Scholarship Advisory Panel


Melissa Smedley

Artist / Activist At Large


Wanda Pan-Christiansen 

Alliance on Aging, Director of Development & Marketing


Helen Ruisi

Grant writer, Chartwell Director of Advancement 


Denese Sanders

Director/ Open Ground Studios

Fractured Atlas Non-Profit Fiscal Sponsor. Donate now!

Open Ground Studios is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Open Ground Studios must be made payable to “Fractured Atlas” only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

2019 Scholarships Fund

In 2018, we launched a pilot scholarship program with the support of a grant from the Arts Council for Monterey County. This program serves need-based artists and creative adults.  Scholarship artists have the opportunity to participate as full members of the OGS Artist Collective. Applications are reviewed and awarded on an on-going basis by a panel of OGS Advisors.


OGS is being celebrated as the 2019 Champion of the Arts/ Non-Profit, and that is an honor and a responsibility we are passionate to uphold. We hope you will join us in our drive to sustain the Sponsorship Fund while we continue to innovate new programs that support learning, practice and connection through the arts.


The impact of your financial gift will have a ripple effect: from individual artist to the collective, the community and beyond.


Click here to choose your Membership Gift Level, and sponsor a scholarship artist today!

With your gift, more need-based artists including emerging, mid-career and seniors living on a fixed income will have access to not only the space, but the breadth of community, mentoring and connectivity, that together we can champion!

Thank you for your continued commitment to supporting local artists!



Denese Sanders

Director & Founder Open Ground Studios


Meet our 2018 Scholarship Recipients

Hear two artist's stories:
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Contact Open Ground Studios

1230 Fremont Blvd. Seaside, CA 93955

831.204.8578 | Email Us

Gallery Hours During Exhibits

Tuesdays and Thursdays 12:00 - 4:00

and by appointment 


Thank you!

Open Ground Studios' programs and facilities would not be possible without the on-going, generous support of our community, volunteers, members and artists.

Additional support is provided by the Arts Council for Monterey County and our Fiscal Sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Thank you!!

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