SOS 2017 Group Exhibits

This page describes SOS 2017. We expect to produce similar events and exhibits for 2018. Check back here later in the spring for more information.

For 2017, our Somerville Museum show will have a new name: SOS First Look.

SOS First Look
At the Somerville Museum

(Formerly called the Artists' Choice Show)

All Somerville Open Studios 2017 member artists are invited to take part in this group show at the Somerville Museum. Each year we hear extensive feedback that visitors chose which studios to go see based in part on the work in this show. The opening reception provides a great opportunity to meet other artists and see each other's work. It's one of our largest social events of the year.

Art Work Drop-Off: Somerville Museum, One Westwood Road

  • Thursday, April 6, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Saturday, April 8, 10 am-1 pm
Details / Drop-Off Form

Opening Reception: Sunday, April 23, 4-6:30 pm
Exhibit on view: April 23 - May 19, 2017; for specific hours see this page

Art Work Pick-Up, at the Somerville Museum

  • Saturday, May 20, 10 am to noon: "Pick-up Brunch"
  • Monday, May 22, 5:30-8 pm

Volunteer Show

Hosted by our friends at Diesel Cafe in Davis Square

This year, the City of Somerville is celebrating their 175th year. To join in on the celebration, Somerville Open Studios has decided to celebrate our history of amazing volunteers by inviting ALL volunteers both past and present to participate in this year's Volunteer Show at the Diesel Cafe. If at any point from 1999 to now you donated some of your time to SOS, we want to celebrate YOU. You do not have to be a current volunteer or resident of Somerville to participate, you just need to have been a volunteer.

This year, each volunteer may exhibit two works of art in this show.

The Volunteer Show will be at the Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm Street in Davis Square, from April 10 - May 12.

To participate, please send an email to our Volunteer Show Coordinator, Gretchen Graham, at by March 31. Once you have indicated your interest, Gretchen will be in contact with more information about drop-off dates, size requirements, and reception information.

Art Work Drop-Off: Washington Street Studios & Gallery, 321 Washington Street

  • Saturday, April 1, 11 am - 4:30 pm
  • Sunday, April 2, Noon-5 pm

**Art must be wrapped/protected/bagged/etc.!** Bubble wrap preferred.

Get the drop-off form (pdf)

Opening reception: Wednesday, April 12, 6-8 pm
Exhibit on view: April 10 - May 12, 2017

Art Work Pick-Up, at Diesel Cafe: Friday, May 12, noon-9 pm

Inside-OUT Gallery
in the Davis Square CVS window

This pop-up juried group show will feature first-time SOS artists.

Curated and created by SOS and the Somerville Arts Council, this exhibit is viewed by thousands of passers-by each day in what is probably the most publicly accessible art-display in Somerville.

For information on how to submit work to this show, see this page. Deadline has been extended to Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Exhibit on view: early April 2017 through SOS weekend

SOS Donut Art Show

New for SOS 2017

Behold the doughnut. Two glorious ounces of glistening goodness.

Twisted, glazed, iced, filled, topped, or naked, it has been portrayed in various mediums since its (American) invention in the late 18th century. The oozing, dripping, delectable delight is made from flour, sugar, eggs, and milk; but yours can be made from any medium that can be hung on the wall at Union Square Donuts, 20 Bow Street.

What does the donut evoke for you? Your interpretation may be representational or abstract; painted, drawn, sculpted, or photographed. Size is not being restricted, but wall space is limited, and we suggest you visit Union Square Donuts to assess fit - and, of course, for inspiration.

Please submit images in .jpg format to by March 31, and include

  • Name
  • Title
  • Medium
  • Size

as well as any special instructions or display requirements. Submissions are free and open to all artists and volunteers participating in Somerville Open Studios 2017.

Exhibit on view: April 15 - May 13, 2017