Participant FAQs

Are you an artist or organization with questions about POST? Below is a list of our most frequently asked questions.

When is the 2017 Philadelphia Open Studio Tours? The date of the tour depends on where your studio is located in the city. 

October 7 - South
October 8 - Northeast
October 14 - Northwest
October 15 - West

Who can register as a POST Participant? Visual artists, artist collectives, arts organizations and galleries are encouraged to join in Philadelphia’s annual celebration of visual art. See below for the difference between registering as an artist and a community partner.

What benefits do I receive for participating in POST? POST offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse at Philadelphia's best and brightest creative minds at work through an approachable, self-guided tour. Join us for POST 2017 and be at the heart of one of the city's largest celebrations of visual art. With over 40,000 attendees last year alone, POST is the opportunity for you to connect with new audiences in an innovative way. In addition to having the opportunity to share your work with arts enthusiasts, industry leaders, and collectors, you will receive the following perks during POST and year-round:

● Listing in our printed POST Directory, with 10,000 copies distributed citywide
● Listing on the POST website (), including contact information and images of your work
● Access to POST promotional materials for distribution to your networks, including POST Directories, postcards, social media content, customized press release templates, and promotional flyers
● Opportunities to participate in special events and promotions during POST
● Year-round social media and web promotion of your exhibitions, workshops, and events
● Year-round consideration for inclusion in CFEVA exhibitions and events
● POST newsletters, featuring artist opportunities, calls for submissions, and workshops
● 10% off a CFEVA Artist Membership
● And more! Keep an eye out for additional partner discounts coming soon.

What changes are being made to the POST 2017 format? Returning to POST? You will notice some big changes this year! First, we're shifting from an East/West split to four quadrants: South, Northeast, Northwest, and West. Each quadrant will get one day to throw open their doors and shine, allowing visitors to fully engage in the unique culture of our each of our POST neighborhoods. This new approach will also give YOU—our artists and community partners—more flexibility to explore the studios of your compatriots. We are also looking to strengthen your bonds with each other leading up to POST and year-round. Keep an eye out for a series of community meetings that will provide a forum for sharing ideas and building alliances tailored to spotlighting your neighborhood's unique identity.

What does POST do to promote the Tour? We publish and distribute 10,000 copies of the full color printed Tour directory as well as posters and postcards promoting POST across the Greater Philadelphia region. We manage the POST website (www.philaopenstudios.org) where you can find specific details about each participant, additional images as well as featured exhibitions, event, workshops and lectures. We promote POST to our extensive press and media sources highlighting a variety of aspects of the Tour. We promote the Tour and individual participants through our social media channels (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter). Connect with us utilizing .

What is the cost of participating? Artist registrations are $100 and community partner registrations are $150. Check out our page for details on special discount offers. POST Directory thumbnail images are $25. receive a FREE thumbnail when they register for POST!

What are the registration dates? Registration runs from February 6 - June 15, 2017 for inclusion in the printed POST Directory; Web-Only registration runs from June 16 - September 15, 2017. Visit our  page for details.

Once I am registered, how often can I change the information on my listing? By logging in to your participant profile on the POST website (), you can edit and update images and information as often as you'd like! Think of your participant profile as your personal page housed on the POST website. We understand that circumstances change; you create new work or change studio locations, for example. By maintaining full authorship of your POST artist profile, you are able to keep your information as up to date as possible and available to the public year round. 

NOTE: Changes to participant profile information after June 15 WILL NOT be reflected in the printed POST Directory. POST will send a reminder to you prior to this deadline to ensure the accuracy of your listing. 

Should I register as an artist or a community partner? A community partner is an organization that supports, encourages and promotes the visual arts in Philadelphia. If your organization does this, you are a community partner! If you are a studio building and you would like to register as a community partner you must have at least one artist registered for the event before you can do so. Community partner registration does not include individual registrations for artists within your building.

Why should I purchase a thumbnail image? A thumbnail image is your opportunity to visually communicate with visitors the kind of work you create. This 1" x 1" thumbnail is printed in color above your listing in the printed POST Directory. By purchasing a thumbnail for $25, you are helping a visitor to make the decision to visit your studio. To ensure your thumbnail is printed in the POST Directory, you must make your purchase prior to the June 15, 2017 deadline.

NOTE: receive a FREE thumbnail in the POST Directory when they register for POST. POST participants also receive 10% off of CFEVA Artist memberships. When you do the math, you'll spend just $11 dollars more for a variety of additional great perks! 

What kinds of images can I upload to the web? 
1. Thumbnail: This image will appear above your listing on the POST website when the public is searching for participants by neighborhood or medium/type. Remember: for this image to appear in the printed POST Directory you must purchase a printed thumbnail ($25) by June 15, 2017. Web-only thumbnail images are included in your POST registration.
2. Profile Image: Let visitors will know who to look for when they walk into your studio! This image will only appear in your online profile.
3. Images of Artwork: Upload up to 3 images of your artwork. This allows visitors to get a better understanding of the type of work you make. Your profile goes live shortly after registration, so be sure to upload these images early and update them when necessary. Take advantage of this opportunity to market yourself all year long on the POST website!

If I share a space with another participant, what is the fee? Each participants must register individually. There are no discounts for group registrations. The benefit of registering individually is that visitors tend to gravitate to locations with higher densities POST registrants. By registering individually you are increasing the number of destinations in your neighborhood, and are thereby more likely to attract visitors!

Can I set up in another registered participant’s studio, but not register? No, we do not recommend or encourage this setup. It is in your best interest to register and officially be included on the Tour. This way you can attend all POST events, be considered for POST and CEVA events and exhibitions, and be included in POST promotional materials.

I want to participate, but I don't have an accessible studio. We want you to participate and CFEVA may be able to pair you with a registered Community Partner. Contact . Please note, CFEVA cannot guarantee placement and will only seek a pairing upon request each year.

The registration fee is a lot of money for me right now, but I really want to participate. What should I do? POST's registration fee is comparable to other nationally acclaimed open studio tours, and CFEVA is proud that POST registration includes additional year-long benefits. We are committed to keeping the cost as low as possible for our artist participants, and as such have not raised the program's registration fees in more than five years. CFEVA is willing to work with you to fulfill your registration commitment in monthly installments. Please contact .

I want to participate, but I don't know where my studio will be in October. That's absolutely fine. Register now and you can always change your studio location by logging back into the POST website and editing your participant profile. Be sure to update your information by June 15 for an accurate listing in the printed POST Directory.

NOTE: If you have moved away from Philadelphia after you have registered, contact . CFEVA may be able to pair you with a registered Community Partner.

I participated in a previous year, but can't remember my log-in information. Your username should be in the following format: firstinitial dot lastname. (For example: j.doe) If you can't remember your password, you can request a one-time log-in using your email address. If you are still having difficulty, please contact julia@cfeva.org or call (215) 546-7775 ext. 13.

I am registered but no longer wish to participate. What is your cancellation policy? There are no refunds for POST registrations or thumbnail purchases. When you fill out the registration form you are asked to check the "I read and agree" box alongside CFEVA's cancellation policy. In doing so, you have agreed to participate and forgo any refunds should your plans change. If you experience unforeseen circumstances that prevent you from participating, please notify us. We will do our best to help you find a mutually-agreeable solution.

Still having difficulty or can't find the answer to your question? Contact Julia Fox at julia@cfeva.org or call (215) 546-7775 ext. 13.