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2020 Artists


22nd Annual Portland Open Studios

Event Dates:  October 10-11 & 17-18, 2020 Entry Deadline:  Is now closed.  Watch for results in April

About the Tour

Portland Open Studios is a juried studio tour of 100+ artists in the Portland Metro Area, providing a unique opportunity for artists to open their studios to the public.  Now in our 22nd year, Portland Open Studios is a premier and anticipated annual arts event which attracts visitors from the community and beyond.  The Tour is a FREE event for visitors.  Attendees may pick up a printed Tour Guide or use our website on a mobile device..  Participants engage the community by demonstrating their methods and showing their work.  This event will be  held during the days of October 10, 11, 17, and 18, 2020.  A $30 application fee is required for all applicants, and a $250 participation fee is due upon acceptance, save for those artists accepted into the Gale Scholarship for Emerging Talent Program. (The participation fee funds all of Portland Open Studios' advertising budget and some general operating costs)


Open to all visual media except film

Artists are required to open their studios (a studio is any workspace which the artist is permitted to open to the public and where the artist can demonstrate their working methods - living rooms, parent's garages, etc. are permissible) all hours of both weekends.  Artists must have an educational element, such as documentation of methods or demonstrations of technical and creative processes.

Open to residents of Clackamas, Multnomah, and Washington Counties (or be willing to share studio space in these counties)

Artists should self-promote their participation in any manner as long as any mention of their studio address includes information about Portland Open Studios.


Submit 4 images for the Jury at the specifications listed below.  If accepted, these images will be used for PDXOS online and print advertising.  You will not be able to resubmit images or make changes after submitting your application:

  • File format:  JPEG only
  • File Dimensions: 4 by 4 inch Square
  • File Resolution:  300 dpi
  • File Size:  5 MB maximum

Jury Procedure

Only your four images will be judged by the jurors. Your artist statement will be available to the jury as well, for the use of determining your success of artistic intent. While some of the application questions are required in order to obtain information for the Tour Guide and some are asked for potential use in publicity or demographic information, none of the identifying application questions are seen or scored by the jurors.  Jurors will score each artist based on the Quality of Work, Professional Presentation, Interactive/Education Component and Consistent Voice.

Four jurors from Portland's Arts Community view and score each applicant's submitted images alongside their artist statement. The combined scores determine which artists are invited to participate. The percentage of previous participants admitted will not exceed 65% of total participants. In the event of tied scores at the threshold to acceptance, past participant adherence to the values of Portland Open Studios may be evaluated.

The 2020 Jurors are:

  • Nim Xuto, art curator, Care Oregon
  • Sara McCormick, curator, Ford Gallery
  • Hector Hernandez, artist/muralist
  • Chandre Glaeseman, artist/educator, director of the Portland Art and Learning Studios


What PDXOS Offers Accepted Artists

  • Your artwork and contact information will be published in a full color Tour Guide, which is distributed throughout the region.
  • Each artist receives a dedicated page on the PDXOS website, featuring a website link, artist statement, and the four images you submitted in this application.
  • Studios Signs directing visitors to your studios are provided to each artist with a refundable sign deposit.
  • Accepted artists are invited to two essential artist meetings, providing tour information, professional tips, and the opportunity to connect with other accepted artists.
  • Announcements about you and your work will be published via Portland Open Studios social media from April 2020 to March 2021.
  • Coordinate self-promotion with Portland Open Studios using social media resources provided to you on the PDXOS member portal.
  • Artists may be invited to engage in additional marketing and art sales opportunities with PDXOS including but not limited to Art Exhibtions, News Coverage, Interviews, and Art Workshops or Classes.
  • Artists wishing to promote their own events or classes can submit them to PDXOS to be included on our website calendar.


Kimberly Gales Emerging Artist Scholarship:
Artists 20-30 years of age are encouraged to apply for the Kimberly Gales Scholarship to Portland Open Studios.  Recipient will have their participation fee waived and will receive a $100 stipend.  See application below for details about additional requirements.


  • Early Application, February 1st - 24th $30
  • Late Application, February 25th - 29th $40
  • Application Submissions Close at 5:00 pm (PST) on February 29th
  • Accepted Artists will be notified by email by March 23rd
  • Artists must accept their wish to participate by March 26th
  • The 2020 Artist list will be released to the public. on April 1st
  • 1st Artist Meeting, May 6th - Get to know your fellow participants and Community Leader.  Receive relevant information about the tour and other events for the year
  • 2nd Artist Meeting and Kick Off Party, Sept. 16th - Yard sign distribution.  Join us for food, drinks, and more.
  • Weekend dates of studio tour: October 10-11 & 17-18, 2020.  Studios open 10 - 5.

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