Apply Now for the 2012 Tacoma Studio Tour!

30 May

Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month – November 3 & 4, 2012
Application deadline: Monday, July 2, 2012, midnight

Are you a professional artist that lives in Tacoma or has a working studio in Tacoma?

Do you want to open your studio to the public, demonstrate how you make your work, host a hands-on activity and help promote the arts in Tacoma?

Then apply to participate in our 11th Anniversary Studio Tour!

The Tacoma Arts Commission is seeking professional artists who are willing to open their studios to the public for our 11th annual studio tour, one of the highlights of Art at Work: Tacoma Arts Month this November. The emphasis of this two-day event is on raising the visibility of the arts and providing artistic opportunities for the community to connect to the arts. While we encourage artists to have work for sale, the intention is not primarily as a studio sale. Studios will be open on Sat., November 3 and Sun., November 4 from 11 am to 5 pm (note the new times this year). Artists can choose to be open on Sat., Sun. or both days. The Tacoma Arts Commission will produce extensive online publicity materials and an interactive map as well as a smaller printed catalog featuring the studios. The studio tours are free to both the artists and visitors.

This year, plans are in the works (by a private entity) to provide a bus tour of studio locations. Studio tour artists will have the opportunity to opt-in to being a stop along the bus tour route for a fee. More information about this optional service will be provided to all participating artists later this summer.

Deadline for submissions is Mon., July 2, 2012, midnight. 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. Guidelines below:

To qualify:

  1. You must live within the City of Tacoma limits and/or your working studio must be located within the City of Tacoma limits
  2. You must provide a demonstration of your art form and/or provide a hands-on activity for attendees
  3. You must actively promote the Studio Tours 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.

To apply, submit the following three items:

1.      Online Studio Tour application – Go to and fill out the online application form.

Next, submit the following two items by email to with the words “Studio Tour_Your Last Namein the subject line.

2.     Five work samples – Digital images only. Original work and slides cannot be accepted. We will use the images in promotional materials produced for Art at Work month.
File format – Submit only “High” quality JPEG files (do not use GIF, TIFF, or other formats.) Do not embed the images into PowerPoint or submit moving image or audio files.
     • Image size Images must be at least 300 ppi resolution. Images smaller than 600 pixels per side are not recommended.

3.     Resumé (if you have not participated in the Studio Tour in the past 2 years)

Questions? Contact Naomi Strom-Avila at 253.591.5191 or


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