Thursday, June 3, 2010

Artists Need to be Wary

"A vanity gallery is an art gallery that charges artists fees to exhibit their work
and makes most of its money from artists rather than from sales to the public.
Some vanity galleries charge a lump sum to arrange an exhibition,
while others ask artists to pay regular membership fees and then
promise to organise an exhibition with a certain period." Wikepedia

"A vanity gallery is one that charges artists fees in order to exhibit their work.
The shows are not legitimately curated and will include as many artists
as possible. Most art professionals are able to identify them
on an artist's resume." 

But vanity galleries aren't all we need to be concerned about -
there are vanity art shows and "competitions" as well...

The Vanity Gallery - Joanne Mattera

Vanity  Gallery - This site posts a list of well-known vanity galleries/exhibitions along with the participation fee the artist must pay upfront. [Note - and you think $25 exhibit fees are exorbitant???]

Vanity Galleries: Pay to Play at your own Risk - Renee Phillips

Art Contests, Competitions, Shows and More-- Will They Get You Somewhere or Are They Dead Ends, Time Wastes or Scams? - The title says it all. This article goes into detail about an incredible variety of things on which you should not waste your time and money trying to advance your recognition as an artist.


eileen said...

This is one of your best posts, ever. Should be required reading for artists.

Anonymous said...

This is so informative, I have never heard of Vanity Galleries. Thanks for being a beacon in the art world!!! I appreciate you!!!

Gwen Magee (Gwendolyn) said...

Eileen and Kimberly, I'm glad that this post resonated with you. Its a shame that we can't simply focus on just "making the art" without also having to be concerned about whether or not the venue we're submitting the work to is a scam.