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First Step to Get My Artwork Shown in a Gallery?

Andy Cooperman talking to the audience after the program.Andy Cooperman and I gave a presentation with Q & A for an audience of students and emerging artists. Co-sponsored by the Academy of Art San Francisco and the S.F. Metal Arts Guild, the event drew an audience of close to 100.  My only disappointment was that we didn't have time to answer all the questions (including a list submitted by students).

Harriete talking to two people after the questions and answers with the audience.Therefore, I plan to answer some of those questions through ASK Harriete over the next few weeks.

Here is one question that always comes forward:
"As a young artist, what is the first step to getting my artworks shown in a gallery?" - Eva

Some parts of the answer have been answered in four articles under the heading, SUBMITTING WORK to GALLERIES and RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS written by Don Friedlich, Andy Cooperman, and myself, Harriete Estel Berman.

Galleries: Are They Right for You?  by Don Friedlich

Introducing Your Work to a Gallery by Harriete Estel Berman

The Nuts & Bolts of the Gallery.Artist Relationship  by Andy Cooperman

Galleries: Issues to Consider After Your Work Has Been Accepted by Andy Cooperman

Harriete talking to audience member after the questions and answers at the Academy of Art, San Francisco, CAThe information is as solid now as it was in 2009 even though the economy and the Internet have vastly changed the dynamics.

1. There are fewer galleries and stores than there were ten years ago. Galleries and stores have closed their doors for a variety of reasons. Places that were barely surviving could no longer thrive in a bad economy.

2. The craft fair circuit is vastly different. Established shows are not as big, while a new mix of venues has opened up with a more informal flavor.

3. Membership events hosted by museums featuring artists and makers are much more common.

4. Open studios, while not new, are far more frequent.

5. The Internet is the most radical influence. Places like Etsy continue to grow, but there is a huge number of other online marketplaces without a definitive market leader for a juried, exclusive online marketplace.

6. Every gallery now has an online presence.

7. Every artist and maker now can and should have a website and/or blog. 

Harriete and Andy Cooperman after the program hosted by the Academy of Art and the S.F. Bay Area Metal Arts Guild questions AFTER PROGRAMI intend to continue this topic on another day, but let's look at the question again from Eva. "As a young artist, what is the first step to getting my artworks shown in a gallery?"

I am wondering if the question is really, "How can I get my work in a gallery so that the gallery will sell my work, and I can just focus on making and not selling."

Stay tuned to the reality bite...


This post was updated on March 12, 2022, to provide current links.