- Step 1: Make list of art galleries Make a list of local art galleries including addresses and contact information.
- Step 2: Visit galleries Visit galleries and ask gallery owners or representatives about portfolio submission requirements.
- Step 3: Select artwork for portfolio Select artwork for your portfolio. Galleries may require artist portfolios in slide format, as digital files on DVD, or posted online.
- Step 4: Enter artwork in juried competitions Enter artwork in juried exhibition competitions sponsored by galleries or nonprofit organizations.
- TIP: Some competitions are scams that exist solely for entry fees. Ask questions before submitting work.
- Step 5: Join local art organizations Join local art organizations to network with fellow artists as well as art supporters.
- Step 6: Take college art courses Take art courses at a local college or university. Art classes are prime networking opportunities.
- Step 7: Form artist cooperative with friends Form an artist cooperative with artist friends and create your own exhibition space along with word-of-mouth buzz about your work.
- TIP: Select cooperative members carefully. Treat this as a business venture and require members to sign a contract.
- Step 8: Submit work to online gallery Submit work to an online art gallery or start your own online gallery.
- FACT: London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery sponsors an online gallery aimed at providing a venue for emerging artists worldwide.
You Will Need
- A pen and paper
- A portfolio
- Internet access
- Membership in art organizations
- Art school
- Artist friends
- Exhibition space