Visual artists and artisans living 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.

Preview exhibit and artists reception: First Friday NOVEMBER 7, 5–9 pm
Open Studios tour: Sat–Sun, NOVEMBER 8–9, 10 am to 5 pm


Note that Open Studios applications are accepted online ONLY.

Artist benefits
  • 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 going to the artists unless gallery contract specifies otherwise.

  • Gain exposure through Open Studios’ print, web, and social media marketing.
    • 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 3 images, a link to the artist’s website, and contact info.

  • Preview exhibit featuring one work of art from each participant.

  • Networking opportunities, meet and work with other local artists

Community Benefits
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 the opportunity and accessibility for residents of all ages to experience art.

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

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

  • In cases of remote or inaccessible locations, an artist may ask to be hosted at another artist’s studio or to host one other artist at their studio. In this situation, each artist must submit a separate application and should be prepared to show his/her process during the event, including materials, tools, equipment and works-in-progress.

  • Artists must agree not to 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 present themselves in any way as Open Studios artists.

Art guidelines
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. (For the purposes of Open Studios, photography, digital art, and printmaking media will qualify as original art.)

  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 so plan ahead to have your information and files available prior to beginning to fill out the online form.

  2. Prepare FIVE DIGITAL IMAGES of available work created within the last 3 years. We highly recommend that you also provide one image of you working in your studio that may be used for marketing purposes.

  3. Need help getting professional quality photos of your work? Dan Kvitka or Courtney Frisse both specialize in photographing art and would be able to do an excellent job for you. Or if you need advice on how to photograph your work yourself and/or properly format images for web or print publication, contact Cameron Suttles to arrange a consultation.

  4. Your digital images can be uploaded through the online application. As an alternative, you may attach them in a separate email to Jennifer Williams.

    Digital images must be provided in high resolution and in .JPG file format (300 dpi and a minimum of 900 pixels on the horizontal dimension). File names should follow this format: "Lastname_Firstname_01.jpg","Lastname_Firstname_02.jpg." etc.

    Documents: If additional text documents are submitted (biography, resume, etc.), please use .TXT, .DOC, or .PDF format.

  5. Write a brief (300 character maximum, about 50 words) artist statement and have it ready to paste into the online application. This statement will be published on your artist page on the Clark County Open Studios website.

    Need help with your statement? Here is some helpful advice on the topic and here are some artist statement essentials provided by Artist Trust.

  6. OPTIONAL MATERIALS You may submit other materials via email that you feel are important in describing yourself and your work, such as a current artist's biography, resume, list of exhibitions, or copies of reviews or articles if applicable to your current work. These materials are not required, but may be helpful to the committee for advertising or promotion. For example, we will be featuring artist's studios on Arts of Clark County's Facebook page through the month of October leading up to the event.

  7. Fill out and submit the online APPLICATION FORM.

  8. Submit your $25 application via PayPal:

    OR pay by check made out to Arts of Clark County and send to:

    Open Studios
    Arts of Clark County
    8002 NE Highway 99 #505
    Vancouver, WA 98665

Jury Process
Arts of 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. 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. Participation in Open Studios is intended for artists producing work of professional quality reflecting a personal style and vision. Application material will not be judged on personal tastes or preferences.

After your non-refundable $25 application fee is received and your application has demonstrated that you meet studio eligibility requirements and art guidelines, a panel of judges 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 shortly after the official submission deadline, and will receive an acceptance letter confirming their participation in the event.

Marketing Support
Once you are accepted, a participation fee of $75 is due, payable to the Arts of Clark County. This fee provides funding for marketing and printing of promotional materials. Our goal is to create a yearly event that is successful and self-sustaining.


  • An artists' reception and preview exhibit

  • A website featuring images and information about each participating artist plus helpful information about the event

  • Postcards announcing the Open Studios tour

  • A printed guidebook describing the event, highlighting each artist and distributed strategically to attract visitors and art lovers in the region

  • Yard signs to guide visitors to your studio

  • Press releases to local media

  • Announcements and posts on the Arts of Clark County Facebook page

DIY Marketing
While Arts of Clark County provides essential marketing and promotional support for participating artists, there is much more you'll want to do on your own to ensure you have a successful Open Studios event.

  • Get the word out!
    Each artist will be given a number of postcards and guidebooks to distribute. Be sure to tell your neighbors, your friends and family. Send special invites to your clients!

  • Take advantage of social media
    Promote the event through email, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and blogging.

  • Be prepared to talk about your work!
    Multiple finished pieces and works in process will make for interesting conversations and learning experiences for all. You may plan a live demo or just show and tell.

  • Don't forget treats
    Refreshments are a great way to create an inviting atmosphere. Your guest will have a light bite and stay awhile. No alcohol please. It is against the law to serve the public without your liquor license.

  • Have pricing available and change on hand
    Also, if you plan to sell work to the public keep in mind, Washington sales tax will apply and your buyers will expect a receipt.

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