I’m really excited to be sharing this interview with you all since it’s the first time Mumora has interviewed a Gallery Director in order to get the inside scoop on what gallerists look for when choosing artists to represent.
That’s why this interview with Lisa Janes, Director of Alibi Gallery in Chicago is so special. We’re going inside the brain of a gallery director to uncover secrets that can benefit artists on their search for representation and exposure.
I have to say, Lisa came prepared with tons of amazing tips and resources for artists to learn everything from how to communicate with galleries, to what gallerists look for when reviewing art portfolios and how galleries can step up their game for artists.
I look for a strong sense of style, purpose, and a cohesive body of work that has something larger to say. I’ve come across portfolios that are visually appealing, but sometimes fall short at presenting something meaningful.
Tune in to hear Lisa melodically talk about what works and what doesn’t and how to woo gallery owners like herself.
- How to reach out to galleries and get noticed
- What galleries look for in an artist
- What makes a strong art portfolio
- Where galleries go to find new artists
- Personality characteristics that make a successful relationship
- How galleries are changing with the times
- One piece of advice for young photographers
Listen to the interview here:
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A few artists & galleries mentioned during the interview:
– Photographer and found of Alibi Fine Art Gallery
– Well-known photography gallery in Chicago
– Local Chicago photographer, currently represented by Alibi Fine Art Gallery
– Non-profit organization dedicated to furthering photographic arts
– Photographer, latest artist represented at Abili Fine Art Gallery
– Gallery and workshop that Alibi Fine Art Gallery shares a space with in Chicago
– Established Chicago as an art city
– Established Chicago street photographer who helped put Chicago on the map as an art center
Resources for artists to check out in Chicago:
– One of America’s largest accredited independent schools of art and design
– Institution for higher education in arts and media
– Private research university with a strong arts program
– International Exposition of Contemporary and Modern Art, takes place each September at historic Navy Pier in Chicago
– Top photography gallery in Chicago
– Another top gallery for photography
You can see the portfolio of artists currently at Alibi Fine Art Gallery here: http://www.alibifineart.com/
Feel free to reach Lisa at firstname.lastname@example.org
What has your experience been with getting your work into galleries?
Comment below and chat with me and Lisa.
This interview is one part of our Artists on Entrepreneurship podcast coming soon to iTunes.