MODULE 16: Open Submissions
Question: Why should an artist care about applying for open call submissions to exhibit and what is the difference between open call shows and open submission shows?
- Open calls for submissions tend to refer to programming calls that come up on an annual or semi-annual basis whereas open calls for work usually pertain to just one show or event. Also, you usually write up a proposal when applying to exhibit in an open submission situation wheres an open call tends to already have a pre-established theme and curator.
- Open submissions are a great way to get your work seen, to reach out to new venues in your local area and beyond, and they are also an ideal way to get starting curating, even if you only propose a small group show. While securing a spot in a major venue can be challenging if you're not already a household name in the field of contemporary art, there are many alternative spaces, artist-run spaces and smaller museum/college venues that will be interested in your work.
- Open submission calls exist around the world, just be sure that you're actually applying to an exhibition venue that regularly shows contemporary art.
PART 1: SELF-EDUCATE ON THE OPEN SUBMISSION PROCESS AND ANSWER THE QUESTIONS ON QUIZ 16.
Responding to open call shows often means getting to show in another geographical region as well as placing your work within a new or different thematic context than what what your contemporaries have come to expect. Many open call shows are curated by noteworthy artists and critics in order to attract more attention to the event as well as committed participation. Being selected to participate in an exhibition also demonstrates that your work can stand out in crowd which raises its value in the eyes of other interested parties.
Question 1: How do you prepare a gallery submssion? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
Gallery Submissions: How to prepare and what to send
How to get your art submission ready
How to put together a successful submission proposal to send to galleries
Applying and submitting artworks to galleries
Question 2: How do you approach galleries? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
How to approach art galleries
How to work with galleries
How Galleries select artists
Question 3: How do you get you work into a gallery? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
How to get your work into a gallery
How to get into an art gallery
Question 4: How do get your your first show with a gallery? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
Making Contact with Art Galleries
How an artist get a first show with a gallery
Question 5: What are some additional tips to get into galleries? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
Quick tips to get your work into more galleries
12 Step to get your artwork noticed by galleries
7 Creative Ways to approach a gallery for representation
Question 6: What is the difference between art dealers, agents and consultants? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
The difference between art consulting and private dealing
Galleries, Dealers, Agents and Consultants
Fine Art Agents
What do art advisors do?
What is an art consultant?
How to work with an art consultant
How to work with art consultants
How art consultants can help you grow your business
Art Consultants help advance artists careers
What an art consultant can do for your collection
Art Consulatants and Advisors in the US
Question 7: What types of galleries accept submissions for artists? Research and be ready to present your finding to the class.
The Galleries that do accept submissions from artists
31 Galleries that want to see your work in the US
PART 2: PICK YOUR FAVORITE LISTING SERVICES FOR OPEN CALLS AND LIST THEM ON QUIZ 16.
Every artist should have a short list of open call listing services that they check each and every month.
OPEN CALL LISTING SERVICES
AZ Arts (Arizona Commission for the Arts)
Arizona Art Alliance
ART ONE GALLERY (Arizona)
Brooklyn Arts Council
California Arts Council
College Art Association
Inliquid Art & Design
International Sculpture Center
Juried Art Services
New York Foundation for the Arts
Norfolk Public Art
Regional Arts & Culture Council
Scottsdale Public Art
Texas Commission on the Arts
Washington Sculptors Group
PART 3: LIST OPEN SUBMISSION OPPORTUNITIES YOU WOULD LIKE TO APPLY FOR IN THE FUTURE ON YOUR PROFESSIONALIZATION WORKSHEET
There are venues around the world which regularly take submissions but don't list themselves on any servers. These are usually venues that are well enough know that people are usually applying without much advertising. This include museum venues, biennials. non-profits, academic institutions, galleries and even artist-run spaces. For instance, some prominent galleries have a submission period once a year but have no need to advertise it because the right people already know. The same can be said for bigger museums shows, biennials, etc. You should have a list of open call submissions for these larger opportunities in your community and around the world as well.
Ex Teresa Arte Actual (Video Art)