Open Studio Weekend - Artist Info

Open Studio Weekend (OSW) is a partnership of LVA and the University of Louisville's Hite Art Institute to raise funds for LVA's signature program, Children's Fine Art Classes, and the Hite Art Institute's Mary Spencer Nay Scholarship program.

More than 100 artists all over Louisville open their doors to the public once a year for Open Studio Weekend! This event is a wonderful opportunity for anyone interested in art - on any level - to see artists at work, get a glimpse into their process, and in some cases, take advantage of studio sales. It's also a fun way to discover new favorites. Visitors create their own self-guided tour using the printed, downloadable or mobile-friendly directory. Whether you're a fan, a collector, a fellow artist or just starting to explore this bustling scene, Open Studio Weekend is a very exciting way to celebrate Louisville's creative community.

This year, Open Studio Weekend is November 2 & 3, 2019. Please refer to our FAQ page to learn more.

Reasons to Participate in Open Studio Weekend

  • Educate the public about the value of your artwork - and what time, training, tools and equipment go in to producing quality original artwork

  • Inclusion of your studio in the 2019 Studio Guide and Artist Directory

  • Opportunity to exhibit in the OSW Juried Exhibition at the Cressman Center for Visual Art

  • Sales opportunities

  • Promote your services (i.e., workshops, lectures, etc.)

  • Building relationships


Pleas read the Artist FAQ page to see if your studio is eligible before registering.

Registration deadline: July 31, 2019.
If more than eight artists are participating in one location, you may be eligible for a group rate.
Please contact Amy for further information:

"For Art Sanctuary, Open Studio Weekend is a time to bond with fellow artists, get the studios organized, and take stock in what we've been up to for the past year. Many artists did a final push the month before the tour, so having that deadline can be a really good motivator. It gives artists a chance to talk about their work - what their goals are, what their process is, where they've come from and where they're going. The folks that come through are genuinely interested in how the magic happens, so to speak. And we had some movers and shakers come through, so good connections can be made that weekend.

It's also a time to mark Art Sanctuary's progress as an organization: In 2014, we had only a couple artists participating; in 2015, we had nearly a dozen. We each have our own things going on, but it's nice to come together as a community of independent artists and be a part of a larger thing - inside our organization as well as inside LVA. Strength in numbers, camaraderie, a sense of belonging - having that support system is vital." - Britany Baker, Art Sanctuar