Whether it’s your first exhibit or you are a veteran of many, an upcoming show of your work can take you on a wild ride of emotions and expectations. In anticipating the planning, production, and stress involved, you may even wonder, why bother? Yet for most artists, being able to show their work in a public space is important to their identity as artists. In today’s episode, we’ll look at the benefits and rewards of exhibiting and the role it plays in an art career, as well as some of the emotional and logistical challenges.
Showing their work is vital to most artists because it completes the circle of communication, allowing others to receive and respond. Creating and exhibiting a body of your work is a significant event that allows your audience to have a complete and immersive experience of what you do.
There are lots of logistical challenges that we covered in our previous episode (#223). But there are other, more inner issues to confront. For example, expectations for an immediate response and sales can fall flat. The opening reception often does not yield even a single sale since many people who attend regard it as mainly a social event. Especially if you are showing for the first time, it is important to understand that it may take a while for results. And even experienced artists may have exhibits that for one reason or another, fail to produce sales or leads.
Exhibits typically last three weeks or more and the period while it is up can be stressful as you wait for news and wonder how things will evolve. And sometimes sales happen well after the show ends. So as with many aspects of an art career, patience is important, and if things do not go well, know that your art life will go on, and other opportunities will come along.
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