Etsy Collects Sales Tax for 3 States

A young Japanese woman traveling in a train looks outside. Maybe she is contemplating her own Etsy shop sales!

Starting August 1, 2018, the Etsy site will collect state sales tax on orders shipped to Oklahoma. They currently collect sales tax on all orders shipped to Pennsylvania and Washington State. Read the guide to Etsy sales tax.

If you’d like to open your own Etsy shop–we offer you 40 free listings to get started! Use this link to get your free listings.

 

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You are Invited: Artist Patricia Johanson’s New Land Art Project

Photographer : Adam Isaac Hiscock

 

We’re happy to share images and an invitation to the new Sego Lily Dam land art project of artist Patricia Johanson in Sugar House Park, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

Patricia says, “The project is five blocks long, so impossible to photograph (in its entirety).  It continues under the highway, and through a “canyon” that is the spillway for the dam.  In the opposite direction, the stem is a trail, but also the path of flash floods, and at the end of that is the “Lily” root-bulb overlooking a creek (Parley’s Creek).”

 

 

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50/50 Business Equality in the Arts – Two Initiatives

Women are speaking out in two growing campaigns. The Let’s Make the Industry 50/50 Initiative was “founded with a mission to effect drastic and measurable change as it pertains to the roles and participation of women within the creative industries.”  If you would like to sign the petition, join the directory, or just want to find out more– visit the 50/50 Initiative site.

If you earn all or part of your income as a female photographer– Sign up to the newsletter for #DiversifytheLens on the website for Trove Artist Management here.

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Balancing Art – Join the New Artists Group Board on our Pinterest Business Account for Artist Marketing Resources

Baja beach Zen Rocks, photograph by Marie Kazalia

Come Grow With Us!

After years of working with our old format Pinterest account, we have just created a new Pinterest Business account for Artist Marketing Resources. You can grow with us.

We’re setting up new options for artists on our Artist Marketing Resources Pinterest business account here. On it we’ll focus on promoting the art of our readers. (It’s all brand new and kind of bare at the moment–but it won’t stay that way for long!)

Many artists already post their art to our old Pinterest group board Art Direct From Artists and in the past we’ve promoted the board and artists heavily on Twitter.

Now you can be one of the first artists to join our new business Pinterest account version of Art Direct From Artists and add pinned images of your art available directly to buyers!

How to join Art Direct From Artists and add your art image pins–

Step 1: follow Artist Marketing Resources on Pinterest–click here to follow

Step 2: send an email (to:  mariekazalia@gmail.com) or send a private message on the Pinterest platform letting us know that you want to join our artists group board Art Direct From Artists. 

Step 3: Check your Pinterest followers (look for Artist Marketing Resources–we’ll follow you back) and check your Pinterest invitations. Once you find our invitation to join Art Direct From Artists, accept the invitation and you can start adding pins of your own art available for sale to buyers! Include your retail prices on your art image pins! Buyers will contact you directly.

The Benefits

You benefit from our promotions of the group board Art Direct From Artists in our feature articles published here and on other magazine and blog platforms. Our Twitter tweets feature the group board link and select artworks, and we talk about the group board in discussions on other social media platforms.

Our past promotions of Art Direct From Artists have brought artists on the group board more visibility! It works. We know because artists who pinned their art to our old group board– which is a few years old now– have reported sales that tracked back to our Pinterest group board!

Why we like our new Pinterest Business account:
We say “our” new Pinterest Business account because we want to integrally include you and your art! My old Pinterest account is years old and so crammed full of images that it’s time to make a fresh start.
Pinterest has many new features with their new Business account option. For instance, our group board Art Direct From Artists has Sections for sorting art images for buyers to more easily search–so far we’ve created sections for: Abstract Painting, 3-D Sculptural Works, Contemporary REALISM, Outsider / self-taught /auto-didactic
The Future
We plan to promote our new Pinterest Business account and group artist boards on Twitter and via feature articles and more.
Feel free to ask me any questions you may have in a comment.

We Want to Hear From You

Let us know what other group boards you’d like us to add to our new Pinterest business account, and if we like your idea we’ll not only create the board, and invite you to join, but we’ll tweet your link and give you a shout out too on Twitter as a thank you. Just leave on comment on this article to get things started.

Visit our new business account for Artist Marketing Resources on Pinterest
and view the new group board Art Direct From Artists.

2018 Marks the 10th Anniversary for Artist Marketing Resources

 

I spent new years eve at a small beach party in Mexico–and yes, I am trying to sympathize with all of you in snow, and for being stuck in what I’ve heard has been an unusually cold and snowy winter in the eastern parts of the US. But I’m using wifi on a tropical beach, enjoying the sound of the waves, and reminiscing on how ten years ago (in late January and early February) I started creating what is now Artist Marketing Resource.

I really need the beach time, and haven’t published as many articles of late, and yet artists all over the world continue to use this site around the clock.

Our most popular article offers 40 free Etsy listings–read it here. Every day of the year, multiple artists sign up using the link in our article to get their 40 free listings. I receive an email from Etsy each time one does! Plus I get free listings each time an artist signs up. So I have thousands by now and I’d like to find some nice art items in Mexico to offer in my Etsy shop.

Another popular article tells artists how to use the “97” shipping codes on their art shipments to avoid paying extra fees–and doesn’t everyone want to know about that! Here is the link to the article.

Artists remain very interested in labeling their artworks without using the term “acrylic” for various reasons–and you can read that article here.

Our most popular resource–besides all the useful information here on this site–is our hugely expanded International Art Gallery Directory–now over 800 pages in length! If you’d like to find out how to get a digital copy click here.  The International Art Gallery Directory is available in various formats, including a printable Word file, printable PDF, and in iCloud which you can access and use on your iPad or other tablet, cell phone, and computer.

If you need anything do not hesitate to make contact. Some artist do call–but many calls are not getting through to me down here on the beach! So the best way is via email at mariekazalia@gmail.com

 

#Artists Creating Custom Handmade Jewelry in the South of England

 

Husband and wife team, Jana Reinhardt and Ross Cutting are janareinhardt.com creating handmade jewelry in the South of England. They specialize in bespoke, or commissioned pieces, and fine jewelry.
Jana and Ross have over 40 years experience in jewelry design and micro manufacture between them, long regarding jewelry making as an art form, eschewing CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and computer-aided manufacturing) in favor of the old methods of fabrication and wax carving.

18 ct  white oak wedding rings

 

While customers are largely concerned with the materials that constitute the finished article of jewelry they want to buy, Jana and Ross know the making process involves a much wider host of materials than you would first think.

A green wax carving.

Every item of Jana Reinhardt jewelry begins its journey when Jana carves the master pattern in hard green casting wax – this can take hours depending on how intricate the piece is. “Our brand is famed for its stylized animal pieces, which means Jana needs to use a wax that gives excellent strength, even when carved into extremely fine shapes. It is very crisp and clean to work with,” according to Ross Cutting.

Swallow Rings, 18 ct enamel

 

“She uses soft pink wax for sprues (the channels that the metal will later pour down during casting), or if she wants a softer, more organic, putty-like feel to the surface of the piece she is creating. The wax is carved with dentist tools and joined with a heat pen. To clean the waxes, she normally uses a soft make up brush and paraffin on cotton wool. This removes any filings, or fine dust and leaves the carving with a smooth, even, polished surface.”

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Once Jana is totally happy with the carving, it is sent off to an external company to be cast.

 

Occasionally, if something needs to be made in a hurry, Jana will carve into Fine Milliput – an air drying clay. It is super fine and trickier to work with, because you only have limited time before it starts to harden. It has the advantage of setting very hard, making it strong enough to use as a master pattern that can be cast from in the studio, using casting sand. This is a quicker process, as it can all be done in house – rather than being sent off for lost wax casting.
Once the pattern is finished and depending on whether we are making a bespoke ring, paperweight or a simple silver design, it is cast into gold, silver, platinum, palladium, bronze or brass.

The casting comes back and is processed to a fine finish, before being combined with different materials, such as semi-precious or precious gemstones, glass enamel, wood, or fabric. We sometimes use chemical patinas or plating solutions to change the color of the metal, if this is what the design requires.

 

A very complex piece might combine several of these materials, and would require a whole range of different processes to be applied to it to create the finished item. The metals and precious stones you see in a piece of jewelry are not the full story, many other materials must be used to create every item we make.

#Artists Get 50% Off Online Class: BUILD + GROW YOUR ETSY SHOP LIKE A PRO

Prettygrafik is offering our readers 50% off  the online class BUILD AND GROW AN ETSY SHOP LIKE A PRO — write “ARTIST MARKETING 99” in the note to seller when you sign up here.

Jumbo Yarn Bowls Are The Perfect Accent Piece For Yarn Loving Clients!

Mulberry Yarn Project Bowl with Sparkle Inlay

 

Every Interior designer has a list of tried and true questions to help assess the tastes and habits of their client. With the recent resurgence of fiber crafting, you might want to ask “do you knit or crochet”? If the answer is yes, you’ll know your client has a heightened love of textures, fibers and color that might make the design process a bit easier! And, when you finish that project with an Artisan Crafted, Jumbo Yarn Bowl on the coffee table in the living room or next to the easy chair in the den, you’ll have a lovely focal point and a client for life!

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Heckathorn Turned Wood had so many requests for “bigger” Yarn Bowls from their Etsy followers, that Jumbo Wood Yarn Bowls have quickly become Lathe Artist Bob Heckathorn’s singular passion. These oversized, functional collectibles have a different purpose than smaller, (single ball) yarn bowls you’ll find on craft sites.

These Jumbo Yarn Bowls are HUGE –ranging from 10″ – 13″ in diameter; designed to hold several balls of yarn as well as the entire project, tools, etc. when the work is set aside. Discerning yarn fanatics love the organization these Jumbo Yarn Bowls provide, while an Artisan Crafted Art Bowl elevates their current work in progress to a whole new level.

Jumbo Cherry Yarn Project Bowl

 

Months in the making, Heckathorn Turned Wood’s Yarn Project Bowls are created from choice reclaimed hardwoods (Cherry, Kauri, Camphor and Pecan, etc.) as well as segmented pine for more rustic tastes. The slow drying process adds gentle warping and character to the shape of the bowl while occurring natural cracks are filled with Bob’s proprietary jewel inspired sparkling inlay. Every Jumbo Yarn Bowl is hand-sanded, buffed and finished over ten times, resulting in a silky smooth, brilliant gloss finish.

XXXL Segmented Pine Yarn Bowl

If you happen to be designing space for a yarn enthusiast Heckathorn Turned Wood is a special resource for a hand-turned accent piece, direct from the artist. Each Jumbo Yarn Bowl is unique, one-of-a-kind, signed and numbered with species by the artist. Including one of these functional collectibles in the right design project will be a special gift the owner will cherish for years to come. For more on the creative process visit Bob’s blog at HeckathornTurnedWood.com.

 

XXL Cherry Yarn Bowl

 

Find out more on the Heckathorn’s website: HeckathornTurnedWood.com

You can buy these bowls on Etsy here: HeckathornTurnedWood.Etsy.com

Follow Heckathorn Turned Wood on Instagram: Instagram.com/heckathornturnedwood 

Facebook:  facebook.com/HeckathornTurnedWoods

Pinterest:   pinterest.com/pheckathorn/crochet-away

Twitter:  twitter.com/@ptheckathorn

Colour: A Kind of Bliss, St Marylebone Crypt

Another great exhibition write-up on Andy Parkinson’s blog Patterns That Connect

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I am delighted to have been included in the group exhibition curated by Lucy Cox and Freya Purdue, Colour: A Kind of Bliss, at St Marylebone Crypt from 5 April to 30 June 2017.

Julian Brown, Tattoo Lagoon, 2017, acrylic on linen, 80x100cm

From the Catalogue Introduction, written by Lucy Cox and Freya Purdue…

“Colour is a kind of bliss … like a closing eyelid … a tiny fainting spell.”
 – Roland Barthes

Colour: A Kind of Bliss brings together six British painters concerned with different approaches to the use of intense energy and luminous qualities of colour. Through varying densities of paint and chroma, saturation and de-saturation, their paintings realise direct emotive forms resulting in both subtly and vibrancy. Painting for these artists working in the field of abstraction/non-figuration is a synthesis of ideas, drawing and colour.

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Doraelia Ruiz Impresses with her Brave, Bold Solo Show at Brainworks

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Doraelia Ruiz “Never Yes No Me You”

Brainworks Gallery

through March 25th

by Genie Davis

Let’s start with a simple wow for Doraelia Ruiz’ “Never Yes No Me You” at Brainworks Gallery. The impressive rainbow of colors, the mix of found images with her own mark making and her use of digital art to combine these elements – this is a mind-bending visual whirl.

Using her merging and melding of a variety of media, Ruiz prints her combined images, stretches them on panels, and then paints over them. This is layering, but it is a delicate layering, her methodology forming an intimate palette to the longing she expresses for what can never be obtained and will never be fully real. The illusions she creates are dreamlike, and in coloration remind the viewer just a bit of the ethos of Peter Max if he did a Vulcan mind-meld with Van Gogh.

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Matisse/Diebenkorn Artistic Soulmates

I don’t usually post art historical articles, but I recognize that this side-by-side comparison of paintings may be important for my readers and so I didn’t want them to miss this fascinating article.

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Matisse/Diebenkorn Installation View at The Baltimore Museum of Art. Photographer: Mitro Hood. Matisse/Diebenkorn Installation View at The Baltimore Museum of Art.
Photographer: Mitro Hood.

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Matisse/Diebenkorn Artistic Soulmates

By Jacqueline Bell Johnson

Through January 29th

Matisse/Diebenkorn is an exhibition 15 years in the making, ending this month at the Baltimore Museum and opening at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in March.

Reading biographies of Matisse and Diebenkorn side-by-side reveals both to be great students, which lead them to be great artists. They have actively viewed work from both predecessors and peers utilizing these observations in the development of their painting. In addition to looking, Matisse was known for collecting work of his fellow artists, even going into debt for it. Diebenkorn’s stint in the Marines gave him the opportunity to view the collections of Museums in New York, Philly and DC, influences he would use later in his career. Twenty years later he traveled to the Soviet…

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#Artist Apply to Exhibit at the Crypt Gallery in London 2017

Just one of the many opportunities for artists that we share here, and one of many more that you will find on our e-list of art gallery artist submission opportunities (available here), artists may apply now until February 16th 2017 to exhibit at the Crypt Gallery in London.

Factory-Art Ltd  London is organizing their  NEVERWHERE Exhibit at the Crypt Gallery to take place in Spring 2017.

Submit your art!

Factory Art Projects “NEVERWHERE” – London 2017

Factory Art invites artists from all over the world to submit their artworks for selection for their next exhibition in London, titled: “NEVERWHERE”–

“NEVERWHERE”
The Crypt gallery St Pancras is a London Below venue, that will be selecting and showing  the work of 20 artists for this upcoming exhibition opportunity.

20 artists will be selected to exhibit “Neverwhere“.

Deadline for Applications: Tuesday 16th February 2017, 10pm GMT.

apply  via online form here 

Naotaka Hiro: Peaking at The BOX, LA

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Naotaka Hiro: Peaking at The BOX, LA

By Shana Nys Dambrot

Through January 28th

Shaped canvas paintings are not often emotionally expressive, favoring the precise curves and angles of custom frames over the bohemian flaunting of rough-edges and raw remnants. Instances of attacking, slicing, piercing, puncturing, and otherwise compromising the painted surface through draping, crumpling, reversing and ruching are more emotive, obscuring image and content in ways that can feel subversive, destructive, violent, but also risk seeming calculated for effect. Naotaka Hiro’s current exhibition at The Box literally and figuratively turns these art historical tropes inside out, presenting a series of engaging, vivacious, visceral and absolutely disruptive carved-up canvases (and related series of frenetic works on paper, surreal bronze body-cast sculptures, and performative action-painting video) that reinvigorate these practices.

