We are very pleased that Artist Marketing Resources is at the top of the list of 10 Art Websites Every Aspiring Artist Should Know–a list put together and published by Creative Founders. Read the list here.
Open Call For Artists’ Exhibition Proposals 2017
Ends on January 13, 2018
Locust Projects is currently running a rolling OPEN CALL for exhibition proposals from national and international visual artists to propose experimental site-specific projects for their 3 exhibition spaces.Read the full submission guidelines here.Find out about more international art gallery submission opportunities here.
Gallery Sitka, which is actually 2 Galleries filled with art of various styles, is located in town of Fitchburg, in Central Massachusetts, USA, has Calls for Artists. Gallery Sitka also manages The Bull Run’s Artist’s Walkway with the Current Show in Fitchburg: Comics!
Today, Gallery Sitka contacted me on Twitter to let me know that their current Call to Artists is for artwork on the theme Oceans! The show runs for all of February and March. Read the full details in their CALL TO ARTISTS here.
Follow Gallery Sitka on Twitter here. Follow Artist Marketing Resources on Twitter here and here.
And as always, you can find our extensive artist resource of art galleries here.
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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!
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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Blue Star Contemporary Art Center in San Antonio, Texas has several gallery spaces , project spaces, and arts programs.
Blue Star Contemporary will have an Open Call in January 2017 for 4 artists for their 3 month Berlin Residency –find details here. They are also exhibiting artists, now and into 2019, in a major city airport–find out more here.
The Blue Star Contemporary open call for National & International Artists invites you to submit a portfolio of your work to be considered for exhibition opportunities–the next call will open in the Spring of 2017. Blue Star exhibitions are curated from the pool of the top 10% of artists who submit their work.
To find out more about the many programs of Blue Star Contemporary Art Center click here.
Blue Star Open Call Opportunities for Artists here.
Submission Guidelines here.
Plan ahead in 2017. Keep up with thousands of opportunities in our International Art Gallery Directory e-list. In this e-list we’ve color highlighted art galleries accepting submissions and have added their submission guidelines and links to their guidelines for artists to review. If you are an artist you can quickly locate more opportunities for their art in the International Art Gallery Directory e-list available here and here.
There are so many art galleries accepting submissions! We’re giving you just a small sampling from our International Art Gallery Directory of over nine thousand art galleries. We’ve been working on this e-list for years and it has now reached over 550+ pages. This November and December we’ve reviewed the entire list checking every link and all details to be sure that you have access to the latest information. This is a great resource that we want artists to use. In our International Art Gallery Directory e-list we’ve color highlighted art galleries accepting submissions and added their submission guidelines for artists to quickly locate more opportunities for their art. Get the International Art Gallery Directory e-list here and here.
The same day that she purchased the International Art Gallery Directory, November 2016, an artist wrote to me:
“Marie, and I had a quick look in the iCloud version – this is a wonderful resource, very, very impressive.” Marilyn Green, artist
Today, we’re sharing this art gallery from our e-list resources — Gray Duck Gallery in Austin, Texas. If you are in artist in the Texas region, or would like to travel there, you might consider submitting a solo or group exhibition project proposal to Grey Duck Gallery.
Gray Duck Gallery accepts submissions for solo and collaborative group exhibits. Curatorial proposals are also accepted. Works in any media by artists at various stages in their career will be considered.
Please note that they are now accepting submissions only via email in .jpg (JPEG), .pdf, (Acrobat), or pps, (PowerPoint) formats. Include 5-10 digital images along with resume/CV, artist statement and website link. Read the full gallery submission guidelines here.
Yesterday, we posted here on how New York art galleries have begun to accept artist submissions on an ongoing basis.
As we double checking and triple checking every link in each gallery listing in our International Art Gallery Directory of over five thousand galleries–available here and here–we’re discovering more and more updated art gallery submission guidelines adopting this “more fluid” artist submission policy.
Here is another–
Art in General in New York City, writes– “Responding to the current state of artistic and curatorial practice, Art in General’s Open Call has shifted from its once-a-year online deadline to a more fluid model of receiving and reviewing artists’ work. Artists are encouraged to submit project proposals at any point throughout the year.” Proposals are accepted via email –read the full submission details here.
A neighbor, who runs every morning, mentioned seeing wild turkeys in a certain area. So I took notice while driving one morning and saw seven wild turkeys in a farmer’s field near some woods. Since then I see wild turkeys everywhere–I’ve even had them in my yard. It’s kind of interesting how we notice things the more we start looking for them and are more open to seeing what others point out to us. Many photographers know that the more they look the more they see to photograph.
