We're excited to announce that 2021 Sac Open Studios will be a hybrid virtual and in-person program. Virtual artist interviews will take place Summer 2021 and the in-person open studios tour will be held during the middle two weekends of September. The registration deadline is May 16, 2021. 

In efforts to accommodate all artists interested in participating, there's a limited number of scholarships available for artists with demonstrated financial need and a committed studio practice. To apply for a scholarship, fill out the scholarship application here by April 20, 2021. All scholarship recipients will be notified by April 27, 2021. 

If you would like to donate the registration fee for an artist experiencing financial need, there is an option to do so when you pay your registration fee. You may also email Verge's Public Engagement and Outreach Manager, Justina Martino at sacopenstudios@vergeart.com to donate funds to cover an artist's registration fee. Registration fee donors will be acknowledged in the 2021 Sac Open Studios Guide.

2021 Sac Open Studios Artist Participation includes:

  • Inclusion in the in-person studio tour on Weekend 1 (September 11-12) or Weekend 2 (September 18-19) depending on your location. Traditionally, participating artists open their art studios to the public during their assigned weekend. During Sac Open Studios, the term art studio takes many forms. While many participating artists have traditional work spaces in studio facilities, many Sac Open Studios artists open their home studios or utilize other spaces such as cafés, community centers, garages or backyards to display their art during their assigned weekend. Due to the the continuation of COVID-19, all participating artists will be required to enforce mask wearing and social distancing verbally and with signage at their studios during the in-person tour. COVID-19 guidelines will also be included in the Sac Open Studios Guide in a prominent location. 
  • Option to have a 15-minute virtual interview during our Sac Open Studios live interview series, Conversations with Artists. Conversations with Artists is a virtual interview series meant to complement the in-person studio tour. During this series, which is free to the public, regional art professionals interview Sac Open Studios artists about their artwork, inspirations, processes, and more. During the 2021 Sac Open Studios program, Conversations with Artists will take place during July and August 2021. All live interviews will be recorded and links will be provided to the artists to share with their networks. 
  • Full Color Artist Listing with artwork image and contact information in the 2021 Sac Open Studios guide
  • Opportunity to list an Artist Demo in the Sac Open Studios Guide. An artist demo is an educational artist demonstration presented at specific times during your assigned weekend. The demonstration should include step by step instructions to complete an artistic technique. 
  • Artist Profile in the Sac Open Studios Artist Directory on vergeart.com
  • Free enrollment and a recording of the 2021 Sac Open Studios How to Promote Your Open Studio Workshop
  • Discounted advertising rates in the 2021 Sac Open Studios guide
  • Inclusion in the 2021 Sac Open Studios Preview Exhibition at Verge Center for the Arts 

Do you have questions about Sac Open Studios? We're happy to help! 

Email questions to sacopenstudios@vergeart.com.

Join the official Sac Open Studios Facebook Group to connect with Verge and the Sac Open Studios artist community here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/sacopenstudios/

Section 1: Your Contact Information

Please provide your contact information so we can keep you updated on how to have a successful Sac Open Studios experience. While the in-person tour takes place during September, Verge offers virtual Sac Open Studios programs, artist resources, workshops, and professional development opportunities to help you get the most out of Sac Open Studios from June - October. 

Please Note: To ensure you receive all Sac Open Studios correspondence add sacopentstudios@vergeart.com to your email contacts. Regularly check your Spam or Promotions folders to make sure you don't miss any important Sac Open Studios updates! Print a copy of the calendar on this registration form to stay up to date on the schedule. Starting in June 2021, we'll send at least two emails per month, so if you haven't heard from us, email us at sacopenstudios@vergeart.com for assistance.


2021 Schedule


April 20, 2021Deadline to Apply for a Scholarship

In efforts to accommodate all artists interested in participating, there's a limited number of scholarships available for artists with demonstrated financial need and a committed studio practice. To apply for a scholarship, fill out the scholarship application linked above. All scholarship recipients will be notified by April 27, 2021.


April 22, 6pm - 7:30pmVirtual Artist Info Session

Join this virtual information session to meet Verge staff, learn more about the format of this year's program, and learn how to make the most of this year's Sac Open Studios artist opportunities such as the Conversations with Artists series and artist demos. We'll conclude with a Q&A session.


April 27, 2021Scholarship Recipients Notified


May 16, 2021Regular Registration Deadline

If you register by this date, the registration fee is $99 for Verge members and $150 for non-members. After this date, the registration fee is $175 for everyone.


May 23, 2021Late Registration Deadline

This is your final chance to register for 2021 Sac Open Studios.


May 31, 2021Deadline to Purchase an Artist Ad

An Artist Ad is a great way to enhance your visibility in the Sac Open Studios Guide. Participating Sac Open Studios Artists receive 50% off regular ad rates. Email ads@vergeart.com if you are interested in purchasing an ad.


June 1, 2021Receive Artist Demo Form and Conversations with Artists Form to Complete

You will receive Google Forms to complete to opt into either of these opportunities. Find more information on these opportunities below.


