Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Pay to Play Galleries

I read this article on the , I found it interesting because I think all of these have contacted me many times but they never seemed like something I wanted to do. I think the best way to get into a gallery is to do the foot work on your own. It is the the very best way to learn.

If you receive solicitations to participate in any for-profit exhibitions, galleries, publications, contests or competitions where you have to pay for the privilege of being included, first read the article Art Contests, Competitions, Shows and More Where You Pay Up Front-- Will They Get You Somewhere? Or Are They Dead Ends, Time Wastes or Scams? Then THOROUGHLY research any such offer-- BEFORE you pay. The article explains how to do this research right. No matter how marvelous an opportunity sounds, get the facts, get informed, and then make your decision.

Artists often find out about these offers through various forms of advertising, particularly mass emailings. The more agressive senders relentlessly bombard artists with emails and sometimes even contact them directly by phone. Costs to participate can range anywhere from several hundreds to thousands of dollars, especially if you factor in incidental expenses like shipping, travel, insurance or accomodations. Whatever the circumstance, make sure you are aware of all costs and potential benefits or drawbacks in advance. Does everyone benefit... or is it more like you pay, they play? Here is a partial list, in no particular order, of publications, venues, and other situations where you have to pay to expose your art, and that you should fully research-- before you pay-- in order to understand exactly what you're getting for your money:

* Agora Gallery, New York City

* Chelsea International Fine Art Competition (Agora Gallery)

* Florence Biennale

* International Contemporary Artists

* Artoteque

* Artists of Today, 100 Contemporary Artists (Artoteque)

* iBIENNIAL 2011 2012 (Artoteque)

* Gallery Gora, Montreal, Canada

* Masters of Today (Art Addiction)

* World of Art Magazine (Masters of Today)

* Creative Genius (Masters of Today)

* Art Addiction (Masters of Today)

* Art in Vogue (Masters of Today)

* Art Connoisseurs (Masters of Today)

* Artist's World, 100 Contemporary Artists (World of Art Magazine)

* Female Artist's Art Annual (Art Addiction aka Masters of Today)

* Art & Beyond Publications (online Magazine)

* Magazine

* Contemporary Art Network (CAN), New York City

* Ico (aka Icosahedron) Gallery, Chelsea, New York City

* The Artists' Alley, San Francisco, CA (also known as Galiaria)

* American Art Collector published by Alcove Books

* NY Art Marathon

* Amsterdam Whitney Gallery, New York City

* Artists Wanted

* The Power of Self (Artists Wanted)

* 3rd Ward Open Call (site registered to the same name as Artists Wanted)

* Art Interview Online Magazine (registered to same name as Artists Wanted)

* The Brick Lane Gallery, London, UK

* Art LA (.com)

* James Gray Gallery, Santa Monica, CA (Art LA)

* Laguna Art (.com)

* Townley Gallery, Laguna Beach, CA (Laguna Art)

* World Art Media

* NY Arts Magazine (World Art Media)

* Fine Art Connoisseur

* Artist Advocate Magazine (Fine Art Connoisseur)

* PleinAir Magazine (Fine Art Connoisseur)

* American Forum for Realism (Fine Art Connoisseur)

* Plein Air Convention (Fine Art Connoisseur)


Artists: If you would like to add to this list, please email

Here is the link to the web site article

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