Join The Visual Arts Network

The Visual Arts Network is a curated directory of over 300 artists living and working in Santa Cruz County. Here you’ll find creators of all kinds — from painters and sculptors to woodworkers and glass blowers. Each artist has their own page where you can learn about their process & their creations and connect with them directly. Search by name, location or medium, explore all the artists, or meet featured artists. We invite you to “Explore Directory” and meet your creative neighbors!


For nearly 35 years, artists across Santa Cruz County have shared their creativity directly with the community through the Open Studios Art Tour, a program of Arts Council Santa Cruz County. In 2020, our methods had to adapt, but our mission was unchanged. We’re excited to present this online space where our county’s creators can showcase their work and build relationships with local art-lovers. The Arts Council is excited to present Open Studios in Oct. 2021! 

How to Join

The VAN online platform is for artists in Santa Cruz County to showcase their work, build relationships with local art-lovers, and connect with their creative peers. Applications for the 2021-2022 year of the Visual Arts Network will open in October 2021. Sign up for the Arts Council newsletter to be notified when applications open. We will announce it here too, so bookmark this page or visit our Open Studios website.

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