How to Frame Artwork:
Gallery Hanging Rules
- All work must be presented ready-to-hang on a wall, using a wire attached to the frame between one-third and one-quarter of the way down the sides of the piece. Do not use saw tooth hangers or anything other than wire. Unframed canvas pieces are acceptable as long as they are ready to hang with wire hangers. You may frame with or without glass/plexiglass and with or without a mat. We reserve the right to not hang your artwork if we feel it is too much work to repair or it is not presentable.There will be a minimum $35 fee for each of the pieces that require fixes in order to hang.
- Your artwork needs to have a wire as its primary mode of hanging on the back (no saw tooth or other contraptions that take special nails and extra hammers). We will charge $35 if we have to wire it to hang properly.
- If your artwork needs to be prepared in any way for hanging, there will be a minimum $35 fee depending on the amount of work that needs to be done on the artwork. This includes, but is not limited to opening frames to clear, dust, hairs or other debris between the artwork and the pane, readjusting pictures onto their mounting, touching up frames, or wiping off canvases that have been wrapped in wax paper, etc. –if your work needs to be repaired in anyway, there will be a minimum fee of $35
- All photographic prints and easy-to-wrap artwork must be properly mounted or warping does occur and we cannot hang a warped print.
- Place the name of artist and artwork taped securely to the back of each piece.
- If your artwork is different from what was represented in your submission and or the presentation does not meet our gallery standards we reserve the right to refuse to hang it.
- We ask that you frame your artwork in simple black frames for a finished professional look. They are more durable and are sleek and simple in appearance. When framing in wood, consider purchasing a framer’s point driver for flat artwork. No gaudy gold or silver frames, plastic or battered frames or unfinished wood frames are acceptable.
You must have gallery approval if your framing does not meet our specifications.
- Mount your photographed prints! An unmounted print can bubble in the frame and looks extremely unprofessional. For canvas artwork, make sure that it is stretched well. If you are framing with glass/plexiglass look at your framed artwork. Are there hairs and dust caught between your art and the glass? Unless it is part of your piece it should not be in there. Grab some canned air and blow those suckers out!
- Use archival materials in making and presenting your artwork to preserve your art for future generations of art lovers to collect and enjoy.
- Do try and use stainless steel braided picture wire for the back of the artwork. It works best for smooth hanging and deters rusting. Make sure that the screws you use and securely placed into the back of the frame and won’t pop out when it is hung (can you say “damage”?).
What not to do:
- Do not use sawtooth hangers. All work must be presented ready-to-hang, using a wire attached to the frame between one-third and one-quarter of the way down the sides of the piece.
- Name of artist and artwork taped securely to the back of each piece.
- Do not use any other methods other than a wire to hang your work.
- Do not send your work without a wire for hanging. Your artwork must be able to hang on the wall. Unframed canvas pieces are acceptable as long as they are ready to hang.
- Frame moldings are the artist’s choice and may be with or without a mat and or plexi.
- Glass is not recommended. If you do use glass please package very well even if dropping off your artwork. We recommend plexiglass for those who are shipping as we have received artwork that could not show because of glass breaking in transit.
- Do not leave dust inside the frame. The finished presentation – front, back, top and bottom – is part of the whole work. It should appear to be new and well crafted, not battered and shop worn or flimsy or fragile.
If it looks bad we do reserve the right to refuse to hang it.
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