• Opening Reception City-Wide Open Studios 2016,
  • photo credit Judy Rosenthal
  • Erector Square Weekend,
  • photo credit Graham Hebel
  • Private Studio Weekend,
  • photo credit Defining Studios
  • CWOS Armory Weekend,
  • photo credit Graham Hebel
  • Private Studio Weekend,
  • photo credit Defining Studios
  • Literary Happy Hour during Armory Weekend,
  • photo credit Literary Happy Hour
  • Erector Square Weekend,
  • photo credit Graham Hebel
  • Private Studio Weekend,
  • photo credit Defining Studios
  • Armory Weekend,
  • photo credit Graham Hebel
  • Westville Weekend,
  • photo credit Judy Rosenthal
  • Erector Square Weekend,
  • photo credit Graham Hebel
  • Erector Square Weekend,
  • photo credit Graham Hebel
  • Private Studio Weekend,
  • photo credit Defining Studios

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 Weekend: Oct 8–9  A new weekend to celebrate the collaborative community quickening the pulse in Westville.

Armory Weekend: Oct 15–16  Eight commissioned projects that harness game structures to bring people together, and a youth basketball tournament to celebrate teens reaching new heights.

Private Studios Weekend: Oct 22–23  Community-driven cell phone apps brought to you by Site Projects, a Food Mandala game at the Ely Center for Contemporary Art, and cycling tours to see it all.

Erector Square Weekend: Oct 29–30 A unique, open-door invitation to visit over 100 local professional artists with year-round studios in the old Erector Set toy factory.

November Programs: Nov 4–13 More ways for people to come together around the vital activity of the upcoming election

Site Responsive Commissions

Projet InSitu: La Ronde (The Round)

Location: Goffe St Armory
Dates: October 8-16

Appointments available every 15 minutes weekday and weekend afternoons and evenings; tickets are $15 and are available HERE

Come along on an immersive audio tour, created by French choreographic duo Martin Chaput and Martial Chazallon. Escape into your earbuds and explore the Armory’s industrial spaces while area artists install their work and welcome visitors. Your audio accomplices will provide instructions that encourage you to investigate the space with a fresh perspective.

A co-production by the International Festival of Arts & Ideas and Artspace. Funded in part by the Expeditions program of the New England Foundation for the Arts, made possible with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts, with additional support from the six New England state arts agencies.

Dr. Plinko

By: Adam Berkwitt & Phil Lique
Location: Goffe St Armory

Inspired by The Price is Right, Dr. Plinko is a collaboration between physicians and artists that contemplates the absurdity surrounding pricing and profiteering within the American healthcare system. Can that price really be right?

The Way Things Felt

By: Megan Craig
Location: Goffe St Armory

Up to 40 players are invited to create a composition. Pick a suit, choose a colorful shape, enter a 20-foot room covered with black felt, and take on the role of “painter”, “eraser”, or “surface”.

Find It! Friend It!

Location: Across New Haven during Private Studios weekend

Site Projects | Artspace present:
Test your New Haven art smarts as you decode the clues, track down the artworks, and make new discoveries in this scavenger-hunt style game. Pair up in teams of 2 or more to decipher the clues. Each clue includes a visual fragment and a written hint from 15 artworks — 10 on display at City Wide Open Studios and 5 public artworks. Chart your course using the game map, visit each site, and post team selfies to Facebook as evidence.

FIND IT! FRIEND IT!, CWOS 2016 is not a race, so leave your running shoes at home and embrace your inner tortoise. Make new friends! Talk to artists! Enjoy the artworks! And then tell us what you learned. Locate and experience all 15, and you could be the first FIND IT! FRIEND IT! Champion ... and go home with the GRAND PRIZE!

Total Jump

By: Caitlin Foley and Misha Rabinovich
Location: Goffe St Armory

How in sync are we? This video game trains up to 8 people to jump and land at the same time. Participants stand on floor mats with electronic sensors. Could preparing for a world-wide jump help us transcend our divisions?

There will be a scheduled total jump at the opening reception on October 7 at 6pm and at the Armory on October 15 at 5pm and October 16 at 5pm.

Download the appand practice jumping.

People Puzzle

Bob Gregson & Melanie Carr
Location: Goffe St Armory

Connecting with others was never so much fun! Don a giant puzzle piece and join puzzle parts with others. Feeling independent? Build a new structure!

