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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Looking for Submissions from Artists for Magazine Cover Art Publication Opportunity

I received a request from Beth, to share the news with artists that they are seeking artwork to publish on the cover of The Reader–here are the details:

Dear Marie,

I’m writing from The Reader Organisation, a social enterprise in the North West. We work to connect people with great literature through shared reading. We also publish a quarterly literary magazine called The Reader which offers great writing wherever we can find it, presenting big names and new voices side by side.

We’re always looking for submissions from cover artists to showcase their talent and to help them gain more exposure, and I wondered whether it would be possible to list The Reader under Art Magazines and Publications Submit list?

To read a little bit more about The Reader, please see our website: http://www.thereader.org.uk/magazine.aspx

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As Beth requested, I’ve added The Reader to the Artist Marketing Resource list of Art Magazines, art blogs, art publishers for #artists to submit to increase visibility.  Click here to access that PDF list. 

 

Artists Submit to Garvey Simon Art Access Saturday Feature

Every Saturday, New York City art gallery, Garvey Simon Art Access Inc  posts a selection of original artwork submitted by up-and-coming artists to their Tumblr blog.

This is an excellent way for up-and-coming artists to get images of their art viewed by gallery curators. Saturday Selections Submissions may be made here.

You won’t be able to upload your jpegs but will need an image URL. You can find an image URL on images of your art on your own blog or website. Copy and paste the link into the Tumblr form.

How to submit work:

– Please submit your work as a photo or video post, and if there is a link to your personal blog, please include that as well. Read the full guidelines on the gallery Tumblr blog.

Artists will find a further list of Tumblr blogs to submit to here.

The Corner Magazine: Looking for New Artists to Feature on Website and Online Magazine!

The Corner Magazine’s latest newsletter contains colorful images of art by their featured artists, and the magazine is are looking for new artists to feature in their newsletter and on their magazine site.

The Corner Magazine accepts submissions in the categories of–

Art

Design

Music

Photography

Video

+++ The submission deadline for theCORNER #THREE is April 1st! +++

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Not sure if you fit to theCORNER? Editors are open to every emerging and interesting artist, but established artists are of course welcome as well. The Corner Magazine is always looking for new artists we can feature both on the website and in the online magazine! Do you have a photography editorial or story? Editors are interested in a wide range of topics from architecture, reportage, to fashion, portrait, travel etc. Beyond photography, we accept submissions from all kinds of visual art. Please send your work in a small resolution either as single pictures or preferably as PDF. They will get in touch with you and if they are interested ask for a version in a higher resolution. Keep in mind that they prefer unpublished projects.

They also accept texts for the magazine  and submissions for the ♥-section of the website. For this, you don‘t need to submit a whole story.

The Art Galleries that do accept submissions from artists

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Dear Artist

Many artists who sell their work online would also love to gain gallery representation to increase their reputation. But how do you find a gallery for your work? The good news is that there are a lot of art galleries out there that accept submissions from artists! Locating the right ones for you may seem an impossible chore. We know. We’ve been researching galleries for years. To help artists we make our research available in our 200+ page International Art Gallery PDF 

Here are just a few examples from our PDF of International art galleries–all in the United States–

Altered Esthetics in Minneapolis, Minnesota and ArtistRun Gallery in Long Island City, New York are two that make it easy for artists to submit.

Altered Esthetics has an online submission form on their site–www.alteredesthetics.com plus an email address specifically for artists to use for making submissions for consideration for future exhibitions.

ArtistRun Gallery, Long Island City, New York, also has an online submissions form.

When you visit gallery sites be sure to read their submissions policies–which change frequently–

Recently, the La Luz de Jesus gallery in Los Angeles, a top influential gallery of lowbrow, post-pop and pop-surrealist art, revised their submission policy to accept artist submissions from Oct 1st – December 31st only.

Some art galleries have Artist Liaisons on staff who prefer to receive email submissions and no phone calls from artists.

Dolby Chadwick Gallery in San Francisco, has submission guidelines on their site that state– “Artist submissions are only accepted via email with the subject line “Submissions.” Include 72dpi images or an artist website for consideration.”

If you are confident that you have a good sense of how to write a cover letter and that the jpeg images of your art are properly sized and labeled, then you can submit via email to any art gallery that accepts submissions. If you need help with your approach, read the ebook Transmedia Artist Guide to Making Artist Submissions.

Luna Rienne Gallery, also in San Francisco, has this statement on their website–“We seek new artists and curators to assist in expanding our existing program. Please send online portfolios and proposals to (email address provided)”

Artists, we’ve made it easy for you to review many more international art galleries that accept artist submissions by providing the links to thousands of international art galleries listed in our resource PDF–International Art Galleries.

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