Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio Tour 2024 dates announced

Fun and functional blown glass by Dan Fenn. (submitted)

The 27th Annual Northeast Iowa Artists’ Studio tour will take place Oct. 11-13, 2024, with studios open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Artist’s applications for tour entry are juried, and participants are selected for their work’s technique, quality and vision, and their studios must reside within 40 miles of Decorah. Postmark deadline for submitting an application is April 1.

Media considered is limited to fine art and fine craft, including: painting, sculpture, jewelry, photography, clay/ceramics, wood, glass, metal, printmaking, mixed media, handmade paper, fiber, etc. as appropriate at fine art fairs. 

All works must be original in concept and design and must have been executed by the applicant; works from molds or kits, commercial or manufactured items and buy/sell are not permitted. Tour exhibitors qualify as fine artists meaning they possess the skill to expand and adapt even a high-end craft with individual vision. 

The self-guided tour is specially timed to enjoy the fall color and travels in scenic northeast Iowa, for a behind-the-scenes view into the Artists’ personal workspace.

Participating in the 2023 event featured inclusion of color photos of artwork and contact information in top-quality 15,000 brochures, complete with detailed map with GPS to studio locations. These brochures are distributed in many ways, including: being personally handed-out by the touring artists throughout the country; through a bulk-mailing of almost 6,000 brochures to the pre-qualified mailing lists of the artists; to special requests to area tourism venues; and from the tour drawing cards requesting information. The comprehensive website www.iowaarttour.com includes PDF downloads of the brochure to print, plus so much more: artist-at-work videos, more images of artwork, places to eat and stay on your art venture and an interactive google map to visit all the studios. Brochures for 2024 will be available in July.

For information, call Glen Ellickson at 563-419-6963 or visit www.iowaarttour.com.

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