OPEN:a community-curated open studio/gallery project is a city-wide initiative designed by Young Arts Patrons to foster personal exchange between Memphis-based artists and their communities.
We ask that Memphis -based artists open their studios to the community on the week of March 19 for a publicly juried art exhibition. Winning studio receives $500.
The event is inspired by Go (Brooklyn Museum) and ArtPrize(Grand Rapids, Michigan).
OPEN is a program of Young Arts Patrons during the annual Young Collectors Contemporary Art Fair week. For the public, it is a self-guided tour of the studios of artists, galleries, and art institutions working within a 25 mile radius of Memphis, TN that is free and open to the public. Over the course of the week the public is invited to visit participating artists in their creative space allowing artists to share their artwork and projects to professionals and art enthusiasts.
The official Young Collectors Contemporary art fair at the Crosstown Concourse anchors the week-long influx of creativity.
This year’s OPEN will take place March 19-25, 2018!
Only Artist Studios are eligible for Prize. Art Institutions are not eligible.
The goals for this event are three-fold:
1) Promotion – To promote Memphis and the surrounding area as a destination for the arts by highlighting the diverse community of artists residing in the region.
2) Education – To allow the public to visit artists in their working environment, witness the creative process, interface with the artist, and enhance their understanding of what goes into such work. We also expect that interaction with the public will serve to enhance the artist’s understanding of the public’s perception of their work.
3) Economic Stimulus – To offer artists a greater level of exposure to potential patrons for their artwork and to add to the economic diversity of the region as well.
Artists: If you are an artist or gallery and are interested in participating in this year’s Studio Cruise, you must have a studio within a 25 mile radius of Memphis. Note: You do not have to be in Shelby County. Entry into your space must be safe (no dangerous items such as open flames, metal equipment, large electric equipment, etc open unless a specific demonstration).