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Does anyone answer calls for art?

(Gregory Cross) #1

I keep encountering websites for artists that list events, exhibitions, galleries, and calls for art. A good example is The Art Guide (https://theartguide.com/) which has about 8 to 10 pages of calls for art from galleries, shows, festivals, online books, etc. and I was wondering if anyone in our art community enters their art in these. I did answer a call for art from the local library about this time last year and ended up with three of my paintings on display at a branch library for a while. And I have been toying with the idea of entering an art call to get more exposure. Build up my resume, so to speak.

(Elizabeth Elgin) #2

Yes! I have not sold anything online for a long time. All my sales have been from entering shows. It’s good if you can see the calibre of the art from previous shows as well as find local venues to avoid shipping costs. There is a fee to enter and g it is nonrefundable if you don’t get accepted, which does happen. You pay to ship and you must provide a prepaid return label so good to set up a FedEx acct where you can send a return label not wasted if all pieces sold. You can also register for online entry places which many are using now like juriedartservices.com or entrythingy.com. they maintain lists of calls.

(Nan Johnson) #3

Much the same as Elizabeth, I am not selling much online these days. And I do follow & enter art shows as well. I appreciate the links from both you & Elizabeth. Here is one more that I utilize often (a show I enter often only utilizes this for entry):

(Gregory Cross) #4

Thank you both for your information. I have signed up with Juried Art Services and used it to enter one of my recent paintings into the National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society’s spring online exhibit.

(Bhavna Misra) #5

Thank you for posting this for discussion. I do reply to calls where I feel the legitimacy of the poster/ organization can be verified.
Here is one I follow

For me, it helps to keep few of things in mind -

  1. The location of display/ show - venue shouldn’t be too far off for me to drop off the work
    2)The fee. If there’s one, should be justified with some kind of monetary award, or promised payback
  2. Exposure opportunity - as I settle into midlevel in my career, I weigh in the benefit of publicity vs. time spent on each submission, and then decide.

Hope this helps. Best of luck to all artists!