Are you a professional artist that lives in Tacoma and/or has a working studio in Tacoma? Help us advance the visibility of the arts in Tacoma by applying to participate in the City of Tacoma’s 18th annual Tacoma Studio Tour. The Tacoma Studio Tour is an exciting way to open your studio to the public, give demonstrations of how you make your work, or host a hands-on activity for the community.
The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking professional artists who are willing to open their studios to the public for the Tacoma Studio Tour, one of the features of Tacoma Arts Month this October. The emphasis of this tour is to raise visibility of the arts and provide artistic opportunities for the community to connect to the arts. We encourage artists to have work for sale. Studios will be open on Saturday, Oct. 12 and Sunday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artists can choose to be open on Saturday, Sunday, or both days. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive electronic publicity materials including email newsletters, social media posts, and an interactive website and map. The commission will also produce a printed brochure for the Tacoma Studio Tour. The studio tours are free to both the artists and visitors. Artists are encouraged to use the Tacoma Arts Month publicity materials to invite personal guests and patrons to attend this event.
This year, the Studio Tour Passport program will continue as an incentive for people to visit new and/or multiple studios. Each studio space will receive a unique stamp to indicate guests’ attendance. Studio Tour artists are encouraged, but not required, to donate a small art item that can be included in the prize packages.
Deadline for applications is Monday, July 1, 11:59 pm. Applicants will be juried in a competitive process by a sub-committee of the Tacoma Arts Commission and selected based on the quality of artwork and the overall diversity of the work presented, as well as geographic diversity of the studios.
People who are members of historically disenfranchised racial, ethnic, cultural, and other identity groups are strongly encouraged to apply.
- You must live within the City of Tacoma limits and/or your working studio must be located within the City of Tacoma limits.
- You must provide a demonstration of your art form and/or provide a hands-on activity for attendees.
- You must actively promote the Studio Tour to your own contacts.
If you would like to be a guest at another studio, the above guidelines still apply. A studio is defined as a location where artwork is created on a consistent basis.
Eligible artists interested in this opportunity must fill out the online application form and attach the following items via Submittable: https://tacomaarts.submittable.com/submit
- Five Work Samples: Submit 5 high quality JPEG files of your past work or five video/URL samples of your work, if you work in performance or media. If selected for the tour, we will use the images in materials produced for Tacoma Arts Month. Images must be at least 300 ppi resolution. Images smaller than 600 pixels per side are not recommended.
- Artist resume or bio (if you have not participated in the Studio Tour in the past two years).
Please note: Each artist in a group studio needs to submit their own application, work samples, and artist bio.
Questions? Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at (253) 591-5191 or firstname.lastname@example.org.