Frequently asked questions
Is there an awesome video I can watch about the County Studio Tour?
Yes there is! Here it is.
Who can participate in County Studio Tour?
Full or part time artists working in the county are eligible to open their studios, once accepted. Any working artist can be a guest artist in any county; we can always find a Host’s Studio for you. County Studio Tour was created to offer the public an opportunity to be invited into the working spaces of artists in the community and to have an authentic experience visiting a working artist. It is not intended for temporary set-ups in businesses or pop-up spaces.
Where does County Studio Tour take place?
The tour takes place in your studio. The public is interested in seeing what makes you an artist, including your studio space. This event is a great opportunity for you to discuss your process and concepts in the place where it all happens.
I live outside the county, can I still participate?
Yes! You may reach out to your own host studio or we can find one for you after you apply and have been accepted.
My studio is in my home, can I still participate?
Yes. Many artists have studios in their own homes, providing you a great opportunity to invite art collectors into your creative space, interact with the public, and demonstrate what makes you an artist.
What does it cost to participate in the Studio Tour?
Host Studio - $425
Guest Artist - $275
Host Studio - $400
Guest Artist - $250
How do apply?
Fill out our on-line application (found under this tab "For Artists") by answering a few easy questions. Upload 3 images by clicking on the "Select File" box and an upload window will appear. Find your saved images on your computer and select one-at-a-time. Your file can be a maximum of 10mb in size.
What are the image requirements?
You will need 3 images of your work and 1 image of your studio or booth.
File Format: Save all images as BASELINE Standard JPG.
Do NOT save as a Progressive JPG.
File Size: 300 dpi; Dimensions: Longest side 1920 pixels
JPGs must be under 3.0 MB. Save images in an RGB color space, preferably sRGB.
Square Image example: 1920 pixels by 1920 pixels
Vertical Image example: 1920 pixels by X pixels
Horizontal Image example: X pixels by 1920 pixels
Quality images are a must. We encourage you to submit images that have been professionally photographed.
What are the benefits of being a host studio?
You get a lot! We'll break it down for you:
As a Host Studio, you may also exhibit up to four guest artists. Your guest artists must also apply and be accepted by the jurors. For every guest artist that participates at your studio, you will receive $75 to help with maintenance costs.
CATALOGUE: Chester County studios are allotted 120 full-color catalogues (other counties' quantities may very) for distribution at your studio. There will be an additional amount of full-color catalogues printed and distributed at local businesses throughout the county. Each studio will be represented by a full page that includes Hosts (and Guest Artists, if applicable), art image, name, medium, email and website. Your host studio will also be listed on the Studio Tour Map.
WEB PRESENCE: Each studio will be listed on the website as a studio and as an artist. Each studio will be represented by a web page that includes their artwork, name, medium, email and website. Your studio will also be welcomed and announced on our Facebook Fanpage.
SIGNAGE & BANNER: Each studio will be assigned one 3'x8' CST banner announcing their participation in this year's event. The studio will also be assigned twelve CST directional signs to assist visitors. Many visitors come from around and outside your county. Signs should be displayed far enough away from the studio to attract passing attention and guide visitors directly to your studio. Please don't post signs on city property, and get permission of property owners to place signs on private property. Signs and banners will only be used during the Open Studio Tour event and then returned to CST.
COUNTY COLLECTORS: Participating artists will be provided a 6" x 6" board and frame to create an original piece of art and sell it for $75. This piece will be heavily advertised and attract early collectors to your studio Saturday morning. View previous County Collectors.
COUNTY STUDIO TOUR LOGO: Participating artists have the right to use the County Studio Tour logo, displayed at their studios, and in personal promotions as participants for the participating year.
What are the benefits of being a guest artist?
You get a lot of the same benefits of a host studio without the clean-up, but we'd appreciate it if you'd help your host studio. It's the nice thing to do.
As a guest artist you will receive:
CATALOGUE: Each artist is represented in full-color catalogues printed and distributed at local businesses throughout the county. Guest artists will be represented within the full page under their host studio; that includes their artwork, name, medium, email and web site. The Host studio will also be listed on the Studio Tour Map.
WEB PRESENCE: Each artist will be listed on the web site under exhibiting artists. Each artist will be represented by a web page that includes their artwork, name, medium, email and web site. You will also be welcomed and announced on our Facebook fanpage.
COUNTY COLLECTORS: Participating artists will be provided a 6" x 6" board and frame to create an original piece of art and sell it for $75. This piece will be heavily advertised and attract early collectors to your studio Saturday morning.
COUNTY STUDIO TOUR LOGO: Participating artists have the right to use the Chester County Studio Tour logo, displayed at their studios and mention themselves as participants at exhibits and in personal promotion for the participating year.
I am part of an artist collective, can I participate?
It is the same price as a host or a guest artist would pay. Registration fees are per individual artist, not per group. However, if a collective has more than 12 artists registered for the event, it would then qualify for a free full page ad in the catalogue. Artists working in collective studios should encourage their fellow artists to apply as a host studio for participation.
Can I share studio space with another artist?
Yes! We encourage artists to share their studios with guest artists! There are several benefits including increased traffic, and the enjoyment of hanging out with your artists all weekend, plus we give you $75 for each artist that you host! You can have up to 4 guest artists showing with you.
Is there a commission on art sales?
No, you collect and keep all the money made from your art sales. Artists are required to have all necessary licenses for any sales and to pay all applicable local, county, state, and federal taxes. A smartphone credit card payment method/account is suggested.
I have a question that is not addressed above:
Please contact us and we’ll get back to you quickly!
When is County Studio Tour?
Chester County Studio Tour is always the weekend right after Mother’s Day and before Memorial Day in May.
Montgomery County Studio Tour is the third weekend in September.
Delaware County Studio Tour is the first full weekend in October.