Monday, August 27, 2012

13 Truths About Marketing Your Art

As a new feature to the blog, I will be posting great advice I have found from the internet. Let's begin with some great marketing guidance from ArtBizBlog.

1. No one can promote your art more effectively than you. No one knows it better than you and no one cares about your success more than you.

2. If you don’t believe it can happen, it won’t.

3. You have 24 hours in a day – same as everyone else on the planet, including World leaders, CEOs of Fortune 500 companies, and other artists. How you choose to use your precious time is up to you.

4. You need to learn to work smarter, not harder. Get help. Get organized. Establish trusted systems to help your business run smoothly.

5. Planning your day ahead of time will increase your productivity exponentially.

6. Planning your year will rock your world.

7. I share rules all the time, but the truth is that there are no rules. There used to be rules. But the rules for selling your art are changing every day. Make it up!

8. The more people you meet, the more people there are to buy your art. Ergo, get out there meet more people. The people you know are the most valuable asset for your success.

9. You can’t do it alone. No one has ever achieved a high level of success on their own. You need support systems to prop you up and keep you going.

10. Seeing art online is not the same as experiencing it in person.

11. If people don’t see your art, they won’t buy it. Get your art out of the studio and in front of potential buyers!

12. You can’t do it all. Learn to say “No, that’s not for me.” You have to prioritize.

13. Follow-through is everything. You can have the best art, the best ideas, and the best intentions in the world, but none of it matters if they remain incomplete.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

DC ArtBank - Call to Artists

In support of visual artists and art galleries in the Washington metropolitan area, artwork is purchased each year to expand the District’s Art Bank Collection, a growing collection of moveable works funded through DC Creates Public Art! Works in this collection are owned by DCCAH under the District’s Art in Public Places Program and loaned to other District Government agencies for display in public areas of government buildings. A segment of the collection is devoted to works that visually document Washington, highlighting the beauty and charm of our residents, neighborhoods, parks, avenues, and local landmarks. Washington's collection helps preserve the city's past and is an important legacy for future generations.

Currently there are over 2,500 artworks in the Art Bank Collection, installed in more than 150 District Government agencies. An open call is initiated each year to invite local artists to submit artwork for consideration of purchase into the collection, providing the selected artists with financial and professional benefits. A selection committee is formed to review prospective works and to make final selections of all new acquisitions. Once purchased, the artwork is documented, framed and installed in public areas of District government agencies, improving the environment in public facilities for District employees and residents alike.

The DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities (DCCAH) is seeking to purchase two and three-dimensional works of art including, but not limited to, prints, drawings, mixed media compositions, paintings, photographs, ceramics, and moveable sculptures to be included in the Art Bank Collection. We also strongly encourage submissions by video artists and other technological innovators as we look to expand the Art Bank Collection to include more diverse and dynamic forms of contemporary art. Representational, conceptual, and abstract works will be equally considered.

This year, the Art Bank application process will be done entirely online. Please follow to find the Art Bank II 2012 Call to Artists. In order to access the application, all applicants will first be prompted to create a SlideRoom account, at no cost. Once logged into their new account, each applicant artist will be allowed to submit up to ten labeled images to be considered for acquisition into the Art Bank. All artwork submitted must be available for purchase upon submission and must be created with archival materials. Work shall not exceed 96" in any direction or 100lbs in weight.

In addition to ten images of prospective artwork, a completed online application will include:

•An artist statement
• A current CV or resume
• An image list of all works submitted, in the order of submission

This call is open to all artists who reside or maintain studio space in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. However, preference will be given to District residents.

Tuesday, October 30: Deadline for submission. Entries must be received no later than 11:59PM.
Friday, November 9: Preliminary selections made from image entries.
Week of November 19-23: Artists required to drop off artwork for viewing per notification.
Tuesday, November 27: Final selections made
Week of December 3-7: Artists required to pick up works that are not accepted

For More Information, contact Zoma Wallace, Curator and Art Collections Manager
of DCCAH at or 202.724.5613

Beautiful Decay Book Opportunity

Beautiful/Decay began as a humble, black and white, DIY photocopied ‘zine while founder Amir H. Fallah was just 16. Over time, the publication grew into a full color, internationally distributed magazine. Today, Beautiful/Decay takes the form of a limited edition, hand numbered, advertising free art book series. Though Beautiful/Decay has grown into an internationally recognized design-driven lifestyle brand, the publication still carries that same youthful sense of rebellion and experimentation that influenced the very first issues.

