2018 Tour: Saturday and Sunday September 29-30, 11am-5pm

The 2018 Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour is a self-guided free tour of artists in their studios held throughout Arlington County, Virginia. This is a non-juried showcase for local artists to feature their work, processes and studio spaces, and for the community to experience the richness and diversity of visual arts to be found in Arlington County. For questions about Tour, email: arlstudiotour@gmail.com

Frequently Asked Questions:

When are participating art studios open?   Most studios will be open on both Saturday and Sunday, 11am-5pm, and have red numbered markers on the Tour Map. Studios open on Saturday only have blue numbers, and those open on Sunday only are indicated in green.

I’m color blind; how can I tell which day studios are open?  Sorry about that! The Sunday-only studios are #s 10, 18, 28, and 48. The Saturday only studio markers should appear darker. You can also check days by clicking on individual artist images at arlingtonartstudiotour.org/participating-artists/

What if it’s raining?  The 2018 self-guided tour will occur rain or shine.

Is there an entry fee?  No, the event is free and unticketed!

How do I find each studio?  You can tour in several ways! By neighborhood: on our website’s interactive map, click on individual numbered markers for studio address and details. By artist: find interesting artists using the adjoining Artist Directory visuals and listings, then use their marker numbers on the map to locate them. A limited number of printed Tour Guides with map and directory also show studio details to guide you.

Where can I get a printed Tour Guide?  Guides will be available in limited numbers in mid-September at Arlington Arts Center, Lee Arts Center, Gallery Clarendon, Gallery Underground, and Palette 22. Some copies will be available at individual studios on Tour days.

What’s the difference between a studio and a gallery? Artist studios are spaces where artists work, and are usually private. Galleries are exhibition spaces open to the public.

What should I expect?  Some working art studios are clustered together, such as Columbia Pike Artists Studios or Studios Underground in Crystal City. Some are in people’s homes. Look for the Tour signs and walk right in! You can expect to see art all around, as well as materials and possibly work in progress. You can spend a minute or an hour! Most artists are happy to answer questions and talk about their work.

Can I bring kids?  Yes and please ensure they are attended at all times. Remind them not to touch anything unless they are invited to do so.

Can I bring pets?  Please leave furry friends at home.

Will studios be wheelchair accessible?  Accessible studios are marked on the Artist Directory at arlingtonartstudiotour.org/tour-map/

Can I buy and take art home?  Yes! If you’re unsure whether a work is for sale, you can always ask. Most artwork can be bought off the wall or from the studio bin.

How can I pay for art?  Many artists will be able to accept credit cards; but cash or checks are a sure bet.

Who runs this Tour?  The 2018 Arlington Visual Art Studio Tour is a joint effort, coordinated by members of the Arlington Artists Alliance, Arlington Arts Center, Columbia Pike Artist Studios, Westover Artists, and independent artists throughout Arlington County, with support from Arlington Cultural Affairs and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. The tour is the brainchild of David Carlson (artist/Arlington Arts Commissioner), and managed by Kat Jamieson (artist/Arlington Artist Alliance) and Melanie Kehoss (artist/Guild of American Papercutters).  Anne Hancock (artist/Columbia Pike Artists) and Holly Koons (Director, Arlington Arts Center) are also invaluable team members. Arlington Cultural Affairs staff have been a big help, as well as our interns Jamie McDonnell and Samuele Ciccione.




Many thanks to our 2018 Tour Sponsors: