Many galleries in NYC and some of the larger galleries around the world are not taking on new artists, or even having major shows anymore. It is most of the same artists being shown over and over again. Don’t get me wrong there are a few galleries out there that are looking for that next great work, but most of the larger well known galleries are supplying art to fit their clients and not looking for something fresh. So you would wonder what does it take to get into the galleries of your dreams.
There is no secret method. As I stated in an earlier post, what fits one gallery does not fit another. I talked about going to other artists shows, and getting to know gallery people. But there are other things you can do as well to work your way into larger galleries.
- Smaller art fares are sometimes a way get noticed. While there are not a lot of larger galleries that go to these but they do from time to time looking for trends, and these are also places to meet local as well as growing galleries.
- Again art leagues and local art competitions as well as national competitions are a good way to get noticed, especially if the jurist are from well known museums or galleries.
- Working with non-for-profit groups on public projects. Sometimes those that work for non-for-profit art groups also work with bigger galleries or museums. This is a great chance to get to know them. Sometimes these groups also do programs with larger places, which can open doors.
- Don’t stay local. I know that it is hard when you don’t have a lot of money, but you don’t have to go far at first. Being part of shows in the next state or even on the other side of the state you are in. I will often travel to upstate, and am currently looking at exhibits in Jersey as a way to get my work more out there.
- Instead of trying to send your work to a gallery, try proposing a project, or event you would like to curate at a gallery. This takes a lot of research and it could be some time before you hear back from them, but if you get it done you can get a chance to get to know the people at the gallery and other artists, as well as get a chance to talk about what kind of work you do.
Again none of this is a promise to get an exhibit. In the end no matter how many shows you try to join, and no matter how much effort you put into it, it all comes down to the quality of your work.