Erector Square
Open Studios 2023

Event Information

The artists of Erector Square have organized to continue the annual tradition of Open Studios with a vibrant celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Erector Square complex and its creative history. During the two-day event the artists will have their studio doors open to the public where visitors can talk to the artists about their work, see work in progress, and learn about the creative process. All ages can participate and be introduced to a variety of art forms and media, including painting, collage, sculpture, printmaking, photography, ceramics, dance, music and more.

This event is free and open to everyone.

When: October 21 & 22, 2023, 12pm – 5pm

Where: Erector Square, 315 Peck Street, New Haven, CT

Special Events

  • Everyone Can Make Art: Community Quilt Making with Daniel “silencio” Ramirez

    Join Fair Haven Artist Daniel “silencio” Ramirez in community building through quilt making. Supplies provided. In partnership with Fair-Side
    Building 3
    Sat & Sun 12-3

  • Japanese Craft Festival

    Halloween-themed
    crafts and martial arts demonstrations
    Firehorse Dojo
    Building 5, Studio A & B
    Sat 1-4

  • Face Painting

    Akosua from Akosua’s Wonderful World of Art will be providing free face painting for kids

  • Live Music

    Bregamos Stage by Building 8
    Saturday:
    Cliff Schloss 2 pm
    Katie Jones 4pm
    Sunday:
    Movimiento Cultural 1pm
    Son Chaneques Rebeldes 2pm

    By Buildings 3 & 5
    Sunday
    East Rock Brass Band 1:30pm

  • Beyond the Salt
    Food Truck

    Signature Salads, Burgers and Wraps
    Sat 12-3 & Sun 12-5

  • Coffee and Treats

    Crossroads Coffee House and Bakery
    pop-up in Building 6E
    Sat & Sun 12-5

  • WPKN

    Independent community radio broadcasting from A.C. Gilbert’s original office in Building 3

Visiting Curators

  • David Borawski

    David Borawski is an independent curator and multi-media installation artist living and working in Hartford, Connecticut.
    As a curator, he has been responsible for many of the exhibitions at Real Art Ways in Hartford, presenting solo exhibitions of Howard El Yasin, Jaanika Peerna, Felandus Thames and others.
    Group exhibitions for the Ely Center for Contemporary Art and the Institute Library galleries in New Haven have been mounted as well. He also initiated the Atom Space project in the Hartford area, mounting exhibitions in empty storefronts and one-off locations.
    David will be visiting Kathryn Frund, Phyllis Crowley, and Jerry Morin.

  • nico w. okoro

    nico w. okoro is an independent arts consultant, curator, educator, and writer based in New Haven, CT. A fierce advocate for womxn artists and artists of the global majority, she works across disciplines to both broaden and deepen the canon of contemporary art, while cultivating values-driven communities of practice. nico is also a founder and principal of the bldg fund, llc; a visiting critic at the Yale School of Art; and a board member at the National Academy of Design. She is the author of Museum Metamorphosis: Cultivating Change Through Cultural Citizenship, published by Rowman & Littlefield Publishers and the American Alliance of Museums Press in 2022.
    Nico will be visiting Chelsea Rowe, Studio i and Allison Hornak.

  • Yannae

    Yannae (Janai) Kemp, a seasoned and certified Health and Wellness Coach, S.E.L educator, youth education consultant, accomplished playwright, former WYBC radio personality, acclaimed activist, inspirational speaker, NLP practitioner, and a profound contemporary thinker. For more than 15 years, he has dedicated himself to serving his community. Presently, he holds the position of creator and program manager for the NXTHVN Apprentice Program, working alongside renowned artist Titus Kaphar.
    Yannae will be visiting Anne Doris-Eisner, Faustin Adeniran and Elm City Dance.

Exhibiting Studios

Guest Artists

Guest artists will be exhibiting their work in a variety of locations around the Erector Square complex. Please consult the vistor's map for their locations when you arrive.

Other Events

6th Dimension – Afrofuturism Art Exhibition, August 26 – Oct 28
The Lab at ConnCorp
496 Newhall St, Hamden CT
Curated by Juanita Sunday
Artist Talk 9/24 12-2pm

 

Artspace Fall Exhibition “Blocks & Bridges: World Building in New Haven”, September 29-October 28, 2023
At Creative Arts Workshop‘s Hilles Gallery
Opening Reception Thursday, September 30, 4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Curated by Gabriel Sacco

 

City Gallery Exhibit: “Process” October 6 – October 29, 2023
994 State Street, New Haven
Saturday, 10/7: Reception & artist talk by Phyllis Crowley and Barbara Harder
Saturday, 10/14: Artist talk by Jennifer Davies
Sunday, 10/29: Closing reception & artist talk by Bobbi Friedman and Sheila Kaczmarek

 

Creative Economies Exhibition
Come celebrate the impact that artists make building up commerce and community.
Opening October 14, 4-6pm, exhibition up through November 20th
Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 2pm – 6pm
377 Main Street, West Haven, CT
Presented by ArtsWest CT

 

Amplify the Arts Festival, October 14-15, 2023
Eli Whitney Museum Barn
940 Whitney Ave, Hamdent, CT
Five local artist installations will showcase their exceptional talents through their distinctive works from thought provoking sculptures to breathtaking paintings. Attendees will also be able to explore a curated collection of unique offerings from local artisans and entrepreneurs. Bring the whole family along for two days filled with mesmerizing performances, awe-inspiring art installations, and delicious food.

 

Marlin Works Open Studios: October 21 & 22, 2023
12-5 PM, 85 Willow Street on the corner of Mitchell Drive, New Haven
Marlin Works Artists:
Linda Lindroth – Eagle Building, Floor 3, Studio E. Polaroid 20×24 Polacolor ER Prints made between 1985-2000. Work from the series Trickster in Flatland is also available to view.
Nancy Karpel – Eagle Building, Floor 3, Studio F.  Contemporary jewelry of precious metals, gemstones and rare minerals, enamels, and found objects.

 

Westville Open Studios: October 28 & 29, 2023

Saturday, October 28, 11:00-5:00pm

  • Open Studios in Westville
  • PODS on the Patio
  • Last Puppet Making Workshop at Coogan
  • “After Picasso-The Constructed Image” at The DaSilva Gallery
    899 Whalley Avenue, October 9-November 4.
    Meet the artists on Saturday October 28 from 3-5 pm.
    The show commemorates the 50th anniversary of the death of Picasso and the 111th anniversary of his contribution to the modern art movement commonly referred to as collage.
  • Exhibition at Kehler Liddell Gallery

Sunday, October 29, 11:00am-4:00pm

Plan Your Visit

All of Erector Square’s parking lots will be open for visitor parking during Open Studios, plus an additional lot at the southwest corner of Peck and Blatchley. The parking lot for New Reach, just to the east of Erector Square on Peck Street, will also be open for visitor parking 11:00am-5:30pm.

Visitors Map Download link
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Special Events PDF download link
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Sponsors & Supporters

Poster by Jennifer Rae Design

Supported by ARPA funding via a grant from the City of New Haven's Department of Arts, Culture, & Tourism with fiscal sponsorship provided by the Arts Council of Greater New Haven. Further support from Erector Square LLC and the artists of Erector Square.

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Accessibility: There is a handicap ramp on the side of Building 2 and building 3 from the main parking area. Building 3 ramp will give access to buildings 3, 6E, 7 and 5 (first floors only). Building 2 ramp accesses Building 2 (first floor only). Building 4 is ground level. Building 8 has a ramp to the first floor of Bregamos.