16 Ways to Demonstrate Your Art Has Value

Sarah Snavely demonstrates how she packs her sculpture – securely and professionally. Image used with permission.

Sometimes we get sloppy and forget that everything we do and say around our work affects how others perceive it. You teach people how to treat you and your art. Make sure you’re sending the right signals. Here are 16 things to consider.

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Pointers on Wall Labels for Your Art Exhibition

Barbara Gilhooly painting label

Approach the making of the labels you place next to your artwork with thoughtfulness and common sense. At a bare minimum, your wall labels should include your name, object title, and media/support/technique. A retrospective of your work should also include the dates.

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Art Too Big? No Such Thing!

Rebecca diDomenico, Pallucid

I often write about making art big enough to hold your dreams. Pallucid was built in Rebecca diDomenico’s large living room over the course of a year, but she didn’t think much about how she was going to get it out of her home and into the museum. She said: You find a way.

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Crediting Your Artwork

Listen up!

Whether you post your images on a blog, a website, or on a social media site like Facebook, you need to give yourself credit for your artwork.

If your name is not prominent on the page with the artwork, you need to add your name below the image. That means that if the image is on a blog and I’ve scrolled down so that I can no longer see your name in the header, you need to add your name.

Consider how quickly you scroll and scan through websites. Now think about someone doing this on your site. If they get to a certain point, is your name lost? Do they even know whose art they’re looking at?

Get in the habit of crediting all of your images with the necessary information.

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Labels For Your Art Installation

Many curators – especially those of contemporary art – will argue the merits of using labels in exhibitions. Not many of them are opposed to identifying the art, but a lot of them wish to stop at that. They don’t like to use extensive text on labels.

On the other hand, the general public loves and needs the text. They love to read the background of the artist and artwork and they need the text to become better educated.

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Here are some quick guidelines for your exhibit labels.

Use good paper. Select a plain, readable font. Be consistent with your format for name, title, medium, date, and price. Make text at least 14 point if you want them to be readable by all.

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