City-Wide Open Studios To Celebrate Visual Art ‘In All Its Myriad Forms’

Visitors to this year’s City-Wide Open Studios (CWOS) will have the opportunity to discover new artists and buy their creations as they venture into a variety of New Haven-area neighborhoods during the annual art festival hosted by Artspace.

This year, CWOS — once a nearly month-long festival — takes place over four days, Thursday-Sunday, Oct. 2-5. The event celebrates contemporary art “in all its myriad forms,” and is Connecticut’s leading visual arts festival. One of the largest Open Studios programs in the country, CWOS unites hundreds of local artists — among them many Yale affiliates — with the greater New Haven community. Over the past 11 years, the festival has drawn thousands of visitors to New Haven and surrounding towns to explore the local artistic offerings.

During CWOS, artists in five neighborhoods open their own studios to the public. This year, the artists with their own studios — as well as area businesses — will share their spaces with painters, sculptors, photographers and others who do not have their own studios. The neighborhoods are Westville, Fair Haven, Downtown, Hamden/Newhallville and West Haven.

“Our goal is to empower neighborhoods by uniting artists working in these neighborhoods with the local community and businesses,” say CWOS organizers.

Studios and exhibitions are open on Friday, 4-8 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday, noon-8 p.m. For a look at the participating artists and studio locations, visit the CWOS website at

CWOS is a program of Artspace, a Connecticut non-profit organization presenting local and national visual art for the benefit of the public and the arts community. Located in downtown New Haven at 50 Orange St., Artspace serves as the festival hub and is the site of CONNcentric, an exhibition showing the work of over 100 exemplary artists who are participating in CWOS.

From Artspace, festival visitors can pick up a shuttle bus to the neighborhood centers or join bus, bike and walking tours. A 400-page bound CWOS Artist Directory featuring a full-page artist profile on each participant is also available at Artspace. Tour schedules can be found at the CWOS website.

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