Well our family is about to move to the DC area and I am so excited about all of the art galleries and museums. We are going to have so much fun exploring our new digs.
Here is a place that looks interesting, it is called Workhouse Arts Center. It is on 55 acres of land and offers gallery space, classes/workshops, cooperative studios, performance and theatre venues.
According to the Workhouse Arts Center website, “The Workhouse Arts Center is a project of the Lorton Arts Foundation. The expansive complex, once a correctional facility and now a center for arts, culture, and history, has a rich past and an exciting new presence.”
Do you live in the DC area? Have visited any galleries or museums? I would like to hear which ones you recommend.
One of my favorites in Salt Lake City.
Submitting work to an art gallery:
1. Visit galleries and get an idea of which galleries appeal to you. Some galleries focus on new and emerging artists or local artists. Other galleries focus on established artists nationally and locally. There are also galleries that focus on certain genres or demographics.
The best way to get to know local galleries is by participating in gallery strolls. This allows you to get to know the owners/curators, meet artists, and network.
2. Make sure the photographs of your work are high quality. It is best to have a low resolution photograph to email and then a high-resolution photograph to show the detail of your work, this may be requested after the initial submission.
3. Be sure to keep your resume/CV up to date and concise. Gallery owners/curators are similar to human resource departments, they do not have a lot of time to spend sifting through resumes and submissions. They skim quickly so you need to have your best work present.
4. Visit gallery websites and they often have details on how to submit your work or what type of work they are accepting.
5. Do not be discouraged if you do not hear back, keep searching for a gallery, keep working on your art, and network.
Here is an example of a gallery website with their requirements.
I wrote about this topic on my personal blog awhile back and thought it would be a good repeat.