ARTIST RESPONSIBILITIES

It takes hundreds of hours to organize, advertise and coordinate the Studio Tour. By using volunteers, we can cut costs and keep this event running smoothly. Therefore, we need and expect ALL participating artists to:

1.    Volunteer at least 4 hours to help with the following tasks.

  • Assist with publicity tasks such as placing Public Service Announcements, submitting news releases and articles, and adding Tour information to calendars. (ongoing)
  • Assemble materials for distribution to businesses, art supporters and each Tour location. (October)
  • Prepare brochures for mailing. (October/November)
  • Distribute brochures and posters throughout the area. (December)
  • Help with intake and installation of Studio Tour Spotlight Exhibit
  • Host public reception for Studio Tour Spotlight Exhibit at Ground Floor Farm– set out and maintain refreshments, clean up. 12/6/2016  6:00-10:00PM
  • Help with Studio Tour reception and exhibit at Ground Floor Farm – assist with displaying art, welcoming guests. (date)
  • Assist with preparation and clean-up for post Tour potluck party. (Feb 2017)
  • Enter in Excel spreadsheet mail and email addresses

We will do our best to assign you to your first choice. However, we need to fill all areas and cannot guarantee any choices. If needed, you may be assigned to more than one task.

IMPORTANT:  You may opt out of these tasks by paying an additional fee of $50. If you do not pay the opt out fee and do not help with these tasks, you may not be accepted into next year’s Tour.


We expect that ALL participants will PROMOTE the Tour and PARTICIPATE in Tour Events

  • Talk about the Studio Tour with family, friends, neighbors, acquaintances and everyone you meet. Word of mouth is our best marketing tool.
  •  Distribute Studio Tour bookmarks and brochures to your personal mailing lists and other contacts.
  •  Promote the Studio Tour on your website, blog, Facebook page, and at any events you participate in.
  •  Solicit Art Supporters from among the businesses you routinely use as well as from friends and family.
  • Participate in the Studio Tour exhibit- Each participating studio will have at least (1) item to display
  • Provide food for the receptions 

If accepted to participate in the 2018 Martin County Artists’ Studio Tour, You agree to abide by the information outlined in this document. You understand that your participation in the Tour does not guarantee any visitors or sales. You will allow the use of my images and bio to promote the Tour. You will agree to indemnify and hold Martin County Open Studio Tour and all supporting organizations, harmless against any and all claims, demands, damages, fees, costs, and actions of any kind asserted by or on behalf of any third person(s) from my participation in the 2018 Tour. By signing this paragraph on the application, You agree to these guidelines


2018 STUDIO TOUR FEES

This fee applies to all artists. The 2018 Tour will be juried.  Enty will be via EntryThingy.com

We will accept 100 applications and the tour will have 30 Total Sites ( some may have multiple artists)

  • $15 Entry Fee ( payable with Entry)
  •  $200.00 Tour Participation Fee

 All applications and fees must be received by:

  • Enty and Entry Fee ($15) - 12:00 PM Monday July 31, 2018
  • Jury emails will be delivered between Aug 1- Aug 15, 2018
  • Tour Participation fee ($200) MUST be paid by MIDNIGHT, Sept 1, 2017 or your name will be removed from list

Volunteer Opt-Out Fee:

By paying a fee of $50, you may opt out of volunteering to help with the Studio Tour tasks described on page 3. If you do not opt out and do not help with a task, you may not be accepted next year.

  • $50 (due with application)

ARTIST CHECKLIST You must submit the following items.

2018 Studio Tour Application – completed, printed and signed

Images –images must accompany application- You will be able to submit images online, please use the following label format

  • 3 to 5 images of your work (no more). File names should be [your name] #.jpg (Replace [your name] with your first and last name and # with the number of the image, e.g., John Doe 1.jpg, John Doe 2.jpg)
  • 1 image of you at work. File name should be [your name] At Work.jpg (e.g., Joan Smith At Work.jpg)
  • Host Studio Only – 1 image of your studio. File name should be [your name] Studio.jpg (e.g., Sue_ Doe_ Studio.jpg) Images must be professional quality jpg files (no prints)
  • Images must be a minimum of 300 dpi and 4x6 inches in size.

DEFINITIONS

Art Center: An organization with the specific purpose of encouraging arts practice and providing facilities for ongoing art education. Exhibiting artists are at the discretion of the Art Center. All exhibited work should be of high quality and available for sale. The Art Center must be in Martin County, have studio spaces and be clean and safe for the public.

Host Studio: The place where an artist creates and displays his/her work. A Host Studio artist may invite other Participating Artists to share studio space for the Tour. All artists in any Host Studio must be individually accepted into the Tour. The Host Studio must be in Martin County and be clean and safe for the public. The Steering Committee will also help locate HOST locations for artist participation.

Participating Artist: A Martin County resident or member of a Martin County Art Association/Guild, who is actively producing high-quality work in any Medium.  Participating Artists must be individually accepted into the Tour.

Studio Tour or Tour: A, self-guided open studio event which is devoted to educating the public about the visual arts in the Martin County area. It does so by showcasing the art, creative process and working environment of established and emerging Martin County artists who are participating in the Tour.

CRITERIA

Images submitted with your application are selected for use based on these criteria:

  •  The artwork indicates a consistent technical proficiency with the medium and demonstrates an understanding of formal elements of art.
  • The artwork reflects a coherent individual style and originality.
  • The artwork is representative of what you have created in the last two years and will have available during the Tour.

If accepted into the Tour, the Participating Artist must meet these criteria:

  • All artwork must be consistent with that submitted with application.
  • All artwork must be available for sale.

Only goods/services relating to a Participating Artist’s artwork may be for sale during the Tour. No unrelated art items, manufactured, or commercial goods may be exhibited or sold. The Tour is intended to be a showcase for original artwork.

There are no quotas determining medium;  or how many artists can participate, however, we will have only 30 sites

 The Martin County Artists’ Studio Tour does not discriminate against any artist because of race, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, or any other reason prohibited under Federal, State or Local laws.

DEADLINE & NOTIFICATION

  • Jury Entry MUST be made by Midnight July 31, 2017
  • Tour Fee ($200) Sept 1, 2018 IMPORTANT: Late Tour  fees will not be accepted – NO EXCEPTIONS. Failure to submit all required materials will prevent your participation in the Tour.
  • Notification of Application Acceptance: Emailed Aug 1-15, 2017