Almost every artist I know is looking for ways to get their work into more exhibitions. And not just any exhibition, I’m talking about quality art exhibitions in venues or gallery spaces that offer you the chance to get your artwork in front of new audiences and meet new people who are potential buyers for your work.
The myth of the solitary artist who magically gets “discovered” and becomes an over-night success is a dangerous one.
You can’t get discovered if you aren’t making lots of art, meeting lots of people, and otherwise being an active member of your arts community.
Last month I teamed up with curator, art critic, and writer Cathy Byrd to create the “Get Discovered” audio program where we outline what artists need to do in order to get their work out into the world and be included in better art exhibitions.
Cathy Byrd has conceived and produced more than 20 projects since 1998. Not only does she work as an independent curator, but she’s also curated as the Executive Director of a nonprofit contemporary art center in Baltimore and as gallery director at Georgia State University.
In other words---she really knows her stuff! If you’ve ever wondered how curators find the artists they include in their exhibitions, you’ll be very interested in what she has to say.
A few excerpts from the program:
“Curators are interested in artists who are visibly in love with what they do. They love their work and they can also talk about it clearly.”
“What we notice is the artist that stands out from others by doing it themselves. The DIY movement, for artists to create their own platforms, is critical right now...”
“Take charge of your own research and development. You don't have to go back to grad school to develop your professional skills and your skills as an artist.”
“You need to be accessible and ready when the opportunity comes. Be accessible, be sure your information's up-to-date, update your portfolio.
Be available. Be available. Be available.”
“Get Discovered” covers five really effective ways to get the attention of curators so you can get your artwork into more shows. It’s also filled with fun and interesting stories from Cathy’s experience of working with some truly fascinating contemporary artists.
If you're ready to get your work out into the world and be included in more quality shows, click here to download your copy.