The next step is to venture out and visit some local galleries in your area or take a road trip to some galleries of your targeted art market. But, observe the gallery through the eyes of a collector, not as an artist.
- Watch and see how the staff greats and treats you.
- Are they courteous and professional?
- Walk through the gallery and scan the art, look how it is hung and check the lighting.
- Ask for a price sheet if available.
- Be sure and get references on the gallery from other artists.
- Try and visualize your art hanging in the gallery and see how it compares in quality to their other artists.
- Searching for the right gallery is a process of elimination.
Check your target gallery website and see if they do have guidelines, follow them (or be a rebel and do it your own way, but you might get shut down). If there are no guidelines then you can try some of the suggestions below:
But, first a bit more about Specific Gallery Requirements:
Some galleries, especially within the high end fine art market have specific submission requirements and policies. Usually artists must submit work for review. This generally means a professional portfolio of at least 10 slides, photos or transparencies or a CD depicting recent works. Always send a self-addressed, stamped envelope or risk never seeing your material again.