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 2019 Older But Younger

Want to read about the call for special Older But Younger projects? Click here for a preview of the prompt for special projects that will animate our 2019 festival. We will be announcing the selected proposals soon.

Artspace is very grateful to its Community Review Panel who joined the staff to read and rank proposals responding to the Older, But Younger open call: Prof. Marian Evans, Rev. Kevin Ewing, Gail MacAvay,PhD, Elinor Slomba, and Dr. Christine Unson. Older But Younger is made possible by support from the National Endowment for the Arts, CT Office of the Arts, New Alliance Foundation, The Eder Family Foundation and Friends of Artspace.


City-Wide Open Studios Dates 2019

  • October 4 – Opening Reception at Artspace
  • October 12 & 13 Westville & Private Studios Weekend
  • October 19 & 20 Erector Square Weekend
  • October 23 Older But Younger Pecha Kucha Night
  • November 2 & 3 Alternative Space Weekend – at Yale West Campus

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CWOS 2018

This year’s theme of Wellbeing has been selected to encourage artists and visitors to explore how we care for each other and for the creative resources in our community, particularly in the face of ongoing struggle, challenges and trauma.

CWOS 2017

This year, we invited artists to respond to the shifting stakes in the use and abuse of truth and alternative facts, the resulting fracturing of the body politic, and the urgency of envisioning new and empowering narratives

CWOS 2016

This year, Artspace invited artists and organizations to respond to the universal appeal, power, influence, and impact of games and sports.

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

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 that the Goffe Street Armory was once a site for all the music and pageantry that Second Company Footguard played as it welcomed the Governor to his New Haven office.

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.