Open Studios STL

This weekend event connects the public to artists’ studios across the city, creating a unique opportunity to promote dialogue about art-making in St. Louis. Now in its thirteenth year, CAM partners with artists, galleries, alternative spaces, arts organizations, and universities in St. Louis City and County to make their studios accessible to the public for one weekend every October, promoting dialogue between artists and audiences within the artists’ working environment.


Applications are now closed.
Deadline: Sunday, July 22, 2018 at 11:59 pm CT.
No late submissions will be accepted. Please contact with any questions.

  • Local artists and collectives that host working studio spaces in St. Louis City or County are invited to apply. Alternative spaces, arts organizations and galleries that host working studio spaces, residency programs, and universities are also encouraged to apply.
  • The program is not limited to visual artists—CAM welcomes performers, musicians, designers, architects, filmmakers, and other creatives with working spaces to participate in the program.


  • The Open Studios STL Kick-off Party will take place on Friday, October 5, 5:00–9:00 pm. Participating artists are encouraged to attend!
  • Studios east of Grand Blvd. are open to the public Saturday, October 6, 10:00 am–5:00 pm
  • Studios west of Grand Blvd. are open to the public Sunday, October 7, 10:00 am–5:00 pm

Map + Website

Each year, CAM distributes a free printed map for Open Studios STL. The maps, designed by WORK/PLAYwill be available for pick-up at CAM beginning in early September. The Open Studios STL website, which lists information about each participating artist as well as the weekend’s events, will launch in early/mid September. See last year’s website here, designed by Jonathan Hanahan.

Guest Studio Visits

Throughout the weekend, a number of St. Louis arts professionals are invited to visit with select artists and engage in dialogue about their practices. These guest studio visits are open to the public. A few of last year’s guest critics include:

  • Wassan Al-Khudhairi, Chief Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • Lisa Melandri, Executive Director, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis
  • Stephanie Weissberg, Assistant Curator, Pulitzer Arts Foundation
  • Tamara Schenkenberg, Associate Curator, Pulitzer Arts Foundation
  • Allison Unruh, Associate Curator, Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum
  • Simon Kelly, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Saint Louis Art Museum