WHERE TO DISPLAY YOUR ARTWORK
Even with the increase in the numbers of art galleries exhibiting
photographs, it is still difficult to get art gallery representation and
exhibitions. You should consider and look into the following list of
potential art exhibition spaces:
Commercial Galleries: These galleries are sales oriented and take a
commission on all sales. Sales are usually split 50/50 with your artwork
being represented for a period of time. Exhibitions are usually scheduled
twelve months or more in advance and normally there are no additional fees
for exhibiting work. Most of the galleries you encounter will be this kind.
Artist Co-Op Galleries / Membership Galleries: Usually you have to
become a member of their group to exhibit. Members will sometimes have to
work part time in the gallery or offer some other kind of support to the
gallery. Group shows are common in this type of art gallery. Sometimes you
will find Co-Op Galleries affiliated with an artist studios.
Non-Profit Photography Organizations: Membership organizations will
occasionally have member exhibitions. These are usually large group shows
where your artwork is submitted to a jury or selection committee. You should
always support your local non-profit photography organizations
because they are valuable community art resources. For a listing of
Non-profit photography and art organizations and art centers see:
Subsidy or Rental Galleries: These galleries will sometimes ask the
artist to cover expenses or guarantee exhibition sales, or they might charge
a fee for exhibiting your work. They might charge a fee for hanging your
artwork, and they might also charge for openings and publicity. The one big
disadvantage in showing with subsidy galleries is that they might not work
as hard as commercial galleries in selling your work. When signing contracts
with this type of gallery be on the lookout for any fees or hidden costs.
Specialty Galleries: This type of gallery is usually organized around
a theme or a specific type of art like Western Art or Marine Art. They often
prove to be very good sales outlets if your artworks match their theme. Sale
are generally good because they have a client base interested in specific
types of art.
Museums: Generally museums show artwork by established artists.
Chances are slim that you will have a museum exhibition without first having
a long successful art career.
Alternative Exhibition Spaces: local art centers, university
galleries or art departments, libraries, banks, office lobbies, restaurants,
coffee and espresso shops, theaters, bookstores, churches, furniture stores,
department stores, art fairs, conventions and trade shows, could prove to be
good outlets for selling your work. In addition, consider various art
professionals, such as: private dealers, corporate art consultants, interior
designers and architects might be interested in exhibiting and selling your
Also read: Exhibiting Your Artwork
Be sure to visit Art-Support's other Photography Resources:
Photography Galleries, Museums,
Non-Profit Art Centers
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