Gowanus Open Studios 2013

How did it go, Gowanus Open Studios 2013 (GOS 2013)?

This year’s Gowanus Open Studios 2013 was a huge success.  We had over 230 artists participate (a record-number for this event) and over 5,000 visitors.

Thank you to the thousands of people who came to Gowanus to see the art and experience the creative energy of our neighborhood. We loved having you. If you are trying to remember a particular artist, you can visit our Artist Directory here, or send an email and we’ll help make the connection.

If you came out and liked what you saw, you can sign up on our home page to receive updates about future events and art happenings in Gowanus.


What is Gowanus Open Studios 2013 (GOS 2013)?

GOS 2013 takes place October 18-20, 2013.

Over 200 artist studios will be open to the public on Saturday, October 19, and Sunday, October 20, from noon to 6pm. Additional special events take place during the weekend.

For one weekend each year, artists working in the former factories, warehouses and studio buildings in Gowanus invite the public to visit their studios, see their work, and talk about their process.  Last year 150 artists welcomed over 3,000 visitors into their studios. GOS 2013 is presented by Arts Gowanus, a non-profit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization made up of artists and arts organizations working to support each other, strengthen connections to our community, and to ensure the Gowanus neighborhood continues to be a thriving and creative community of art-makers and art-appreciators.

GowanusBalloons75x75px   How does it work?

Visitors create their own self-guided tours during this FREE event. Our website will feature all participating artists with samples of their art (Click here for the Directory of Artists and Map of Studios). Visitors can select artists to visit by perusing our website and/or pick up a map at one of our designated map distribution locations, or printing out their own map at home.  Balloons and signs will identify each open studio building.  Everyone is welcome.

This year, in addition to the daytime walking tour of the studios (Saturday and Sunday from noon-6pm), we will also offer several evening performances of music and dance to showcase the many forms of art-making in the Gowanus Neighborhood. (Click here for this year’s special events.)

GOS is made possible by volunteers, artists, and community members working together.

Canal  Where is Gowanus?

Gowanus is the neighborhood in Brooklyn surrounding the Gowanus Canal. We are bordered by Carroll Gardens, Cobble Hill, Boerum Hill, Park Slope, and Sunset Park.

By subway, we are easy to find:

  • F and G trains at the Bergen, Carroll, Smith/9th St, and 4th Avenue stations.
  • R train at 4th Ave/9th St Station and Union St. Station.

ArtistInStudio2012b  Who Comes to Gowanus Open Studios?

Art lovers and art curious, young and old, from Gowanus and Park Slope and Boerum Hill and Carroll Gardens and Queens and Manhattan and around the world.

ArtistInStudio2012e  Why Participate?

Artists love to show their work, get immediate feedback, and meet their audience.

Visitors love to meet artists, see a wide variety of art mediums and styles, get a glimpse of the creative process, and explore the evolving Gowanus neighborhood.

Local businesses love to show their support of our thriving art community, and to attract visitors to their restaurants and shops.

Visitors! Plan your visit! Click here to preview the work of artists who are opening their studios.  You will be able to mark your favorites and plan an itinerary around Gowanus.  This Directory of Artists has been sponsored by ArtsicleOpen.  Browse the artists and get a preview of their work!

Visitors! Plan your visit! Click here to view the map and download a PDF version of our map.

Vistitors! Check our Tips for Visitors to help you get in the Open Studios Frame of Mind!

Supporters!  Click here to learn how to become a sponsor of GOS 2013.

Artists! Click here to Learn More and Register for GOS 2013.

ArtistInStudio2012a  How is GOS 2013 funded?

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! To our much loved and appreciated sponsors.  We offer a huge shout out of appreciation to our  sponsors who are making this year’s event possible!  Please support these organizations and businesses and let them know how much you appreciate their support of GOS 2013!



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image001City Council Member Brad Lander, District 39

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