Opening your studio to the public can be weird and confusing; it can make you feel like an animal captive in a zoo. The conversations can be awkward or non-existent.

My project Open Studio Bingo set out to foster connections between open studio visitors and the artists, their studios, and their work. I designed a bingo card that was used as an icebreaker and scavenger hunt, to assist visitors as they explore open studios. My intention was to enable visitors to look at work and to encourage contemplation within the studios. By giving viewers a task they could expand vocabulary and exercise ways to look and talk about art. I want to rethink how art is considered, how it exists, and where it can be seen.

The bingo game was played by visiting different studios and filling in the bingo card with artists’ names.  Each square on the card contained a short description that could be applied to an artist, their work, or their studio. Players could win prizes for every BINGO.

The prizes offered included Roller Coaster Poster, Winner Eraser, Don’t Honk if You’re Horny Bumper Stickers and blowers, and Buttons. About 40 cards were returned for prizes.