San Francisco’s Annual Open Studios is Reimagined to Support Artists During COVID

The City’s largest organization of studio artists, ArtSpan, revamps it’s popular 45-year tradition to boost struggling artists. 

SAN FRANCISCO - Even before COVID, many artists struggled to maintain their foothold in San Francisco. The pandemic has introduced a new wave of challenges, but ArtSpan, the City’s largest organization of studio artists is not giving up. Each year residents look forward to the annual citywide Open Studios event, and COVID-be-damned, the show will go on. 

“Like many arts organizations throughout the city, we had to adapt to meet these unprecedented times,” says Executive Director Joen Madonna. “Artists need our support and the best way to show that support is to BUY ART. Open studios will look different, but will provide the same opportunities to engage with artists, get an intimate look at their art practices and purchase their work.” 

ArtSpan presents SF (Open) Studios, a virtual adaptation of a 45-year San Francisco tradition. From September 16 through October 14, 2020, SF (Open) Studios invites visitors to experience California’s vibrant San Francisco Bay Area art community from wherever they are. Featuring over 250 artists distributed across multiple, interactive virtual events––a different grouping at each event––SF(O)S offers unique and engaging opportunities to authentically connect with and purchase from a diverse set of creators while ensuring your health and safety. 

SF (Open) Studios is FREE to attend virtually.

With a full lineup of artful events ranging from live studio-tours to curated art salons and celebrations, SF (Open) Studios will add a hefty dose of creativity to your fall season. Register for these free offerings at to begin or build your art collection while supporting living artists.

Event schedule:

ArtLaunch, the SF(O)S Opening Celebration, Thursday, September 24 from 6:30 - 8PM

–LIVE Artist-led Studio Tours*–

ROSE Event: Saturday, September 26 from 10AM - 2PM
GRAY Event: Thursday, October 01 from 4 - 8PM
TEAL Event:  Saturday, October 03 from 10AM - 2PM
GOLD Event: Thursday, October 08 from 4 - 8PM

*Register for all four of our SF(O)S virtual studio tours to interact with over 250 artists. Our Rose, Gray, Teal, and Gold SF(O)S events each present a different grouping of artists from throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. 

PLUS Curated Art Salons Wednesday evenings in an intimate virtual setting from 6:30pm - 8pm beginning September 16, 2020.

Art Salon 1: Wednesday, September 16 from 6:30PM - 8PM
Art Salon 2: Wednesday, September 30 from 6:30PM - 8PM
Art Salon 3: Wednesday, October 14 from 6:30PM - 8PM

Register and learn more by visiting

SF Open Studios' History

ArtSpan evolved from SF Open Studios (SFOS), begun in 1975 by a small group of enterprising artists who concurrently opened their studios to the public annually over one weekend to increase the accessibility of their work. Following the devastation of the 1989 earthquake, these artists created a strong organization to ensure SFOS would remain a San Francisco tradition, and in 1991, ArtSpan received its non-profit, tax-exempt status. SFOS has grown exponentially, spanning four weekends, with over 800 participating artists and 100,000+ visitors.*

*Public offerings have been indefinitely postponed due to the global pandemic

Join us for our virtual events celebrating artists across the San Francisco - Bay Area!

Get around SF Open Studios using ArtSpan's SFOS Guide, the Online Guide and the iOS App. 


I'm an Artist and want to participate in SF Open Studios!

Kick off SF Open Studios early by celebrating with the artists at a virtual SFOS Preview Party! 

Nested with the SF Open Studios event, Youth Open Studios provides young artists under age 18 to exhibit their work in SFOS.

See over 400 works of art in a multitude of media, representing ArtSpan SF Open Studios artists from all neighborhoods.