Have you ever wondered how to get your fine art photography into a gallery show?
Many fine art photographers are mystified by the process of being shown in a gallery.
I know when I first began my journey into fine art, the prospect of having my work hang in a gallery felt a little daunting.
That’s why in this post we are going straight to the source by asking a gallery curator the biggest question artists have about being shown:
Where does one start?
What galleries are a right fit?
Are there galleries that even take submissions from artists?
These were just some of the questions that held me back for a long time.
Eventually, however, I began dipping my toes into the gallery world by submitting to various group shows.
That exposure, those connections and that experience eventually led me to being able to have a solo show.
But, as with many things in my career, each step took a very long time and there was a learning curve with each.
However a little over a year ago I was introduced to the work of Fine Art Photographer Samantha Goss of Sleeping Awake Photography.
I was impressed by the fact that she was doing something that few artists accomplish:
She was acting as both artist and curator in her career.
In following both her fine art and curatorial work, I saw that a show that she had originally curated for a gallery space in Orlando, Florida had also been picked up to be shown internationally with its first stop in Paris, France.
Impressed, I decided to continue to keep tabs on her.
Earlier this year she put out another call for entry for the second show she was curating and I decided to submit.
We ended up striking up a conversation about our work, shared experiences and my interest in her curatorial experiences.
She very graciously agreed to be interviewed for a Facebook Live Q&A in my group Beneath the Surface because many of the member photographers are mystified by the process of being shown in a gallery.
In this talk you'll hear tips that can help take the learning curve off of your own journey such as:
- Her biggest tip to artists when applying to gallery shows
- What a curator like her is looking for in submissions
- How to submit to the right kinds of galleries
- The value of an Artist's Statement and how they play into her selection process
- Her recommendations on how to frame and ship your work
Watch the Q&A below:
If you're interested in joining us for future live Q&A's in this broadcast series, come on over to my Facebook Group "Beneath the Surface".
We go live Thursdays at Noon EST!