All artists who start looking for opportunities for their art–whether it’s for features in art magazines and art blogs, or for the best print sales venues– find many more great opportunities using our resources. Or if you are an artist wishing to connect with art dealers, art consultants and gallerists–our extensive e-lists will save you time narrowing down the best venues for your fine art and photography.
Today and tomorrow we have a Thanksgiving Special–buy one artist resource and get one free.
I shop at a local grocery store that offers Buy-One-Get-One-Free items, and I appreciate that! So I’m making the same offer to artists.
Buy an artist resource in either of our stores here or here then let us know which one you’d us to send you at no cost–use this contact form:
Peripheral ARTeries is particularly interested in highlighting work in all media that is experimental and risk-taking– pushing boundaries in form, content–using unconventional materials.
- There are no entry fees: submitting projects to Mixed Media 2017 is absolutely free of charge.
- The deadline for proposals is December 29th, 2016
- Shortlisted applicants will receive a communication directly from our board by the end January 2017
Artists will find the full Call details here.
Find more opportunities for artists here.
Arc Galley in San Francisco, California, describes itself as “dedicated to showcasing and promoting emerging and established artists from around the country whose work embodies both skill and risk-taking.” Arc Gallery puts on both juried and curated group exhibitions. They are interested in discovering artists.
Arc Gallery has a current Call to Artists for works priced at $199.00, with $120.00 from the sale going to the artist.
“SNAP!” Bay Area Juried Exhibition & Off-The-Wall Sale
All works must be priced at $199. Submit one piece of work you are certain someone would like to own right now, priced at $199.– artist receives $120 from the sale of the artwork.
This January show is also a try out for Bay Area artists. Works that sell get their curator’s attention. Arc Gallery has put several January artists in their curated exhibitions.
DEADLINE: January 5th, 2017
Sculpture, painting, drawing, photo, printmaking, mixed media, collage, assemblage, ceramics, fiber art, artist book – Original artwork only. No giclee reproductions. (This exhibition cannot accept jewelry, video, film, performance art, installation and works requiring an external electrical source.)
Only artists residing in the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. The Bay Area includes the counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, Sacramento, San Francisco, San Joaquin, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and Stanislaus.
Arc Gallery, 1246 Folsom St, San Francisco 94103
Arc Gallery & Studios partners: Matthew Frederick, Priscilla Otani, Stephen C. Wagner & Michael Yochum
January 27 & 28, 2017
“SNAP!” OPENING RECEPTION
Friday, January 27th, 7-10PM
“SNAP!” SECOND CHANCE SALE
Saturday, January 28th, 12-3PM
All works priced at $199 retail with $120 of sale going to artist.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION
January 5, 2017. Works must be submitted online before midnight Pacific Time to be considered by jurors.
Artist Marketing Resources continues to compile and update our extensive e-lists of information for artists– such as, our e-list of art consultants available here and e-list of art magazines (as well as other resource for artists): photography e-list, and places to sell your art here–all newly updated!
One listing in our Art Magazines resources e-list is a cross-over listing, since it is both an art magazine and a San Francisco based art gallery that accepts artist submissions. Not only that, but they are currently seeking film photography submissions of images–crossing over, yet again, into our Photography resources e-list.
It’s a big job, but we are at work continually researching and updating our resource e-lists for artists and photographers–when you purchase via our Webs store you have access to the iCloud share file version which is continually updated. I you purchase via our GUMROAD shop you will receive updated versions of the PDF and Word files every few months.
Right now, if you make a purchase an e-list or e-book in either of our online stores, you can get a free e-book or e-list of your choice–BUY ONE GET ONE FREE
Just let us know what you want and where to send it–using this Contact Form:
Pop-up shops are a popular emerging form of flash retailing that enable sellers to set up temporary stores from which to sell their products. Often using short-term sales spaces, their temporary nature makes them a more affordable alternative to opening a permanent shop, avoiding long-term rental agreements and overheads.
The pleasure of pop-ups is their ‘get it while it’s there’ vibe – because they’re not open all the time, there is an increased incentive to buy. They’re the perfect solution for someone who wants to sell their art in a place where people can see and touch it. What’s more, you can get a good idea of what sells and what doesn’t and see your customers face to face.
Pop-ups are the perfect way to support and promote an online store. If you already run a successful art pop-up, then you are a step ahead in terms of knowing your audience and what appeals to them. You can publicise your e-store through your pop-up, and your pop-up through your e-store. Setting up an e-commerce website is much easier than it used to be, and you can automate the order fulfilment process and leave very few admin tasks for yourself. So how to take that crucial next step?
