Fine Art Photographer Rich Smukler gives great tips and insight about getting your work into art galleries and working with the galleries for optimal sales.
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Tips on Getting Your Fine Art Photography
into a Gallery with Rich Smukler
First Things First
- Business Card – Quality, Eye-catching
- Professional Portfolio Book – Coffee-table size (12” x 16”)
– 20-30 of your BEST pieces (1 per page or 1 per spread)
– Wow the viewer
– Show who you are as an artist and tell your story
– Be prepared to leave the book with the gallerist – ASK if a week would give them enough time to look over your work and if you could come back for it then.
- Strong, professional website
– 3 main functions: Introduces you as an artist, used for e-commerce and helps give exposure for your work.
– Need a WOW factor – IMMEDIATELY
– Needs to be easy to navigate through
– Group your portfolio pieces into categories
– Link to a blog – ONLY if you can keep up with it and post regularly – even if it’s only once per month
*TIPS can be a more valuable tool than an article*
– Advertise for other services/classes
– Set up cross-links between your website, blog, and social media
“Understand that an artist needs to have a unique body of work that’s both recognizable and growing. It’s important for an artist to have the ability to develop beyond a successful area of work. Don’t be afraid to move forward!”
Getting Yourself “Out There”
- Enter competitions. Enter more competitions. Make more art.
– Google “Photography Competitions” or “Art Competitions”
– Don’t limit yourself
- Most cost $ and time to apply.
– Make sure you R E A D A L L T H E R U L E S !!! Sending in material in the wrong format or through the wrong channels will disqualify you.
- You WILL get rejected. A lot. Keep trying.
- Selected to participate but didn’t win anything? Wrong! You won by being chosen! Add your accomplishment to your website. “One of 25 selected out of 5,000 entries”
- Getting into competitions helps add value to your work and creates credibility.
- Go to local museums and galleries.
– Be wary of gallerists that show their own work alongside yours.
– Gallerists working on commission will work harder to sell YOUR work.
TIPS from Rich
For your art:
- Learn your camera inside-out.
- Know your computer platforms and programs inside-out.
- Learn how to be a good printer.
For talking with galleries:
- Look professional.
- Be confident.
- Have materials with you: business cards, portfolio book, website.
- Follow-up with an email.
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