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2025 Open Studio Event

As long as you live in or maintain a studio or an exhibition space in Somerville and create visual art, you are welcome to become a participating member of SOS. Our next event will be on May 3 & 4, 2025 (always the first weekend in May). Registration will open in mid-December, 2024.

SOS produces several group shows every spring, including the non-juried SOS First Look Show at the Somerville Museum, and a one-night-only fashion show called Artwear. See the “Artist news” section below for more information on the shows we presented in 2024.

Follow our calendar for future events of interest to SOS artists.

Join our Mailing List

To be notified about SOS 2025 registration and other SOS-related events, please join our mailing list. Make sure to select “Potential SOS Member Artist” when you enter your information. If you would consider pitching in, just select “SOS Volunteer Crew” as well.

Be a volunteer!

Somerville Open Studios is produced each year by a crew of committed artists and art lovers who volunteer their time. Consider volunteering. More information on volunteering is here.

Please let us know what you’d like to do by filling out the SOS Volunteer Opportunities form or email volunteer@somervilleopenstudios.org. Even if you can only spare a few hours, we’d love to have your help!

Artist news

Our most recent Somerville Open Studios event took place on May 4 & 5, 2024. Click each heading for more information on our the events and shows we produced for SOS 2024. We expect to present similar shows next year for SOS 2025.

  • SOS 2024 Kids’ and Teens’ Art Show
    Art by Somerville children and teens will be on display in the Armory cafe from May 1 through 12. For information on how to submit art to this show, visit the SOS Kids page at https://www.somervilleopenstudios.org/kids/ . Deadline is April 28.
  • Call for Art: 2024 SOS Locavore “The Book as Art – Unbound”
    Hand-made books, book illustration, book art, zines etc. We are seeking art that uses the book as content and/or medium to explore and transform our idea of what a book can be. Show location: Somerville Public Library, 79 Highland Avenue. Submission deadline: extended to April 17, 2024.
  • Call for Art: 2024 SOS Locavore “Art unleashed!”
    This show was cancelled for 2024 because of insufficient response to the call.
  • Call for Art: 2024 First Look Exhibit
    The SOS 2024 First Look Exhibit will be take place at the Somerville Museum from April 11 to May 11. Opening reception Sunday, April 14 from 3-6 pm. All SOS member artists are eligible to submit a single piece. See the complete call for more details. Drop-off dates are March 24, March 27, and April 1.
  • Call for Art: 2024 SOS Locavore “Community”
    This year we celebrate Community with a small works show at Neighborhood Produce in Ball Square. Work will be seen through the corner window at the intersection of Broadway and Boston Ave. Your interpretation of “community” may be literal or symbolic, representational or abstract, painted, drawn, sculpted, photographic or multi-media. Submissions should not exceed 12” x 12” x 12” since the space is small. Submission deadline: April 1, 2024.
  • Call for Art: 2024 SOS Volunteer Small Works Show
    People who have volunteered for SOS over the past two years are invited to submit work to the SOS 2024 Volunteer Small Works Show. The show will be displayed at Forge Bakery, 626 Somerville Avenue. Submission deadline: April 2.
  • Call for Art: 2024 Inside-Out Gallery Show
    Somerville Open Studios, the Somerville Arts Council, and the Inside-OUT Gallery (the Davis Square CVS display windows) Call to Somerville Open Studios Artists Members showcase. Submission deadline April 1st, 2024. Show on view from April 19th to May 20th. Exhibit Theme: Celebrating 25 years of Art in the ‘Ville. Somerville Open Studios’s milestone silver anniversary is the theme for this years show. More details on the submission form.
  • Artwear: The SOS 2024 Fashion Show
    Artwear is the new name for the SOS Fashion Show, which will take place on Thursday, May 2, at the Crystal Ballroom in Davis Square. Send email to artwear@somervilleopenstudios.org if you’d like to participate.

See Previous Artist News

Tips For Showing Artists

Heather Balchunas of the Somerville Arts Council and Alison Drasner of the Somerville Museum have produced a list of Top 10 Tips to Have a Successful Open Studios. See also the Artists’ Tookit pages on the Museum website for more tips.