Getting your art into a gallery is a process that is essentially the first step into becoming a professional artist. This is where you will get people to notice all of the pieces that you have worked hard to complete, as well as offer more information about yourself.
Here are the steps that you need to take in order to get your art into a gallery:
Firstly, you need to begin by visiting art galleries that are located near you and determine which ones show pieces that better fit your specific style. In fact, there are some galleries that are run by curators who have certain artistic tastes, so be sure to keep this in mind during your search and ask yourself if these are individuals who would like the pieces that you have put together.
Next, speak to the gallery curators themselves and show them how your work differentiates from the work that is produced by other artists, despite the fact that you are in the same genre as them. This is something that can actually be tricky since your work may be similar to the work that other artists produce. The most important thing is to believe in all of the work that you are producing.
Another important step is to attend openings at art galleries in your area and network with other individuals who attend as well. This means that you should let them know that you yourself are an artist as well and that you are interested in showcasing some of your work with them. Be sure to take business cards with your name and a form of contact information (phone number and/or email address will normally suffice) to give to them in case they are interested in taking you up on your offer. Concentrate your efforts on making them want to showcase your artwork.
You should then consider applying for grants. This is a great way to expose yourself to other curators and artists who serve on judging panels, as they will see some of the pieces that you have created. In the event that you end up not winning any grants, representatives from your local art community will still know that you are extremely serious about getting all of your work noticed. However, when applying for grants, an important tip to keep in mind is to be sure to avoid applying for those that require any kind of an entry fee. Generally, these are considered to be fundraisers organized by the specific gallery and don’t necessarily offer much chance of prestige or advancement. Additionally, you will also want to avoid “vanity galleries,” which typically charge artists a fee before their work can be included in a show, which is something that no legitimate art gallery ever does.