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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 photographs.

Also read: Exhibiting Your Artwork

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