No matter your medium, showing artwork in a gallery is scary, exciting, fun, and quite frankly... a lot of work!
The nitty gritty:
- Take good photos that accurately represent the colors in your work to create a portfolio
- Coordinate contract with gallery - how do they handle sales and taxes, what percentages do they take?
- Make sure your insurance policy covers loss or damage to your pieces
- Coordinate with the gallery on how they will handle your pieces:
- Delivery location and timing
- Storage (will your pieces be sitting on the floor or in the back waiting to be hung? How will they be protected?)
- Hanging - do you need special hangers, will they provide?
- Display - do you have a say in how your artwork is displayed?
- Picking up your art after the show
- Plan which pieces to bring:
- What sizes will fit the space
- Choose colors that work well together
- What mix of pieces will demonstrate the breadth of your work
- Make sure website, Etsy shop, etc are up to date and attractive
- Create business cards that direct folks to your website
- Create pricing sheet so gallery can create info cards for each piece (or create your own cards)
- Create inventory sheet with thumb prints, description, price in case of mix-up, loss or theft
- Plan transportation - can everything fit in one car, one trip? How protect your art in transit?
- Coordinate with gallery - Can you preview the display to make sure pieces that go together are displayed together (I once had a necklace, bracelet, earring set dispersed in a gallery because they were focused on like pieces being displayed together, rather than sets)
- Get the word out there - use social media to let everyone know when and where to see your work!
- Is there a 'Show Opening'? If not, create one by sending out the word when you will be there!
Have you shown your artwork in a gallery, or are you preparing to?
What challenges have you faced?