Info For Artists

Info For Artists 2017-11-27T15:06:12+00:00

KAST 2017 | May 13-14

Application Now Open for Artists!

Established in 2004 the Kirkland Artists Studio Tour is organizing its 14th annual tour, scheduled for May 13 and 14, 2017.  Kirkland Artists Studio Tour is a free, self-directed artists’ studio tour whereby the public is invited to enter artist workplaces to view art and make purchases.

KAST Artist Application Deadlines and Fees

Application fee is $200

Application fees directly support the marketing and administration of KAST. Artists will not be charged a commission for the sale of their work.

Artists are required to attend the KAST Artist Meetings to ensure they are properly informed. Meetings will be held at Kirkland Arts Center, in the gallery.

KAST Artist Meeting Dates:
Wednesday April 5th 5:30-7:30pm
Wednesday May 3rd 5:30-7:30pm

Apply Today to be Part of KAST 2017
The steering committee members for this year are:

  • Thea Peterson
  • Joann Wadge
  • Margaret Shapiro
  • Diana Grant


  • Studio tour locations are strictly limited to the Kirkland area.
  • Artists who do not have a studio within Kirkland will be placed at a local gallery or at another artist’s studio.
  • All Tour locations remain open with artists present on May 13 & 14 from 10AM – 6PM
  • Artists are responsible for collecting and remitting sales tax on all sales.
  • Artists are responsible for insuring their studios for this event.
  • Artists are responsible for distributing at least 100 KAST Marketing Materials before the event and/or assisting with selling Catalog Ad spaces or Sponsorships to local businesses.
  • The Application and Release Forms must be filled out completely and submitted to Kirkland Arts Center by February 28th, 2017. ($150 Early Bird application fee by Feb 1, and $175 regular application fee by Feb 28) If submitted after Feb 28, an additional $25 fee will be applied.
  • 3-5 digital images of artist work must be submitted via email for promotional use and advertising.
  • Communication among artists and Kirkland Arts Center will be primarily via email so all artists must have a working email address.


  • All work submitted for jury and sold during KAST must be original artwork, of professional quality, and appropriate for all audiences. Works may not be produced from commercial kits or prefabricated forms. Second hand items and imports are not accepted.
  • If you participated in KAST in 2016 you do not need to be juried in for the 2017 Tour. Artists are eligible to participate in the Tour for 2 consecutive years without having to be re-juried.
  • All applicants must submit an application for 2017, and email new digital images of your work for inclusion in promotional materials. New artists to KAST will be juried for acceptance into the Tour. After acceptance, artists are subject to re-jury every 2 years to ensure the standard of work is maintained. New applicants will be notified by KAC staff of their acceptance into KAST 2017.


  • Studios have more visitors when there is more than one artist showing. Artists are ultimately responsible for finding their own space to show, but KAC is happy to provide introductions and assistance in finding a space. Most artists on the Tour are happy to share studio space to ensure good traffic. Also, artists have more visitors when studios are clustered together. You can create a cluster of studios by inviting artists in your area to participate. KAC will help coordinate the placement of new artists and provide networking opportunities for 2017 KAST participants through social media.
  • Artists are greatly encouraged to provide demonstrations of their artistic process while open to the public during KAST.
  • If not actually creating art during the Tour, it is highly recommended that each studio has an actual art production area (materials and tools displayed, half finished works, etc.) open to the public (besides the art, this is what the public comes to see).
  • Studio spaces must be suitable for showing work and welcoming visitors: appropriate lighting, sufficient space for art to be displayed in a presentable manner, and room for visitors to move around comfortably, etc.
  • Parking should be considered and space for parking should be available for visitors.
  • KAST Artists are strongly encouraged to attend Artist Meetings at KAC Gallery:
    Wednesday March 3, 5:30-7:30pm
    Wednesday April 5, 5:30-7:30pm
    Wednesday May 3, 5:30-7:30pm

As a KAST participant, you will receive:

  • Listing by name and studio location, with color image in the official KAST brochure
  • Listing by name, with Bio and images of your work on KAC website
  • Link from KAC/KAST website to personal website, if appropriate
  • KAST publicity (street banners, print and online advertising, email announcements, KAC newsletter and catalog, and more.)
  • Thousands of brochures mailed out locally
  • Exterior signage to guide guests to your studio
  • Artist management, support, and communication through Kirkland Arts Center

If you have any questions, ideas, or concerns relating to KAST, please email KAC at 425.822.7161 x 106

KAST 2017 Q&A

Are the geographic boundaries of KAST changing?
Given your feedback, KAST will move forward without changing the tour’s regional boundaries. Artist studios located outside of the 3 mile radius of downtown may wish to take additional measures to bring tour visitors to their locations.

Is KAST still a “Studio Tour”?
While we hope to have as many home and professional artist studios as possible, we do partner with local businesses to fill the gap of artists without spaces. In 2015, over 40 artists were featured in 21 sites: home studios, businesses and galleries. KAST is also open to local residents AND non-residents of Kirkland. We do this to be as inclusive as possible and encourage Eastside and regional artists to participate.

How can individual artist’s help improve KAST?
As in prior years, KAST artists and studios commit to ALL the policies and responsibilities as described in the Artist Guidelines. This includes distribution of marketing materials, hanging day-of signage, finding Tour sponsors and advertisers, sending personal invitations to networks, attending KAST meetings and more. To encourage partnership and communication between the KAST artists and KAC, we are also creating a new KAST Steering Committee, where the artists will have a voice and participate in making the tour a success.  We strongly encourage new and returning KAST artists to consider this opportunity! (Added bonus: A 50% reduced application fee! See description above for details)

What does my application fee go towards?
Your fees help cover the tour’s administrative & marketing costs. KAC was awarded a grant through the City of Kirkland’s Tourism Development Committee to help produce KAST, which covers only a portion of the tour’s marketing and administrative costs. Please contact Jennifer Gill at (425) 822.7161 x103 for a detailed description of the KAST 2017 projected income and expenses.

Questions about KAST?

Amanda Reeves, Development & Events Coordinator | (425) 822.7161 x106