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Artist Application

Artist Application


All visual artists, 18 and over can apply to participate in this juried event. You may host the event in your own home or studio if within our Location Boundaries: All of Altadena, and the areas of Pasadena between the 210 Freeway on the West and South, and Altadena Dr. on the East. (North is Altadena.) You don’t need to reside in the location boundaries to be eligible. We are limiting the number of artist’s locations for June’s Tour. By being accepted into the June tour you will be required to participate in other Open Studios events and activities; artists meetings, reception, art exhibit. The Silent Auction is optional.

Open Studios will help place you or you may choose to show at a location on the tour with mutual consent. We are an all-volunteer organization, and the event attracts a very engaged audience. Artists conduct their own sales, so there are no commission fees, and you choose how to best showcase your art. Photos, application and application fee are required from every applicant in order to be considered; even those who have participated in the past. Photo’s must represent the actual work that you intend to sell.  Please submit photo’s that are well lighted and in focus.  Photos will be used for jurying and promotional uses. Some studios have live music, demonstrations, and other fun events. Open Studios was voted Altadena’s 2016 Business of the Year by the Altadena Chamber of Commerce, and is gaining recognition, improving, and growing with each event. Come join us!

If you are considering your studio as a location on the tour and you are planning on inviting a non-visual artist (musician, band, food entrepreneur, poet and/or spoken word) to your location on the Open Studios Tour, you must accept full responsibility upon doing so. They won’t be considered a participating artist, or be insured.

We must receive your completed application along with full payment by the due date. Due dates are strictly adhered to.

Participation Benefits Include:

  • Inclusion on our website and all social media platforms of your artwork photo and your profile information.

  • Media and print campaign exposure. Our print campaign includes brochures, posters, and postcards.

  • Opening Reception, Friday, date TBD 6pm to 9pm, and a curated exhibit at the Altadena Library prior to the tour weekend that is free and open to the public.        

  • The opportunity to take advantage of the “Artists Portfolio Page” feature on the Open Studios website. It consists of 12 images, a headshot, and bio/artist statement. This page is entirely optional and only available to participating artists at the promotional price of the $80 design fee. It will link from the regular Artist page, and be hosted for one year. Afterwards, a yearly hosting fee of $30 will apply to renew your page.  View Portfolio Page.

  • Open Studios Event Signage: Lawn signs provided, and to be returned to Open Studios Tour coordinators after event.

  • Liability Insurance against damages caused by artwork to visitors. (It is recommended that you obtain other liability insurance on your homeowner’s policy for the event dates if you don’t have one for your business.)

Example of Tour Guidebook/Artists Catalog page:


Total amount for participating is $80, which includes:

  • $25 Non-refundable Application Fee, due at submission.

  • $55 Entry Fee if selected, due by March 22nd, at the first All Artists Meeting.

We can’t function without fees, as we are funded by participation fees, and some advertising only.


  • Attendance is required All-Artists Meetings.

  • Locations and artists must be open and present both days of the tour during the specified times.

If your studio is chosen as a location you must limit the exhibition to your own work and the work of other Open Studio participating artists. There is a maximum of 6 artists per location, including host. We are encouraging grouping up. If you would like another artist/artists to show at your location, they must apply by the deadline, and be approved by the jury.

Volunteers will be needed. Please let the admin team know if you are interested.  There will be a sign-up at the first All Artists Meeting.

  • Distribution of printed materials and promotion of the event on Social Media platforms.  (See promotion for details)

  • A location visit by the Admin Team may be required prior to approval, to ensure a safe environment for our visitors. Photos may be taken at the time for publicity, and any photos supplied by you may be used for publicity, exception being consent for headshots.

If applying to be a location for the first time your approval will be based on: 

  • Your ability to host other artists and you have a studio or space open to visitors. 

  • Each location should be “an experience” for the visitors.  

