The 2018 Application is Closed.

Columbus Open Studio & Stage (COSS) seeks to expand the art and performance audience within the City of Columbus. This two-day event deepens the relationship between creative and community. If selected, COSS artists will open their home or rented studio to the public, demonstrate their process and sell artwork directly to the public.

The COSS team provides resources for tour artists including how-to tips, guidelines for selling art and marketing tools. Artists will receive professional feedback and participate in a Preview Exhibition to be held at the Columbus Metropolitan Library’s Carnegie Gallery.  COSS artists will be promoted on social media, the COSS website and the tour map. COSS will employ aggressive marketing as part of Greater Columbus Arts Councils’s Art Makes Columbus campaign to deliver an audience directly to the artists’ door. It is our mission to enhance the public understanding of the artistic practice and provide an exclusive look at studios and performance spaces.

Have questions? Check out the Info for Artists | FAQ.


  • COSS is a juried event. Artists will receive selection notification April 27th.
  • Open to visual artists within I-270.
  • Studios may be in a home or a rented space (home studios are strongly encouraged).
  • Studios must be suitable for the public to visit with easy access for visitors and parking. Restroom facilities are optional.
  • Only artists with a significant body of work to display will be considered.
  • Artists who have previously participated in COSS are eligible to apply.

Requirements for Participation

  • Artists are required to open their studio for the entire duration of both tour days, Sept. 29-30 from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • During event weekend, artists must demonstrate their method or process to the public.
  • Artists must provide at least TWO volunteers (sales assistant and door greeter) who will be present for the duration of the event.
  • Artists and their volunteer sales assistant MUST attend Artist Orientation (Saturday, May 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., lunch provided).
  • Artists must provide a minimum of one piece of art for inclusion in the COSS Preview Exhibition in Sept. 2018.
  • During the hours of the tour (Sept. 29-30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.), artists must place COSS tour signage at the street and entrance to the studio.
  • Artists with studios at “Group Sites” must apply individually. A “Group Site” is defined as a multi-studio space (e.g., 400 W. Rich Street).
  • Artists must complete a participation survey after the event.
  • $25 application fee (non-refundable).

To complete the application, you will need:

  • Contact information.
  • Five high resolution* (300 dpi, 1920 pixels on longest side) images of five different works of art.
    1. Images MUST be named FirstInitialLastName01, etc. (e.g., BSmith01.jpg).
    2. Formats accepted: jpg, jpeg, or png.
    3. Images may be used in a variety of promotional materials.
  • Title, medium, size of sample images (H x W x D in inches).
  • Four high resolution* (300 dpi, 1920 pixels on longest side) images of your studio: two of studio interior, two of building/residence exterior.
    1. Images MUST be named FirstInitialLastNameStudio01, etc. (e.g., BSmithStudio01.jpg).
    2. Formats accepted: jpg, jpeg, or png.
    3. Images may be used in a variety of promotional materials.
  • Screenshot of studio location on a map (screenshot of your studio location on a map zoomed out to show neighborhood).
    1. Screenshot MUST be named FirstInitialLastNameAddress (e.g., BSmith1100MainSt.jpg).
  • A brief description (150 words max) of the demonstration or informational component you will share during the event weekend.
  • A bio (50 words max) and artist statement (50 words max).
  • A $25 application fee submitted through PayPal.

* Not sure how to take high resolution images of your artwork?  To ensure the best presentation of your work, please read our tutorial.

The 2018 Application is Closed.