Submitting pieces of your art work to a gallery is not as hard or as daunting a task as it sounds, you just need to know what you are getting yourself into, get a few tips, and be prepared.
The following are just a few tips that will help you while you go about submitting pieces of your work to different galleries:
Submitting your piece is obviously the first step to getting into an art gallery and believe it or not, reading the instructions and following them is the hardest part of the whole process. When writing a paper you need to dot the I’s and cross the t’s, when submitting an art piece you need to know if the art gallery wants a physical portfolio or a an online portfolio. Most galleries will require a portfolio of 10 to 20 pieces and if they require a physical portfolio all you need to do is follow the instructions. Online submissions can be a little more challenging because you need make sure your images can be seen on many different computers, that they are downloadable, and that they are sized to fit on just about any monitor. You also need to name the pictures of your pieces with meaningful names.
The Curriculum Vitae is where you basically place your past exhibition, publication, and press experience. This is the place to show off what you have done in the past.
An artist statement is your chance to describe and explain your art piece in your own words.
Be nice, be courteous, and be professional; the art gallery will not appreciate those who submit portfolios or pieces that do not follow the instruction to the letter, or those pieces accompanied by unprofessional written material. Being professional also includes following-up with your submission if no one has gotten back to you within two weeks.
You need to be aware of the fact that you will probably not have a say in the positioning of your art piece if it is selected for the art gallery that you submit to. Your pieces may be hung or placed on gallery pedestals; they may be in the front, middle or back of the gallery depending on where the piece fits in with the rest of the display. Do not be too picky when you are first starting out and you are just trying to get your name out there. You do, after all, need to start somewhere.
Madison Hewerdine is content creator who loves to write about art galleries, and gallery pedestals.