As a gallery owner, I am always looking for the best art I can share with my clients. While I have exceptional artists that sell very well, I am always on the lookout for new and upcoming artists. In fact, I steadily receive portfolios and queries from artists who want to me to consider representing their work. Besides recognizing obvious talent, execution of technique, and a memorable signature style, I also look at a number of other factors when considering calling back an artist.
Questions Gallery Owners Want Answers to When Looking Over an Artist Submission:
- What prices are you currently selling your work for/or how much previous works have sold for?
- How many shows have you done? Which ones?
- How much work are you capable of producing? How many pieces do you have for sale?
- Have you received any awards and critical acclaim?
Why do I want to know if you’ve won any awards?
Because when I go to sell a piece of your artwork to a client, I want to be able to assure them that not only is the work beautiful and unique, it has been created by a memorable artist whose work is admired and recognized not only by peers but industry professionals.
So what’s my advice to those who are currently struggling to sell artwork or be represented by galleries?
- Put yourself out there.
- Get noticed (exposure).
- More importantly, get feedback from professionals.
And the best way to do this is by submitting your work to juried competitions, like Art Comes Alive (ACA).
Art Comes Alive (ACA), our Juried Art Competition Make an Impact
When I launched ACA I did it for artists who were looking for opportunities to receive the recognition and acclaim they needed to break into galleries, get noticed by clients, collectors, and corporate buyers. I wanted to offer not only an amazing experience that honors and celebrates artists, but also I wanted to offer artists limitless opportunities to showcase their best work and receive financial and career-boosting rewards, including gallery contracts, purchase, and cash awards, as well as marketing and brand exposure.
ACA is both a fine art contest (award competition) and an exhibit. Each year we invite artists from all over North America to submit their work in a variety of categories. Many of our past award winners’ works have gone on to be placed in some of the most prestigious corporate and private collections in the country.
“I have participated in ACA for the last 3 years. Being a part of such a prominent national juried show has been quite exciting. It is inspiring to have my work included with some of the best artwork in the country; and be honored with awards every year: “Landscape Painter of the Year,” a purchase award, and an exhibition award. These awards are a significant addition to my exhibition credentials.”—TRISH WEEKS, ACA PARTICIPANT AWARD WINNER
Announcing ACA 2017 Dates
Artists can submit up to four images of their work for consideration. Our prestigious jurors from across the country will cast their votes for the top artists who will be showcased in a final exhibit here in Cincinnati and awarded purchase awards, gallery contracts, publishing contracts, solos shows, publicity, and cash prizes.
ACA IMPORTANT DATES:
Submissions: NOW OPEN!
Deadline to Enter: Friday, August 29th, 2017 at 11: 59 PM
ACA 2017: Saturday, October 14th, 2017
If you have any questions or want to learn more about the submission process, contact our Gallery and Marketing Director, Elizabeth Davis at firstname.lastname@example.org or (513) 723.1222.
I hope you can make it! I can’t wait to see what you submit!