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Guidelines To Help You Decide Where To Exhibit Your Art

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On June 17, 2011, I wrote “Photo Contests – Beware – They Might Try To Rip You Off” about carefully selecting where you show your work. I have come across two recent articles that expand on this idea, and are worth reading.

Everyone is scrambling to make a living these days. Unfortunately, there are people out there who think nothing of taking advantage of the hopes and dreams of artists. Do your homework before plunking down money to a gallery, contest, or inclusion in a book.

The majority of artists do not gain success by participating in contests or paying for wall space. Success comes through honing your talent and participating in the art world by attending gallery and museum openings, and networking within that world. One person talks about you to another, and you get an exhibit when your work fits the needs of a curator’s future show.

There are several galleries that charge a monthly fee to join. They are nonprofits, and are dedicated to furthering the career of artists. They are supportive and introduce their artists to collectors and curators.  Many artist have gone on to success in the art world. Did you know Man Ray was once a member of Los Angeles Art Association?

Then there are the for profit galleries that charge a “wall space” fee, or monthly fee or both. Some also take a percentage of the sales proceeds. These galleries need to be scrutinized. Some try to lure you in by feeding off your ego. They will say you were chosen from thousands of artists. Others promise exposure to collectors and curators. Check out their reputation, talk to their artists, and see if these claims are true. Read the following informative articles. They provide a good guideline to help you decide if you should get involved. One of them lists galleries to be especially careful of.

From ArtBusiness.com:

http://www.artbusiness.com/osoqutscawas.html

http://www.artbusiness.com/artist-pay-to-play-list.html

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About Gina Genis

Hi Friends, I'm a photographer and artist who lives in Washington DC. I have two blogs. The Gina Genis Blog is about art and photography. My new blog, DC Discoveries is dedicated to showing you everything from fashion to art, food to entertainment in all sections of the District. I hope you will take the journey with me. I exhibit my work in museums and galleries across the U.S. I'm included in the permanent collections of the Sackner Archive of Concrete and Visual Poetry, the Otto G. Richter Library Special Collections Division of the University of Miami, Hard Rock Casino, Orange County Transit District, IBM, and the Sarah and Adam Markman Collection among others. My series "Window Peeping" was included in OsCene 2010 at the Laguna Art Museum, Truman State University, Fellows of Contemporary Art, Biola University, and solo shows at Gallery 825 and Cypress College. The "June Gloom" series was exhibited in a solo show at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. The "Kala" series has been exhibited at MPLS Photo Center, Cypress College, and Gallery 825. "Economy Portraits" was created as an Artist In Residence project at the Huntington Beach Art Center, and was awarded "Best Art Show of 2011" by the OC Weekly. I curated Wide Angle View, an exhibit of 16 international, award-winning photo and multi-media journalists at the Orange County Center for Contemporary Art to much critical acclaim. Recent reviews of my work have appeared in the Huffington Post, Art Scene, OC Weekly, Orange County Register, New University, Riviera Magazine, Coast Magazine, Huntington Beach Independent, and appeared on CNN, NBC, ABC, and more. I lead the Gina Genis Photo Workshops where I show beginning and intermediate photographers how to jump to the next level with their work. I also teach online photography courses through The Compelling Image.

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