Want to share your artwork with the millions of other cult members? Follow these initiation rituals…
Please send an email to: with the subject line: CULT OF DECAY WEB SUBMISSION

Send a link to your portfolio site or 8-10 images of your work and a brief  artist statement. Make all images 72 dpi and 565 pixels wide. Any emails with attachments larger than 8MB will be automatically deleted and not viewed.

By submitting  your work you are allowing Beautiful/Decay to reproduce it in our online blog and books. Due to the large amount of submissions not all emails will be replied to and all work will not be featured.

Artist Opportunities with Stars

The indiExhibit is a non-profit organization that represents independent artists, designers and creatives at the best celebrity gift lounges and events in Hollywood. Formed in 2010 by Shannon Justice of Lollipop Labs, Inc., The indiExhibit features of an array of talented international artists, crafters, jewelry designers, sculptors, photographers, writers, musicians and more who are looking to elevate their brand through celebrity gifting. For more information, please visit

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

FCCA "Light & Shadow" CFA

Light & Shadow
October 28 to November 30, 2012 - All Media

This exhibition is open to all artists. Please, no work previously juried and accepted in the FCCA Frederick Gallery.

All work submitted must be original and completed within the past two years. All media eligible. All 2D work must be ready to hang. No saw tooth hangers.

All entries must be received by September 21, 2012. Please allow for any holiday mail delays. All work must remain on display for the duration of the exhibit.

Entry Guidelines
CD images should be no larger than 1600 pixels in the longest dimension.

A non-refundable entry fee must accompany the submissions. Please note our fee schedule. $25.00 for first work, $5.00 for each additional work entered. (FCCA members: $15.00 first work, $5.00 for each additional.)
Make checks payable to: Fredericksburg Center for Creative Arts (FCCA).

Morehead SU - Call for Artists

DEADLINE: Fri, October 26, 2012
Group Art Exhibitions
Location: KY

The Claypool-Young Art Gallery at Morehead State University is seeking portfolio submissions of artwork for inclusion in 2013 – 2015 group exhibitions. All media accepted, including electronic/digital. No fee. Insurance and shipping support available. Visiting artist opportunities. Submission requirements: Portfolio of 10 - 20 digital images representing artwork produced between 2012 and 2007, along with image list, artist bio or resume, artist statement, and SASE by October 26 (postmark).

Contact:Jennifer Reis

Call For Artists - Solo Show

DEADLINE: Thu, October 25, 2012
Cecelia Coker Bell Gal. Review for 5 Solo Shows 2013/14
Location: SC

Send 10-15 jpg images (on cd/dvd), list, & CV, to L, Merriman, Coker College Art, 300 E. College Ave., Hartsville, SC 29550 (SASE if you want it back) or upload images to shared folder at We provide $300 towards ship & $200 for gallery talk. Mid Dec. notification.

Prospectus at

Contact: L. Merriman
843 383-8156

Friday, August 10, 2012

Art Extravaganza Call For Art

The Arlington Arts Gallery has asked me to jbe the Juror for the upcoming Art Extravaganza Art Show! Read below for all the details!

Arlington Arts Gallery is pleased to announce a Call for Artist to the upcoming
Art Extravaganza Juried Art Show.

Entry Deadline: September 1st, 2012

This show will highlight the exemplary skills and craft of the artists whom enter. We are looking for a wide range of styles and techniques.

All artists are invited to enter original artworks in any media for a juried awards exhibition which will be on view at the Arlington Arts Gallery, from September 15 through October 10, 2012.

Opening Reception: Saturday, September 15th at 5:00pm to 8:00pm