Re: Art representation

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Posted by John on January 08, 2001 at 08:38:42:

In Reply to: Art representation posted by Ric Sweitzer on January 05, 2001 at 08:48:56:

I would stay clear of any art rep wanting money upfront. If a prospective art rep is a legitimate professional, he/she should have the whiskers to initiate distribution of your work without much in the way of out-of-pocket costs.

Now for the implied, but real question: how to get the attention of a legitimate art rep? As you are probably aware, there are more "artists" out there than there is wall space for them. So how do you get any attention with all this competition?

First, make certain that your presentation is professional -- good slides well packaged, a thoughtful artist statement and a comprehensive resume.

How do you build up a good resume -- that other Catch 22? Get your work out and seen -- not for profit, but for visibility and legitimacy. The best sites for a starting artist are university galleries and small, non-profit arts centers. It's easier to build a resume through these venues than some of the more traditional ones, and they will leverage you into legitimacy with the for-profit galleries and art reps. Also, you might try exhibiting at some local/regional juried fine arts shows.

The bottom line here is that you are going to have to shill your own work in the marketplace for a period of time, before you can expect someone else to take that burden from you.

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