Benefits of an e-commerce solution
If you already run a pop-up shop that is attracting customers, then you’d be missing a great opportunity by not having an online presence. The beauty of an online shop is that it’s open around the clock. So if someone has to rush away, you can give them a card and the chance to browse your products later. It’s also a place for you to share compelling content and stories about your art – without having to repeat yourself over and over again.
With an e-store you don’t have to worry about manning the store in person, as once set up the process will mostly be automated. You can accept transactions online through PayPal and secure bank card payments, which can be set up to incorporate delivery charges as well.
A lot of artists use Etsy to sell their products. Etsy is an online marketplace in the same way that eBay and Amazon are, but it’s much more geared towards artists and makers. It only costs $0.20 USD to list an item for sale, which is much less than the fees of some of the mainstream marketplaces. You can set up a shop on Etsy for free and list as many items as you want. In terms of retaining as much of the sale price as possible for yourself (minus charges), the top three online marketplaces for artists and designers are Etsy, Folksy and Not On The High Street.
Setting up your own store
The alternative to using an online marketplace is to create your own bespoke online store. It is not uncommon for some artists to do both concurrently, allowing you to access the Etsy/Folksy audience while also maintaining your own separate online presence. Setting up an online store can be achieved in very little time once you’ve chosen a platform you like, and many e-commerce solutions offer free trials that allow you to try them out. It’s not very hard to set up a professional-looking e-commerce website to showcase and sell your art, and for this reason alone it’s worth doing. Setting up your own online store is also a great way to start building your online brand.
Some artists prefer to take the print-on-demand route, which is another way to sell your art and designs online. Its appeal is that all you have to do is upload your artwork, and the site will take care of everything else. The downside is that for providing this service, the site will usually take the lion’s share of the retail price.
Society6 is one of the most popular print-on-demand options, as it has the most visitors and a worldwide audience. It also allows the artist to set their own profit margins – but the higher you go, the more expensive the product will be for the customers buying it. If you set your margins too high, you risk putting customers off. With print-on-demand you won’t make as much profit as through Etsy or an e-store of your own, but it can be a good place to start if you’re getting used to the idea or want to see which of your products sell best online.
If you’re going to sell your artwork online, you don’t want the order fulfilment side of things to take up so much time that you no longer have any left to create. This is why it’s a good idea to automate the process using a dropshipping merchant who will take care of your production, packaging and shipping. Search an online dropshipping supplier directory and look for one that is low-cost (so it doesn’t eat into your profits), reliable, and happy to apply your personal branding. If you’re selling through Etsy, you can set up dropshipping through their dedicated The Art of Where service.
An existing pop-up store is the perfect place to advertise that you also sell your products online. But it also goes without saying that you should also take your marketing efforts to social media. The best social media platforms for artists are Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
The key to successful e-commerce social media is interaction. To successfully promote yourself on social media, you must do as the name suggests and be social. It is not enough to shout about what you do. To build up trust and connect with your audience, show that you are a real person by sharing works in progress, pictures of you working in your studio, and interesting art-related articles that you’ve read. Interact with your followers and with other artists and people will find you much more engaging.
Hopefully you found this article helpful. As the owner of a pop-up store you may already be quite savvy in the world of selling, which makes e-commerce the perfect next step for you. For more suggestions, check out this list of 1,100+ Places to Sell Your Art Online.
Perhaps you’ve already set up an e-commerce store for selling your art? What has the experience taught you? Let us know in the comments.
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The hosts of EatSleepDraw have launched the new Inbox Art Gallery with tagline —The New Way to Sell Your Art.
Artists, to list your art for sale–click here.
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Art buying shouldn’t be snooty or stressful– it should be as easy as skimming your email.
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Artists–When you see a really great artist feature online do you wonder how to get your art featured?
I’ve had many years experience submitting my own writing and art to magazines (and getting published), as well as working on behalf of artists to get their art submitted and published. Sometimes, I assume that all artists know how to make a submission. Well, maybe not completely–after all I did write an ebook guide for artists on how to make submissions— available here.
What I found out recently, especially for very young artists with lesser experience, is that many artists just don’t know how to get their art into magazines–online or in print!
I’m Not Passing Judgement But I Want to Help
To help artists find publications that will feature their work, I’ve spent years compiling a sharable e-list of art magazines. Each art magazine in this e-list has a link to the publication’s website. What I’ve recently discovered, especially for those very young artists again and also artists who love the seclusion of private time in their studios, is that many artists just don’t know how to use my e-list! (They have less difficulty with my e-list of art galleries, art consultants, and other resources for artists).
Some artists don’t seem to understanding that when they find an art magazine that they’d like to see their work in, that they need to read that magazine’s submission guidelines. What I’m finding out is that some artists don’t know where or how to look for the submission guidelines and how to make submissions to magazines. (There are art magazines that make it super simple with a big SUBMIT button on their site, but many do not.)
