Call for artists

Please note that the 2020 Clark County Open Studios Tour has been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 RELIEF for Open Studios Artists

All artists currently living in Clark County and who participated in the Clark CountyOpen Studios Tour in any of the past seven years are eligible to apply for $500 in relief due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic. CLICK TO LEARN MORE AND APPLY.

* Note that this fall’s Open Studios Tour is cancelled and all artist application fees paid will be refunded in full.

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.

(Cancelled for 2020)

Preview exhibit and artists reception: (Cancelled for 2020)
Art at the CAVE Gallery
108 E. Evergreen Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98660

For insights on how the Open Studios program expands your reach to potential buyers for your work, be sure to read this summary of the program’s impact as reported to the City of Vancouver in our Lodging Tax Grant report.

Here are some of the other ways in which you will benefit from participation in Open Studios:

  • 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 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 featuring one work of art from each participant.
    • Artwork in the preview show will be for sale. Artstra will receive 50% commission on sales during the preview in support of the program. (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 a traditional art show in fostering a greater understanding of the artistic process by providing the public with a unique opportunity to enter the world of the visual artist and experience how, why and where art is created. Hear from our participating artists in this follow up article giving deeper insights into both the artists and visitors experience.

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 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 artists 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:

  1. During Open Studios, participating artists must exhibit a minimum of 15 pieces of original art, created within the last three years.
  2. In addition to the required minimum number of original art works, 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.”).


  1. First, note that YOUR APPLICATION MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE through our CaFE application, so have your information and files available prior to filling out the online application.
  2. Write a BRIEF artist statement (1,000 character maximum) describing your conceptual approach and creative process and have it ready to paste into the online application.
  3. Fill out and submit the online CaFE application and pay the $25 application fee.
  4. Prepare FIVE DIGITAL IMAGES YOUR ARTWORK created in the last three years, and preferably available.
  5. 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. Digital format: JPEGs up to 5MB with a minimum of 1920 pixels on the longest side.
  6. Follow the link to the CaFE call for Clark County Open Studios for tutorials and digital resources for preparing your images.

Note: If you have any questions regarding eligibility or participation guidelines please contact Jennifer Williams before applying. For tutorials and digital resources for preparing your images, follow the link to the CaFE call for Clark County Open Studios.

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. 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.


Steven L. Grafe, Curator of Art Maryhill Museum of Art, Goldendale, WA
Leith Gaines, Executive Director,  Columbia Center for the Arts, Hood River, OR
Judith Schlicting, Owner and Director, Rowboat Gallery, Pacific City, OR

After your non-refundable $25 application fee is received and your application has demonstrated that you meet studio eligibility requirements and art guidelines, the jurors 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 be contacted by June 10th and will receive an acceptance letter confirming their participation in the event. Upon acceptance a PARTICIPATION FEE OF $125 will be required and due no later than June 15th.

Once 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.

QUESTIONS? For more information contact Jennifer Williams, Clark County Open Studios director.