Greenville Open Studios is a juried event. Screening is done by a committee comprised of local artists and is based on the criteria below. Returning artists do not need to be juried in each year, but must continue to abide by the participation requirements and conditions.
1) Consistent Body of WorkThe portfolio must show technical proficiency and professional competency, be a consistent body of work (looks like it was created by the same artist), and be of a level of maturity indicating that work is ready to be shown.
2) Quality of SubmissionThe quality of your images in your portfolio—that is, how the photos are taken, not of what they are—will also affect your acceptance into Open Studios. Make sure backgrounds (frames, walls) are cropped out. Exceptions are made for photographs of 3D works.
1) Dedicated SpaceYour studio space must be a place dedicated solely for the creation of your work. It must retain the atmosphere of art making: with materials, equipment, works-in-progress and processes visible. A gallery space is NOT eligible for Open Studios. Any space procured solely for the purpose of participating in Open Studios is NOT eligible. Nor is a studio that is temporary, either in your home (can be “put away”) or in another artist’s studio.
2) Studio LocationYour studio must be located within a 15-mile radius of downtown Greenville. If you are unsure about distance, contact MAC.
The images must be .jpg or .png files and should be approximately 2mb in size. In the body of the email, include the following details: title, medium and dimensions. NEW artists may select an image for publicity that is part of their application portfolio by indicating so next to the image details in the body of the email. RETURNING artists should name the subject of the email as “<last name>_OS image.” The publicity image should be named with artist’s last name and image title: "Jones_PrettySunset.jpg."
ProcessIn the same way the value of Open Studios is for the public to see an artist’s workspace, it is also about giving the public the opportunity to learn about how the art is made. As much as it is about sharing your work, it is about sharing your process—how you make the work. Showing process is an integral part of the experience of Open Studios. It does not mean you have to give demonstrations but it does mean that you creatively provide a visual display explaining and educating the visiting public on your process. This is a component of the weekend event that must be considered seriously. There is a section on the application where you must outline your plan of describing your process. For more information and ideas, contact MAC.
The application fee is $193.00 due at the time of submission. Payments can be received at https://www.greenvillearts.com/artist-fees/ (payments received via PayPal) If you prefer to pay via cash or check, please deliver payment to MAC at 16 Augusta Street, Greenville, SC 29601 (postmarked by the due date of May 3, 2019). In the event that you are not juried into Open Studios, your money will be refunded.
This fee helps cover the advertising costs in the following (but not limited to) print and e-publications: The Greenville Journal, Upstate Business Journal, TOWN Magazine, Carolina Arts, GVL Today, Greenville360 and Fête Magazine. It also covers the cost of television ad spots, website, mobile app, catalogue printing and a direct mail piece sent to over 21,000 area households.