Journey of Discovery

By: Scott Schuldt
Location: Goffe St Armory

Inspired by the Lewis & Clark expedition, this scavenger hunt will send you on a search for clues hidden throughout the Armory. Winners take home a unique work of art.

Harvest Mandala

By: Nadine Nelson
Location: John Slade Ely House, 51 Trumbull St, New Haven

Nadine Nelson, social activist and chef of Global Local Gourmet, will bring her roving community supported kitchen to the John Slade Ely House during City-Wide Open Studios. Her kitchen will be open to the public during the Private Studios, Saturday, October 22 and Sunday October 23. She will accept food donations that will go to a communal pantry and become “game” for 5-minute creative feasts. Nelson will encourage visitors to “play with their food,” with the goal of interpreting the food in the pantry into three-course meals mandalas.

Competitive Volume

By: Christie DeNizio
Location: Armory

A nod to David Hammons’s altered basketball hoops, Competitive Volume invites visitors to shoot colorful balls into two hoops connected by a 100-foot mesh tube. No one wins, no one scores, no one gets the rebound, but everyone modifies the composition.

Urban Totems

By: Gordon Skinner
Location: The Armory

The totem is a transformational object that, often through the integration of assemblage and found objects, represent a spiritual focal point for a community or tribe. Urban Totems is a series of makeshift basketball hoops installed to create an interactive environment both for play and to make other ways of relating to urban space visible. The artist-made ‘zines that will accompany this project will reinforce the power of found objects through found imagery.

