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Old 01-02-2018, 07:23 PM
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Getting work into a Gallery

How does one go about getting into galleries? I've been watching for Calls for Artists and applied for a few galleries (with a bit of success!). I'd also seen several that want a small fee for the entries ($15 to $45). And while I'd like to apply for those, a bunch of small fees adds up very quickly. I'm thinking I shouldn't march into a gallery with my portfolio and ask to see the curator either.

So what path should I take?
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Old 01-02-2018, 07:34 PM
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Re: Getting work into a Gallery

There are "exhibitions", which are exhibits sponsored by all sorts of arts oriented organizations, and then there are "galleries" which are retail points of sale for paintings of various kinds and styles.

Both are good for getting your work out before the public, for sales and for building your painting reputation.

Most exhibitions have entry fees per painting. That's the way it is.

Galleries on the other hand, take their commission when a painting is sold. I'd be very suspicious of a gallery that charged a fee to accept your work.

This is why legitimate galleries are very particular about the kinds and styles of paintings they accept--they have to make sales to stay in business and they know what their individual reputation is in the art world. If your work fits into their business model they may be interested. If not, walk down the street!

When it comes to galleries, there's one--somewhere--for every painter, but not every gallery is for every painter. Find the ones for you!

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Old 01-02-2018, 07:48 PM
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Re: Getting work into a Gallery

Thanks Virgil! Great breakdown, I appreciate it.

For galleries, how do you approach a gallery where you think your art would be well received? Cold calls/emails? Wait until they advertise? Something else?
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