I do not post frequently, but I read here at lot. This is a great site and the people here are genuine. I found this thread and I felt it was important to contribute.
In 2007 I was accepted into 13 juried exhibitions by sending in my artwork to calls for entries (I submitted to 20 to 25 in total). I had framed photographs traveling all over the country. I had to pay for shipping both ways. The most hectic was arranging for two photographs to be delivered to an exhibition while I was on an extended photography trip in northern Canada. Those did not sell either. Nearly all of my pieces returned with scratches on the Plexiglas (can’t ship glass).
With every submission I sent along a very professional packet, cover letter, business card, and a small 2” x 2” accordion booklet of my work (about 5 tiny photographs). After every acceptance I sent a thank you card expressing my sincerest appreciation.
In 2008 I decided to limit my exposure to regional shows (to reduce my costs) and to shows with “names” such as museums or similar that would mean something on my resume. I am glad that I did.
This past spring I had a best in show for photography at The Trenton Museum--which received local press. I also received prize money. That photograph is now a part of the museum’s permanent collection.
From submitting to these exhibitions I was fortunate to meet one or two very nice gallery owners who recommended me to others and gave me good advice. One was very helpful because she recommended that I submit my artwork to a regional hospital expansion and I sold 4 or 5 pieces for about $2,000 in total.
I am glad that I used these juried exhibitions and I would do it all over again!
FYI: All artwork originated from 645-transparency film.
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