Go Ahead and Spoil the Surprise

Tibi Hegyesi's booth at Art Expo New York is full of visitors

Consider posting online previews of your work before an opening, but remember – you don’t have to reveal all of the work in a show at once, nor do you have to reveal it to everyone.

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Another Gimmick or a Passport to Your Art?

Damien Hirst’s Complete Spot Challenge got me thinking about having exhibitions in multiple venues. How could you turn this idea into a gimmick that would generate buzz about your art?

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How to Decide if a Call for Entry is Worth Sweating Over

There are differences among the various types of calls for entry competitions, but let’s start at the very basics: how to evaluate a Call and decide if you should respond.

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16 Non-Gallery Sales Avenues from 1 Artist

Carol McArdle, Florida Fantasy

Artist X has sold 45 original works of art over the past five or six years – on her own – without participating in art festivals. She breaks down the 16 different ways those 45 paintings found new homes.

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The Role of Exhibits < Deep Thought Thursday

Can artists have successful careers without exhibiting live? How? Will anything be forfeited?

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Real Live Art

Tatiana Garmendia, “Epic Ink Drawings” installation view.

I write a lot about promoting your art online because it’s cost effective and easy. But you shouldn’t be satisfied with showing your work only on the Internet.

Nothing can replace a live audience interacting with your art.

Tatiana Garmendia, “Epic Ink Drawings” installation at Monarch Contemporary in Seattle, WA. Dimensions vary. ©The Artist

Every time you show your art to someone, you add new layers of meaning to the work because viewers bring their experiences to an appreciation of it.

That’s why every exhibit enriches your art career.

My challenge to you is to book a new LIVE venue for exhibiting your art by January 15. Are you up for that? Share your commitment in a comment.

This post is an excerpt from today’s Art Biz Insider newsletter, which offers

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Cutting Ties with a Gallery < Deep Thought Thursday

How does an artist end a relationship with a gallery if it is not going well? How do you keep it civil and friendly while looking for another gallery in that same city?

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Enlist Help Promoting Your Art

©2011 Howard Cowdrick, Oneness #2. Mixed media.

There are plenty of people who are willing to help you promote your art, but don’t expect them to know where to begin.

If you’re one of the many artists who are showing in non-art venues like restaurants, coffee shops, and bank lobbies, you might be resigned to the fact that these venues can be challenging for sales.

But if you’re an art ninja, you will never tell yourself such a story. You must believe that any venue is the best venue for you at the moment.

Vow to make the most of your opportunities by going the extra mile to enlist others to promote your work for youwherever you’re showing your art.

©2011 Howard Cowdrick, Oneness

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A Twist on the Wine-and-Cheese Reception

Amantha Tsaros

Artist Conspiracy member Amantha Tsaros is showing her work in a library gallery where they won’t allow food and drink at a reception. Read about our ideas to help her have a successful opening in spite of the No Food rule.

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Titles < Deep Thought Thursday

A lot of my clients have a hard time coming up with titles for their artworks or titles for their exhibits. What are some tricks you’ve learned for coming up with titles?

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