The South Central MN Studio ARTour showcases individual visual artists in their working studios. Eligible artists both conceptualize original work and are primary makers of the work. The mission of the ARTour is threefold: to create an inviting and accessible art tour where audience members experience excellent artwork that is created in their communities by individual visual artists; to support individual artists by providing a sales venue for their work; and to promote cultural tourism.


In 2024, we will celebrate the 20th year of putting on the tour on October 4, 5 & 6 – we invite you to come out and see where and how we work!  The 2023 ARTour featured 18 studios and 33 artists; the 2024 tour will feature a similar number of locations and artists around Northfield, Nerstrand and Faribault. Most studios showcase several artists working in different media. The artists are glad to answer questions and provide information about the art, and many of the studios will have demonstrations.

The range of work is amazing; weaving to welding, glass to gemstones, clay to carving – and paper in between. Whether you are a long-time collector, or are just looking for something unique, the studio tour is a perfect way to shop for fine art, and best of all the tour is free!

Participate as a Studio or Artist!


Applications to participate in the 2024 ARTour are now open, with a March 15, 2024 deadline. Email studioartour@gmail.com with questions.

• $140.00 fee per artist to participate as an established studio artist (an established artist is one who has been selling or showing art for more than 2 years.)

• $75 fee per artist to participate as an emerging artist (emerging artists are those who have not shown work publicly, or have very limited selling or exhibition experience).

• Any artist who participated in the tour in 2022 or 2023 is automatically accepted. New artists or those have not participated since 2021 will have their submission juried.

• Artists with a work space not suitable to the public are welcome to be a guest at a participating studio. Email studioartour@gmail.com to be connected with a studio accepting guest artists. 

Step 1: Apply via ArtCall 

Step 2: Pay your Artist Fee

mail check to Studio ARTour 1517 Lia Drive, Northfield, MN 55057
process online at the link below




On the Web




Check out the FAQs, but if we didn’t answer your question feel free to email us at  studioartour@gmail.com

Studio Tour FAQs

  1. Is there any charge for the tour?
    No. The tour is free and open to the public. No reservations required for this self-guided art tour.
  2. Are the studios handicapped accessible?
    Most of them are. A few have stairs.
  3. Can I bring my kids?
    Yes you can. Kids enjoy seeing demonstrations and all of the different artwork. Remember that studios are work spaces, so remind the kids to ask before they touch.
  4. Is there artwork for sale?
    Yes indeed! It’s a good chance to do some holiday shopping.
  5. Can I do the whole tour in one day?
    Well, that would be optimistic. It would make more sense to do part on Saturday and the rest on Sunday, or check out the studios on the website and pick your favorites.
  6. How can I join the tour?
    You can apply as a studio, or be a guest in another studio if your work space isn’t suitable for the public. Applications for the 2024 Studio ARTour are now open! Apply by March 15, 2024 at https://2024southcentralmnstudioartour.artcall.org/
  7. What if I have additional questions?
    Please email the ARTour organizers at studioartour@gmail.com