Bloomington Open Studios Tour


Frequently Asked Questions


The BÖST mission:

The BÖST is designed to build relationships between Bloomington artists and their target audiences, educate the public about the purposes and processes of making art and provide resources and support to artists to further their own sustainability.

Who can be involved?
Fine artists/craftspeople who live or work in Monroe County. In order for artists from outside Monroe County to participate, they must share a studio in Monroe County, with a Monroe County artist.

All participants must show their work in their own studio if they live in Bloomington. In the event that one’s studio is indisposed, outlying of the area, or too integral to their own living space, an artist may elect to participate in another participant’s studio space. Please note that if you are not showing at your own studio, you are still required to explain your process to the public, whether this is by demonstrating, showing works in progress, or displaying the materials that you use. Non-studio sites are not permitted on the tour.

Group studios are acceptable, though all artists within the studio that utilize BOST publicity must be participating artists. It is highly encouraged that all artists within a group space be officially participating artists.

BÖST 2017 will take place Saturday and Sunday, October 21 from 10-6 and October 22 from 10-4.

All participants are required to be in attendance for the entire event, to display only their original work, and to demonstrate their processes to the public.

What is the cost to participate?

  • Final registration fee*: $100  Due by May 5
  • *For registration, $15 is a non-refundable application fee.
  • A limited number of larger booklet spaces will be available for an additional fee and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

Studios are open throughout Monroe County that weekend.
Bonus: We will have special programming for artists during the late summer on marketing.

How can I apply?
Click here [] for the link to the online application.

When is the deadline to apply for the 2017 BÖST? 
The final deadline to apply is May 5, 2017.

How do we pay for this event?
Artist’s registration fees pay approximately half of actual cash expenditures of the BOST event; donations, ad sales, grants, and partnerships make up the remainder. Volunteer hours provide professional and administrative in-kind service contributions that are estimated to be four times the cash contributions.

What do I need to do to complete the application form?
You will need high quality images of your work and an image of you working in your studio. Image specifications are listed on the application.

What do you mean by a high-quality image?
The image you submit will be used in the catalog and other Open Studio’s marketing materials
and publicity efforts. It is your most visible marketing tool and the primary way visitors select which studios to visit.

What other activities are required for artists?

Artists are required to assist with BOST marketing in three ways:

1) Promote BOST at Fourth Street or October Gallery Walk. Choose one:

  • Saturday, September 2 (two hour slots 10 – 6)
  • Sunday, September 3 (two hour slots 10 – 5)
  • Friday, October 6 (5-8pm)

2) Join a BOST Subcommittee. Choose one:

  • Sponsorship (contacting local business for support) (early June)
  • Fourth Street/Gallery Walk Promotions (August)
  • Brochure Distribution Planning (late August)
  • Day of Show Materials Distribution (August)
  • Yard Signs Distribution Coordination (October)

3) Distribute booklets and signs

Assignments will be given to artists at the Materials Distribution event to be held in late August.

Does my art qualify/will I be accepted?
BOST seeks to showcase fine artists and crafts persons of high artistic merit.  Anyone who regularly creates artwork and seeks to exhibit, distribute, and sell their work is eligible to apply.