A week-long event in July dedicated to the discovery of the hidden spaces where local artists work.
What is City-Wide Open Studios?
This summer CAM takes you into artist studios across St. Louis with our 6th Annual City-Wide Open Studios. City-Wide Open Studios offers a unique opportunity for the St. Louis public to explore the creative and personal spaces of local artists while providing the ability to enjoy one of the most exciting parts of contemporary art - the chance to talk with the artists themselves. The CWOS program consists of a series of events and tours. Through the CWOS program local artists are connected to the museum, while the museum connects participating artists to the larger community.
SUPPORT CITY-WIDE OPEN STUDIOS
What happens at City-Wide Open Studios?
Sunday, July 24 / 2:00 - 4:00 pm, $10
To generate even more energy for the 6th Annual City-Wide Open Studios, CAM will be hosting SLOUP, a monthly soup dinner that supports local projects, primarily artistic or communicative, that need a little funding and belief. Artists are welcome to submit a proposal following the guidelines found on sloup2122.blogspot.com. A $10 donation is asked from all of those in attendance. This donation includes a meal ticket for a delicious soup dinner provided by a local establishment, bread, and complimentary drinks. Guests will have the opportunity to vote on their favorite proposal at the program and 100% of the proceeds will fund that winning project. Any artists looking for seed funding to create a new work of art or project specifically for City-Wide Open Studios will have the chance to gain funding through this amazing community program.
OPEN STUDIOS PREVIEW PARTY
Tuesday, July 26 / 6:00 - 9:00 pm
To kick-off the week-long celebration of local art, CAM will be hosting an Open Studios Preview Party where visitors can visit CAM’s Main Galleries to see one piece of artwork by each participating artist. For that night, and the entire following week, each piece of art will be displayed with a label of the artists name and number that corresponds with the printed map – allowing the public to see the artwork beforehand and map out their weekend studio visits. Join CAM and over one hundred local artists for a night of celebrating the local art scene and all that it has to offer.
OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND
Saturday, July 30 & Sunday, July 31
Spanning some of St. Louis’ most diverse and energetic neighborhoods like St. Louis City, University City, and Maplewood, over one hundred local artists invite the public to a behind-the-scenes look at some of the coolest and most creative spaces that St. Louis has to offer. Visitors are invited to tour the various spaces all weekend and find out what kind of creative invention happens behind closed doors. There is no fee and no reservations required to visit these artist studios. CAM will provide a printed map of every participating artist studio so visitors are able to navigate the urban landscape and visit any, and all, of the artist studios of their choosing.
This year, the Contemporary will organize a variety of tours to make City-Wide Open Studios more accessible and fun. Tours Include:
OPEN STUDIOS WEEKEND: SELF-GUIDED TOURS
Saturday, July 30 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Free
Sunday, July 31 / 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, Free
CURATOR-LED BUS TOUR
Saturday, July 30 / Noon – 4:00 pm, $10, Limited Seating, RSVP required. RSVP NOW
Saturday, July 30 / Noon – 4:00 pm, Free, No RSVP required.
Sunday, July 31 / Noon - 4:00 pm, Free, No RSVP required.
OPEN STUDIOS BBQ
Sunday, July 31 / 6:00 - 9:00 pm,
Free for participating artists and children under 12, $10 public
Celebrate the end of an art-filled weekend in CAM’s courtyard with tasty local BBQ and ice-cold local beer! Enjoy the summer weather and catch up with friends and artists while watching a special live musical performance.