat Gallery, Pacific City, Oregon.

After your non-refundable $25 application fee is received and your application has demonstrated that you meet studio eligibility requirements and art guidelines, the jury will view and score your submitted images using these criteria:

    •    Originality/Creativity: Does the artist’s work express a unique style/voice and vision?

    •    Craftsmanship/Use of Materials or Media: Does the artist’s work show mastery over his/her medium or innovative use of materials/media?

Artists who are accepted will receive an acceptance letter on June 10th.

A PARTICIPATION FEE OF $125 will be required confirming your participation, paid through your CaFE account, DUE by June 15th.

Upon acceptance, you will have access to our artist’s info page with Open Studio Tour essentials to help guide you with studio preparation, marketing plans, and a timeline of events.

While Artstra provides the administrative event planning, marketing and promotional support for participating artists, be aware that your active involvement and volunteer work by participating artists will be essential in making this a successful event. 

Any questions or concerns regarding eligibility and participation guidelines please contact Jennifer Williams, Clark County Open Studios director, before applying.

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