Art doesn’t go from studio to museum overnight. Nor is art by beginners usually ready for fine galleries. So what are your options when you’re just starting out? It can be daunting to take the first steps to selling your art. You want to grow, but you also know you need to just get your feet wet. Think about these starting points. [...]
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There’s much to learn in is video of Polly Apfelbaum installing her work at the Museum of Modern Art. In particular, pay attention to how she cares for the individual components. You have to start treating your art like it belongs in a museum. If you don’t, no one else will. [...]
Themed art exhibits rarely produce great art. In fact, they often result in rotten art. When you ask artists to make art for your theme, you’re doing them (and the rest of us) a disservice. They have to conform to your vision and we’re asked to look at the (usually) less-than-stellar results. [...]
Guest blogger Michelle Davis Petelinz gives you tips for wowing the jurors who look at your slide submissions. As an artist and juror, she has seen both sides of the process. As long as you’re paying an entry fee, you’d better heed her advice and give it your best shot. [...]
Understand a project fully before you begin a proposal. Make sure you can do it and that you can articulate your abilities. Follow seven other steps to strengthen your proposals and your chances at winning the projects. [...]
Someone is going out of his or her way to make sure tree trunks and sign stakes are kept warm and stylish this winter. Some graffiti artist is plastering trees and public spaces in West Cape May, New Jersey with . . . . knitting! Here are three lessons to learn from the guerrilla knitters. [...]
You can’t send one announcement for your art event and expect it to be effective. People typically have to see the same information multiple times—in multiple ways—before they will act on it. Mix up your delivery methods as described in this post, and you’ll be much more effective with your promotions. [...]
Art Hilger, Spirit Face. Wood. ©The Artist
Art Hilger is tired of the same ole, lame ole exhibit themes. He asks:
What was the most unique or unusual gallery show theme that you ever entered, wanted to enter, or would like to see solicited?
I’m so tired of “Black and White”, Landscapes in Red (pick a color), Self portraits, etc. etc. etc.
Looking for something weird, like “Nude Kangaroos,” “Elephants in Pantyhose,” “Firemen in Fear,” etc.–something for which a box has not yet been made to be outside of. Something that no rules have yet been made for (like ending a sentence with a preposition).
If you haven’t been lucky enough to participate in the world of weird exhibit themes, maybe you have an idea for something off the wall that you’ve been too shy to share. As Art demonstrated in his examples, NOTHING is off limits.
C’mon! Get weird!
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When something starts feeling too easy, you must reevaluate and make sure it’s serving your goals. You’ll never get anywhere by playing it safe. Moving beyond your comfort zone is a big step, but necessary if you want more from your art. [...]