The Art Institute is one of the largest art museums in North America, with over 300,000 visitors each year. It is also one of the most visited museums in Chicago, so it is no surprise that they offer large-scale exhibitions every few months. These shows are organized by professional show organizers who have their own style and approach to putting together an exhibition.
At its core, this type of event requires you as a curator to pick a theme or area of art that you want to cover and create a show around that topic. You then find artists and pieces related to that theme, and you invite those people to join you in your gallery for a given period of time (usually a month). After the show’s closure, you pack up all your materials and send them back to the artist or studio owner!
If you’re passionate about contemporary art and artistic expression, exhibiting at the Art Institute is a great way to grow your portfolio and get involved in the art community. All levels and backgrounds are welcome, which makes it much more accessible than some other institutions.
Prepare your own art
Now that you have received an invite as an exhibitor, the next thing is to make or search for your artwork and prepare it for exhibition!
If you’re not very experienced in making art, this can be tricky. But there are many ways to get some help from professionals or even just by trying things out yourself.
Many museums offer their visitors the opportunity to try creating something before they ask them to show it in a collection. This way, you could look into getting some guidance from what materials you need, how to use them and so on.
And of course, everyone has different styles – people have strong colors they stick with, patterns they repeat and so on.
Research other artists at the gallery
The next step in preparing for your exhibition is looking into how others have done it before. You can do this by reading past exhibitors’ blogs, listening to their podcast interviews or watching their YouTube videos. By doing so, you will learn some of their secrets that helped them prepare and succeed in their field.
It is also important to note what styles they use and what materials they include in their work. Looking at their examples may give you new ideas for yours!
TheSaachicampus provides an opportunityfor everyoneto showcasetheirworkandlearnmoreabouttheartworld. It is not only for professional artists, but anyone who loves art/design-related material can participate. There are no rules saying you cannot enter if you are non-professional artist, which helps our community grow!
There is an application process where people must prove that they are over 18 years old and reside within the United Kingdom. After these basics, participants can start developing and gathering content to put together their show.
Plan your exhibition strategy
Before you even pick up a paint brush, there is an initial stage where you as an artist need to consider how you intend to exhibit yourself. This could be by creating artwork, displaying it, selling it, or both!
Deciding what kind of art you want to make will determine whether you are more creative doing painting, sculpting, drawing, or designing. It can also influence which medium you use to create yours.
For example, if you choose to do some collage work, you would have to source materials that go well together. If you want to focus on fine arts, then you should take advanced drawing courses so that you know how to put lines into your pieces.
There are many ways to show your artistic talent and expression. No matter what style you desire to pursue, you must know how to showcase it!”
It is important to understand who your intended audience is before you begin putting things out for people to see. For professional artists, they start practicing their craft much earlier than someone who wants to enter competitions may.
If you want to learn how to draw, start looking into it. There are many sites with beginner lessons online. You can slowly build from there!
At the same time, if you already have some skills in producing drawings and paintings, why not share them? Many social media platforms have groups and forums for different artists to advertise themselves.
Write your exhibition contract
Now that you have received notification of acceptance as an exhibitor, it is time to start negotiating! The first thing to do is to create an exhibit space or area for your work by writing down some basic rules and then editing them until they are perfect.
Your display area should be large enough to show off all of your works clearly and aesthetically, while also being clear about what kind of art you want to share with the public.
If you would like to include additional decorations or props, these can be done in accordance to normal gallery regulations. Make sure to check if there are any special requirements, such as no mirrors or televisions set up in the room.
Choose a theme for your exhibition
Choosing a them is an important first step in exhibiting at Saatchi Gallery. You do not have to tell the whole story, but you can’t avoid telling part of it either. If you choose to be focused on social justice issues then that will limit the number of people who see your work and understand what you are trying to get across.
If instead you chose as a focus ‘still life with apple’ or ‘seagulls flying over water’ or even just ‘flowering plant’ there are way more possibilities! People may talk about how interesting these concepts are and perhaps even compare their own experiences with the painting or flower.
Your audience will want to know where you stand on topics like inequality, diversity and representation – all very relevant to art. So make sure you include some kind of statement or position note which links you to those causes.
Choose your artwork
Choosing your work is an integral part of exhibiting at the Saatchi Gallery. You do not have to be famous or have lots of followers on social media to contribute something worthy!
The gallery will not accept anything that does not relate to their exhibition, so make sure your contribution fits with the theme. They are looking for pieces that show off your creativity and style – these can be paintings, sculptures, photographs or illustrations.
If you are struggling to choose what to put up, the internet is a great source of inspiration. Check out online galleries, see how others have displayed their art and pick one or several things that appeal to you.
Once you have chosen your piece, take time to edit it before uploading it onto Instagram, Facebook or Twitter. Make sure it looks good and is clearly identifiable as yours.
You do not need to tell people who designed the image if you made it, but if you did then credit them and acknowledge their talent is appreciated.
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Prepare your space
Before you even approach an artist about exhibiting, you need to make sure you have enough room for their work! If you are in the early stages of art exploration, then you can probably afford to only exhibit one piece.
But as your artistic skills progress, so should your exhibition options. By having a few pieces, it will give you time to brainstorm ideas and find a suitable display for each artwork.
If you do not have any space to show off your work, consider getting some trays or boxes to put things in until you do.
Check your equipment
Before you show off your work, you will need to make sure that you have everything you need to exhibit it properly!
You do not want to be caught unprepared because there is a limited amount of time before people begin looking for your piece and then trying to find it afterwards.
People can become distracted or start looking for your art while you are still exhibiting. This would cost you money as they might look elsewhere for your artwork or buyers may feel misled by not being able to find your piece.
Make sure to check out your settings and props very carefully before putting them away in a place where you cannot get to them.