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Special Discount Code for Our Readers #Artists Get 10-15% Off Printing Services on Cards, Books, Mags, Calendars, Banners

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For our readers–use these discount codes to get your art postcards, books-booklets-magazines of your art, new calendars, and retractable banner for your next open studio, exhibition or event,

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Plans for Promoting Your Art in the New Year

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Maybe you’re feeling a bit rusty after taking time off during the holiday season and now you’re eager to reset and restarted in the new year with new ideas and new plans for your art. Many people have mixed feelings right now–during the first week or two of a new year–and you may too. Some may feel eager and optimistic, even wistfully hopeful for the months ahead, while others tend to be more earth-bound in their expectations.

Right now could be a good time for a reality check and a little tough love, especially when it comes to where and how best to place your efforts when it comes to promoting your art.

Here are some thoughts on getting off to a good start in 2017!

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So you want more visibility for your work in 2017! Great goal! How do you spend your time wisely to reach your goals?

While, yes, there are plenty of art magazines and blogs that will feature your work at no cost,  do you really know how and where to find all the best opportunities for your work? And, by the way, what is the best way to show your art to magazine editors? How many art galleries accepting submissions could you find on your own and how long would it take you and at what cost? What valuable opportunities are you missing out on in the meantime?

Plan to use your money and time wisely and effectively in 2017 

The internet has powerful search tools that cost you little more than your time, the cost of a computer, and the price of an internet connection. But, is spending hours and hours of your time searching online wearing you down and discouraging you? It can get pretty dull day after day, and confusing–just how do you organize what you’ve found?

The True Costs

Have you really calculated how much an hour of your time is worth and then multiplied your hourly worth and expenses by the total number of hours spent searching? Wouldn’t you rather be spending your time making more art and getting it out to the best opportunities as quickly as possible? Also the time you spend searching online may be time better spent developing your pitch and actually getting your CV, Artist Statement and artwork images out to be viewed and reviewed.

And how about your jpeg images — are they professionally labeled for submissions? That alone can take hours of your time.

We’ve understood all of these things for a very long time! Artist Marketing Resources recently celebrated its 8 year anniversary providing artists with information resources and opportunities. That’s right, we’ve spent the past eight years compiling valuable resources for artists, working with artists, and helping artists understand how best to present their work.

Now here’s where the reality check and tough love come in.

Why do what others have already done and are making available to you?

If you really think that you can go online and find hundreds and even thousands of opportunities for your art in an afternoon or two of online searching then you are just not being realistic. You couldn’t get that accomplished in weeks or months even. You may not be spending your time productively. You may be caught up in what is known as busy work. You work hard every day but you are just not sure that you are engaged in the right efforts to reach your goals. By not calculating your true cost in time and total long-term expenses you may be spending your time, energy, and resources where they are least effective. How many valuable opportunities are you missing out on while placing your efforts in the wrong place at the wrong time?

Don’t re-do thousands of hours!

We’ve already spent thousands of hours doing the research for you and we want to share that information, to help you. We want you to put your valuable time and other resources toward your creative work. We’ve already spent thousands of hours organizing resources to help you cut back on your expenses. Don’t repeat our efforts!

Calculate Your True Costs

Realistically, why not calculate what an hour of your time is worth–give yourself  an hourly salary amount of $25-35, and add your hourly internet connection cost + the cost of computer use + overhead + utilities. That’s how any business calculates their expenses.

