City-Wide Open Studios

Connecticut’s leading forum for visual artists returns to New Haven each fall. City-Wide Open Studios invites the public to embrace the arts—and to learn more about the creative processes of visual artists—by visiting hundreds of artists in studio and temporary spaces across New Haven.


City-Wide Open Studios 2017: F[r]act or Fiction?

As we integrate “fact-checking” into the way we consume social media and the news, we face a dilemma: what do we do when we know we are being lied to? The 20th annual City-Wide Open Studios takes this uneasy question as a point of inquiry into four weekends of art-looking.

Dates for 2017:

  • July 1 – Artist Registration Opens
  • October 6 – CWOS Opening Reception
  • October 7 & 8 – Westville Weekend
  • October 14 & 15 – Armory Weekend
  • October 21 & 22 – Private Studios Weekend
  • October 28 & 29- Erector Square Weekend

CWOS 2016

Each year, City-Wide Open Studios adopts a theme that prompts artists and visitors to reflect on and engage around issues that impact our community. This year, Artspace invited artists and organizations to respond to the universal appeal, power, influence, and impact of games and sports. Visitors will find responses over all four weekends, including: Westville […]

CWOS 2015

With this year’s thematic focus, “Dwelling,” the spaces and structures that we inhabit–both literally and figuratively– have inspired many special installations and projects of this year’s festival.

CWOS 2014

To mark the 17th year, Artspace will feature new tours (walking, biking, and van) for small groups, guided by artists, urbanists, civic activists, scholars and noted art world professionals. Artspace is also excited unveil a new curatorial initiative to support the realization of eighteen large-scale site-responsive works in the historic Goffe Street Armory, a massive vacant building that is the site of this year’s Alternative Space.

CWOS 2013

Welcome and arise! Its my great pleasure to invite you to be part of the City-Wide Open Studios experience, a unique way to immerse yourself into the cultural riches of our community. This year’s theme alludes to the awakening and burst of energy that occurs during the festival, for artists and festival-goers alike. And acknowledges […]

CWOS 2012

To mark the 15th year, Artspace has invited artists to draw inspiration from the crystal, whether in chemical, mathematical, geological, or polished form. Special themed tours and exhibitions will take place; prepare to be dazzled. In collaboration with Project Storefronts, the public is invited to the opening night Crystal Ball. Other special events are listed on the calendar and more will be announced in the coming weeks.

CWOS Press

Press coverage through the years for City-Wide Open Studios.