So what should artists do?
If you are new to submitting your work to art magazines and blogs, my advice is to start out with the easy ones that features artists selected from submissions of a few low resolution images. Submit to a few of those and once you begin to learn the process of making submissions your understanding will expand and grow.
To make it easier for artists to use my art magazine e-list I’ve made it super simple by adding submission details to each magazine listing. So, if a magazine has a specific submission procedure–such as– submit 3 image of your art to email@submit(dot) co– I’ve included that all spelled-out for that magazine in the alphabetical listings of my e-list. If the submission guidelines aren’t too long I’ve include them and/or a direct link to where you can read those guidelines. For more advanced submissions the art publication listing will contain the editor’s contact information and other details or a link to where you can find them. (Some art magazines have a huge long list of editor’s names and email addresses).
If you feel you need some help that’s fine–it never hurts to ask–just let me know! Right now, I’m offering a free email consultation to any artist who purchases my E-list of Art Magazines and Art Blogs. Get it here and here and then let me know your questions and how I can help. Review the e-list, select a few art magazines that you’d like to see your work in — then we can talk about how to make your submissions to those magazines. Email Marie: MarieKazalia@gmail.com
Buy Art Magazines, Art Blogs, and Art Publication Resources E-list on @Gumroad here for a Word file or PDF version of the e-list.
Buy it here for an iCloud Share file of the Art Magazines, Art Publications Resources e-list.
Why get your art into magazines?
Some artists are puzzled and think having a website is enough. Really? I’m not passing judgement, but I am trying to understand why some artists just don’t get it. Then I’m offering to help in any way I can.
A magazine feature gives you credibility with art collectors, art galleries, art consultants, interior designers and other arts professionals. There are art gallerists who will expect to see your print magazine and online art features–that is, they expect you to have some publication credits in your CV (Curriculum Vitae or résumé )! Simply put, if you have publication credits then that shows that others (editors and publishers) are interested in your work, consider you a professional artist who is doing interesting and newsworthy work and want to work with you.
Think about these things, submit your art, get some features and then you will understand. An artist feature also brings visitors to your website, gives you some news to share in your newsletter and on social media.
So again, If you feel you need some help, that’s fine–it never hurts to ask–just let me know! Right now, I’m offering a free email consultation to any artist who purchases my E-list of Art Magazines and Blogs. Buy it here and here then let me know your questions and what you need help with. Review the e-list, select a few art magazines that you’d like to see you work in — then we can talk about how to make your submissions to those magazines. Email Marie: MarieKazalia@gmail.com
September is here– and after taking some time off this summer we are back!
Baby Forrest is our newest discovery of an online sales platform for artists working in all disciplines including digital and photographic artists. Baby Forest says that they are — A Creative Colony. By Creators, For Creators & lovers of creativity everywhere. Applications for Creator Membership now open. Welcoming creators worldwide.
For the past several years, our extensive e-list of Art Galleries all over world has been our top resource that artists want most all year-long. As this Fall Season comes near, we’ve noticed that it’s our e-list of Art Consultants that artists and arts professionals seem to be getting most often. You can buy either the International Art Gallery e-list or Art Consultants Directory, or both, in our webstore here and Gumroad store here.
We received an unsolicited email from one of the recent buyers of the Art Consultants resource e-list that was sent to us less than 24 hours after she made her purchase.
After Raven Deel purchased the Directory of Art Consultants e-list she wrote to us in an email:
It did come through and I have already received 1 client in Texas from sending emails from this file. Thank you. You have done great work in the time and research in building this resource for artists. And you can quote me as saving that.
Best wishes, Raven
You can get ready for the Fall Season marketing and promotions of your art with the International Art Gallery e-list or Art Consultants Directory, or get both, in our webstore here and Gumroad store here.
If you’d like us to review of your work and make suggestions, send your goals and the link to your website in an email to: MarieKazalia@gmail.com
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Our July “vacation” away from this blog to work on other things is winding down. Stay tuned for new articles, artist opportunities, and artist features coming soon.
On June 4th, Artist Marketing Resources published a call for artists to submit here. One of our regular readers , artist Alan Singer, let us know that he made his submission to this opportunity after reading our blog post and his submission was accepted!
Artist Alan Singer wrote:
Once again, one of your news updates worked for me – the opportunity to show a work in London,UK through the listing you published for
Ice-Tuxedo a group show called Random Orange, at the Schwartz Gallery. Thanks once again, enjoy the rest of the summer!
For Artist Marketing Resources readers–Here’s a new opportunity for artists sent to us from Andy Derrick, Head of Artist Community at artsquare–