Getting Started

Interested in participating in City-Wide Open Studios and sharing your practice with visitors through an exhibition the size of a city? Read on for more information about the benefits of participating and for information on each of the three CWOS weekends.

Why participate in City-Wide Open Studios?

If you are new to the area, CWOS is an incredible way to meet the large community of artists living and working in Greater New Haven, to introduce your work to local audiences, and to receive feedback. If you have participated in CWOS before, we hope you will use this year's event as a way to move your practice forward in solidarity with your fellow artists, and in so doing make the visual arts community as visible as it can be.

Choosing Your Weekend

Read the follow descriptions of each Open Studios weekend to decide which weekend is best for you. We have included descriptions of the Festival Exhibition and Closing Party, in which all artists can participate.

Open Studios Opening Reception: October 4, 2013 (5:00–8:00 PM)

Celebrate the festival kickoff at an Opening Reception at Artspace with all the artists! The central hub exhibition features one small representative work by each artist participating in CWOS, mounted according to location in the city.  The public will come to the show to view your work, decide where to visit, and pick up the Official Map & Guide. Details of events for after the reception will be revealed closer to the date. 

Open Studios Erector Square Weekend: October 12–13, 2013 (12:00–5:00 PM)

Erector Square acts as a hub of artistic activity in Fair Haven. A high concentration of artist studios—housed in a former Erector Set factory—make it an especially exciting place to be during Open Studios.  A limited number of spaces at Erector Square are available for short-term rental; however all temporary rental space at Erector Square has been filled. Contact Kathi Telman (203.865.5055 or erectorsquare[at] with questions. Artspace volunteers will be on hand with maps, schedules of demonstrations and directions for visitors. Artists interested in being considered for special curator-led preview tours at Erector Square (to be held on October 11th) can learn more here

Open Studios Passport Weekend: October 19–20, 2013 (12:00–5:00 PM)

This weekend features artists in their private studios throughout New Haven, West Haven, North Haven, and Hamden. Artspace will offer guided bike tours to many of the studio locations and provide you some signage to help guide visitors to your door. If you will be in your studio and are willing to offer an artists demonstration, please contact Caleb Hendrickson: caleb[at] We are also seeking volunteers to produce performance, music, and other events in some of our larger venues around the city this weekend, please contact Caleb at the above address. Artists interested in being considered for special curator-led preview tours at Erector Square (to be held on October 11th) can learn more here

Open Studios Alternative Space Weekend: October 26–27, 2013 (12:00–5:00 PM)

The Alternative Space weekend sets New Haven’s CWOS apart from other open studio weekends by offering artists from across Connecticut, and those who are interested in creating site-specific works, a unique backdrop to showcase their talents. Each year the Alternative Space provides artists with the chance to show work in vacant historic properties throughout the city, connecting artists and visitors with different areas of New Haven each year. This year’s exhibition will take place in the Goffe Street Armory (290 Goffe Street, New Haven), a colonial armory once used for the military, full of rich New Haven history. At an area of 155,000 square feet, the Goffe Street Armory presents a unique backdrop for visual artists to showcase their ideas and for visitors to enjoy the art. 

Open Studios Closing Party for Artists: October 30, 2013

The enthusiastic support and participation of area artists is what keeps Open Studios exciting year after year! To show our gratitude to all of the artists who have made this year’s Open Studios possible, Artspace will be holding a special celebration, just for artists, in the Yale School of Architecture gallery. October 30th will also be an artwork pick-up day at Artspace, making it easy for out-of-town artists to take part in our evening festivities!


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Image Credits: Top four images, courtesy of Artspace staff. Bottom image, courtesy of Yale University.

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