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CWOS connects hundreds of visual artists to space, support, and audiences, making Greater New Haven a hotbed of creative production.
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City-Wide Open Studios brings artists living and working in Connecticut together in an exhibition that spreads out across the City of New Haven over mutiple weekends. From recent graduates of the area's fine arts programs, to distinguished artists with international reputations, to nascent collectives, social-justice oriented public art and self-taught artists, CWOS celebrates the ideas and process of a dynamic and generous creative community.

We're celebrating our 19th year with our first-ever Kickstarter because we need your support. This event is for you--the artist, the visitor, the citizen, the explorer, but we can't do it without your help.  

We're best known for finding and rehabbing empty historic buildings and securing them for the pop-up installations by artists that inspire and create pride in our unusual built environment. Our overall budget is $185,000. This covers all the clean up, rehabilitation, coordination, printing, website, security, insurance, fees for guest curators, signage, and special projects.  And much more. We keep our fees to artists as low as possible--way lower than other Open Studios across the US-- and most events are free to attend. The good news is that we do have grant funds that cover a good chunk of our budget. We're $25,000 short. 

Visitors and friends: Every dollar you give helps us get closer to being able to fully fund this program that is so eagerly anticipated by so many. Your support also keeps it free so that all can enjoy it. 

Participating artists: please show your support by standing with us and opening up your studio and space--this year you can sign up right here at Kickstarter. Every artist who signs up gets us closer to being able to present the CWOS festival. And the sooner you sign up, the longer your work is on view on the CWOS.org website for audiences to see.

With your backing, we will also be able, for the very first time, to advertise in two national arts publications--HyperAllergic and Two Coats of Paint--so that we can attract many more people from the region to come and raise our national profile.

We also need your help to enrich the experience for all who are new to the visual arts. In response to requests from community leaders and educators, we've adopted a theme of Game On! to engage many more artists and citizens in playful, kinetic, and interactive public art.  We need your help to connect these projects to community-based groups, neighbors, and other  stakeholders of the huge, empty, Goffe Street Armory.

Check out the images of some of studios and recent commissions.

Artist Camille Hoffman meets visitors on the bike tour, photo credit Graham Hebel
Artist Camille Hoffman meets visitors on the bike tour, photo credit Graham Hebel

 

Artist Kathryn Frund at her studio at Erector Square, photo credit Graham Hebel
Artist Kathryn Frund at her studio at Erector Square, photo credit Graham Hebel

 

Cyclists with the CWOS Official Map & Guide in 2015, photo credit Graham Hebel
Cyclists with the CWOS Official Map & Guide in 2015, photo credit Graham Hebel

Check out some of our special Game On! projects that will be featured this year. They were selected by a panel of artists and community activists for their artistic merit and community-building potential.

Laura Marsh's Fuzathon, inspired by Twister
Laura Marsh's Fuzathon, inspired by Twister

 

People Puzzle, by Bob Gregson and Melanie Carr
People Puzzle, by Bob Gregson and Melanie Carr

This is the 2016 Alternative Space, the Goffe Street Armory, built in 1929 for the Governor's Second Company Foot Guard. Its 220,000 square feet of space. Many of the games will be in the Drill Hall, and on the lawn and playing field in front of the building.

Drill Hall at the Goffe St Armory, photo credit Aidan Moran
Drill Hall at the Goffe St Armory, photo credit Aidan Moran

Want to know more about the festival's history? Check out the CWOS website and this chronicle of how it all started.

Get Updates and stay informed about our progress. Like Artspace on Facebook and sign up for our monthly e-newsletter. Thank you for being part of City-Wide Open Studios.

A word about the rewards! Check out the playing cards published by Nine Pin Press and featured in Take Magazine, with artwork by Artspace Artist in Residence Eben Kling.

Family Arcana Playing Cards
Family Arcana Playing Cards

Check out the limited edition silkscreen, Working Artist, by the amazing George Corsillo, of Design Monsters.

George Corsillo limited edition print "Working Artist"
George Corsillo limited edition print "Working Artist"

Check out the woodblock print made by recent grad of the Lyme College of Fine Art, Chris O'Flaherty, to mark Artspace's 30th year.  Each woodcut print that was pulled is unique, and represents a time of day. Here is 2 AM.

Chris O'Flaherty WoodCut, 2016.  2 AM
Chris O'Flaherty WoodCut, 2016. 2 AM

Video by Ian Applegate, with additional footage by Travis Carbonella and photography by Graham Hebel.

Risks and challenges

Producing a mammoth community event is a very complex undertaking, and we take it seriously. Artspace has been presenting the CWOS Festival annually for almost 20 years. Over the years we've featured artists at all stages of professional development, finding and securing spaces such as old factories, schools, and office buildings. We are a trusted production partner of the City of New Haven, arranging temporary building permits, occupancy, security, and traffic/parking. Though every season has inherent risks, and there are plenty of unknowns associated with any large endeavor, our experience gives us certain advantages as we anticipate the exciting and complicated task ahead. Artspace has a reputation of being honest, upfront, and nimble. We appreciate your investment, and we'll make every effort to produce an experience that makes you happy and us proud.

