Advice on Portfolios & Gallery Representation


Advice on Portfolios & Gallery Representation

This group is set up as an open forum for STL area artists to get together and talk about what strategies have worked and have not. Ideas regarding portfolios, artist statements, biographies, how to talk with collectors. Helping your fellow artists by giving your advice on your own personal experiences. This is not the group to promote your artwork. Any derogatory comments will be immediately removed. Play nicely.

Location: Greater STL
Members: 58
Latest Activity: Jul 9

Price: $15.00

Date: Thursday, June 26, 2014

Time: 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


This workshop will be lead by Jenny Churchill, a STL painter herself, who has produced numerous group juried art shows. The experience gained from working with hundreds of artists of all disciplines and establishing a nonprofit organization with monthly art shows, she understands all of the troubles and common hesitations that artists experience when it comes to showing their work publically.  The workshop will assist you with exhibiting from start to finish. You will be given the necessary tools it takes to find how to correctly submit your work review, and what to expect after a sale, including everything in between. The workshop will include an overview of marketing, promoting, art installation, practical reception tips, and many other key tools for success! You will be given a synopsis as a guide to lead you and your future arts career on the correct path.

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Comment by Nate McClain Gallery on November 20, 2016 at 4:15pm

Is this forum Group still active?  Looks like the last updates were from 2014

Comment by The Art Beacon on June 11, 2014 at 12:41pm

Wonderful problem!  I just looked at his web site.  Gorgeous work!  Jeff, I'd be happy to have a talk with you about ideas and a direction.  Send me an e-mail at

Comment by on June 11, 2014 at 10:12am

Thanks Art Beacon! Jeff has the wonderful problem of having too many commissions to create, and not enough time to research the best way to go about his portfolio with his medium!

Comment by The Art Beacon on June 11, 2014 at 1:20am

For what purpose, Jeff?  To present to a gallery as an introduction?  Just a general package?  Are you just starting out and need something or is this for a particular purpose?

All should include a biography, artist statement, photos of your work and accompanying art statements about the pieces in your photos and contact info at minimum. There are usually other criteria depending on the purpose.  Photos should be representational of your work - but focused on what the recipient is looking for, top studio quality photos.  Sometimes a letter of introduction or a letter of interest is called for.

If you like, I'll get permission from the bronze sculptor to share what we prepared for him.

Comment by Jeff Dement on June 11, 2014 at 1:13am

Do you have any examples or resources for building a portfolio (content and format) or press kit?  

Comment by The Art Beacon on June 11, 2014 at 12:35am

Hi Jeff, I've recently put together a press kit for a bronze sculptor.  A press kit is a little different from a portfolio. It's more detailed and directed at marketing the artist in general, but it will be used to accompany letters of interest for commissioned work.

How you set up your portfolio should be determined by the purpose, e.g. to introduce yourself to a gallery, representative, to enter a contest or vie for a commissioned work.

Comment by Jeff Dement on June 9, 2014 at 10:59pm

Has anyone had experience putting together a portfolio for silver and metalwork?

Comment by Linda Mayer on May 31, 2014 at 12:32pm

Thanks. Makes sense.

Comment by on May 31, 2014 at 12:17pm

Just one opinion: I would include the dimensions of the frame, include the dimensions of the entire presentation. Because when curating a show the Gallery director wouldn't want to be surprised when you ship / drop off / install your work. Your dimensions will make a difference as to the other artists that will be accepted in the entire exhibition. Best solution is to briefly explain, as in dimensions with & without. Also the higher end (national & international) the Call the more specific the guidelines will be and that info may be already laid out in the Call guidelines.

Comment by Linda Mayer on May 31, 2014 at 12:03pm

Here's a question for the group. Up until now my paintings have not been framed.  They are encaustics with painted sides so I guess you might call them "gallery wrapped".  So for example, I have some 24" x 24" pieces that are advertised that way on my website and also when I enter shows.

I am about to begin installing black floater frames on all my pieces because they really look sharp and will also protect the edges of my pieces from damage. This will add about an inch to the size of my paintings.  So my 24" x 24" pieces will now be about 25" x 25".

When I enter shows, work with a gallery or advertise on my website do I continue to use the size of the piece without the frame or do I now add the frame into the measurement?  Thanks.


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