"What is the First Step to Get my Artworks Shown in a Gallery?" - a question from Eva

Andy Cooperman talking to the audience after the program.Last week, Andy Cooperman and I gave a presentation with Q & A for an audience of students and emerging artists. Co-sponsored by the Academy of Art San Francisco and the S.F. Metal Arts Guild, the event drew an the audience of close to 100.  

Part Two of this program with Harriete Estel Berman and Andy Cooperman is now on You-Tube .

youMy only disappointment was that we didn't have time to answer all the questions (including a list submitted by students).

Harriete talking to two people after the questions and answers with the audience.Therefore, I plan to answer some of those questions through ASK Harriete over the next few weeks.

Here is one question that always comes forward:
"As a young artist, what is the first step to get my artworks shown in a gallery?" - Eva

Some parts of the answer have been answered in four articles under the heading, SUBMITTING WORK to GALLERIES and RETAIL ESTABLISHMENTS written by Don Friedlich, Andy Cooperman and myself, Harriete Estel Berman.

Galleries: Are They Right for You?  by Don Friedlich

Introducing Your Work to a Gallery by Harriete Estel Berman

The Nuts & Bolts of the Gallery.Artist Relationship  by Andy Cooperman

Galleries: Issues to Consider After Your Work Has Been Accepted by Andy Cooperman

Harriete talking to audience member after the questions and answers at the Academy of Art, San Francisco, CAThe information is as solid now as it was in 2009even though the economy and the Internet have vastly changed the dynamics.

1. There are fewer galleries and stores....

2. The craft fair circuit is vastly different....

3. Membership events hosted by museums...

4. Open studios, while not new, are far more frequent....

5. The Internet is the most radical influence....

6. Every gallery now has an online presence....

7. Every artist and maker now can and should have a web site and/or blog....

Read more on ASK Harriete for a more complete description...

Harriete and Andy Cooperman after the program hosted by the Academy of Art and the S.F. Bay Area Metal Arts Guild questions AFTER PROGRAMI intend to continue this topic on another day, but let's look at the question again from Eva. "As a young artist, what is the first step to get my artworks shown in a gallery?"

I am wondering if the question is really, "How can I get my work in a gallery so that the gallery will sell my work, and I can just focus on making and not selling."


Stay tuned to  next post on ASK Harriete "Reality bite, you are the best spokesperson for your work."

Harriete

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