June 3, 2021 6-8pmVirtual Artist Workshop: The Basics to Promote Your Open Studio

Taught by artist and art business coach, Kate Farrall, register for this workshop to learn effective ways to promote your art and your participation in Sac Open Studios. In this workshop, you'll learn techniques to help you grow your audience, engage your current supporters, build your newsletter list, increase artwork sales, develop relationships with collectors and gallerists, and level up your virtual presence.


June 14, 2021Artist Demo Form Due

An artist demo is an educational artist demonstration presented at specific times during your assigned weekend. The demonstration should include step by step instructions to complete an artistic technique. Verge will send a Demo form to all registered artists. For the opportunity to have your demo included in the Sac Open Studios Guide, you must complete and submit the required form by June 14, 2021.


June 14, 2021Conversations with Artists Form Due

Complete this form to receive a 15-minute time slot during this live, virtual interview series. This form includes your artist biography and an option to select preferred interview questions. To participate, you must complete and submit the required form by June 14, 2021.


June 30, 2021Receive your Conversations with Artists Time Slot

Time slots will be created according to artistic media or theme. Due to the large amount of participating artists, artists will not have the opportunity to choose their own time slot. However, artists will receive their assigned time at least two weeks in advance and participation in this series is optional.


July 2021 (Dates and Times TBA)Conversations with Artists Virtual Interview Series Begins

Conversations with Artists is a series of live, virtual conversations between regional art professionals and Sac Open Studios artists. Interviews will be grouped by theme and recordings will be added to the Verge website for later viewing.


August 2021 (Dates and Times TBA)Conversations with Artists Virtual Interview Series Continues


August 6, 2021Sac Open Studios Guide Release and Artist Pick-up

The 2021 Sac Open Studios Guide is released! Copies of the official 2021 Sac Open Studios Guide will be available at Verge Center for the Arts for artist pick up.


August 16, 2021Receive Your Login Credentials to Create Your Profile on the Sac Open Studios Artist Directory

Located on vergeart.com, the Sac Open Studios Artist Directory features profiles for every current Sac Open Studios Artist. Profiles include artwork images, bios, contact information, and links to artist websites.


August 2021 (Dates and Times TBA)Exhibition Artwork Drop-Off

Artists will drop off one artwork to be featured in the 2021 Sac Open Studios Preview Exhibition.


September 9, 2021Sac Open Studios Preview Exhibition Opens

On view at Verge Center for the Arts, the Sac Open Studios Preview Exhibition features artwork from participating Sac Open Studios artists. Attendees often start here to to plan their open studios tour.


September 9, 2021Sac Open Studios Kick-off

The official kick-off event will celebrate the 16th annual Sac Open Studios.


September 11-12Weekend 1

Artists west of I-80/Hwy 99 open their studios from 10am-5pm.


September 18-19Weekend 2

Artists east of I-80/Hwy 99 open their studios from 10am - 5pm. (Weekend 2 includes Elk Grove and areas south of Elk Grove regardless of which side of the freeway artists are located.)


September 26, 2021Preview Exhibition Closes


October 2021 (Dates and Times TBA)Exhibition Artwork Pick-up

Artists collect any unsold artwork from the Sac Open Studios Preview Exhibition at Verge Center for the Arts.



Section 2: The Sac Open Studios Guide

IMPORTANT: Please proofread your information carefully for grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors. The text you provide will be printed in the 2021 Sac Open Studios Guide. Make sure your studio address is accurate, that it includes your studio number if you have one, and that it is formatted correctly. Verge staff does not guarantee that incorrect content submitted will be caught and corrected before the guide is printed.


The Sac Open Studios tour is divided into two weekends.


Weekend 1: September 11-12 Studios west of I-80/Hwy 99
For example, West Sacramento, North Sacramento, Downtown, Midtown, Land Park, Curtis Park, Pocket-Greenhaven, etc.

Weekend 2: September 18-19 Studios east of I-80/Hwy 99 plus all of Elk Grove and areas south of Elk Grove regardless of the which side of the freeway they are situated on
For example, Citrus Heights,  Folsom, Fair Oaks, Carmichael, Rancho Cordova, Arden-Arcade, College Park, East Sacramento, Oak Park, Tahoe Park, South Sacramento, Elk Grove, Herald, Galt, Walnut Grove, Isleton, etc.


Not sure which weekend you’re on? Send us an email sacopenstudios@vergeart.com, we’re happy to help!

Name of your studio, gallery or exhibition space that you'll be showing in for Sac Open Studios


Upload one image of your artwork to be featured with your studio listing in the official Sac Open Studios guide. Choose an image that best represents your current artwork. This image must show only your artwork. Crop as needed. The image must be a minimum of 2.5 inches on the longest side and 300 dpi. Horizontal images work best with the format of the guide.

Unsure whether your image fits our requirements? Email your image to sacopenstudios@vergeart.com and we'll let you know!




Join the official Sac Open Studios Facebook Group to stay up to date on Sac Open Studios artist resources, events, opportunities, and more. This is also a great place to share ideas and meet other artists! 

Click here to join the group.






Payment

  • Verge members pay a discounted fee of $99. If you are interested in becoming a member, email membership@vergeart.com. You will receive a discount code after you become a member.

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