How to Get a First Show at an Art Gallery
What Galleries Look for in Artists.
Do you ever wonder how a gallery decides to give a new artist a first show? If you’re like many artists, you probably think it’s all about the art. You waltz your oeuvre through a gallery’s doors, the owner swoons; game over. Right? No, not really. According to gallery owners, that’s not at all the way it works. Sure, gallery owners have to be impressed with your work and like it enough to want to show it, but according to them, that’s only a start; there’s far more to it than that. Plenty of other puzzle pieces have to fall into place in order to seal the deal (or fall out of place in order to kill it).
Art Opportunities: Get your share of the over $9.1 million from this art opportunities list, published monthly for artists and photographers. Art contests, grants, juried art competitions, fellowships, residencies, public art commissions, art awards, scholarships, teaching assistantships, calls for art, art deadlines, scholarships, art shows, photography contests, RFPs, RFQs, sculpture commissions, percent-for-art, slide registries, university art galleries, non-profit art galleries, or other artist opportunities and venues normally outside the commercial gallery system.
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BAC gives grants, presents free and affordable arts events, trains artists and arts professionals, teaches students, incubates new projects and promotes artists and cultural groups across our borough. As Brooklyn’s cultural anchor since 1966, BAC has also been the catalyst helping the arts community grow. We continually evaluate and evolve what we do to meet the changing times, and keep our commitment to community engagement, diversity and inclusion when it comes to the arts in our borough.
SHIM is pleased to announce an open call to visual artists in all media for our Invitational program.
SHIM is a new arts exhibition company that fills the gaps in the art world, providing exhibition opportunities to artists, curators, and other organizations and affiliations without the means to mount their projects on their own.
SHIM Invitationals are our premier initiative for supporting the needs of individual artists seeking to exhibit their work. Invitationals take place twice each year in Brooklyn, New York at our home gallery in Bushwick, with ambitions to expand the program more frequently and in additional locations.
If selected by our team, your work will be included in a two-week curated exhibition, with 100% of all sales retained by YOU, the artist.