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The USEA is a volunteer run non-profit organization made up of artists who live and work in Boston’s South End.  Its mission is to support local artists and to help promote the arts in the community by organizing opportunities and events for artists to show and publicize their work, including group shows and exhibits throughout the year.  All events are free and open to the public.


Boston’s South End Hosts 28th Annual Open Studios

September 20-21

South End Open Studios – September 20-21, 2014

Over 200 Artists on hand to kick-off Boston’s Fall Open Studios Season

Boston, MA–United South End Artists, Inc. presents South End Open Studios on Saturday and Sunday, September 20-21 from 11:00am to 6:00pm each day.

South End Open Studios is celebrating its 28th anniversary this year.  The event, begun by a small group of artists, has grown to encompass 12 major buildings and numerous smaller spaces throughout the South End. Over the last few years, some of Boston’s most noted galleries have also made the South End their home.

The free event showcases the works of more than 200 established and emerging artists creating art in a wide variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, ceramics, glass and fiber.  The public is welcomed into their studios and galleries to meet the artists, talk about the art and purchase art directly from the artists.  A number of artists will also be doing In-Studio demonstrations throughout the event including photography, paper quilts, and letterpress printing.

While some of the studios in the South End are open to the public at other times during the year, South End Open Studios is the only time when all of the major art buildings in the South End are open to the public.  South End Open Studios is your unique chance to explore the roots of the modern South End and to salute the artists who moved to the neighborhood long before the warehouses were renovated, the lofts were built and the brownstones were gentrified.  In many ways it was the energy of the artists that has created what today is one of the most vibrant neighborhoods in the city.

Printed guides featuring details on the artists and a map with all studio locations included will be available at the two South End Open Studios Information Tables located at the Boston Center For The Arts, 539 Tremont Street and at the corner of Wareham and Harrison.

There will be Information tables at Wareham Street and Harrison Avenue.

A Shuttle Bus will run during the event and make Stops at the following locations:
Boston Center for the Arts
The Piano Factory
Art Block
Bates Art Center
Harrison Ave. & Wareham St.

South End Open Studios is free to the public.

If you are an Artist in the South End and would like to participate in this and other USEA shows, you can apply for membership at



USEA History

In 1986 a group of artists at the Boston Center for the Arts invited friends and neighbors into their studios to view their art. As other artists in the area became interested in the event, the United South End Artists was formed, and the South End Open Studios weekend came into being. Today the event covers a dozen studio buildings and more than 250 artists, encompassing all of Boston’s South End, attracting thousands of visitors from surrounding towns as well as the greater Boston area. In 1996 the USEA was granted 501(c)3 status. The South End Open Studios event allows visitors to see where and how art is made, and to meet the artists. The USEA also sponsors several other art events during the year.


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You can also contact us via mail at:

United South End Artists, Inc.
PO Box 181114,
Boston, MA 02118


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