As a gallery, we’ve picked up a few things that artists should know when dealing with galleries. We’d like to start with the very beginning,initiating contact:
- The most important thing you can do with any gallery, is read, read READ through their website. We know artists are busy and antsy at times, but gallery staff are busy as well. Shows overlap and we are often preparing for one show while accepting and dealing with current call for entries for other shows. So you want to make sure you read the FAQ’s, in order to avoid becoming –that artist– the one people get enough of right off the bat.
- If you’re submitting, it is a good idea to check out the website and read their FAQ’s and their submission guidelines. When you read the FAQ’s, you can avoid wasting people’s time —trust us, artists that have their facts down will often be looked at with a more favorable eye. Submission guidelines are often provided by galleries in order to save time for both the artists and the gallerists and to stream-line efficiency on behalf of the staff. Some galleries won’t have a section on submitting— you can email them… but it’s rare they’ll answer.
- When they do answer, YOU SHOULD MAKE SURE TO BOOKMARK THEM! because this means they are very down-to-earth and friendly people if they are going to take the time to answer.
- Avoid asking a gallery to “take a look at your blog/website/portfolio” if they require artists to submit, because chances are they are asking for submissions to avoid having to take the time to sift through multiple requests to then again sift through multiple blogs/websites/portfolios.
That’s it for now. We believe that helping you will help galleries (like us) makes your experience with galleries and gallerists more pleasant and helps you (and us) avoid souring a potentially beneficial opportunity.
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