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    You are in our hearts and minds

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    Celebrator

    Celebrate CWOS’s 19th Birthday and we’ll list and thank you in Artspace’s year-end music and image video, viewed by thousands of people. and will send your our special animated festival gif.

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    You’ll be invited to a special Game On! Game preview, and you’ll be listed in the Official 48-page full color Official Event Map & Guide, drop shipped across Connecticut. Plus perks above.

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    Player--Early Bird

    Receive a limited-edition card game with artwork by Artspace-in-Residence Eben Kling, recently published by Nine Pin Press. Plus you’ll be invited to a special Game On! Game preview, you’ll be listed in the Official 48-page full color Official Event Map & Guide, drop shipped across Connecticut. Plus all the thank you above.

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    CWOS Passport Weekend Artist

    Receive an 18 x 18 grid-space for your artwork in the main exhibition at Artspace, plus a listing with your image in 5,000 copies of the Official Map & Guide, and your artwork will also be featured on our website as an Erector Square or Private Studio weekend artist. For Connecticut artists with studios in New Haven, Hamden and West Haven only; visit CWOS.org for more info.

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    CWOS Westville Artist

    Receive an 18 x 18 gridspace for your artwork in the main exhibition at Artspace, plus a listing with your image in 5,000 copies of the Official Map & Guide, and a weekend space for your installation at the Goffe Street Armory. Plus, your artwork will also be featured on our website as a Westville weekend artist. For Connecticut artists only with studio space in Westville, New Haven only who would like to participate the weekend of October 8 & 9, 2016. Visit CWOS.org for more info.

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    CWOS Private Studios Weekend

    Receive an 18 x 18 gridspace for your artwork in the main exhibition at Artspace, plus a listing with your image in 5,000 copies of the Official Map & Guide. Plus, your artwork will also be featured on our website as an Erector Square weekend artist. For Connecticut artists only with studio space at Erector Square, 315 Peck St, New Haven only who would like to participate the weekend of October 29 & 30, 2016. Visit CWOS.org for more info.

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    CWOS Erector Square Weekend

    Receive an 18 x 18 gridspace for your artwork in the main exhibition at Artspace, plus a listing with your image in 5,000 copies of the Official Map & Guide. Plus, your artwork will also be featured on our website as an Erector Square weekend artist. For Connecticut artists only with studio space at Erector Square, 315 Peck St, New Haven only who would like to participate the weekend of October 29 & 30, 2016. Visit CWOS.org for more info.

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    CWOS Westville Artist

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    CWOS Alt Space Artist

    Receive an 18 x 18 gridspace for your artwork in the main exhibition at Artspace, plus a listing with your image in 5,000 copies of the Official Map & Guide, and a weekend space for your installation at the Goffe Street Armory. Plus, your artwork will also be featured on our website as an Alt Space weekend artist. For Connecticut artists only; visit CWOS.org for more info.

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    Make a Fashion Statement in your studio

    All the perks of a CWOS Passport or Erector Square weekend artist PLUS a CWOS T shirt designed by Jerome Harris. Specify S, M, L, XL, XXL and M/F in our follow up-survey.

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    Emerging Collector

    Receive a limited-edition silkscreen print, "Worker/Artist", specially made by New Haven’s Design Monster George Corsillo. Each one signed, from an edition of 50.

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    Be the most stylish Alt Space artist

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    Alternative Space Artist + 2nd Weekend

    For artists who want to participate in Alternative Space Weekend as well as a second weekend (Erector Square, Westville or Passport).

    Receive an 18 x 18 grid-space for your artwork in the main exhibition at Artspace, plus a listing with your image in 5,000 copies of the Official Map & Guide, and your artwork will also be featured on our website as an Alternative Space artist and a Private Studio weekend artist (Erector Square, Westville or Passport). For Connecticut artists. Must meet location requirements for second weekend. visit CWOS.org for more info.

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    Collector

    Enjoy a private tour of a set of studios on one of the CWOS weekends, led by Artspace’s staff. And a 30th anniversary, limited-edition wood-block print by the talented Chris O’Flaherty. Each one is signed and numbered, and captures a time of night between Midnight and 5 am. Plus, you'll be saluted on our website, our year-end video, and in the Official CWOS Map & Guide.

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    Behind the scenes with CT Collectors

    Be part of an intimate guided tour of two of Connecticut's most discerning art collectors, led by a contemporary art expert. Date is Saturday September 24 or 25. Oh, and you'll be saluted on our website, our year end video, and in the Official CWOS Map & Guide.

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    Game Champ

    Meet the other champs at a VIP private preview reception with the artists of Game ON! and a selection of the specially commissioned games. Impress your friends with your mastery at the Fuzathon, Plinko, or People Puzzle--we'll provide the refreshments. Of course, you'll be saluted on our website, our year end video, and in the Official CWOS Map & Guide.

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    Gourmet

    Private Dinner for you and 7 friends set within the Artspace galleries with a tour of the exhibition led by Curator Sarah Fritchey. Naturally, you'll be saluted on our website, our year end video, and in the Official CWOS Map & Guide.

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