Participating Artists

Sara Abalan
Adae Fine Art Academy
Faustin Adeniran
Eduardo Alvarez
Corina S. Alvarezdelugo
Jonathan Amici
Christian Ammon
Hil Anderson
Aspasia Anos
John Arabolos
Amy Arledge
Marilynn Arm
Anne W. Arnstein
Seniasbel Arocho
West River Arts
East Street Arts
Lani Asuncion
Judy Atlas
Laurie S Auth
Caryn Azoff
Chris Barnard
Michael Barton-Sweeney
Jason Baskette
Wyatt Baum
Miguel G. Benitez
Binnie Birstein
Meg Bloom
Sonia Bombart
Michelle Bradford
Sarah J. Bratchell
Johanna Bresnick
Anna Broell Bresnick
Janet Brodie
Connie Brown
Alexis Brown
Connie Brown
Julie Kahn Brown
Frank Bruckmann
Monica Bunton
Eóin Burke
Colin Burke
Marc Burns
Leigh Busby
Anelisa Calmet
Alicia Caraballo
Eileen Carey
Leslie Carmin
Leah Caroline
Francisco Del Carpio
Antonio Carvalho
Kenneth Champlin
Tracie Cheng
David S. Chorney
Crystal Claire
Susan Clinard
Julia Coash
Kieran Coleman
The Suffrage Collective
Johnaker Propaganda Company
Jeanette Compton
Justine Compton
Rosemary Cotnoir
Larry Cowles
Nicole Croce
Ron Crowcroft
Jan Cunningham
Terry Dagradi
Angel Dahfay
Lori Datlow
Jessica David
Jennifer Davies
Erich Davis
Leila Daw
Nick DeDo
Kathleen (Cathy) DeMeo
Geoffrey Detrani
Steven DiGiovanni
Afsaneh Djabbari-Aslani
Bette Donahoe
Anne Doris-Eisner
Cat (Catherine) Duffield
André Eamiello
Jennifer Van Elswyk
Sally Ann Endleman
Eric Epstein
Daniel Eugene
Paola Evangelista
John T Fallon
Matthew J. Feiner
Joe Fekieta
Chris Ferguson
Silas Finch
Joan Fitzsimmons
Jane Gilman Fleischner
Brian Flinn
Heide Follin
Jose Fontanez
Oi Fortin
Julie Fraenkel
Scott D. Friedman
William Frucht
Kathryn Frund
Francine Funke
Howard Fussiner
Maura Galante
City Gallery
Paier College of Art | Molly Gambardella
Peter Gardner
Valerie Garlick
William Geleneau
Edwin Gendron
Martin Gent
Sergei Gerasimenko
Craig Gilbert
Leslie Giuliani
Nancy Gladwell
Ellen Gordon
Deborah Greco
Robin Green
Eliška Morsel Greenspoon
Robert Gregson
Dan Gries
Stephen Grossman
Sarah Gustafson
Mohamad Hafez
Patricia Haley
Violet Harlow
Clymenza Hawkins
Stephen Henderson
Emily Herberich
Debbie Hesse
Lisa Hess Hesselgrave
Karen Hibbs
Willie Hoffman
Shaunda Holloway
Greyson Hong
Michael Horseman
Ellen Hoverkamp
Susan L. Huff
Eric Iannucci
EcoWorks, Inc.
Mariah Isely
St. James
Noe Jimenez
Tiffany Johnson
Jacqueline Jones
Katie Jurkiewicz
Jean A. Kandalaft
Nancy Karpel
Kyle Kearson
john keefer
Luanne Kemp
Suzanne Kirschner
Amen Ra- Ghosta Knowstra
Nikki Korth
Michael David Kozlowski
Abbie Kundishora
Janet Lage
Constance LaPalombara
Maria Lara-Whelpley
Hannah Leckman
Jennifer Leniart
Mary Lesser
Wendy Lewis
martha w lewis
M Flower (Martha J. Ligos)
Evie Lindemann
Linda Lindroth
Robert Lisak
Karleen Loughran
Beth Lovell
Owen Sea Luckey
David lyman
Martie Mackay
Tom W Mahoney
Eric March
Oana Sanziana Marian
Lillianna Marie
Charles Maring
Barbara Marks
Sabrina Marques
Mark K. St. Mary
Kiara Matos
Paier College of Art | Erica Matulis
Zeb Mayer
Mary Anne McCarthy
Susan McCaslin
Rosemary McClain
S McGregor
William Meddick
allison meyler
Yegor Mikushkin
Irene K. Miller
Christian Miller
Jane Miller
Lori Miller
Duncan Milne
David Lee Moneypenny
George Corsillo/Design Monsters
Maria Morabito
Larry Morelli
Liz Mullins
Susan Nally
Theresa Nast
Raheem “Ra” Nelson
Lisa Nichols
Margot Nimiroski
Alexandra Novak
Sean O’Brien
Christopher O’Flaherty
Tom Obligado
Beatriz R Olson
Hilary Opperman
David Ottenstein
Liz Pagano
Matthew Paolillo
Ellen Papciak
Douglas Drew Papuga
L. Jesse Peck
Sophia Peters
Barbara Phoenix
Hannah Plotke
Dexterity Press
Marion Pritchard
Lucy Q.
Abbie Rabinowitz
Sandy Rabinowitz
Cathy Wilson Ramin
Shilo Ratner
Betsy Ratner
Thomas Reilly
Tim Reimer
Ave Rivera
Nick Robinson
Anna Robinson-Sweet
Susan Rogol
Ave Rivera
Nick Robinson
Anna Robinson-Sweet
Susan Rogol
Ruth Sack
Annie Sailer
Gerald Saladyga
Steve Sangapore
Juan Sarias
Martha Savage
Niko Scharer
Gay E. Schempp
Dana Scinto
Suzan Scott
John Scully
Shayna Segal
Semi Semi-Dikoko
Edgar Serrano
Meghan Shah
Megan Shaughnessy
Polly Shindler
Suzan Shutan
Anna Sincavage
Michael Sloan
Jeff Slomba
Claudine Burns Smith
Paier College of Art | Debra Smith
Brittany Solem
Deborah Speese-Linehan
Jeffrey Starkes
Marcela Staudenmaier
Thomas Stavovy
Alice Steinhardt
Kate Stephen
Kevin Stevens
Matt Stevens
John Sweeney
Mindplow Public Televison
Robert Thomas
Dr. Ivan Tirado
Courtney E. Tracy
Cesar Valdes
Eliza Shaw Valk
Katya Vetrov
Nicki Vitali
Rachel Volpone
Anahita Vossoughi
Amanda Walker
Amanda Ward
Gar Waterman
Peter Webster
Brian Wendler
Ben Westbrock
Karen Wheeler
Holly Whiting
Christa Whitten
JoAnne Wilcox
Mark Williams
Marian Wittink
Mary Wolff
don wunderlee
MK Wynn
Guimi You
Paier College of Art | Michael Zabivnik
Kristina Zallinger
Julian Zeidler
Amie Ziner
Sue Zola
Paier College of Art | Sara Zunda
Mark Zurolo