( If you are not familiar with the term overhead–it’s just that–how much does it cost for you to use the space, or to have the roof over your head,  while you use your computer and do your research? That includes calculating the square footage of your office space, and the corresponding  percentage amount of your rent or mortgage payment, insurance, property taxes, utilities, furniture, equipment and any other expense involved for you to use that space.)

If you can immediately cut those expenses and research time down to a fraction, wouldn’t you do that?

That’s what we are offering you.

We’re sharing thousands of hours of research at a fraction of the cost of to you and at a fraction of what others would charge if they had our resources.  Yes, we’ve been told that an e-list sold by others for $150 only contains listings for art galleries in one country–Italy.

Our e-list of art galleries is a fraction of the price and contains extensive galleries listings within all 50 states in the US and extensive listings of art galleries in countries Internationally. Plus our e-list resource contains gallery submission guidelines and policies–highlighted in red so they are easy to find. Our art gallery e-list consists of over 560 pages and approximately 10, 000 art gallery listings.

We also offer an extensive resource e-list of art licensing companies and their submission guidelines, a resource e-list of art magazines and publishers, other of our resource e-lists feature print sales opportunities, photography agents and sales venues, and another on art consultants. And if you need help with your submissions we have an ebook guide, and offer one-on-one services.

Again the question we asked at the outset–How many art galleries accepting submissions could you find on your own and how long would it take you and at what cost? What valuable opportunities are you missing out on in the meantime? Plan to use your money and time wisely and effectively in 2017 by letting us help you.

 

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Artists + Photographers Submit to E-magazine Which Compiles All Contributors’ Best Work

 

Creative Kida online magazine is a community of creative people around the world.  The magazine is compiled from all contributors’ best work submitted via email.

According to the Creative Kida submission guidelines– If you are any kind of visual artist, designer, arts & crafts makers, inventors or photographer you can share your creative work with them in an email and they’ll publish and share it in their magazine.

You’ll find the Submission guidelines and email address here.

 

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Get the extensive e-list of Art Magazines, Art Blogs, and Art Publication Resources on Gumroad here and in our Webs store here.

Art Gallery With Ongoing Open Call for Artists To Submit Photography, Photo-related, Media-Related, Installation

Image courtesy of saphatthachat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Image courtesy of saphatthachat at FreeDigitalPhotos.net

 

Many artists know that the Manhattan districts of Chelsea, Soho, Tribeca and other areas of New York City are peppered with large numbers of art galleries–while newer galleries continue to spring up in nearby Brooklyn, in the neighborhoods popular with artists, such as Bushwick and beyond.  It’s about a 6 hour drive outside those city districts to Buffalo, the second largest city in the state of New York.

One of the longstanding galleries in Buffalo, CEPA GALLERY, has maintained a forty-year program of artist residencies. CEPA also has a purchase program, and periodic open calls to artists to specific exhibition projects.

Another interesting program of CEPA GALLERY and for their project space Big Orbit is an ongoing open call for artists to submit work for inclusion in these gallery spaces.
Work submitted for CEPA Gallery must be photography, photo-related, or media-related. Work submitted for Big Orbit can be in any media, though preference will be given to installation formats.

CEPA is actively engaged in numerous community arts events that they detail on their Tumblr blog here.

For the past several years, Artist Marketing Resources has been busy researching art gallery opportunities, updating current information on art galleries and adding new details for galleries currently accepting artist submissions–find out more here.

We also have an extensive resource e-list for photographic artists here.

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OPEN CALL to Emerging Artists and Mid-Career Artists to Submit for New York City Exhibition

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Field Projects gallery in New York has an open call for artist submissions.  Field Projects is an artist run project and exhibition space and online venue featuring emerging and mid-career artists. Field Projects presents monthly exhibitions at their Chelsea location in addition to pop-up exhibitions throughout New York City.

 

Read the full submission guidelines here.

Field Projects invites emerging and mid-career artist to submit their work for their Summer June-July 2017 exhibition: Show #39.

 

Many art galleries have open calls and we are tracking these on our International e-list of Art Galleries available here.