Never Miss an Art Call again!

I’m sitting in a bookstore leafing through an art magazine when I see a ‘call for art’ due tomorrow. And the art they want is just like mine.
I copy the information and race home to send in my work.

Don’t miss another opportunity

This is a chance to show your work. Here’s the problem. You can’t find the images on your computer. you have them, you know they’re on the list …somewhere. They’re edited and ready to go. You’re just not sure what folder they’re in.
It’s frustrating.

You’ll be ready for every Art Call

There is a way to never feel that lost. To feel like you are in control.
To solve this problem, one step is to develop what I call a “Contact_(Folder)”.
Do this when you create a New Folder on your computer. This will give you access to your downloaded camera images (jpegs). You change the name (Folder) to give you better control.  Folders give you access to the right images. After all, sharing your work is part of why you create art.

Never miss a breakthrough opportunity

Let’s look at the most common mistakes made when saving images to folders. We think saving to a folder with a date is smart. It is, as long as you can remember when you finished the artwork.

  1. First it was 2019 ART

  2. Then it was Summer 2019 ART

  3. Then it was JULY 2019 ART

But what art did you save in which folder?

Create a process that’s easy to follow

You need to have a process or a naming protocol for saving your work. This is the heart of success for delivering the right work to the right gallery. And it should be separate from your other art folders.

Let’s say you’re a Landscape painter. The knee jerk response is to name your folder Landscapes. Great at first but what happens when you create abstract landscapes and then get interested in realism or meadows or just skies or trees. See where we’re going.

Create a Contact_Folder that is separate from the others. Make it reflect the most important element that you see in the work. Remember these edited jpegs (images) should be the best example of individual artwork. Without being too nerdy, remember not to put them in a subfolder. Don’t create a folder inside one of those above folders

Keep folders where you can see them

After I edit my camera images, and I’ll talk about this in a future post, I go to my computer and create a folder that reflects what’s important.

 In this example I create Contact_Landscape replacing the (Folder) name with Landscape

When I open file explorer on my computer this will be at the top level of my list. It tells me without any fanfare that it is my contact folder for galleries, and that it is my landscape paintings.

A Folder is a box with good stuff inside

The contact folder is like a box. Inside, I find my 10 best landscape paintings without frames. Each one has a title. The jpeg folder is ready to be emailed but don’t forget the rest. The art call also asks for a list of the images with sizes, mediums used and prices. Most galleries also ask for a CV and an art statement. These are word documents that can also be saved to this folder. If this is new to you, don’t worry. The coming post will have information to help you with these.

There you have it. A file that you can send to those most important Art Calls. A no fuss way to be ready. What you put in this box will change as you grow and evolve. You might even need multiple boxes, Contact_(Folders) for all your growing art projects.

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How to Pursue Your Dream of a Real Gallery Show

To be successful in contacting a gallery let’s look at some simple tasks

Choose artwork

Take good pictures

Create special files

Know your galleries

Create a CV

Write an Artist statement 

You never know when an opportunity will show up so be ready!

Choose artwork: Take some time and choose 10 unframed works that you believe represent a cohesive art style of what you do. Don’t make yourself crazy with trying to work out if they are your true voice. My experience has shown that an artistic voice will change and grow over time.

Take Good Pictures: With the improvements to cell phones allow you to get some great low resolution shots that work with a variety of social media sites. But honestly, you’ll need good images of at least 300 DPI. This is a common request from many galleries. Check out this episode of the podcast hosted by Antrese Wood; Fine Art Prints Q&A, with Jake Hawley from Picture Salon. There is lots of great information about taking pictures.

Create Special Files: Establish what I call a Contact folder. On your computer create a sub folder in File Explorer. Create names that look like this;


You can get as specific as you need to with the name. Now that the end of the year approaches, I add a date; 2019Contact_Floral. It also puts the file at the top of my computer list. Numbers come before letters in the file lists. Once these files are created you can fill them with jpegs of your chosen work

Know Your Galleries: When I was the art editor for The Woven Tale Press I would pour over art sites and art magazines looking for inspirational and interesting subjects for a large diverse audience. What it also allowed me to do was research galleries that I thought I would like to contact for exhibits or representation. Over the years I developed a strategy that has been very helpful.
If you see an artist that is similar in style to your art, click on their website. Find the gallery websites they are in and click the link.  Providing the art you see is within a familiar concept, go to the contact page and see if they have a submission link. There are thousands of galleries so don’t be disappointed if they do not accept new work.

Create a CV: This is a basic listing of your background in art and where you have exhibited or been written about. While this is an older post from it does a good job of addressing new artists with little to no art references
Write an Artist Statement: This is your opportunity to tell the gallery about your excitement in painting. What inspired the work. Was it influenced by some other artist’s style. Is it part of a series. What medium did you use. An Artist statement is an overview of your interpretation of your painting. If you are having trouble with this click here for a site that could help

By putting this all together, you’ll be ready to contact galleries anywhere

Watch for future posts where I will go into more detail of each of these subjects

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