How to Find Galleries
So then, how do we find galleries? This is the question, isn't it? Where are those elusive galleries that everyone talks about? Okay, so we've got The Hive Gallery, and I'm bringing this up not because I want you to all go send your submissions in, but this is just an example of one gallery that I started out showing in when I was in my first year of creating. It's in Los Angeles, and what I did is I went into the art walk website. So do you guys have art walks here? Of course you do. We're in Seattle. Of course you do. There are lots and lots of cities that have art walks or First Fridays or Second Thursdays or whatever the city calls it, and during that one night out of the month all these galleries open up and there's wine and cheese and stuff like that. And you go in and out, and you pop in and you see all this art. And in Los Angeles, of course, there's that same thing, but the galleries that are open for that art walk are usually showing a lot of emerging artists in my experience...
. And same with many of the art walks that I've been to in different cities depending on where you are, so it's a pretty good way to find a gallery is to look at art walks for any particular city that you're near, that you want to show in, and then you have this whole list of galleries that are going to open their doors for one night out of the month and have this art walk experience. It's a really good way of finding galleries, and that's how I found this one, which has artist in residence. You can rent space through their gallery. You can be part of juried shows, and this was a really good way of starting for me to find galleries because they're not willing to take anyone. Of course they're going to look at the work, and the artist, and all of that, but they were completely willing to take emerging artists for their space. And so I had a print in there. Same with this one, with Create Fixate. Exact same situation where I went in and was able to show my work. And then this is just an interesting website. Just sticking with Los Angeles here because I started my career in Los Angeles, but this could be anywhere. Just looking for call for entries wherever you can. So then we have juried shows. And juried shows, in terms of shows that anyone can submit to, that you don't have to have experience for, I highly recommend searching juried shows. So what I was just "Juried Shows Los Angeles," and that's how I found all of those spaces that I just showed you. "Juried Shows Los Angeles." "Juried Shows Seattle." "Juried Shows London." Wherever you are, go ahead and look it up, and see what pops up because a juried show is going to be a curated show, where you are being judged among the other applicants, and then you pay a fee to have your work either accepted or rejected. Oh I hate the word rejected. That sounded so harsh, didn't it? Yes. Okay, so after you started searching for galleries, and we'll talk a little bit more about where you're going to find those galleries. After you've started doing that, you're going to want to present a CV, a Curriculum Vitae, and this is your artist resume. So, I've got this really confusing looking description of my CV that didn't fit properly, and point is: you don't need to have every single detail like I've done here of every single show, or every single magazine, or every single everything. The important things are important, so keep those on and take off the smaller things. And this will evolve as you continue exhibiting or having your work published and so on, but what you want to have are three different categories here. Well, technically four. You have your education if that's relevant at all. If you've been trained in art. If you haven't- If it's relevant put it on. Exhibitions that you've been in. So what exhibitions have you had? What are of note? What maybe are not as relvant anymore? Publications. What magazines have you been published in? What journals? What literary publications? Whatever it may be, and then awards. So if you have won any awards for your art, make sure that you put that on there because this is the place to brag. Nowhere else. I hate bragging. I think it's the worse thing in the world, but this is where you're going to want to list your awards, your publications, your exhibitions, and things like that. I tend to list them by year and then by month underneath that. And then outside of that I will say the gallery name if it's an exhibition. I will say if it was a solo show, a group show. That's always important to make a distinction between. And then, if it's a publication, I have the publication name and then what it was. So you can see in some of these it says book cover. Some say magazine feature. Some say magazine cover. Just depends on what it was. Just giving as much information in a short as span as possible, and this is why twitter was invented: to help us to make our CV.