Open Studios Registration

The 2019 Cambridge Arts Open Studios
will be held Saturday, Sept. 28, 12pm - 6pm 
& Sunday, Sept. 29, 11am - 5pm

Venue Types

Artists are welcome to show in their own space (i.e. a studio, home, garage, yard, etc.) or in a group venue. Cambridge Arts will arrange at least one group or "common" venue/exhibition space in each neighborhood of the city to host artists that might not otherwise have a place to show their works. If you are interested in showing at a Common Venue, please make sure to note this on your registration form. If you would like to collaborate independently with other artists to have a group venue, please feel free to do so. Artists may also collaborate with local businesses, such as cafes or restaurants, to host you during Open Studios. Artists interested in this option would need to coordinate with the business directly.

Turn Your Home into a Studio: CAOS Mentoring Program Pilot 

While the majority of Open Studio participants use their own space to show their work, space often presents a challenge for many Cambridge artists. Each year, artists who work out of their home or have their studio in a different town/city find unique ways to transform what space they do have to showcase their work and process during Open Studios. This can include showing work in their living rooms, garages, under tents in yards, and many other ways specific to each artist's available space.

To encourage artists to think creatively about the space they have, Cambridge Arts is piloting a mentoring program for the 2019 event that will pair artists experienced in this process with artists who have questions about how to set up their space. Mentors will provide feedback that is specifically tailored to the challenges and opportunities of your space. Paired artists will connect at least twice through the program: once for an introductory phone call and once for a site visit.

There are many benefits to showing work in your own space: you can set up and clean up on your own schedule, you have complete control over how the space is arranged (including lighting and general ambiance), you don’t need to transport any of your works, and so on.  Additionally, showing your work at your home is a great way to meet neighbors, connect with your surrounding community, and help your neighborhood become a destination for visitors attending the other artists’ studios in your area by creating a critical mass of participating artists in a concentrated area. Showing your artistic process in your own space also captures the original essence of the Open Studios experience and helps this tradition continue.

If you are interested in participating in the pilot year of the CAOS Mentoring Program, please email Julie Barry at You can also learn more about resources available and some tips from participating artists by downloading this resources and best practices document from artist Janet Malenfant.

Artist Demonstrations
Open Studios provides artists with the rare opportunity to show members of the public your process and inspiration. Take the Open Studios experience a step farther by demonstrating how your work is created.

Performing Artists
Cambridge Arts invites performing artists of all media (music, dance, theater, poetry, etc.) to showcase their work by pairing with a studio artist or common venue. Performing Artists may also participate by opening their own space as well. Paired performance slots at individual studios or common venues will be assigned in consultation with artists after the registration deadline. Each participating artist will have a 30 minute "showcase" in which to perform their works. Groups may also perform but setups must be simple. Performers that register as a group may only perform as a group. Group participation fees apply.

Event Hours

Cambridge Arts understands that in 2019 Rosh Hashanah will begin at sunset (roughly 6:30 p.m.) on the second day of Cambridge Arts Open Studios, Sunday, Sept. 29.  After conversations with the Cambridge Arts Council Board and the Cambridge Arts Open Studios Advisory Committee, we have changed the Open Studios hours on Sunday from noon – 6 p.m. to 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. in order to help accommodate Jewish artists who wish to participate in Open Studios and to observe the holiday. Cambridge Arts is committed to serving all the artists, residents, and visitors of Cambridge, Massachusetts, and does not discriminate on the basis of religion. If you have any questions about this change or wish to discuss how it affects your participation, please contact Julie Barry, Director of Community Arts, at 617-349-4381 or

Registration Opens
Monday, March 11, 2019.

Early Registration Deadline
Monday, April 15, 2019. (Discounts Apply!) 
General Registration Deadline
Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

How to register for Cambridge Arts Open Studios:

• You must complete both the payment and portfolio steps via SlideRoom before registration is considered complete. 
• If you do not wish to pay online, personal checks or money orders are accepted in person at the Cambridge Arts Council. You must still log onto SlideRoom and create your portfolio before registration will be considered complete.
• New to Cambridge Arts Open Studios? We will provide registration assistance and access to a computer at our offices. Please call 617-349-4380 with any questions or to make an appointment for help registering.

Registration Fees and Links

Individual Visual Artists:
Early Registration - $60
General Registration - $75
Click here to register as an individual visual artist.

Visual Artist Student Rates:
Early Registration - $30
General Registration - $35
Click here to register as an visual artist student.

Early Registration - $100
General Registration - $125
Click here to register as an institution/organization.

Performing Artists:
Early Registration - $35
General Registration - $40 
Click here to register as a performing artist.