If chosen; you will be the host, a team leader and planner for the success for your location. Please be prepared to upload a photo of your planned exhibition space.


• February 7, 2020: Completed Applications and $25 non-refundable submission fee due.
• March 13, 2020: Jury selection and Artist notification.
• March 22, 2020: Agreement and full payment of the entry fees must both be received by the date due. If the participation agreement and/or the fees are not submitted by deadline, your application will NOT be considered; $25 submission fee is non-refundable.

All Artists Meetings:

All meetings will be held at 11:00am to 1:00pm at the Altadena Community Garden located at 3330 N Lincoln Ave. Altadena, CA 91001, unless otherwise notified via email prior to date.

NEW “Application Q&A” meeting

Sunday, January 19, 11AM – 1PM

This will be an informative question and answer meeting for any artist; whether you are new or a returning artist.

Sunday, March 22:
This is a great opportunity to meet and mingle with fellow artists.

Library event update: Open Studios Artist exhibit, reception and auction.
Volunteer sign-up will be available.

Completed Participation Forms and entry fees are due. All fees are due. Please bring cash or check (checks should be made out to: Open Studios.)

  • Q & A

Sunday, April 19th:


  • Updates of the tour will be provided.

  • If Open Studios receives the printed materials early they will be distributed.

  • Information regarding Library exhibition

  • Q & A

Sunday, May 17th:

  • Printed materials will be distributed.

  • Lawn signs and hardware will be distributed THESE ARE ON LOAN TO ARTISTS AND MUST BE RETURNED AT END OF TOUR.

  • Final info regarding the reception and auction

  • Q & A

Please Follow These Steps Before Filling Out Form:

  • Have your Artist Statement/ Bio, 50 words minimum and 100 words maximum, ready to copy and paste into the form. This will be used by the Selection Committee in evaluating your artwork, printed in the Guidebook, and posted on Facebook. It could be about your inspirations, your process, your technique, or arts background. Please include any Art Affiliations at the end, for example: Member of the Pasadena Society of Artists, or Arroyo Arts Collective, etc.

For help, this site is great:

  • Have your three artwork photos, and mandatory headshot or studio shot ready to upload. (headshot will be used with consent only)

  • Follow the Photo Technical Specifications and Naming Rules below carefully before applying.

Photos: If these instructions aren’t followed, your ENTIRE application will need to be resubmitted.

Please submit up to 3 RECENT images that best represent your artwork/craft. (Have these named ready to upload before starting application.)

  • File Type: JPEG or JPG only. No other file formats are accepted.

Have photos at the correct orientation (right-side up, not rotated), cropped to, or closely to, the artwork (no distracting or unattractive backgrounds please) and with good lighting. (*When compressing in Photoshop, use the “Very High Quality” or “High Quality” setting, not Medium, unless it will exceed the 4 MB limit.) If you don’t have an image processing application, you can use free online ones like

  • File Dimensions: 1,500 pixels or greater on the longest side. Do not resize up to a larger size, as this degrades the image quality.

  • File Size: Maximum of 4 MB. per image. File size can be smaller, but no less than 950 KB.

  • ARTWORK FileName:  “last name_first name_number_ title.jpg.”  Example“Gothard_Patrick_1_Sunset.jpg”(#1 indicating your preferred choice for print, although others might be chosen.)

  • HEADSHOT or STUDIO FileName: Full Name. Studio: Full Name plus Studio.

Please name your photos BEFORE uploading. You cannot rename them on the form. 

Non-Refundable Application Fee

Contact Information:

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Open Studios Admin Team at:, and one of the team members will follow-up as needed.

General Tour Inquiries – Email Mary Gothard, Chairperson: Or call during business hours 10AM -3PM Monday thru Friday (626) 798-4760

You will receive a flyer about this event so you can share it with your network. In the meantime, please share this event on social media with the hashtag #openstudiosaltapasa and #openstudiosgalleryreception and #comecuriousleaveinspired

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